At the 2013 RC44 Championship Tour in Cascais, in the penultimate round, Portugal kicked off with a day of match racing. Only Team Aqua, helmed by Cameron Appleton, managed to keep a clean sheet on a day where the wind varied from six to fifteen knots and sun, rain and fog all graced the race course.
Team Aqua match racing Katusha
Katusha has sat at the top of the RC44 match race standings throughout the 2013 season, however their 3-3 score-line in Portugal dropped them back to second, one point ahead of 2012 match race champions, Synergy Russian Sailing Team. The defending champions finished the day with four wins alongside Artemis Racing with Iain Percy at the helm and Gazprom two. Team Aqua has jumped into the overall lead with 19 wins, three points ahead of their nearest rivals.
Video interviews with Patrick de Barros (POR), Russell Coutts (NZL), Iain Percy (GBR) and Ed Baird (USA):