Team Synergy/Heesen win the match race in the RC44 Austria Cup 2012

Photo credits: Guido Trombetta (Studio Borlenghi)

Team Synergy sponsored by Dutch superyacht builder Heesen has stayed on top of the season’s rankings in that format by winning first place in the match race and sixth place in fleet racing at the RC44 – Austria Cup, which was held in Gmunden, Lake Traunsee from 30th May to 3rd June.

The RC44 Austria Cup is the only leg of this circuit held on a Lake: the high mountains that soar around the racing course create unpredictable wind shifts that make this race extremely challenging – and exciting.

Team Synergy/Heesen has not lost a single match race in RC44 for an impressive run of 16 weeks, one of the longest winning streaks in this class’ history.

Unfortunately, because of bad weather conditions, only eight races out of twelve could be run. Led by tactician Ed Baird, with Valentin Zavadnikov and Leonid Lebedev at the helm, the team chose conservative tactics in the fleet race and achieved sixth position overall.

Fabio Ermetto, Sales and Marketing director at Heesen Yachts was pleased to comment: “Congratulations to the Owners and their team for this great success. At Heesen we are very proud to sponsor such a winning team!”

The next legs, which will complete this year’s RC44 circuit are:                    

  • 18th – 22nd July Marstrand Sweden
  • 3rd -7th October World Championship Rovinj Croatia