Sunday, September 9, 2007

Team Ceeref takes RC44 Cup

Photo credit: Giovanni de Sandre'
Going into today it was the new Slovenian team, with James Spithill on tactics, that was leading the fleet racing. It was clear however, that Team Aqua’s smooth teamwork and excellent boat handling would put the newcomers to the test as they battled to determine the overall winner of the SLAM Cup. During the first windward leg of the first race, Team Lightbay tacked a bit too close to Team Ceeref, resulting in a penalty for the Italians and damage to the stern spoiler of the Slovenian RC44.

Armed with duct tape and a bailer, the team was determined not to let this damage disrupt their chances of winning the fleet racing element of the SLAM Cup. Team Ceeref performed steadily on the racecourse with a fourth, first and two second place finishes today. Team Aqua, led by tactician Cameron Appleton, finished three points behind Spithill’s squad in the fleet racing, but their success in the match racing element of the SLAM Cup, meant that the Dubai team were victorious and that they maintain their lead of the RC44 Championship Tour. -

I thought that the RC44 was owner driver not owner drive and the tactician, Russell Coutts holding the wheel!- SK