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Russians win sailing world championship without lifting a finger

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Russia’s Bronenosec was crowned RC44 world fleet racing champion without even taking to the waves on Sunday – because the conditions were too bad.

Vladimir Liubomirov’s boat had led going into the final day’s racing in Marstrand, Sweden, but near gale force winds and substantial breaking waves meant it was too dangerous to sail, leaving the Russians victorious.

It was an anti-climax to what was tipped to be a thrilling day’s action – after four days of close-fought fleet racing, an incredible nine teams were left with a chance of winning the title.

But the three scheduled races were called off, and Bronenosec were named champions.

“I am very happy,” Liubomirov, from St Petersburg Yacht Club, said. “What is very symbolic for me is that my first experience with the RC44 was here in Marstrand one year ago.”

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Rival skippers agreed with the principal race officer – Peter Reggio – who made the decision to call it off.

But Tom Slingsby, tactician for second-placed Charisma, was left wondering what might have been:

“It is the sea state more than the wind. It is a shame because we were only six points away, plus we feel we are better in the strong conditions, so we were hoping to get out there.”

RC44, designed by legendary sailor Russell Coutts, is the closest yachting class to America’s Cup sailing, with the boats lightweight versions of those taking part in the famous race.

There are five annual events, including a World Championship, which this season took place in Marstrand.

For more information on RC44 sailing, click here.

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