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The RC44 Class enters its ninth year with the announcement of two new venues for their 2015 Championship Tour. RC44 Championship Tour, 2015 calendar unveiled

Bombarda Racing - RC44 Championship TourLondon – The RC44 Class enters its ninth year with the announcement of two new venues for their 2015 Championship Tour.

A total of five venues next year will see the Class start in its first new location – Valletta, Malta in March ahead of touring some of the finest sailing venues in Europe. This includes a debut for  Porto Cervo, Italy as well as old favorites Marstrand, Sweden and Cascais, Portugal before heading back to the Caribbean to finish the season in the winter sun at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Virgin Gorda.

2015 Championship Tour Schedule:
25 – 29 March – RC44 Valletta Cup, Malta
17 – 21 June – Audi Porto Cervo Cup, Italy
28 July – 1 August – RC44 Marstrand Cup, Sweden
30 September – 4 October – RC44 Cascais World Championship, Portugal
25 – 29 November – RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup, British Virgin Islands

RC44 Class founder Russell Coutts comments, “It’s fantastic to be taking the Tour to two new venues in 2015. The competition in the class is at phenomenal level and having new teams like Charisma, Artemis Racing Youth and Bombarda Racing joining the fleet and attracting first class sailors such as Tom Slingsby, Nathan Outteridge and Francesco de Angelis, is giving the leader board a shake up and allowing for any team to be on the podium for a regatta.

Kicking off the season and making its debut on to the RC44 circuit is Malta’s renowned capital Valletta, City of the Knights. Built on a peninsula in one of the world’s largest and deepest natural harbours, this historic city on the East coast of Malta will offers the sailors a thrilling start to the season with prevailing westerly breeze of 11-15 knots and racing against the backdrop of the city’s magnificent fortress.

Peter Valentino, on behalf of host Yachting Event’s Ltd added, “It is a privilege to host the RC44 Class in Valletta, renowned for visiting some of the most beautiful and diverse sailing venues in the world.. We know we will offer the sailors a unique sailing environment and some beautiful conditions for racing.

The second stop on the Tour will again visit a new venue. The RC44 Class will debut in the debut of iconic Italian sailing haven of Puerto Cervo, as the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda hosts sailing’s elite in the spectacular conditions of Porto Cervo

Continuing their tour of Europe, the RC44 Class will then go on to return to two venues that are firm favourites. The forth event of the season will be hosted for the fifth consecutive year on the Swedish Island of Marstrand, before the RC44 World Championship takes place in the dramatic rolling Atlantic swell of Cascais, Portugal.

To finish off the season, the fleet will then make their winter migration to Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands for the final event of the season in the turquoise waters of the central Caribbean Sea.

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