The prestigious RC44 class kicked off the season in the waters of Lanzarote
Lanzarote has once again been the backdrop to an outstanding event in the prestigious RC44 class with the celebration of the 44Cup Calero Marinas. Since 2008, this competition has found the conditions required to meet the demands of the best sailors in the world in the island’s waters. In this edition of the competition, 10 boats of 15 different nationalities took part, once again interrupting the blue of the horizon with their characteristic black sails during the four days of competition.
The RC44 fleet has been on the island since November, when the last 44Cup race of the year was held. The teams decided to overwinter in the more than 20,000m2 of space offered by Marina Lanzarote. The island has become a world benchmark for hosting competitions and training sessions for all types of sailing, with events confirming its ideal weather conditions, a regatta course that puts the best sailors in the world to the test and the peace and quiet that the crews need after the intense days of preparation.
Puerto Calero is the heart of the 44Cup Calero Marinas and the activity here is frenetic. The marina has been organising high level events for fourteen years, offering infrastructure and services to teams that participate in the best international competitions, and has become a refuge for Olympians and world champions. The marina also has an excellent gastronomic offer that delights the palates of sailors and lovers of good food.
Puerto Calero is a marina renowned for its environmental commitment, and proof of this is that it has held the Blue Flag award since 1994. In this competition Puerto Calero quantified the electricity consumption of the event and fuel consumption of the judges’ boats, press and support boats to calculate the carbon footprint and subsequently offset it by planting trees.
The regatta is committed to minimising the use of single-use plastics, and so the crews’ catering during the days’ sailing avoided these plastics and instead used biodegradable and compostable containers. Puerto Calero provided the crews and those participating in the regatta with a drinking fountain supplied by water filtered by osmosis, completely free of charge, in order to reduce the generation of single-use plastic bottles. Raising awareness of the importance of preserving the oceans is a very significant part of the event and one into which Puerto Calero invests a lot of effort and commitment. This international event is a clear example of the commitment of Puerto Calero and the 44Cup to the sustainability of the oceans.
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After four days of competition, the victory went to the Slovenian team in Igor Lah’s Ceeref powered by Hrastnik 1860 which held the lead from the first day. The next stop of the 44Cup will be in Cascais (Portugal). You can consult the complete classification of this race at this link.