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RC44 Cascais Cup - Tornqvist steered Artemis Racing through the carnage

With spinnakers blowing up all around them, Torbjörn Törnqvist steered his Artemis Racing through the carnage of the final run of the final race to claim the RC44 Cascais Cup.

At the final top mark rounding, both Chris Bake's Team Aqua, race leader at the time, and Team CEEREF in third (and regatta leader at this point), suffered kite problems.

These incidents helped the Swedish team prevail, winning by a single point in one of the closest finishes ever seen in the RC44's ten year history, with six points separating first from sixth place after 11 races.

After two light to moderate days, conditions turned more brutal for Sunday's final three races.

The long Atlantic swell Cascais is famous for wasn't so much in evidence, but a particularly vicious sea state had been kicked up by the northnorthwesterly breeze that built steadily until it was gusting to 25 knots.

For the crews, the downwind legs were sensational, with all the teams getting their boats up on the surf and hitting speeds in excess of 20 knots.

Also impressive was Artemis Racing's turn-around performance this week– winning, despite ending day one in last place.

"We were in last place," agreed the team's tactician Francesco Bruni. "We had a very good second day which got us back in the hunt. Yesterday was average. And today our 2-3-1 was probably the best day Artemis Racing has ever had."

RC44 Cascais Cup - Fleet race ranking

1st Artemis Racing 47pts
2nd Team CEEREF 48pts
3rd Team Nika 49pts
4th Team Aqua 51pts
5th Peninsula Petroleum 52pts
6th Bronenosec Sailing Team 53pts
7th BlackWater Sailing Team 60pts
8th Charisma 68pts
9th Artemis Racing Youth 71pts

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