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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…
Aleph racing has two Irish crew Cian Guilfoyle from Dublin Bay (grinding) and Oisin McClelland from Donaghdee (offside trimmer on her crew for the 44Cup Oman Cup
Day two of the 44Cup Oman had its fair share of up and downs for French Aleph, on which two Irish crew sailors are among the nine-strong crew. Friday's racing started off sedate as forecast but finished with the wind…
Lara Poljsak watches as the Irish trimmer Oisin McClelland goes overboard from Aleph in the first races of the 44Cup Oman Cup
There was a baptism of fire for Oisin McClelland from Donaghdee when he debuted at the 2023 44Cup that set sail in blustery conditions in the opening races of the 44Cup Oman Cup on Thursday. As Afloat reported earlier, the…
Two Irish sailors are onboard French yacht Aleph for the first round of the 44Cup in Oman this week
There is continued Irish involvement in the 44Cup fleet this year. Racing in Oman this week is 44 regular Cian Guilfoyle from Dublin Bay on Aleph, who is joined by Northern Ireland Finn sailor Oisin McClelland. Simon Johnson is racing…
The 2023 44Cup fleet has five events from March to November in 2023
The 2023 season of the 44Cup has been unveiled, with five events scheduled for the 16th season of racing between the high-performance owner-driver one-design monohulls. The fleet size will kick off with nine entries for the first event and, over…
RC44 World Champions Nico Poons’ Charisma celebrate again in Oman after dominating the 2022 season
On the concluding day of the 2022 44Cup’s final event, the 44Cup Oman, PRO Maria Torrijo defied the odds and was able to stage three races. As is usual with this fleet of high-performance owner-driver one designs, the results were…
In an impressive display, the Omani crew on Team Asyad Racing had just pulled into the lead when their bowman fell overboard
The forecast for the penultimate day of the 44Cup Oman was for either a moderate northeasterly or a light northwesterly. In fact, the near non-existent gradient breeze and the similarly soft sea breeze made it a tricky day for both…
On Aleph Racing, along with Ireland's Cian Guilfoyle, American driver Steve Howe has old sailing friends like coach Steve Erickson, and crew James Dagg and bowman Greg Gendell
After a light start, conditions were optimum off Muscat’s Al Mouj Marina for day two of the 44Cup Oman, the fifth and concluding event of the 2022 44Cup. Three races were again held, but today the northerly wind peaking at…
Returning to Muscat for the first time since 2014 the 44Cup Oman is hosted by Oman Sail on the warm waters off Al Mouj Marina in the heart of the Omani capital
After a light World Championship back in October in Portorož, Slovenia, the nine teams competing today off Muscat’s Al Mouj Marina at the 44Cup Oman were well dialled in for the opening day of the 2022 44Cup’s grand finale. Dublin…
Dutchman Nico Poons and his Charisma team: Hamish Pepper (NZL) - Tactician, Chris Hosking (AUS) - Main trimmer, Ross Halcrow (NZL) - Headsail Trimmer. Dimitri Simmons (NED) - Offside Trimmer, Ryan Godfrey (AUS) - Pit, Robin Jacobs (NED) - Grinder and Ivan Peute (NED) - Bow
While racing in 44Cup events usually goes to the wire, decided in the last few metres of the final race, this hasn’t been the case this year when the dominant force has been Monaco-based Dutchman Nico Poons and his Charisma…
The penultimate day of the 44Cup World Championship made for highly tactical racing with many positions changing
With a race lost on Friday at the 44Cup Portorož World Championship, to recoup the schedule four races were held today (Saturday). The race area was further offshore with the nearby medieval town of Piran as an eyecatching backdrop in…
Dublin Bay trimmer Cian Guilfoyle sailing on Aleph lies second on French entry Aleph Racing
Another slow start for day two of the 44Cup Portorož World Championship saw the fleet held ashore with racing not getting underway until 1400. However, when it did fill in, the breeze was a crucial two knots more than it…
The 44 Cup 2022 World Championship fleet at Portoroz
Official racing starts at the 44Cup Portorož World Championship in Slovenia on Thursday, but today the eight-boat fleet enjoyed some warm-up competition. As Afloat reported, at least two Irish crews are competing in the eight-boat fleet. Wedged between Italy and…
The 44Cup Portoroz World Championship takes place in Slovenia next week from 12-16 October
While between themselves 44Cup teams may appear nonchalant that the annual World Championship for their high-performance RC44 one designs is “just another regatta”, in fact, this is far from the case with teams saving their best gear for the major…
Artemis Racing a four-point lead at the halfway stage in Marstrand
The waters off the Swedish holiday hotspot of Marstrand took on a different complexion on day two of 44Cup racing, with a sharp chop and the wind backed from the northwest to the south and gusting into the mid-high teens.…
The 44Cup at Marstrand, Sweden gets underway
Njörðr, the Norse god of the sea and the wind was clearly smiling upon both the 44Cup Marstrand and local team Artemis Racing for the first day of the 2022 44Cup’s third event off western Sweden’s holiday hotspot of Marstrand.…

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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