The GC32 is a class of foiling catamaran developed by THE GREAT CUP BV. 12 metres long and constructed of carbon fibre, they have a top speed of about 40 knots (74 kmh/ 46 mph). They are sailed in the GC32 Racing Tour, and have been chosen to replace the Extreme 40’s in the Extreme Sailing Series.
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.
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