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Team Aqua wins the 2013 RC44 Match Racing Championship in Calero Marin

by RC44 Media on 21 Nov 2013
2013 Match Race Champions Team Aqua - 2013 RC44 Match Racing Championship in Calero Marinas RC44 Martinez Studio

Returning to Lanzarote for the sixth time since the RC44 class was conceived in 2007, the final leg of the 2013 Championship Tour kicked off with season’s match racing finale in Puerto Calero.

The competition was tight with just four points separating the top four teams. The race committee managed to squeeze nine flights into a squally 10-20 knots day, that saw some big names tumbled off the podium.

Team Aqua’s owner Chris Bake took the helm for the final match race day, Cameron Appleton calling the shots. After a slow start to the season the team had worked their way up the leaderboard, taking a two-point advantage over Katusha going into the final event.

The leaders didn’t get off to the best of starts losing their first match of the day to Peninsula Petroleum, overstanding the pin end layline at the start. But the British flagged team pulled straight back, winning their next four races, enough to hand Team Aqua the 2013 RC44 Match Race Championship, a title they last held in 2011.


Chris Bake has shared the match race helm with tactician Cameron Appleton throughout the season: 'I’ve been trying to do a little bit more match racing because it helps to learn the boat and it’s a different dynamic, the fact that we’ve been able to hold off the competition and take the win is a really good feeling. The team makes it a lot easier for me, between Cameron (Appleton) and the rest of the boys, who keep telling me to focus only on the boat speed and it’s worked. You step onto the boat and it is as if the rest of the world doesn’t matter except the boat and the boat speed.'

Behind Team Aqua the points were tight. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, started the day in third place, one-point behind Katusha. Six races sailed and six wins, including an all important victory over Katusha, moved the defending champions up to second. Match race helm, Ed Baird was proud of the all-Russian team’s performance against a strong international field. 'Our day was fantastic the guys did a terrific job and we won all of our matches. I think it’s the best day we’ve ever had in match racing. You can look back at the season and see the point where we had a little bit of bad luck but you can also see we’ve had a couple of regattas where we’ve done really well and we’re fortunate to be on the podium and in the top of this competitive fleet of boats. I’m very proud and excited for the Synergy team.'


Another team enjoying the conditions in Lanzarote was Artemis Racing. With owner Torbjorn Tornqvist at the helm and double Olympic gold medallist Iain Percy calling tactics the Swedish team also won their six races, including a head to head with Team Aqua in their final race of the day. The team’s clean sheet moved them up into third place and onto the podium for the match race season.

Torbjorn Tornqvist clearly enjoyed his day in Lanzarote. 'We had a great day today and I wish we had a few more like today throughout this season. It’s fantastic to be on the helm with excellent team work, conditions and starts. You could go on sailing forever on days like today. ' This was the first match racing event Tornqvist has sailed with new tactician Iain Percy, the combination is clearly working well. 'Iain is a great asset to have on any boat; this is our second regatta together so he’s getting a feel for the boat which is really starting to show now. I’m very confident in our team and look forward with a great deal of optimism for next year.'

Katusha had led the match race standings for the first three events of the season, heading into the final event they still had a shot at knocking Team Aqua off the top spot. Three wins and losses in Lanzarote was not enough to keep Andy Horton and the team on the podium, finishing the season a disappointing fourth overall.


The Calero Marinas RC44 World Championships now begins. Four days of fleet racing will see the 15 teams compete for the world championship trophy, and to see who will be crowned 2013 RC44 Champions. With one title already won, Team Aqua is now looking at the treble, as the classes’ most successful owner, Chris Bake said after racing. 'There is going to be some tight competition for the worlds, it’s something that has eluded us for the last couple of years. It would certainly be nice to try and win that title, but I don’t want to get too obsessive about it and spoil our luck, I’ve just got to let it happen.'

Racing continues through to the 24th November in Puerto Calero, follow the action on the live blog at www.rc44.com.






RC44 Championship Tour Overall Match Race Ranking

(After five events)

1. Team Aqua – 23
2. Synergy Russian Sailing Team – 22
3. Artemis Racing – 21
4.  Katusha – 20
5. Aleph Sailing Team – 17
6. Gazprom Youth Sailing Team – 16
7. Team Nika – 12
8. Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team – 11
9. Team Italia – 9
10. Team CEEREF – 8
11.
Aegir Racing – 7
12. Ironbound – 4
13. MAG Racing – 3
14. Bronenosec Sailing Team – 3
15. Puerto Calero Residence Club Black – 1

RC44 Championship Tour Overall Fleet Race Ranking

(After four events)

1. Team Aqua – 4
2. Katusha – 7
3. Synergy Russian Sailing Team -8
4. Artemis Racing – 13
5. Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team – 15
6. Ironbound – 18
7.  Team Nika – 19
8.  Aleph Racing – 20
9. Team CEEREF – 20
10. Aegir Racing – 22
11. Team Italia – 24
12. Gazprom 2 – 24
13. Bronenosec Sailing Team – 38
14. MAG Racing – 40

Teams competing in the Calero Marinas RC44 World Championships 2013

Aleph Sailing Team (FRA17)
Hugues Lepic (FRA) / Mathieu Richard (FRA)

Artemis Racing (SWE44)

Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE) / Iain Percy (GBR)

Bronenosec Sailing Team (RUS 18)
Vladimir Liubomirov (RUS) / Tommaso Chieffi (ITA)

Ironbound (USA 1)
David Murphy (USA) / Paul Goodison (GBR)

Katusha (RUS 007)
Gennadi Timchenko (RUS) / Andy Horton (USA)

MAG Racing (POL44)
Krzysztof Krempec (POL) / Piotr Przybylski (POL)

Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team (GBR 1)

John Bassadone (GBR) / Vasco Vascotto (ITA)

Puerto Calero Residence Club Black (ESP 1)
Jose Juan Calero (ESP) / Jose Maria Ponce (ESP)

Puerto Calero Residence Club Grey (ESP 2)
Daniel Calero (ESP)/ Onán Barreiros (ESP)

Team CEEREF (SLO11)
Igor Lah (SLO) / Michele Ivaldi (ITA)

Gazprom2 (RUS7)

Kirill Podolsky (RUS) / Serguei Chevtsov (RUS)

Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS 13)

Valentin Zavadnikov (RUS) / Ed Baird (USA)

Team Aqua (GBR 2041)
Chris Bake (GBR) / Cameron Appleton (NZL)

Team Italia (ITA7)
Massimo Barranco (ITA) / Bressani Lorenzo (ITA)

Team Nika (RUS 10)
Vladimir Prosikhin (RUS) / Tomislav Basic (CRO)


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