From RC44 to Extreme 40

Chris Bake's Dubai-based Team Aqua goes catamaran racing

Monday May 5th 2008, Author: Bernard Schopfer, Location: United Kingdom
After a successful first season in the RC 44 Class, Team Aqua announces today that it is moving up to a new level. Indeed, the winner of the first RC 44 Championship Tour will also compete in the iShares Cup on board Extreme 40 catamarans.

Team Aqua’s objective is to provide a great platform to its international sponsors whilst sailing under the umbrella of the World Land Trust (WLT - The World Land Trust is an international conservation organisation that takes direct action to save rainforest and other biologically important lands.

“Our goal is to have a professional sailing team that competes internationally on some of the worlds most competitive sailing leagues”, says Team Aqua owner Chris Bake. “This structure will give a good visibility to our partners whilst associating them with our values. We are passionate about sailing and we want to obtain good results; but our goal is also to promote ecological sustainability around the world and raise funds for the World Land Trust. We will also be sailing flying the Carbon Balanced Logo (http:// ) as we plan to offset the carbon footprint of our sailing campaign through the Carbon Balanced program run by the World Land Trust.

“This is a very exciting project”, says skipper Cameron Appleton. “We want to improve our level of sailing by competing in classes that are both very different from each other and challenging. Team Aqua gives us the opportunity to sail against some of the world’s best sailors in different platforms. Obviously, we will have to put a lot of effort into our team to build the areas we are new in. We feel our team structure and the people involved can produce some great results.”

The circuits chosen by Team Aqua are very international and provide racing at the highest level.

The RC 44 Championship Tour is a top level sailing event, initiated by Russell Coutts, that comprises both match and fleet racing. Winner of the first championship Tour, Team Aqua is the current benchmark of this Class, which is a strong accomplishment against the likes of Russell Coutts, James Spithill, Sébastien Col and many more.

The iShares Cup is a European circuit for Extreme 40 multihull that proposes very short and intense races for professional crews. Amongst the entries: Olympic sailors from the Tornado Class, America’s Cup teams and other multihull experts.

Team Aqua is an international sailing team based in Dubai and owned by Chris Bake. Cameron Appleton is the team’s professional skipper; he has put together a great team of sailors, both talented and fun to sail with. The team members are Andrew Estcourt, Jeff Brock, Jim Turner, Matt Cassidy, Ben Graham, Kevin Kelble, Scott Kennedy, Alister Richardson, Jonathon Taylor and Dan Johnson

Team Aqua schedule:

Date Regatta Class Country
April 23 - 27 Cagliari Cup RC 44 Italy
May 28 - June 1 Austria Cup RC 44 Austria, LakeTraunsee
May 30 - June 1 iShares Cup event 1 Extreme 40 Switzerland, LakeLugano
June 13 - 15 iShares Cup event 2 Extreme 40 France
Jun e 28  Round the Island Race Extreme 40 United Kingdom, Cowes
July 9 - 13 Malcesine Cup RC 44 Italy, Lake Garda
August 2 - 4 iShares Cup event 3 Extreme 40 Unted Kingdom, Cowes
August 29 - 31 iShares Cup event 4 Extreme 40 Germany
September 19 - 21 iShares Cup event 5 Extreme 40 Holland
October 7 - 11 Trieste Cup RC 44 Italy
December 10 - 14 Gold Cup RC 44 TBC

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