Puerto Calero – Lanzarote and the Canary Islands will once more become the global centre of world-class sailing with the celebration of the Calero Marinas RC44 World Championship in which will take part the world’s best sailors and crews of the most competitive class.
The 2013 season consisted of five regattas. After kicking off in February in Muscat, Oman, the fleet then moved to Trapani, Italy in May, while in June it was the turn of Marstrand, Sweden, to play host. In October, the RC44’s raced in Cascais, Portugal and the big finale of the season will take place in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote.
Puerto Calero has also become one of the highlight events of the circuit as well as the oldest, as with no interruption since 2008 it has hosted one event of the circuit every year. This will also mark the third time an RC44 World Championship is held here, after the highly-successful editions of 2010 and 2011.
RC44 class president Russell Coutts comments, “It gives me great pleasure to see the RC44 fleet continue to evolve. That the circuit is so successful is a tribute to the owners, their teams and the great one-design racing“.
Coutts also highlights the return to Puerto Calero: “I welcome the return for the Worlds to Puerto Calero. This marks our third World Championships in Lanzarote, a great venue we have visited on the Tourevery year since 2008. We always get fantastic racing and a warm welcome from the charming Calero family“.
José Calero, managing director of Puerto Calero stated that, “This has been a tremendous year for events here in Puerto Calero and we are all very much looking forward to hosting our RC44 friends once again for the prestigious World Championships. Expecting up to 15 teams to take part, all is set for a spectacular regatta here in November“.
Chris Bake`s Team Aqua will to go Puerto Calero as the circuit leader, while Russians Katusha and Synergy, ranked second and third respectively in fleet and match racing, will attempt their final assault.
Meanwhile, Puerto Calero, skippered by Jose Maria Ponce, will return to the highest level of competition, in a race on her home waters and the usual crew, entirely made of sailors from Spain and the Canary Islands.
John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum from Gibraltar will try to defend in Lanzarote her world championship title, clinched in 2012 on Croatian waters.