Making its first appearance in Maltese waters in 2015, the RC44 Valletta Cup brought Olympians, World Champions and Americas Cup sailors, the likes of Cameron Appleton, Dean Barker, Ray Davies, Michele Ivaldi, Adrian Stead and Vasco Vascotto – just to mention a few, to Malta to race the RC44 Class. The RC44 is of course unique among one-designs in having been conceived by America’s Cup legend Russell Coutts, along with Slovenian designer, Andrej Justin.
Introducing the RC44 Class to Malta was the brainchild of Yachting Events, a company whose mission is to organise sailing and yachting events in the cleanest waters of the Mediterranean. 2018 will see the RC44 Valletta Cup being hosted for the third time, with racing planned to take place between the 14th and 18th November.
The format for racing remains the same as previous in previous seasons with regattas kicking off with a day of match racing, generally taking place in the Grand Harbour, surrounded by its giant bastions. The remainder of the event comprises fleet racing on windward-leeward courses, typically held outside of Marsamxett Harbour and off Tigne Point.
The RC44 Championship Tour brings together the worlds of sailing and business – amateur owner drivers race high performance one-design yachts with some of the world’s elite sailors in some of the most beautiful and diverse sailing venues around the world – Malta being part of the circuit is certainly a clear indication of the high Malta is held within the international sailing community.
The RC44 Valletta Cup is expected to be warmly welcomed by the local sailing community who look forward to a five day sailing spectacle and the opportunity to rub shoulders against sailing greats. All this taking place in easily accessible areas of our island.
“Economically speaking, events such as the RC44 Valletta cup, involve substantial spending – both in the run up through logistical requirements as well as the event itself which brings together a number of service providers working to ensure that all aspects of hosting such an event run smoothly”, explained Niki Travers Tauss, Director, Yachting Events. “The final figure does not include the exposure that Malta, as a sporting and business venue, will be benefitting from. This will come first hand from the leading media crews who will be here covering this event as well as from the crews who would have been in Malta for a while,”.
The first of five events to kick off the 2018 RC44 Championship was the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup in Lanzarote. The RC44s will then move on to Slovenia for the RC44 Portorož Cup. For event three, the fleet heads north to Marstrand on the west coast of Sweden before the fleet moves on to the 2018 the World Championship event, held in Cascais, Portugal, in September.
The RC44 Valletta Cup will take place between the 14th and 18th November 2018.