The sailors involved in the RC 44 Championship Tour usually love this stopover; although some of them fear it. Indeed, the conditions aren't always like on the postcards. For example, last year's regattas took place in bitter cold weather and a couple of furious storms hit the lake during racing, creating havoc and surprising the most experienced sailors including several Cape Horner's.
Ten world Class teams will compete for the RC 44 Austria Cup, including all the teams involved in Dubai in February. Artemis (Torbjörn Törnqvist / Terry Hutchinson) is currently leading the Championship Tour ahead of No Way Back (Pieter Pieter Heerema / Ray Davies), Team Sea Dubai (Markus Wieser Team Aqua (Chris Bake / Cameron Appleton) and Ceeref (igor Lah / Rod Davis). Markus Wieser's team from the UAE won the first match race contest of the year, whilst Team Aqua grasped the fleet race title.
Absent from the circuit since September 2009 due to their America's Cup commitments, several sailors will make their come back in Austria, including James Spithill, Russell Coutts and Larry Ellison. Coutts / Ellison will be back on their one-design BMW ORACLE Racing (4th overall last year), whilst James Spithill will take the helm of a boat currently called "Boat 17".
The flat water and sometimes tricky tactical conditions will be an interesting challenge for all the teams involved in the RC 44 Austria Cup. On great form in Dubai, with two victories in the fleet regatta, the local team Austria will be keen to perform in front of its public.
The teams involved in the RC 44 Austria Cup:
Team No Way Back (Pieter Heerema / Ray Davies)
Artemis (Torbjorn Tornqvist / Terry Hutchinson)
CEEREF (Igor Lah / Rod Davis)
BMW ORACLE Racing (Larry Ellison / Russell Coutts)
Team Aqua (Chris Bake / Cameron Appleton)
Team Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (Daniel Calero / José Maria Ponce)
Katusha (Paul Cayard)
Team Sea Dubai (Harm Muller Spreer / Markus Wieser)
Team Austria (René Mangold / Christian Binder)
Boat 17 (Ian Vickers / James Spithill)
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