Russell Coutts’ Team Omega wins the 4th RC44 Championship Tour Event in Lugano
Photo credit: Team Lightbay - Russell Coutts' Team Omega ahead of Mascalzone Latino and Team Light Bay
Lugano (CH), 23 June 2007 – Pristine conditions in Lugano provided the perfect setting for Team Omega to win the first RC44 event in Switzerland. Team Omega’s helmsman, Ronnie Pieper, Vice President of the Swiss Sailing Federation, was delighted with the win.
In today’s racing, Team Lightbay celebrated another first, while Mascalzone Latino showed consistent improvement with two second place finishes and a win in the final race.
Despite Team Omega’s collision with Mascalzone Latino during the start of Race 6, the team was ready to race this morning, having swiftly installed their new ‘crash bow’ yesterday evening.
It seemed fitting that three-time America’s Cup winner, Russell Coutts win the RC44 Lugano Yacht Club Cup on the first day of the 32nd America’s Cup. Second place overall went to Mascalzone Latino, followed by Team Aqua in third and Lightbay in fourth.
The owners and their crews will now begin preparing for the challenging conditions of Lake Garda for the next event of the RC44 Championship Tour, from 12-15 July.