Photo: Dan Ljungsvik

No way back for No Way Back

Turn arounds at the RC44 Sweden Cup. Plus photos from Rick Tomlinson

Saturday August 20th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: Sweden

30 knot winds and a three metre swell kept the RC44 fleet in dock at Marstrand this morning. By 14:00 there was much talk of golf and siestas, but just as the race committee thought the sea state and wind were not going to relent, it all changed.

With the race course repositioned to the north of Marstrand Island the first race of the day got underway in 16 knots of breeze and a difficult sea state. The RC44s were clearly keen to get going, three general recalls later and race officer Peter Reggio managed to get the fleet away, but it wasn’t a clean start. Overnight leaders No Way Back (NED) and second placed Aleph Sailing (FRA) were both called over.

No Way Back didn’t manage to get back into the race, but were quick to make amends winning the next by a substantial 2 minutes 57 seconds margin. Their 14th place in the day’s opener dropped them off the top of the leaderboard to fourth. Asked why there had been so many false starts Pieter Heeremas’ analysis was: “Probably the current was pushing us more than anyone has taken in to account, maybe the fleet is getting nervous that it’s getting to the end of the season and the races are starting to count.”

The comeback kids of the day had to be Aleph Racing. After their first premature start they managed to claw back to eighth. After another general recall in the second race, the fleet got away, but there were individual recalls for Islas Canarias Puerto Calero and… Aleph Sailing. Another comeback saw them finish fourth. “I don’t know how we got such good comebacks, we had pretty good speed up wind and especially in the second race we had good boat speed downwind as well,” explained owner driver Hugues Lepic. The team drop one place on the overall leaderboard to third.

It was consistency that paid on the penultimate day of the RC44 Sweden Cup. A familiar boat rose to the top of leader board. Chris Bake, Cameron Appleton and the crew of Team Aqua (GBR) slotted in a second and a fourth to take the overall lead with one day to go, but it hasn’t been an easy ride for the RC44 Championship Tour leaders. “The sailing here is still pretty hard”, explained Bake. “It was pretty lumpy today and clearly if No Way Back didn’t have that early start, they would be right at the top of the leader board, it’s still incredibly tight and incredibly tricky.”

Team Ceeref also showed great consistency moving up to second overall.

As for the home team Artemis Racing, unable to repair the damage from yesterday they were back on the race course thanks to Team KSSS’ offer to use their RC44 for the rest of the regatta.

Magnus Woxen and Olle Jo Johnson had entered KSSS with the Royal Swedish Yacht Club to give some young talented sailors in Sweden the chance to race against some of the best sailors in the world.

Magnus Woxen explained the decision. "It was a great opportunity for KSSS to compete over the last few days in the RC44 Sweden Cup. After yesterday’s incident, we felt it was important to let Artemis Racing continue in the regatta which counts as part of the RC44 Championship Tour.” The young team-members on KSSS will now get the opportunity to take the 9th man spots on the RC44s for the rest of the regatta.

Results: RC44 Sweden Cup Fleet Racing (after six race no discards)

1   Team Aqua     5 6 3 11 2 4 = 31
2   Team Ceeref     1 12 12 3 5 2 = 35
3   Aleph Sailing Team      2 2 4 14 8 5 = 35
4   No Way Back     7 9 1 4 14 1 = 36
5   Artemis Racing     3 4 5 17DNS 7 6 = 42
6   ORACLE Racing      11 5 6 5 10 7 = 44
7   Islas Canarias Puerto Calero      8 11 7 2 4 13 = 45
8   Synergy Russian Sailing Team       4 10 15 10 3 3 = 45
9   Peninsula Petroleum       6 16 9 9 1 9 = 50
10   Team Nika      9 8 10 1 12 10 = 50
11   Katusha      10 3 2 12 11 12 = 50
12   Ironbound       12 7 8 6 6 14 = 53
13   AEZ Sailing Team       15 1 13 13 9 11 = 62
14   MAG Racing       16 13 14 7 13 8 = 71
15   Team KSSS      14 14 11 8 17DNS 17DNS = 81
16   RUS-7 Sail Racing Team powered by      13 15 16 15 15 15 = 89

The following photos are from Rick Tomlinson/



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