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May the Wind be in Your Sails
For two days in a row not so much as a breeze materialized at the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup. Although the Canary Islands are known to be generally very windy, the wind only occasionally got up to a top speed of 7 knots before swinging hard left to 80 degrees. Race officer Peter Reggio eventually announced there would be no more racing – there was just no wind.
CEEREF Claims Victory
Because of the lack of wind on the final day of the race, John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum took the prize for the last event of the season which left CEEREF, Igor Lah’s team to win the championship for the second year running. Bassadone said that they were happy about the victory even though it is a shame that they were not able to sail for two days. He also commented on the general state of the class. According to Bassadone it is becoming an increasingly tough class because every boat has a genuine shot at winning. He also said the future is looking good for the class. Igor Lah admitted that he was disappointed about not sailing for two days but that he is happy to claim CEEREF’s second RC44 Championship title in a row.
An Eventful Race
British tactician and CEEREF crew member Adrian Stead spoke about the race and mentioned that a lot went wrong in Sotogrande where they experienced some breakage. The second event that took place in Porto Cervo was well sailed but unfortunately, the wind direction was challenging at Cascais and they were gutted not to have won there.
The prize giving took place in Lanzarote at the marina where Lah was given the trophy haul that included a half model of the CEEREF team complete with the bow number and a HYTH1 Iceberg watch.