Hull Number: 25
Boat Owner: Chris Bake (GBR)
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. With top match racer 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."
"The key is being confident and trusting your past experience. We are under no illusions that it is going to be harder to win a fifth time but were just going to take the events one at a time, learning our new team and increasing the depth of Chris’ knowledge and skill."
Chris Bake (NZL/NED) - Owner / Driver
Cameron Appleton (NZL) - Tactician
Andrew Estcourt (NZL) - Main trimmer
Jonathan Swain (RSA) - Headsail Trimmer
Westy Barlow (USA) - Offside Trimmer
Simon Johnson (IRL) - Pit
Ben Graham (GBR) - Grinder
Sean Couvreux (USA) - Bow
Coach : Andrew Palfrey (AUS)
Boat Captain : Aaron Cooper (GBR)
Shore team : Freddy Shanks (GBR) - Video analysis / Crew coach