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22 April 2008, 03:47 pm
Stars Turn Out For Cagliari RC 44 Cup
Racing from the first leg of the RC44 tour in Dubai
Racing from the first leg of the RC44 tour in Dubai

Cagliari RC 44 Cup 2008
Cagliari, Italy

With recently crowned World Champions in the Star, Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ (POL) and Farr 40, Vincenzo ONORATO (ITA), the second regatta of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2008 promises to be a fantastic sailing event.
Indeed, Ben AINSLIE (GBR), Russell COUTTS (NZL), James SPITHILL (AUS), Sébastien COL (FRA), Larry ELLISON (USA), Cameron APPLETON (NZL) and many more will fight hard for the title on board ten strict one design RC 44s in the superb venue of Cagliari.

Just one day to go until the start of the second event of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2008! The tension is rising on the pontoons of Cagliari. Indeed, this regatta - organized by Yacht Club Cagliari with the support of the City of Cagliari - assembles some of the world's best sailors on board ten strict one design RC 44s.

Two of the competitors, Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ (Team Organika) and Vincenzo ONORATO (Mascalzone Latino) have won prestigious World Championship titles last week, in the highly competitive Star and Farr 40 Classes. Two fantastic achievements and an extra motivation for the other teams to beat them!

Team Hiroshi - Città di Milano (Armando GIULIETTI and COL), the current leader of the Championship Tour and winner of the first season regatta in Dubai, will lead the charge. Also in Cagliari with great ambition, Chris BAKE and APPLETON - winners of last year's Championship Tour - will be keen to climb on the podium after their fourth place in Dubai last month.

Triple Olympic medallist AINSLIE will discover the RC 44 yachts on board Patrick DE BARROS's Team Banco Espirito Santo. So will ELLISON, helming both the fleet and the match race and sailing for the first time with COUTTS on a BMW ORACLE Racing branded RC 44.

The Cagliari Cup will start on Wednesday April 23 with the match racing event. Unbeaten in match racing since two regattas, Team Ceeref (Igor LAH and SPITHILL) is the logical favourite of this event. After a full round robin, hopefully completed in two days, the team owners will take the helm for three days of fleet racing; a contest that is probably more open than the match. A long distance race - the DHL Trophy - will allow the fleet to discover the beauties of Cagliari's surroundings. The winner of this race will be awarded with the DHL Trophy, whilst the points of the regatta will be incorporated in the fleet race ranking.

Other teams will look for precious points on the Championship Tour, such as Miroslav RELJANOVIC's Cro-A-Sail, dominator of the first RC 44 season in 2006, DIMC's Team Sea Dubai with Markus WIESER (GER) at the helm, or Isao MITA's Team Beecom from Japan.
Bernard Schopfer
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