Latest Glam Circuit? RC44

13 Feb

Top-end professional sailing never seems to settle into a stable hierarchy. Instead, circuits wax and wane, while the professional sailors just float from one circuit to the next, following the money and energy. No circuit ever seems to truly crack the code.

The America's Cup will always attract top talent because it pays top, which is to say ridiculous, dollars. But it's hard to argue that with skyrocketing costs, uncertainty over the venue, and just three paid-up challengers the AC is thriving. 

MedCup was looking good for a while, but the AC, the economy, and the high cost of campaigning a top-end TP52 (and team) killed that Formula 1-style show.

So where do you go if you are a rich guy who wants to compete in a hot circuit with the world's best sailors? Looks like these days the RC44 is the top dog (for now). (Though if you are a speed freak who likes the thrill of potential crash and burn, then I direct you toward the Extreme Sailing Series).

Fourteen boats competing this year. A mix of fleet and match racing. A (relatively) affordable buy-in. And

deluxe hospitality in exotic, rich-guy, playgrounds. If they keep recruiting Russian billionaires at the current rate they could hit 20 boats.

So check it out, while the checking is good. Three years from now it will be something completely different.



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