Since its launch in 2007, the RC44 Championship Tour has established itself as a key series to compete on in the international yacht racing circuit.
The defining spirit of the Tour brings together the worlds of sailing and business, allowing amateur owner drivers to race, high performance one-design yachts, with some of the world’s elite sailors, competing at some of the most beautiful and diverse sailing venues around the world.
Reading like a who’s who of sailing’s greatest achievers, from America’s Cup legends to Olympic champions, the top names to have embraced the RC44 Class in its first nine years include:
· Two times British Olympic gold medallist & Artemis Racing’s America’s Cup Team Manager, Iain Percy
· 2000 America’s Cup winner & winner of the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 RC44 Championship Tour, Cameron Appleton
· Italian sailing legend with two MedCup, 20 World, 11 European & 23 Italian titles under his belt, Vasco Vascotto
· Helm of 2007 winning America’s Cup team, Ed Baird
· 2000 America’s Cup winner & winner of the 2007 & 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup, Dean Barker
· British Olympic gold medallist, Paul Goodison
· 2010 & 2013 America’s Cup winning skipper, James Spithill
· Seven-time sailing World Champion, a seven-time America's Cup veteran and two-time Olympian, Paul Cayard
· Tactician and a strategist leading his team to four America’s Cup victories, Brad Butterworth
· Australian Olympic gold medallist and tactician for Oracle Team USA’s winning America’s Cup team, Tom Slingsby
· US SAILING's 2008 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and TP52 World Champion, Terry Hutchinson
And that’s before we mention Class co–designer, five times America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts.
Although one of most competitive classes on the international circuit, the RC44 class is also one of the most friendly and welcoming.
Photo Credit: RC44/Martinez Studio