It's rock-and-roll time for the RC44's in Valencia !!!!
If you had any doubt the RC44's are true racing machines that take off downwind just watch the video I took onboard Katusha in the last downwind leg of the race against AEZ. Even if the Russian team, skippered by Paul Cayard, had a comfortable lead over the Austrian team at the approach to the second top mark, the first minute of the downwind leg had plenty of drama in store for Cayard and his crew.
The spinnaker hoist was flawless and all seemed to be smooth, until Marco Constant, the South African mainsail trimmer, slipped and fell overboard. A frantic 11 seconds followed on Katusha but Paul Cayard and the rest of the crew safely brought Constant back onboard.
As for the rest of the races, it was yet another glorious day with perfect but rough conditions. Similar to yesterday, organizers decided not to allow more guests after the fourth flight, so we missed the really funky sailing.
Marco Contant, Katusha mainsail trimmer, falls overboard.