Hull Number: 25
Boat Owner: Chris Bake (NZL)
Tactician: Cameron Appleton (NZL)
Chris Bake’s Team Aqua has been one of the leading forces on the RC44 Championship Tour circuit ever since its launch in 2007. Cameron Appleton the permanent fixture as the team’s pro sailor, they have an impressive history in the fleet as five times fleet racing champions and three times match racing champions.
Cameron Appleton explains why the Class works so well, "It's a great class with great depth. In this fleet there's always a battle and you’ve got to sail at your best; you can’t afford to have any weaknesses across the wind ranges and across your manouvers, and to top it off you’ve got to be fast."
For 2018 Team Aqua welcomes back members of the old guard in the form of bowman Matt Cassidy and trimmer Christian Kamp after they took a break from the team to compete in the 35th America's Cup.
Impressively owner Chris Bake, tactician Cameron Appleton, main trimmer Andy Estcourt and grinder Ben Graham have sailed together on Team Aqua for 12 years.
Chris Bake (NZL) - Owner / Driver
Cameron Appleton (NZL) - Tactician
Andrew Estcourt (NZL) - Main trimmer
Christian Kamp (DEN) - Headsail Trimmer
Aaron Cooper (GBR) Grace Bake (USA) - Offside Trimmer
Simon Johnson (IRL) - Pit
Ben Graham (GBR) Cian Guilfoyle (IRL) - Grinder
Matt Cassidy (USA) - Bow
Coach : Andrew Palfrey (AUS), Video & data: Freddy Shanks (GBR)
Boat Captain : Aaron Cooper (GBR)
Shore team : Gary Stones (GBR)