The aim of the circuit is to provide the 'best foiling catamaran experience' for its participants. This includes visiting venues known to provide optimum wind conditions for foiling and race courses large enough to enable the boats to hit maximum speeds. The GC32 Racing Tour has several features in common with the 34th and 35th America's Cup in that it uses foiling catamarans and a similar race format which often includes reaching (rather than upwind) starts.
The opening day of the GC32 Villasimius Cup, the first event on the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour saw a stiff southwesterly buffeting the ten GC32 catamarans while moored in the Marina di Villasimus as their crews prepared for the season’s first encounter.
There were two star performers on Day Three. Oman Air returned to the Marina di Villasimius having pulled out an eight point lead. However while the Omani team, led by new skipper Adam Minoprio succeeded in scoring 10 points, Alinghi was close behind on 11.
The Omanis may once again have been lowest scorers, but Alinghi and INEOS Rebels UK were only one and two points behind. This situation would have been markedly different too had these two teams not been called OCS in the final race, in which they finished seventh and eighth respectively.
For the ten international teams competing off Lagos, Portugal, it was a day of two halves plus a mix of conditions and starting formats provided a worthy test that caused even the most polished crews to falter.
Having looked secure, leading by 16 points going into the last day, Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi team, helmed by Arnaud Psarofaghis, scored a 2-1-1on the final day's first races to win the 2019 GC32 World Championship with two to spare – an incredible result given the calibre of competition racin...
After a faltering start to day one of the 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE, Alinghi turned on the afterburners to take the final two races of a full-on, five-heat afternoon in the latest round of the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour in Palma, Mallorca.
Opening day of the GC32 Oman Cup looked like it might be marginal. However in the end, four out of five of the scheduled races were sailed just north of the Al Mouj marina with a challenging set of wind conditions at times.
Undisputed winner on Day Two was Zoulou, which, with French ace Gurvan Bontemps standing in on the helm for owner-driver Erik Maris, scored two bullets and three seconds, which was immensely consistent given the sea state and gusty conditions.
Day Three was the turn of Oman Air to hit the front at the GC32 Oman Cup. The local heroes led by Adam Minoprio are ten points adrift of the formidable Swiss with potentially five races still to sail and with the fleet down to five following Argo’s untimely breakage.
Another flawless display by the world’s top catamaran sailing team, Alinghi win the GC32 Oman Cup and the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour. Ernesto Bertarelli’s Swiss team adds to their GC32 World Championship title and victory in their own domestic D35 catamaran circuit.