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Black Star’s crew placed third at 44Cup Baiona
Ireland’s Simon Johnson was among the crew of Black Star who completed the podium at the 44Cup Baiona at the weekend. As previously reported on, Artemis Racing were victorious in the second round of the 2024 44Cup which concluded…
The inaugural 44 Cup in Baiona, Spain, drew some of the best crews in the world, including Irish sailors Oisin McClelland and Cian Guilfoyle on board Aleph Racing (above), Simon Johnson on the Black Star Racing Team, and Grattan Roberts, who joins Team Ceeref Vaider for the 2024 season
Artemis Racing emerged victorious at the 44Cup Baiona, held at the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona (MRCYB) in Galicia, after winning five out of nine races. The second event of the 2024 44Cup concluded on Sunday, after a…
Irish sailors Cian Guilfoyle and Oisin McClelland are onboard Aleph for the 44Cup debut in Baiona, Spain
Irish sailors are set to make a strong showing in the high-performance owner-driver one-design racing R44 fleet as it debuts in Baiona, Spain next week. The 44Cup's second event of the year will take place from May 8 to 12…
Team Nika secured their victory with four bullets from nine races
Team Nika emerged as the winner of the 44Cup Calero Marinas, the opening event of the 2024 44Cup. The high-performance owner-driver one-design race was held in maximum conditions for all four days of racing in the Canary Islands. In fact,…
Team Nika continues to lead the 44Cup after a thrilling third day of racing in Lanzarote. Going into the final day, Team Nika is only three points clear of Team Ceeref Vaider, in turn holding an eight-point cushion over Peninsula Racing
Team Nika continues to lead the 44Cup Calero Marinas after a thrilling third day of racing in Lanzarote. Despite the forecast predicting lighter winds, the Lanzarote wind gods had other ideas and 30-knot winds blew late morning. After initial postponement,…
Donaghdee's Oisin McClelland and Dublin Bay's Cian Guilfoyle are on board Aleph Racing for a breezy first race of the 2024 season in Lanzarote on the Canary Islands
Windy conditions marked the first day of the 44Cup Calero Marinas in Lanzarote on the Canary Islands, in which Irish crews compete in the owner-driver high-performance keelboat league. As Afloat reported previously, Royal Cork Yacht Club's Grattan Roberts is the latest…
Donaghdee's Oisin McClelland and Dublin Bay's Cian Guilfoyle are on board French entry Aleph Racing for the 2024 44Cup
Royal Cork Yacht Club's Grattan Roberts is the latest Irish sailor to join the ranks of the high-performance owner-driver one-design racing R44 fleet. Donaghdee's Oisin McClelland and Dublin Bay's Cian Guilfoyle are on board Aleph Racing, Wicklow's Simon Johnson is on…
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,…

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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