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Artemis Racing Wins 44 Cup Round in Galicia

12th May 2024
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
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 Credit: Nico Martinez

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 delay in the wind direction caused a lengthy wait for the races to commence. 

Chris Bake's Team Aqua started the first race on a high note, tacking at the committee boat and winning the right to take the lead. However, Artemis Racing made a wrong choice by starting on the left, which put them behind. But in the second race, both teams chose the same sides, and Artemis Racing managed to gain an inside berth at the top mark, eventually taking the lead and winning the race. This win secured the 44Cup Baiona victory for Artemis Racing, beating Team Nika by six points.

Torbjörn Törnqvist, the helmsman for Artemis Racing, expressed his delight at the victory and credited the team's success to "the perfect regatta for us. Everything seemed to work from the boat set-up to the teamwork, the coordination on board, the tactics, the speed, etc. When you feel that, your confidence level goes up." 

The win marks a significant turnaround for Artemis Racing, who joined the RC44s in 2008 but had not won a regatta since 2016. Hamish Pepper, who became tactician for Artemis Racing, played a crucial role in the team's success, having won the last two seasons with Nico Poons' Charisma. The addition of Brad Ferrand and Luke Muller as stand-in crew may have also changed the dynamic on board.

Team Nika, captained by Vladimir Prosikhin, secured second place in the event, despite not winning any races. Their consistent performance throughout the races enabled them to retain their position as the 2024 44Cup season leaders.

The event was praised by Chris Bake, the RC44 Class Association President, who said, "The club facility is beautiful. They have been very hospitable, which is really nice. I think they are keen to have us back, and everyone is pretty excited about that." 

The next event on the 2024 44Cup will take place in Marstrand, followed by two more new venues for the 44Cup - Brunnen, Switzerland for the RC44 World Championship, and concluding at Nanny Cay, Tortola in the BVI.

Baiona 44 Cup results:

  • 1. Artemis Racing - 1 7 5 1 9 1 1 3 1 - 29
  • 2. Team Nika - 3 8 2 4 2 2 4 6 4 - 35
  • 3. Black Star Sailing Team - 4 9 1 6 1 3 5 4 7 - 40
  • 4. Team CEEREF Vaider - 5 1 4 9 5 4 3 5 5 - 41
  • 5. Aleph Racing - 7 3 7 5 7 7 2 2 8 - 48
  • 6. Peninsula Racing - 6 2 6 3 6 9 7 7 2 - 48
  • 7. Charisma - 2 4 3 7 8 5 8 8 3 (2) - 50
  • 8. Calero Sailing Team - 9 5 9 2 3 6 9 1 6 - 55
  • 9. Team Aqua - 8 6 8 8 4 8 6 9 9 - 61
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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.

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