Heesen Yachts is thrilled to announce that team Synergy/Heesen won first place in the match race and third place overall at the RC44 – Cascais Cup, that was just held in Cascais, Portugal from 28th March to 1st April.
Fifteen teams – (team Aegir UK joined so there was one more racing yacht in the fleet than in Puerto Calero) – raced over five days in a range of differing weather conditions; from a potentially boat-breaking situation with gusts of 28 knots, to light breezes and sun, followed by a storm and a couple of hours of torrential rain!
Valentin Zavadnikov and Leonid Lebedev’s team Synergy was led by America’s Cup skipper Ed Baird, their new tactician for the 2012 circuit. This is the first time the team have gained a place on the podium in the fleet race since they joined the RC44 back in 2010. The races at Cascais were the second event for the team’s new tactician, who had already led Synergy team to bronze in the match race at the Puerto Calero Cup in February.
Fabio Ermetto, Sales and Marketing Director at Heesen Yachts, comments: “We are very excited to see that team Synergy is progressing up the rankings. Congratulations to the Owners, the tactician and their great crew who led our yacht to this incredible success!”
The next stop in the 2012 RC44 Championship Tour is the RC44 Austria Cup on Lake Traunsee from 30th May to 2nd of June.
After that the races move on across Europe:
18th – 22nd July Marstrand – Sweden
3rd – 7th October Rovinj – Croatia
Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS 13) races on hull number 24, launched in 2010. Boat Owners and helmsmen Valentin Zavadnikov and Leonid Lebedev together with American tactician Ed Baird led team Synergy to 12th place overall in both the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Having also run successful TP52 and Louis Vuitton Series campaigns, Synergy’s goal is to develop top level yacht racing in Russia by creating professional crew capable of competing against the world’s best sailors.