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POSTED ON 29.05.2008
Team Aqua finishes a brilliant second in the Austria Cup match race

Cameron Appleton and the boys have had a great day in Gmunden, beating all the favourites of the event except James Spithill’s Team Ceeref and finishing on the second spot of the podium.

Cameron Appleton and the boys have had a great day in Gmunden, beating all the favourites of the event except James Spithill’s Team Ceeref and finishing on the second spot of the podium.

Team Aqua confirms that t is back at the top with a superb second rank in the match race event of the RC 44 Austria Cup. Unlike yesterday, the breeze kicked in just after lunch time, allowing the RC 44’s to set sail and start their duals. The Race Committee established a very short course next to the beautiful city of Gmunden, allowing the numerous public to follow the races from the shore whilst eating a bratwurst and listening to an expert commentary.
The action proved to be extraordinary throughout the day, with short and intense races featuring all the situations match racing can offer, and particularly the nasty ones, putting the jury under great pressure.
The event grew in intensity as the hours passed by, reaching its climax during the last matches of the day.
The first decisive dual opposed Team Aqua to BMW ORACLE Racing on flight 6. The two teams crossed the starting line prematurely, the American entry managing to take the lead whilst re-crossing the line. However, Cameron Appleton, on great form, fought his way back during the second beat, taking the lead and winning the race with great style.
Flight 8 proved to be particularly intense. Indeed, Team Hiroshi – sailing below their usual level until then – managed to beat Team Aqua by 2 seconds.
The last fleet of the day featured two decisive matches: Team Banco Espirito Santo (with John Kostecki at the helm) against BMW ORACLE Racing (competing for the third place of the podium) and Team Ceeref against Team Aqua, competing for the overall victory. 
Patrick de Barros’s Banco Espirito Santo started the race as it started the event: with a penalty. Leading for most of the race, the Portuguese entry didn’t manage to create a big enough gap to execute its 270° before the arrival line. In a last desperate effort, Kostecki tried to force BMW ORACLE Racing into its own penalty turn, but unsuccessfully.
At the same time, James Spithill managed to clearly win the last start against Team Aqua. Sailing alone in the dying breeze, Ceeref didn’t have to fight too hard to win this last race. Team Ceeref’s victory is neat and clear: the team hasn’t lost a single race. As for Team Aqua, it finishes at a brilliant second place after having struggled during the beginning of the season. Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts’ BMW ORACLE Racing are third, ahead of Patrick de Barros / John Kostecki’s Banco Espirito Santo.
 
From Aqua's cockpit:
 
Cameron Appleton: “We have put a lot of effort in preparing for this regatta. We have trayed to go back to the basics, and to concentrate on sailing the way we know sailing… We spent four days here before the start of the event and it has paid off: preparation is key to success.
I made a big mistake against Jimmy (Spithill) during the last race and this has cost us the title. However, I think that we have been sailing very well; the team did a great job.”
 
Kevin Kelble: “This is more consistent with the way we have been sailing last year. We have sorted our mast and our sails and the whole thing feels much better. I also think that our crew work was excellent.”
 
 
Match-race, final results:
 
(Name of team, helmsman, No of victories / defeats, points)
 
1) Team Ceeref, James Spithill, 8/0 - 8 points
2) Team Aqua, Cameron Appleton 6/2 - 6 points
3) BMW ORACLE Racing, Larry Ellison, 5/3 - 5 points
4) Team Banco Espirito Santo, John Kostecki, 5/3 – 5 points
5) Team Hiroshi - Città di Milano, Sébastien Col 5/3 - 5 points
6) Sea Dubai, Markus Wieser 4/4 – 4 points
7) Team Beecom, Isao Mita 2/6 – 2 points
8) Team Organika, Mateusz Kusznierewicz 1/8 – 1 point
9) Cro-Aut-Sail, Christian Binder, 0/8 - 0 point

Kevin Kelble: “This is more consistent with the way we have been sailing last year".

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