Lying on the south east coast of Lanzarote where, sheltered from the dominant NE winds of the area and protected from high waves by the presence of the islands of Fuertaventura and Lobos it’s the ideal base for sailing, is the deluxe marina of Puerto Calero, venue for the 2012 RC44 Cup to be held from 8th to 12th February 2012.
The RC44 is a boat which is suitable for both lake and coastal conditions and is effective in both fleet and match racing. Designed by Andrej Justin and first created in 2005 from an idea by New Zealand sailor Russell Coutts (RC) to develop a smaller and more portable America’s Cup class, the RC44’s scoop, keel and mast can be dismantled so that the boat fits into a 40′ container for easy transportation. So popular has the boat proved to be that in just five years the class has expanded across three continents. The RC44 has been gracing the off-shore seas of Lanzarote since 2007.
The picturesque marina of Puerto Calero first opened her floating pontoons in 1989 with 220 berths and has been expanded over the years to 420 berths for boats up to 60 metres in length and 20 super yacht berths for boats between 25 and 50 metres. As well as sailing, the nautical contingent can indulge in sea kayaking, fishing, diving or heading out on a submarine safari while the family landlubbers get to grips with golf, squash or tennis. And with brand label boutiques lining up alongside restaurants whose menus range from Britain to China, via Italy and Argentina, the focus is very firmly on leisure.
Having ended their 2011 World Cup season here in November last year, the RC44 class returns to Puerto Calero in February to kick off their 2012 racing calendar. For spectators, the event promises to be an exciting two days of racing over Thursday 9th and Friday 10th February, and with all the additional razzmatazz of an International boating event, Puerto Calero is the place to be.