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Wicklow’s Simon Johnson Celebrates Podium Finish for Black Star at 44Cup Baiona

16th May 2024
Black Star’s crew placed third at 44Cup Baiona
Black Star’s crew placed third at the 44Cup Baiona Credit: Nico Martinez/44Cup

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 on Sunday (12 May).

Placing third was Christian Zuerrer’s Black Star Sailing Team, who won two races to end up equalling their best event result ever (they previously reached third place at the 44Cup Alcaidesa Marina last autumn).

Black Star, with Wicklow’s Simon Johnson, duels with Aleph Racing (featuring Ireland’s Oisín McClelland) at the 44Cup Baiona | Credit: Nico Martinez/44CupBlack Star, with Wicklow’s Simon Johnson, duels with Aleph Racing (featuring Ireland’s Oisín McClelland) at the 44Cup Baiona | Credit: Nico Martinez/44Cup

Wicklow sailor Simon Johnson serves as pit crew on the multinational Black Star squad, but he’s not the only Irish representation in the 44Cup this year — with Finn sailor Oisín McClelland on the French-flagged Aleph Racing and the Royal Cork’s Grattan Roberts grinding for Team Ceeref Vaider, who finished fourth in the final standings.

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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.

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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