Fourteen teams returned to Puerto Calero to start the 2012 RC44 Championship Tour, three months after the final of the RC44 World Championships. The battle for the Puerto Calero Cup, the first leg in this year’s circuit, was waged in open waters. The challenging racing course makes Lanzarote one of the best sea sailing venues in Southern Europe. A wide range of sailing conditions gave the teams a great challenge at their first appearance after the winter break.
Team Synergy, led by America’s Cup sailor Ed Baird won five out of six match races, placing third in the overall ranking. The team was less fortunate in the fleet races, where they ranked 13th due to a series of major break-downs.
Valentin Zavadnikov, co-owner and captain of Team Synergy commented: “The team is well-prepared and ready to compete with the best sailors in the world – our performance in match racing proves it. Two days in the beginning of the fleet-racing were tough for us when we had an unprecedented amount of breakdowns. That certainly affected our results in this part of the regatta in a negative way. But our main goal is to have a harmonious and well-working team and we are close to achieving it”.
Leonid Lebedev, co-owner of Team Synergy said: “Ed Baird is the highest-level professional and he fits into the team perfectly. But in fleet racing, where the owners are at the helm, he calls tactics conservatively to save us from the extreme situations. But there are no wins without risky moves. I’m sure, we’ll find right rhythm in the nearest future and we are going to have better results”.
The RC44 race calendar foresees four more exciting and challenging legs:
28 March – 1 April Cascais – Portugal
30 May – 3 June Gmunden – Austria
18 – 22 July Marstrand – Sweden
3 – 7 October Rovinj – Croatia
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