6 Top teams return for 2020, 7th season GC32 Racing Tour and WorldChampionship -
The big players are set to return to the battlefield in one month’s time when high speed foiling catamaran competition gets underway at the GC32 Oman Cup -
Throughout the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour two teams were at each other’s throats.
The Adam Minoprio-
This left these teams neck and neck going into the final event in Oman in early November. Here ultimately the Swiss prevailed, adding the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour title to their impressive collection of silverware for the year.
The immaculate Alinghi returns with the same line-
Alinghi’s objectives for the season are of course to defend their overall GC32 Racing Tour and World Championship titles, but Jorand points out that this year the game is slightly different due to the World Championship taking place later in the season (in Villasimius, Sardinia over 16-
The local team will be backed by GC32 Oman Cup event hosts Oman Sail and EFG Private Bank Monaco. Talented New Zealand round the world sailor and former Match Racing World Champion Adam Minoprio will once again helm the Omani GC32 team and will be supported by Peter Greenhalgh on main sheet. “We will be there and we will gain momentum as the year goes on,” predicts Greenhalgh of their prospects.
Omani sailing star Nasser Al Mashari will also make his return this season but will be joined by two new faces, GC32 experienced hands Ed Powys and James Wierzbowski, who are set to make their debuts for the Omani team in Muscat. “We know Ed and James well and believe that they will bring a new energy to the team,” says Greenhalgh. “We have had to give up some crew weight with the new inclusions, but are confident it won’t impact our performance and we can make a strong start to the season.”
Austrian catamaran sailing stars and double Olympic Tornado gold medallists, Roman Hagara and Hans-
“We learned a lot in 2019 and grew as a team,” observes Hagara of their prospects for 2020. “That means our team work and manoeuvres on the GC32 run both fast and very smoothly now. I think we will be able to fight with Alinghi and the Oman team this season.”
The Austrian team joins the GC32 Racing Tour in 2020 also bearing the corporate colours of the investment and real estate powerhouse CC Real, which is coming on board with Red Bull Sailing Team as their official partner for this season. “The partnership between this dynamic international company and the equally performance-
On the race course off Muscat’s Al Mouj Marina over 25-
Also in the fight will be American Jason Carroll’s Argo, now the longest serving team on the GC32 Racing Tour and Christian Zuerrer’s Black Star Sailing Team, the Tour’s newest team, which is currently busy training in Oman ready for the new season with Chris Steele on helming duty.
Christian Scherrer, manager of the GC32 Racing Tour looked forward to the growing line-
2020 will be the seventh year of the GC32 Racing Tour. This southern European-
This remit includes visiting venues where there is the most likelihood of seeing optimum wind conditions for foiling and setting up race courses large enough to enable the GC32s to hit maximum 30+ knot speeds.
2020 GC32 Racing Tour schedule
About the GC32
The GC32 is a 10m long (12m including bowsprit) by 6m wide foiling catamaran conceived by Laurent Lenne and designed by Dr Martin Fischer, now Design Co-
The GC32 is fitted with T-
Unlike AC catamarans, the GC32 features a more manageable soft-
The GC32 is administered by the GC32 International Class Association (www.gc32.org). In 2017 the class was formally recognised by World Sailing and held its first World Championship in 2018.
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