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15 August 2014, 09:57 am
Early Lead For Charisma At RC44 Worlds
Windy racing at RC44 Worlds
Windy racing at RC44 Worlds

RC44 World Championship
Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club, Marstrand Island, Sweden

Fleet racing at the RC44 Marstrand World Championship got underway in further lively conditions, delivering a mix of sun, occasional torrential rain, strong winds with occasional lulls, plus, in race three, a giant squall.
After three races, RC44 newcomer, Nico Poons' Charisma (MON), lies three points clear of Chris Bake's Team Aqua (GBR) on 11 points, in turn one ahead of Vladimir Prosikhin's Team Nika (RUS). Neither Charisma nor Team Aqua won a race today, but their 4-2-2 and 2-4-5 score lines were enough to leave them a cut above the rest. Charisma's race two result was particularly impressive given she was over early and had to restart.

The first race saw Team Nika continue her unbeaten run from yesterday when she emerged as the top boat in the match racing. For race two it was the turn of Valentin Zavadnikov and Leonid Lebedev's Synergy Russian Sailing Team. But the surprise performance of the day came in the third race when Katusha (RUS) claimed her first race win of the season, despite co-owners Vladimir Sokolov and Robert Filimonov having only taken up yacht racing this year.

Race three was by far the most dramatic with a giant rain cloud encroaching on the right side of the course bringing with it gusts of up to 26 knots and a 50 degree right hand wind shift.

Youtube fleet racing highlights here.

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