Hats off to expat. Canadian Chris Bake and his Team Aqua crewmembers who managed an impressive hat trick at the hyper-competitive RC44 Valencia Cup.
First, the team won last week's match-racing section of the regatta, racing in big air and experiencing some hold-on-for-dear-life off-the-breeze surfing. Then, after a 'rest day' that teams used to speed tune their amateur drivers (rules allow pro drivers for the match-racing sections of the regatta, but for fleet-racing an 'am' must be on the helm, typically the boat's owner), Team Aqua proved untouchable in this weekend's fleet-racing section, winning this by three points with Bake at the helm.
Team Aqua leads Artemis during the last race. - RC 44 Valencia Cup Ignacio Baixauli /RC44 Class
The team's combined efforts in both of the regatta's disciplines also earned them overall victory, rounding out their victorious regatta. 'This class is always tight and it won't get easier,' said Bake. 'But this afternoon it feels good to have a clean sweep.' Team Aqua is currently in second-place overall for the 2010 RC44 season, sitting one point astern of BMW Oracle Racing.
Back stateside, Ryan DeVos and his Volpe Melges 32 team have won the 2010 Melges 32 National Championships, which were part of the 2010 Little Traverse Yacht Club Regatta. Frustrating conditions —no wind on Saturday or Sunday lead to two cancelled days of racing—forced the RC to score the event based on a single day's results. Luckily for the 15 teams assembled, the RC managed to get in 5 heats on Friday, which is enough to count as a legitimate national-championship event.
In Pensacola, Florida, however, the breeze held out fine for the 2010 U.S. Singlehanded Championships, hosted by the Pensacola Yacht Club and sailed on Pensacola Bay. Congrats go out to Leonie Shuurmans (Houston, Texas) and Fred Strammer (Nokomis, Florida), who both sailed excellent regattas and won the U.S. Singlehanded Championship title for both women's and men's divisions (respectively).
Fair winds and following seas,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
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