The 44Cup Porto Montenegro (10-14th April) will be hosted by world-renowned superyacht marina, Porto Montenegro. This prestigious tour of one design boats, taking place during the second week of April, brings together sailing and business, allowing amateur helmsmen to compete with the world’s top sailors in some of the world’s most beautiful locations.
“We are excited to host the fleet for the first time in Porto Montenegro and Montenegro in general. Over the course of the years, we’ve been working hard on improving sailing in the Boka Bay, bringing numerous international regattas and professional sailors to home waters. Hosting the 44Cup marks another level of events here at Porto Montenegro – we look forward to the races,” said David Margason, Managing Director, Porto Montenegro.
Porto Montenegro is situated in Tivat in the Bay of Kotor, virtually landlocked from the sea. Its setting is spectacular, nestled between mountains and vast fjords to Venetian hamlets and untouched parks. Home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Montenegro is firmly on its ascent as a tourist destination.
“I think it won’t be that windy, but it is very beautiful and I am looking forward to going there – it’s great to take the fleet to new venues,” said Charisma’s Nico Poons, who will be hoping a good result in Montenegro will put him on a firm footing to defend his 44Cup title.
A strong, enthusiastic group of owners including Bake, 2018 circuit winner Nico Poons, reigning World Champion Vladimir Prosikhin, plus Artemis Racing’s Torbjörn Törnqvist, Team CEEREF’s Igor Lah, Peninsula Petroleum’s John Bassadone, Bronenosec Sailing Team’s Vladimir Liubomirov and Kirill Frolov, Aleph Racing’s Hugues Lepic, among others, remain staunchly committed to both the 44Cup and the Russell Coutts-inspired one design yacht they still very much enjoy racing on. This season, they will be joined by a new boat belonging to the Tavatuy Sailing Team.
“The RC44 is very elegant and ahead of its time,” continues Bake. “We can race it well in 5 knots or 25 knots. It has all the intricacies like the trim tab that we can thank Russell for. For owner-drivers, it is thrilling to sail, a delight and – at times – a challenge, to steer. But best of all you get to experience Grand Prix racing at its highest level, sailing with some of the world’s top crew, but with costs controlled. It is a strict one design, numbers of pro sailors and new sails are limited, plus the boat was designed to fit into a standard 40ft container for easy shipping.”
“We are proud to be the silver sponsor of the race as well as the home-port for all race professionals. We are also looking forward to welcoming spectators who are booking our package thoughtfully curated around the race which enables us to showcase bespoke service, elements of the local lifestyle, wellness and gourmet offerings. We are delighted to commence the 2019 season with this exceptional event.“ Stated Kai Dieckmann, General Manager of the Regent Hotel.