Current leader of the RC 44 Championship Tour, Team Aqua looks forward to the next round, to be held in Marstrand, Sweden, from 17-21 August.
Current leader of the RC 44 Championship Tour, Team Aqua looks forward to the next round, to be held in Marstrand, Sweden, from 17-21 August. According to the team’s owner and fleet race helmsman Chris Bake: “Marstrand is a beautiful location for sailing but I think the wind can be highly-variable so we are going to try and cope with whatever is given to us. I’ve never sailed there but from what I can understand it can be wonderful weather and breezy, or rainy and no wind, or sunny and no wind so I think the key will be to stay flexible.
There will be plenty for the home crowd to cheer as two boats representing the host nation take their place in the biggest fleet ever to contest an RC44 event, with no less than sixteen teams involved.
As one of the Tour’s founding outfits, Bake says it is great more teams continue to get involved, adding: “The class provides a winning formula; on a relative basis it’s affordable for the level of sailing you are doing, the racing format is highly-enjoyable, the members of the class make it a lot of fun, and its very competitive so very challenging for anyone coming into the fleet.
Experienced Swedish RC44 Tour campaigners Artemis Racing will be joined for one event only by a team representing the Royal Swedish Yacht Club – Team KSSS. Although only coming together for this one-off event, Team KSSS have pulled out all the stops in comprising a line-up guaranteed to give the regular crews a real run for their money.
Former 1976 Olympic sailor and 1992 America’s Cup helmsman, Olle Jo Johansson will be on the wheel with four-time around the world yachtsman and 2008 Ericsson 3 Volvo Ocean Race helm Magnus Woxen calling tactics. Meanwhile in the pit will be six-time America’s Cup and four-time round the world stalwart Rodney Arden, part of Alinghi’s 2007 America’s Cup winning team.
The RC44 Sweden Cup is the fourth round of the six-event Championship series, with Chris Bake’s Team Aqua (GBR) currently sitting in pole position overall following their thrilling victory at the last round in Sardinia. However just one point separates them from Larry Ellison’s defending Tour champions ORACLE Racing (USA) in second, with Russia’s Team Katusha, led by Paul Cayard, in third.
Chris Bake: “Marstrand is a beautiful location for sailing but I think the wind can be highly-variable so we are going to try and cope with whatever is given to us.”