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For the first time the 44Cup visits Baiona in Spain’s most northwesterly autonomous region of Galicia. Located on the south side of the entrance to the Ria de Vigo, the town is open to the Atlantic. The prevailing wind is northerly, but the geography of the bay permits protection in the event of conditions getting too strong
It’s all change for the 44Cup’s 16th season in 2024. While the circuit for the high performance owner-driver one designs will still comprise five events, including one World Sailing-sanctioned World Championship, this year it will visit three venues for the…
Dublin Bay's Cian Guilfoyle and Donaghdee's Oisin McClelland with the rest of the victorious Aleph crew at the 44 Cup in Lanzarote
Dublin Bay's Cian Guilfoyle and Donaghdee's Oisin McClelland aboard Aleph Racing have won the final round of the 2023 44Cup Calero Marinas in Lanzarote. The class act this week was Hugues Lepic's Aleph Racing, on which Louis Balcaen was stand-in helmsman. Under…
Irish sailors Cian Guilfoyle and Oisin McClelland are playing key roles on the French entry Alpeh in the 44Cup in Lanzarote
Dublin Bay's Cian Guilfoyle and Donaghdee's Oisin McClelland aboard Aleph Racing have consolidated their lead at the 44Cup Calero Marinas in Lanzarote. The final event of the 2023 44Cup, has become a two-horse race going into Sunday's final day with…
Wicklow's Simon Johnson will be racing on Black Star Racing (right) at the final of the 2023 44Cup in Lanzarote next week
The fifth and final event of the 2023 44Cup takes place for the high-performance, owner-driver one-designs in the familiar waters off Lanzarote’s Puerto Calero next week. Irish sailors are in action and in a buoyant mood after strong October performances…
Donaghdee's Oisin McClelland and Dublin Bay's Cian Guilfoyle were on board second overall French entry Aleph Racing at the 44Cup in Spain
Irish crews were second and third overall in the 44Cup Alcaidesa Marina in Spain at the weekend. Just two points separated the top four boats, and with nine points on the table, mathematically, any of the top six could still win.…
Christian Zuerrer’s Black Star Sailing Team (right) with Ireland's Simon johnson in the pit competing in Spain
Christian Zuerrer’s Black Star Sailing Team, which includes County Wicklow pitman Simon Johnson in its crew lineup, scored just their second-ever bullet and ended the day as top scoring boat at the 44Cup in Spain. The Bay of Algeciras had a…
R44 crews gather at Alcaidesa Marina, including some key Irish sailors, to hear that Day one of the Spanish leg of the Cup was cancelled due to strong winds
Today at the 44Cup Alcaidesa Marina, there was nothing marginal about the wind strength on the Bay of Gibraltar. Despite the first warning signal for the opening day of competition being brought forward by an hour to 1100 CEST, already…
The 44Cup fleet is racing in Spain, under the shadow of the Rock of Gibraltar
Following the RC44 class’ World Championship in Cowes in August, the 44Cup resumes on Thursday morning in the shadow of another famous maritime British empire outpost - Gibraltar. Host of this event for the high-performance owner-driver one designs is the…
Charisma defended their RC44 World Championship title in challenging conditions on the Solent
The Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes and the Solent provided a fitting stage for the leading owner-driver one design class, the RC44, to compete for their World Championship title. Nine teams battled it out over four days in challenging conditions,…
Team Peninsula is competing at the 44Cup Cowes World Championship at the Royal Yacht Squadron
The pinnacle of the 44Cup’s 2023 season sets sail on Thursday (10 August) with the opening races of the 44Cup Cowes World Championship, and Irish Fastnet Race winner Cian Guilfoyle is competing on Frecnh entry Aleph. The Solent, one of…
The 44Cup sails in Cowes next week
The RC44 Class Rule has been rewritten to allow for at least one female crew member this season, and the 44Cup will be seeing its first all-female team next week. The nine competing teams will include the "black boat," typically…
Charisma won the first and third races and with two-fourths, made her not only the day’s top-scoring boat but also the leader of the 44Cup Marstrand with a significant 10-point lead
Donaghdee's Oisin McClelland and Dublin Bay's Cian Guilfoyle sailing on France's Aleph Racing are lying third at the 44Cup in Marstrand, Sweden an event that is dominated by the reigning 44Cup champions. Nico Poons, Kiwi tactician Hamish Pepper and the rest of…
Sailors stayed ashore on day two of the 44Cup in Marstrand
While forecasts yesterday indicated that there might be a 50-50 chance of racing taking place today at the 44Cup Marstrand, in the event conditions off the popular Swedish tourist hotspot made this impossible. Principal Race Officer Maria Torrijo explained why…
Donaghdee's Oisin McClelland and Dublin Bay's Cian Guilfoyle are one point off the lead on France's Aleph Racing at the 44 Cup in Marstrand, Sweden
Racing resumed in Europe for the eight high-performance owner-driver one design RC44s on Thursday, with the opening rounds of the 44Cup Marstrand and Irish crews are in the mix. Donaghdee's Oisin McClelland and Dublin Bay's Cian Guilfoyle are one point…
The 2023 44Cup fleet in Marstrand, Sweden
After a lengthy break since early March, the 2023 44Cup resumes today in Marstrand, Sweden and three Irish sailors are competing. As previously highlighted by Afloat, Donaghdee's Oisin McClelland and Dublin Bay's Cian Guilfoyle are on board Aleph Racing, and…
Cian Guilfoyle from Dublin Bay and Northern Ireland Finn sailor Oisin McClelland finished third overall on the French entry Aleph at this weekend's Oman event sailed at Muscat’s Al Mouj Marina by Oman
Usually racing on the 44Cup between the high-performance owner-driver one designs is tight with ties or just single points separating the leaders. At the 44Cup Oman, the opening event of the 2023 season and hosted out of Muscat’s Al Mouj…

About RC44

The RC44 is a light displacement, high performance one-design racing yacht competing in the 44Cup, a five-stop international racing tour. Co-designed by five-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts with naval architect Andrej Justin, the RC44 boats are strictly identical in terms of construction, shape of hull, appendages and weight/weight distribution, as well as a 50-50 split between amateurs and professionals in each eight-person crew. With everything, from the keel to the tip of the mast, made entirely from carbon, and with a powerful sail plan, the RC44 is rapid downwind, commanding upwind and performs exceptionally in both light winds and heavier breezes. The RC44’s innovative and technical design present an exciting new hybrid sailing challenge, with the crews expected to hike like a sports boat and grind as you would on a keelboat.

At a Glance - 44Cup 2023 Calendar

  • 1 - 5 March - 44Cup Oman, Muscat

  • 28 June - 2 July - 44Cup Marstrand, Sweden

  • 9 - 13 August - 44Cup Cowes, UK

  • 18 - 22 October - 44Cup Alcaidesa Marina, Gibraltar Straight

  • 22 - 26 November - 44Cup Calero Marinas, Canary Islands

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