Highlights from Day One of the 44Cup Baiona Regatta

The opening day of the 44Cup Baiona regatta kicked off with anticipation as sailors geared up for racing on the high-performance RC44 one designs. Hosted by the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona (MRCYB) at the 14th-century Monterreal Castle, the day promised excitement amidst the picturesque setting.

Despite initial concerns about light winds, the racing eventually commenced at 14:15 after a two-hour postponement, with the sun breaking through the grey sky. In the first race, Artemis Racing, led by Torbjörn Törnqvist, tacked early on a shift to secure the lead, overcoming challenges with a flawless performance.

However, Artemis Racing faced a setback during the race when a hoist malfunctioned, forcing the team to make quick adjustments. Despite the hiccup, they managed to regain the lead and clinch victory at the leeward gate, demonstrating their resilience and team-work on the water.

Race two followed a similar pattern, with Team Ceeref Vaider emerging victorious after a well-executed start and strategic decisions on the course. Igor Lah’s team showcased impeccable boat handling and tactics, securing their place at the top of the leaderboard.

Reflecting on their success, Lah emphasized the importance of patience and strategic thinking, highlighting the competitive nature of the fleet. Meanwhile, Daniel Calero’s Calero Sailing Team impressed with their performance, securing a fifth-place finish and remaining competitive throughout the race.

As the day came to a close, Team Ceeref Vaider claimed the top spot on the leaderboard, tied on points with Charisma. Artemis Racing and Peninsula Racing closely followed, setting the stage for an intense competition in the days ahead.

Looking ahead, sailors brace themselves for more light conditions forecasted for the upcoming races, with anticipation building as the competition heats up over the weekend. With the fleet demonstrating their prowess on the water, spectators can expect thrilling racing and fierce battles for victory in the 44Cup Baiona regatta.

44CUP BAIONA RESULTS:

(After two races) 
1. 🇸🇮 Team CEEREF Vaider – 5 1 – 6
2. 🇲🇨 Charisma – 2 4 – 6
3. 🇸🇪 Artemis Racing – 1 7 – 8
4. 🇬🇧 Peninsula Racing – 6 2 – 8
5. 🇫🇷 Aleph Racing – 7 3 – 10
6. 🇲🇨 Team Nika – 3 8 – 11
7. 🇨🇭 Black Star Sailing Team – 4 9 – 13
8. 🇪🇸 Calero Sailing Team – 9 5 – 14
9. 🇬🇧 Team Aqua – 8 6 – 14

44CUP OVERALL RANKING 2024:

(After one event) 
1. 🇲🇨 Team Nika – 1
2. 🇸🇮 Team CEEREF Vaider – 2
3. 🇬🇧 Peninsula Racing – 3
4. 🇬🇧 Team Aqua – 4
5. 🇫🇷 Aleph Racing – 5
6. 🇲🇨 Charisma – 6
7. 🇨🇭 Black Star Sailing Team – 7
8. 🇸🇪 Artemis Racing – 8
9. 🇪🇸 Calero Sailing Team – 9

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