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Chris Bake and Team Aqua's second place secured them the RC44’s 2012 season championship, retaining the unique prize for this – a pair of golden steering wheels for their yacht.

Going into the final day of the Adris RC44 World Championship nine points ahead of second, Chris Bake’s Team Aqua looked to be in a good position to win the 2012 title. But John Bassadone and Peninsula Petroleum were on a roll. After the Gibraltar-based skipper and his mostly Spanish crew scored three wins yesterday, in today’s three races they continued their success claiming line honours in the first two. This left the outcome to be decided only in the final metres of the final race.
All was by no means was lost for Chris Bake and Team Aqua, who’s second place secured them the RC44’s 2012 season championship, retaining the unique prize for this – a pair of golden steering wheels for their yacht.

“The Peninsula Petroleum guys were on fire the last two days,” admitted Bake. “We couldn’t get our upwind sorted out whereas they could and they had the right end of the line every time.”
In retrospect, Bake added, he should have got more aggressive in the start of today’s second race. Otherwise he acknowledged that it had been another great year. “We are really happy to be the RC44 Tour Champions and are planning to be back next year.”

Once again conditions off Rovinj, Croatia were a carbon copy of those enjoyed throughout this week with a 6-8 knot breeze and warm sunshine.

Following their victory in Austria, Torbjorn Tornqvist and his Artemis Racing finished the season tied on points with Gennadi Timchenko’s Katusha, after finishing seventh in Rovinj.

“You have to take disappointment and obviously this regatta was not the result we planned for,” said Tornqvist. “We are third overall in the championship. We lost on a tie break to Katusha, which if you look at it is not a bad result.”

The 2013 RC44 championship starts in February at the new venue for the class of Oman. The full calendar for next year is to be announced shortly.

Overall Fleet Race Ranking
(After five events)
1 Team Aqua – 6
2 Katusha – 13
3 Artemis Racing – 13
4 Peninsula Petroleum – 15
5 RC44 Team CEEREF – 18
6 Synergy Russian Sailing Team – 19
7 AEZ Sailing Team – 24
8 Aleph Sailing Team – 24
9 Team Nika – 30
10 No Way Back – 33
11 Ironbound – 41
12 AFX Capital Racing – 44
13 Puerto Calero Sailing Team – 45
14 RUS7 Sail Racing Team – 47
15 Aegir Racing – 53
16 MAG Racing – 58

Adris RC44 World Championship Ranking
(After thirteen races)
1 Peninsula Petroleum – 4 9 2 2 10 12 1 12 1 1 1 1 9 – 65
2 Team Aqua – 1 3 4 4 14 3 5 6 2 3 12 4 7 – 68
3 RC44 Team CEEREF – 5 5 3 11 3 2 2 4 8 12 6 3 12 – 76
4 Synergy Russian Sailing Team – 7 1 9 3 7 11 13 10 3 5 5 11 1 – 86
5 Katusha – 6 8 12 6 2 10 3 2 5 9 4 13 6 (1) – 87
6 Team Nika – 2 12 5 8 5 1 11 14 11 6 7 2 8 – 92
7 Artemis Racing – 14 7 6 5 6 5 6 1 4 10 10 10 11 – 95
8 AEZ Sailing Team – 9 6 16 13 12 6 4 9 9 2 11 5 3 – 105
9 No Way Back – 13 15 1 7 11 14 9 8 7 4 8 8 13 – 118
10 Aleph Sailing Team 15 10 10 9 1 13 10 13 10 11 3 7 10 – 122
11 AFX Capital Racing Team – 12 14 11 1 13 9 7 15 13 7 2 14 5 – 123
12 Ironbound – 3 4 16 12 4 15 14 3 14 14 15 6 4 – 124
13 Aegir Racing – 11 13 8 10 8 7 8 11 16 13 9 9 2 (2) – 127
14 RUS7 Sail Racing Team 8 2 7 14 15 4 12 7 6 15 13 12 15 – 130
15 MAG Racing – 10 11 13 15 9 8 15 5 12 8 14 15 14 – 14

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