The races of the first leg of 2019 RC44 Cup finished on April 13 in Porto Montenegro in Tivat. Slovenian CEEREF, champions of R44 seasons 2016 and 2017, and 2016 world champions, secured their victory. Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika came second, with British Team Aqua ranking third
Ever since its launch in 2007, RC44 race has never taken place in fashionable Porto Montenegro before. Despite thorough preparations, the forecasts looked glum. The Bay of Kotor, surrounded by mountains, was almost windless on the race days, which made it impossible for teams to practice ahead of the race, hardly allowing for nine races in four days.
RC44 Montenegro Cup race flow turned out sporadic with two races on the opening day, three on April 11, one on the following day, and three on the final day on April 13. It was unusually chilly and often rained, so a few unexpected turnouts of the tour came as no surprise.
Firstly, despite the weather Slovenian CEEREF showed impeccable consistency, leading on all four days. "We did not expect to have such great results, the final day turned out to be critical, when we had amazing three races", says CAFEER'S owner and driver Igor Lah. "I'm so happy, it's so cool to win the tour in Montenegro."
Secondly, Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika, three-time world champions, pulled themselves together and stepped up their game. Team Nika ranked second on the opening day. Day two turned out to be disappointing with OCS in one start and picking up a penalty in another. But the team managed to regain focus and win the only race on April 12, finishing in the top three on the final day. "Elevating to second is more than we could wish for with multiple substitutions and old gennaker," says Vladimir Prosikhin.
Thirdly, Tavatuy Sailing Team from Yekaterinburg made a successful debut. In six out of nine races Pavel Kuznetsov and Evgeny Neugodnikov's team finished in the top five, securing the well-deserved fifth place.
Bronenosec Sailing Team from St. Petersburg also had a few substitutions. The team hoped to thoroughly practice before the race, which was impossible because of the bad weather. On Thursday, Bronenosec should have won the first race, holding a massive lead until their spinnaker exploded. Nonetheless, Kirill Frolov's Bronenosec did win the second race on the final day, marking their first victory this season. This wasn't enough to get to the podium, though: the team only salvaged a 6th. "We had a hard time racing," says Kirill Frolov, Bronenosec's driver. "Although all teams were in the same position because of the weather. We need to work harder and train more. We have a great potential to build on."
From Montenegro the RC44s head up the Adriatic to Rovinj, Croatia for their second event of the season over May 29 to June 2.
RC44 Montenegro Cup results https://www.44cup.org/results
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