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Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup for Chris Bake’s Team Aqua

Chris Bake’s Team Aqua, with Jim Richardson steering, proved that she has lost none of her winning ways, when she claimed the Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup albeit by a mere point from Peninsula Petroleum, after a final day of three races, held in near perfect conditions off Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda.

Starting the day with a five point lead over second placed Peninsula Petroleum, Team Aqua made a strong statement of intent, convincingly winning the first race. Ultimately an eighth place to Peninsula Petroleum’s fourth in the final race was enough for Team Aqua to win by a point.

American helmsman Jim Richardson was elated. Although a three time Farr 40 World Champion and one of the world’s most highly regarded ‘amateur’ helms, this was his first ever RC44 regatta. “It is totally unexpected to me. It is a great crew and they have been on the boat for a long time and they know what they are doing. This is a really tough fleet – the depth is outstanding.”

One of the strangest aspects of this regatta was how high scoring it was with every team picking up poor results along the way. And yet it nonetheless remained impressively close with the top two a point apart and with Slovenian Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF only two points adrift in third.AUDI RC44 PORTO CERVO CUP 16-21 JUNE 2015

In fact the podium finishers were also today’s three winners. The most spectacular start came in the second race when Peninsula Petroleum successfully ‘port tacked’ the fleet, crossing in front of the bows of 11 other fast moving RC44s coming at her with rights. Italian tactician Vasco Vascotto spotted that the pin end was heavily favoured, while the crew executed the manoeuvre to perfection, tacking at maximum speed; crossing the line exactly at the gun.

Team Aqua’s victory at the Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup sees her regain the RC44’s coveted overall championship leader’s ‘golden wheels’, currently on board Nico Poons’ Charisma. As Cameron Appleton put it: “They haven’t strayed very far from our boat, so we are excited to get those back. I think they match our boat nicely…”

Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup Results
1 Team Aqua (GBR 2041) 1 3 6 7 6 2 5 1 7 8 46
2 Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team (GBR 1) 4 7 4 2 2 7 9 7 1 4 47
3 TEAM CEEREF (SLO 11) 2 5 11 3 5 4 8 4 6 1 49
4 Team Nika (RUS 10) 8 1 9 1 7 12 1 5 5 3 52
5 Aleph Racing (FRA 17) 9 6 2 4 12 1 3 2 8 5 52
6 Bronenosec Sailing Team (RUS 18) 6 2 1 10 4 5 12 6 2 7 55
7 Artemis Racing (SWE44) 3 10 3 6 11 3 2 12 10 2 62
8 Charisma (MON 69) 5 4 7 12 3 9 4 3 9 9 65
9 Katusha (RUS 21) 7 8 10 5 1 6 10 11 3 11 72
10 RUS – 7 Anywayanyday (RUS 7) 12 12 12 8 8 11 7 8 4 6 88
11 Artemis Racing Youth (SWE 4) 11 9 8 9 10 8 6 10 11 12 94
12 MAG Racing (POL 44) 10 11 5 11 9 10 11 9 12 10 98

Overall 2015 RC44 Championship Tour Results
1 Team Aqua (GBR 2041) 4 1 5
2 Team Nika (RUS 10) 2 4 6
3 TEAM CEEREF (SLO 11) 5 3 8
4 Charisma (MON 69) 1 8 9
5 Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team (GBR 1) 7 2 9
6 Bronenosec Sailing Team (RUS 18) 3 6 9
7 Katusha (RUS 21) 6 9 15
8 Artemis Racing (SWE44) 9 7 16
9 Aleph Racing (FRA 17) 13 5 18
10 RUS – 7 Anywayanyday (RUS 7) 8 10 18
11 Artemis Racing Youth (SWE 4) 10 11 21
12 MAG Racing (POL 44) 11 12 23

more info …………rc44.com

by sailweb

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