44Cup

44Cup

7 Seasons

The defining spirit of the 44Cup brings together the worlds of sailing and business, allowing amateur owner drivers to race high performance one-design yachts against some of the world’s best sailors, competing in some of the most beautiful and diverse sailing venues around the world.

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  • 44Cup Portoroz 2021 - Day 1

    Episode 1

    The RC44 fleet took off for their start of the season in the Bay of Piran, Slovenia. The owner/driver performance class was dominated by the locals - Team CREEF (Igor Lah) and Team Nika (Vladimir Prosikhin). (CC Available)

    Video Producer: Icarus Sports

  • 44Cup Portoroz 2021 - Day 2

    Episode 2

    Day Two and it was the turn of Team Aqua to turn the tables on local boats with Chris Bake (NZL) and his team taking all three races. That's the competitiveness of the one-class design yacht fleet - top class racing and rare for one boat to dominate. (CC Available)

    Video Producer: Icarus Sports

  • 44Cup Portoroz 2021 - Day 3

    Episode 3

    Portoroz gave the fleet perfect conditions with breeze up to 25 knots and the RC44 were smoking.. Three different winners with three races - Peninsula Racing (GBR 1), Team Aqua (GBR 2041) and Team Nika (RUS 10) took the bullets. (CC Available)

    Video Producer: Icarus Sports

  • 44Cup Portoroz 2021 - Final Day

    Episode 4

    Final day in Slovenia for the 44Cup in the Bay of Piran. Local boat, Team CEEREF, took the overall honours with a consistent performance over the last three races with a 2nd, 1st and 3rd. Skippered by Igor Lah (SLO) and tactics called by Adrian Stead (GBR). (CC Available)

    Video Producer: Icarus...

  • 44Cup Marstrand 2021 - Day 2

    Episode 5

    For competitors and race management alike it was a difficult day with an overcast sky, 15 knots of northeasterly offshore wind that dropped to below 10 as the afternoon wore on. This was combined with a tricky current, mostly sweeping right to left across the course, often favouring the right sid...

  • 44Cup Marstrand 2021 - Day 1

    Episode 6

    The 44Cup Marstrand had a tricky start off the Swedish paradise island bearing it's name. A weather front slowly moving across the west coast of Sweden brought a solid 25 knots winds, 30+ gusts and the real prospect of no racing for the eight owner-driver RC44s. However mid-afternoon, as the fron...

  • 44Cup Marstrand 2021 - Day 3

    Episode 7

    Just when the pecking order seemed to be firming up at the 44Cup Marstrand, so Day Three's final race off the picture postcard Swedish island, turned the results on their head, yet again. Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing and Nico Poons’ Charisma were looking reasonably comfortable in the two top spots...

  • 44Cup Marstrand 2021 - Day 4

    Episode 8

    It is rare even between the ultra-close RC44s for an event to go to the wire in such an extreme way as it did at the conclusion of the 44Cup Marstrand. Going into the tenth and final race of the circuit’s Swedish stopover, five of the eight strong fleet was still capable of winning the event. At ...

  • 44Cup Cowes 2021 - Day 1

    Episode 9

    What the opening day of the 44Cup in Cowes lacked in sunshine it more than made up for with close racing. Aleph Racing led after three races with 3, 2 and 1 with CEEREF and Team Aqua taking the other bullets. The morning had started with just 8-10 knots of breeze and flat seas but, as the day pla...

  • 44Cup Cowes 2021 - Day 2

    Episode 10

    Aleph Team was still leading the fleet with CEEREF showing consistency with three second places on Day 2. Since arriving in Cowes for the 44Cup all eight teams had been expecting conditions to build for the second day of racing and with 20-24knots to kick things off, that was precisely what was d...

  • 44Cup Cowes 2021 - Day 3

    Episode 11

    Three races and three different winners - fleet racing in ther RC44 class is always tight.. Practice or showcase, call it what you will, the 44Cup fleet simply call it another opportunity to line up against each other. And while starting off the Royal Yacht Squadron to canon fire is always specia...

  • 44Cup Cowes 2021 - Final Day

    Episode 12

    Despite the overnight seven point gap between the leaders Aleph and second placed CEEREF, experience told Hugues Lepic and his team that they should take nothing for granted. The final day of the 44Cup Cowes was always going to be big. Behind them the battle for third was intense with three teams...

  • 44Cup World Championship 2021 - Day 4

    Episode 13

    A last minute manoeuvre by Nico Poons’ Charisma won them the final race of the 44Cup Scarlino World Championship by a mere second, but it was the defending champions on Chris Bake’s Team Aqua that defended their title in this 11th RC44 World Championship by one slender point. Like a final curtain...

  • 44Cup World Championship 2021 - Day 3

    Episode 14

    Four races and four different winners on the second race day of the 11th RC44 World Championship in Scarlino. Conditions could not have been better with the offshore wind blowing 20 knots with shifty and puffy gusts. (CC Available)

    Video Producer: Icarus Sports

  • 44Cup World Championship 2021 - Day 2

    Episode 15

    Breezy in Scarlino for the start of the 11th RC44 Worlds - Day One was blown out with 30 knot winds which has dropped slightly allowing the teams to get out and battle for the title. Partly due to the difficult-to-read conditions, partly due to the intense competition between the nine boats, it w...

  • 44Cup World Championship 2021 - Preview

    Episode 16

    It's the RC44 Worlds Championship and a quick preview of the runners and riders for this prestigious cup being held in Scarlino, Italy. (CC Available)

    Video Producer: Icarus Sports

  • 44Cup Calero Marinas 2021 - Day 1

    Episode 17

    The 44Cup Calero Marinas Lanzarote, final and deciding event of the 2021 44Cup, got off to a difficult start. To race the nimble RC44s only need 5/6 knots of wind and on several occasions the race committee valiantly began a start sequence in more than this, only for the wind to disappear. (CC Av...

  • 44Cup Calero Marinas 2021 - Day 2

    Episode 18

    Conditions off Lanzarote’s moon scape south coast took on a different character for Day 2 of the 44Cup Calero Marinas Lanzarote, with much improved sailing conditions albeit with the 8-12 knot wind blowing either along or off the shore. For most, the day was one of mixed fortunes, none more so th...

  • 44Cup Calero Marinas 2021 - Day 3

    Episode 19

    A shallow depression centred due west of Gibraltar has effectively shut down the famous trades, which typically provide 20+ knot winds at this time of year in the Canary Islands, making it world renowned as a water sports mecca. While the forecast didn’t look hopeful, the nine RC44 teams were pat...

  • 44Cup Calero Marinas 2021 - Day 4

    Episode 20

    The schedule for the final day of racing, off the blackened alien landscape of Lanzarote’s south coast, was brought forward by two hours to 1000 UTC. PRO María Torrijo had made this call in order to provide the best window of opportunity to race given the forecast of a fourth day of light winds i...