The RC 44 Valencia Cup ended with two great races in 12-15 knots of wind on another perfectly sunny day.

Team Aqua put another great performance to win the fleet racing and the overall combined. Torbjorn Tornqvist finished second with his team on Artemis and BMW Oracle 17 was third. Onboard Katusha with Guenaddi Timchenko, we finished 6th in the fleet racing and 6th in the combined. Artemis was second in the combined.

So, it was a very good event for the Artemis Louis Vuitton Trophy team, with strategist Cameron Appleton on Team Aqua, Terry Hutchinson, Noel Drenan, Morgan Trubovich and Andy Fethers on Artemis and Robbie Naismith, Sean Clarkson and myself on Katusha.

Onboard Katusha, Guenaddi did a fantastic job steering in the steep chop and relatively breezy conditions. We have to keep reminding ourselves that he has sailed less than 15 times in his life.

Learning to sail while racing is a fast way to learn but it is also intense. Guenaddi is doing great!

Our next event in the RC 44 will be in Lanzarote in October. This event will be the World Championship for the Class.

The next event for Artemis is the TP 52 Audi Med Cup event in Cartegena, August 24-28.

For complete results go to www.rc44.com

Paul