RC44 Valletta Cup & Yacht Racing Forum 2016
Malta has established itself as a key yacht racing destination on the international yachting map along with its reputation and lengthy nautical tradition. We are anticipating an eventful week kicking off with the RC44 Valletta Cup the 23rd – 27th November following the Yacht Racing Forum right after on the 28th -29th November.
Embraced by the world’s most talented sailors and yachting enthusiasts alike, the 2016 RC44 Championship final is looking as intensive as ever. The RC44 Valletta Cup, hosted in Malta for the first time in March 2015, has returned this autumn with a bang. RC44 in itself is a one-design sailing class, a 44 foot long sleek racing vessel with a 121kg mast shooting sails 69foot high up in the sky. The design of the RC44 sailing boat was a three year intensive process, formulated by naval architect Andrej Justin and the five-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts. Its stunning design surely brings out the geek in every sailor.
The class is fantastic, there’s just no comparison. The tour, the competition, the organisation, the boat design, everything is pushing the RC44 forward. There is uniformity and it makes it a joy to be part of for all entrants the yachting fandom.
The Maltese islands deliver challenging yet exciting conditions for the sailors, thus making the competition within the class an all-time high. Hubert Detrey, the RC44 Class Hospitality Manager, praised Malta for this: “Malta is considered to be the wind factory of the Mediterranean and with the warm climate the owners enjoy the fast pace racing Malta offers. The hospitality in Malta has been incomparable both from the local organising authority as well as all the stakeholders involved – all have made our teams and support crews very welcome”.
The RC44 Valletta Cup kicks off in Malta’s Grand Harbour on the 23rd November with a day of match racing in a tournament format. This year’s Valletta tournament will be an extra nail biting end to the final as the winner will be awarded the RC44 Championship Tour champion.
Watch the RC44 Championship Tour Promo on Youtube by clicking here
Members of the yacht racing community from all over the world are invited to save the date and join the Yacht Racing Forum 2016, on November 28-29 in Malta. Co-hosted by Yachting Malta and Yachting Events, the event will provide a unique opportunity to network, debate the future of the sport and make new business ties. The forum will take place right after the RC44 Valetta Cup, providing a great opportunity for participants to attend both events. The dates have also been selected in order to avoid clashes with Le Nautic Paris Boat Show.
The Yacht Racing Forum will be consisting of two conferences. Day one will focus on yacht racing marketing, design and technology. The day will end up with a gala reception that will provide a great opportunity to meet the sports' key personalities in a pleasant environment. Day two will host a plenary session and focus on risk management and safety in the morning, followed by topics of general interest for sailors, event organisers, designers and sponsors. Key international sailing stakeholders include Volvo Ocean Race, Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image, Virtual Regatta, Yacht Film and North Sails as well as international supporting environmental charities such as Sailors for the Sea.
“The main mission of the Yacht Racing Forum is to gather the sports' key personalities and organise a top quality event", says Bernard Schopfer, the owner of the Yacht Racing Forum. "The venue, in Malta, is absolutely stunning. We are determined to keep developing the Forum with a long term vision in order to provide guarantees of sustainability to our partners and exhibitors."
So grab a pair of binoculars and get your deck shoes ready. Head over to our magnificent Grand Harbour for a jam packed eventful yacht racing week!