Monday, July 13, 2009

Winners of the RC 44 Malcesine Cup...

Photo: Copyright Loris Von Siebenthal / RC 44 Class Association

Torbjorn Tornqvist and Artemis, fantastic winners of the RC 44 Malcesine Cup

The fight for the podium positions, between Team Aqua, Artemis, BMW ORACLE Racing and No Way back has been fantastic. Showing great stamina, Chris Bake’s squad managed to overcome a backstay breakage to remain in the fight. But Artemis dominated the last race and won the event.

July 12, 2009 – Everyone knew this morning - as the teams were getting ready on the pontoons - that this last day would be a tough one. Indeed, four teams were merely separated by seven points ahead of race 6 and everything remained possible with four more regattas to complete.

Quite unfortunate at times earlier in the week, Torbjorn Tornqvist, Dean Barker and their team on board Artemis started the first race in the middle of the line whilst the provisional leader Team Aqua chose the pin. The racing was very close until Aqua’s runner clip suddenly broke. The loose runner slashed Chris Bake in the back and put an end to their hope of winning this regatta despite the team’s bowman Matt Cassidy climbing up the mast in no time to secure the rig. Unable to hoist a spinnaker, the Aqua boys had no other options than to see Artemis sail away, win the race and take the provisional lead of the event. Team Sea Dubai finished second, proving once again how much progress they have made since the beginning of the year.

Chris Bake later on described the incident as an “adrenaline rush”. It certainly made a strong effect on the team, who won the next two regattas. The top three boats of Race seven (Aqua, BMW ORACLE Racing and Ceeref) crossed the arrival line within two seconds whilst Artemis and Team Sea Dubai were separated by half a boat length in fourth and fifth! Read more...