Marstrand – Dutchman Nico Poons and his crew on Charisma triumphed at the end of a thrilling final day in the 2018 RC44 Marstrand Cup which came down to the last run of the 12thand last race in sparkling sunshine off Sweden’s west coast.
Poons started the day in second place, two points behind overnight leader Torbjorn Tornqvist on Artemis Racing, but after scoring a fourth place in the first race of the day, then his third win of the series in the second heat, he just needed to finish one place behind Artemis to win the title.
Charisma started well in the final race but a disastrous windward mark rounding first time round saw her drop from third to last in the nine-strong fleet of high-performance all-carbon monohulls.
But Poons and his team, with Ray Davies on tactics, found speed on the run and by the second windward mark they were on Artemis’s tail. They then sat there down the final run to the finish, winning the title on countback with the two crews tied on 48 points.
Poons now takes the lead for the season in the RC44 fleet from Igor Lah’s crew on CEEREF, which finished fourth here, three points behind Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika.
The next event in the calendar is the RC44 World Championship in Cascais in Portugal starting on September 26th.
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