After its inaugural visit in 2014, the RC44 Class has returned to the BVI to hold the season finale of the 2015 RC44 Championship Tour here.
This year’s Tour has taken the fleet to Malta, Sardinia, Sweden, Portugal, and now, the British Virgin Islands. The RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup will be held 25-29 November in the North Sound.
While the World Championship was decided in Cascais, Portugal, with Team Nika crowned 2015 world champion, competition in the 2015 RC44 Championship Tour continues in Virgin Gorda. There will be a mega-battle between friends and arch-rivals, Team CEEREF and Bronenosec Sailing Team, at present separated by just one point.
Nanny Cay was the staging point once again and we watched these one-design racing machines emerge from their plastic-wrap chrysalises.
The RC44 is a light displacement, high performance one-design racing yacht. Co-designed by five-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts with naval architect Andrej Justin. The boats are strictly identical in terms of construction, shape of hull, appendages and weight/weight distribution, as well as a 50-50 split between amateurs and professionals in each eight-person crew.
The stern of the boat is removable to allow the transportation length to be less than 40 feet. The keel fin attachment is also easily detachable and the mast is assembled in two parts, enabling all equipment to be stored and transported on a flat deck container to anywhere in the world.
To complement this, the RC44 class fits into a custom made container that not only carries the boat but serves as a cradle once the boat arrives at a regatta venue. All equipment including sails, rudder, keel fin, boom, mast and spares are stored in compartments within the container. The bulb is transported in position under the hull.