by Jessica Gray on 24 Jun 2014
Onboard with Peninsula Petroleum RC44 Class/MartinezStudio.es
However Peninsula Petroleum will have to prise them off. Thanks to her impeccably consistent performance over the last few seasons, Team Aqua has ‘owned’ the golden wheels for three consecutive years, an unbroken run, except for Katusha briefly claiming them at the opening event of the 2013 Tour.
At present the top of the 2014 fleet racing leaderboard could not be closer with Team Aqua winning in Virgin Gorda in February with Peninsula Petroleum runner-up, while these positions were reversed at the RC44 Cascais Cup in April. Both are now on three points, and hold a five-point margin over third placed Synergy Russian Sailing Team.
Bassadone remains modest about his achievement: 'I am only borrowing the golden wheels from my good mate Chris Bake (Team Aqua)! They are the top team and I am sure they will have them back at the next event.
'Any success is down to a lot of hard work from the team to improve, during races as well as in between races. Vasco [Vascotto] and the guys work so hard to get the boat in the best condition and they have a fantastic attitude. Then there is always luck, which you need at this level of sailing.'