Running costs, typically range from 450,000 to 700,000 Euros per year. With the RC44, the running costs for the boat are similar between teams. For example, sail buttons are limited to six per year with an extra one permitted for teams completing a whole season. Thus an annual sail budget is around 120,000 Euros. New teams joining the RC44 Championship are permitted eight sail buttons. Beyond this are salaries for crew and shore crew, typically a minimum of two, and extras such as coaching. For 2017, running costs are expected to drop by 20-25% due to the shorter duration of regattas — the match racing is being dropped and regattas will solely comprise four days of fleet racing.