Fuente info GC32
2017 GC32 Racing Tour: The best flying experience
GC32 Racing Tour press release issued on 19/04/2017
Engines are already revving in anticipation of the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour, which starts on 11th-14th May with the GC32 Riva Cup.
For its fourth season, the GC32 Racing Tour will once again be visiting top venues in Italy, Spain and France with the aim of offering competitors ‘the best foiling experience’ with solid winds and flat water. The venues also offer the most stunning scenery, making them ideal for inviting guests be they sponsors, friends or family, who can experience the GC32 social scene, while the select few may get to ride on board as a guest.
For the second consecutive season, the GC32 Racing Tour will open in Riva del Garda, again hosted by the Fraglia Vela Riva. With flat water and strong winds, plus the lake’s breath-taking setting, surrounded by the towering Italian Alps, Lake Garda is considered a sailing mecca.
Once again more than 10 teams will compete this season on the circuit for the ultra-fast one design flying catamarans. These international teams will come from three continents, with sailors represented from four. They include a mix of professional and owner-driver teams, including several gearing up for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. All wish to experience the 30+ knot speeds available from foiling catamarans; boats that are the present state of the art in competitive yachting, related to, but simpler and more practical than those used in the America’s Cup, and a fraction of the cost.
Among the ‘pros’ returning to try to improve their position on the leaderboard, is the longest serving of the GC32 teams – ARMIN STROM Sailing Team of Flavio Marazzi, President of the GC32 International Class Association. Third overall in 2016, the Swiss four time Olympic Star sailor is gunning for the top step of the podium and believes the key is his crew: “We’ve been looking for sailors who have already been to the Olympics at least once and are at a high enough level.”