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RC44 Marstrand Worlds - Victory for Team Nika

Team Nika has won the RC44 Marstrand World Championship after a dominant performance across the four days of competition.

Vladimir Prosikhin may not have won any races Sunday but he steered Nika to a comfortable victory overall, earning back the trophy he last raised in 2015.

For the first race of the day, John Bassadone steered Peninsula Petroleum into her customary position on the left-hand of the start line and sailed into the lead to secure the team's first race win of the regatta.

Next it was the turn of Nico Poons to notch up his first win for Charisma in race two. While the Dutch team struggled for speed in the lighter conditions of the previous three days, with the whole fleet on the smaller jibs, Charisma finally found her form.

Team Nika's scores in the first two races, a third and a sixth, were not spectacular but such was the team's dominant performance across the previous three days that Prosikhin wrapped up the title with a race to spare.

However, the points were extremely close from second to eighth place and there was a lot at stake for the 12th and final race of the series.

In the final start, Artemis Racing Youth had to yield to the senior team, Artemis Racing, who burst out of the starboard end and sailed into the lead of the race which Torbjörn Törnqvist held all the way to the finish.

Artemis Racing was the only boat to win a race on each of the four days, but with three ninths on her scoresheet she was also the boat with the most last place finishes.

Behind Artemis Racing, Team Ceeref crossed the line in second place, securing the runner-up spot for Igor Lah.

So that's the Worlds over, and now Team Nika takes over the golden wheels from Peninsula Petroleum as the top performing boat from the first three events of the season.

However, the other crews will lick their wounds and work out what they need to do steal those golden wheels away from Prosikhin when the fleet next meets a month from now in Cascais, Portugal.

RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Results
1st Team Nika - Vladimir Prosikhin 44 pts
2nd Team CEEREF - Igor Lah 52 pts
3rd Bronenosec - Vladimir Liubomirov 56 pts
4th Katusha - Alexander Novoselov 56 pts
5th Team Aqua - Chris Bake 60 pts
6th Artemis Racing - Torbjörn Törnqvist 61 pts
7th Peninsula Petroleum - John Bassadone 62 pts
8th Charisma - Nico Poons 68 pts
9th - Atemis Racing Youth - Gustaf Lidvall 83 pts

RC44 Championship Tour - Overall ranking
1. TEAM NIKA - 10 pts
3. KATUSHA - 10 pts
4. TEAM CEEREF - 11 pts
6. TEAM AQUA - 14 pts
7. ARTEMIS RACING - 18 pts
8. CHARISMA - 23 pts

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