Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Barker takes the lead... RC44

Copyright Loris von Siebenthal / RC 44 Class Association.
Dean Barker takes an early lead on day one of the Malcesine RC 44 Cup
At the helm of Artemis, the kiwi sailor is unbeaten after three matches. The Swedish boat leads the Series ahead of No Way Back, Ceeref, Organika, Team Aqua and Puerto Calero. July 8, 2009 – Can anyone stop Dean Barker in Malcesine? The kiwi sailor is unbeaten after three matches sailed against Sébastien Col, Karol Jablonski and Larry Ellison. Four flights got completed today and eight more remain to be sailed tomorrow; needless to say that there’s still a long way to go.

The Series got underway just after lunch, once the Ora (the local thermal breeze) had established itself with enough stability to allow fair matches. There was no time for warming up, or observing the opposition. Dean Barker and Artemis’s first race was scheduled against Sébastien Col’s Ceeref: a strong match. Col was just back from the Grade one match race event in Marstrand, and obviously didn’t lack practice! But nor did Artemis. The team had a good pre-race briefing with their coach Rod Davis and they arrived on the course fully prepared for what was to come. Barker dominated the pre-start, took the best start, controlled the race and won a first point, soon followed by two more. Read more