Dubai Gold Cup to close the 2007 RC44 season
[Source: RC44 Class] Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) organizes the eighth and last event of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2007 on December 13-16. The Dubai Gold Cup is also the first overseas regatta for the RC 44 fleet. All RC 44’s have been transported together, on their custom-made containers, saving a lot of manpower, effort and extra costs to the teams.
The regatta will reassemble eight teams representing eight nations. Both fleet and match races are scheduled. The winner of the Dubai Gold Cup will be the team with the smallest number of points in the combination of fleet and match races.
The three leaders of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2007 (Chris Bake’s Team Aqua with pro sailor Cameron Appleton, Russell Coutts’ Team Omega and Miroslav Reljanovic’s Cro-A-Sail) are comfortably established at the top of the RC 44 Championship Tour. However, the regatta promises to be intense with newcomers ES Bankers Dubai (Patrick De Barros / Dean Barker), Team Ceeref (Igor Lah / James Spithill) and Team Hiroshi - Città di Milano (Armando Giulietti / Sébastien Col).
The Dubai Gold Cup will start on Thursday, with fleet races. A match racing round-robin is scheduled on Friday and Saturday whilst the teams will complete the fleet race on Sunday. A short coastal race will be incorporated in the fleet race ranking.