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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Team Aqua Clean Up at RC44 Cagliari Cup

Nothing was stopping Team Aqua today as they marched into the final day of competition in Cagliari prepared to fight off challenges from the Spanish and the Spanish who they led by a slim three and eight point margin respectively.
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
The battle lines were drawn as the first race got underway in a fading eight knot northerly. The fleet were half way up the first beat when the wind started to shift to the right, Team Aqua stayed on the left hand side of the track and trailed their rivals. Artemis Racing (SWE) went around the windward mark second and Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) in fifth.
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
Positions didn’t change much as the course was shortened and opportunities diminished. ORACLE Racing made up for their disappointing day yesterday, taking the first win of the day while the best Team Aqua could do was ninth, handing over the overall lead to the Spaniards.

But Chris Bake and Cameron Appleton were not giving up that easily.“We knew we had picked the wrong side of the course but we buckled down and everyone stayed focused,” Bake said.
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
The sea breeze kicked in and Cagliari delivered stunning sailing conditions of 12-14 knots. In the next race Team Aqua passed CEEREF (SLO) on the second beat to take the win. It was then Islas Canarias Puerto Calero’s turn to struggle, their 12th place put them down to third overall, one point behind Artemis.
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
Katusha came back strongly adding just seven points to their score-line from the three races sailed. A clever move at the windward mark saw the team sail CEEREF and Aleph high of the mark before they tacked, ducked around the mark and took a convincing victory.
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
But it was the places behind that mattered for the overall title. Artemis Racing were on the hunt and a third in the final race cemented their second place overall. The best Islas Canarias Puerto Calero could manage was a ninth place, but it was enough to keep their third.
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
“I’m very proud of the team, we had a bit of a disappointing last regatta so it’s great to bounce back like this. We had a solid performance, it wasn't outstanding and I think we have more to give but of course I am very happy with the result and the way things went,” Artemis Racing's owner  Torbjorn Tornqvist said.

For full RC44 Cagliari Cup results visit:www.rc44.com/results/fleet-racing/2011

Lulu Roseman

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