GC32 TPM Med Cup, triunfo para INEOS Team UK de Sir Ben Ainslie. Norauto de Franck Cammas gana el circuito.


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Ainslie gana en Tolón y Cammas sentencia su segundo GC32 Racing Tour

Nota de prensa GC32 Racing Tour – 14/10/2018

La última prueba puntuable para el GC32 Racing Tour 2018 se despidió con jornada en blanco por el tamaño de las olas en la Rada de Tolón. La victoria en la GC32 TPM Med Cup correspondió al británico INEOS Team UK. El francés NORAUTO consiguió la corona de campeón del GC32 Racing Tour 2018, segunda para el equipo liderado por Franck Cammas.

La última jornada de la GC32 TPM Med Cup presentó condiciones demasiado duras para la seguridad de los catamaranes voladores. Los ocho GC32 salían al agua con la esperanza de una nueva sesión de espectáculo en un viento de 18-20 nudos, ideal para la navegación sobre foils, pero el tamaño de las olas en el campo de regatas de Tolón obligó a la flota a regresar a tierra sin puntuar.

La GC32 TPM Med Cup se cerraba con diez parciales en los casilleros y el primer triunfo de GC32 para el sindicato británico de America’s Cup, INEOS Team UK, que anotó en Tolón cinco victorias parciales y un tercero como peor resultado de la semana. El equipo liderado por Ben Ainsie aventajó a su inmediato perseguidor, el NORAUTO de Franck Cammas, por nada menos que 13 puntos, toda una demostración de poder teniendo en cuenta que es su primera temporada en el circuito.

“Hemos disfrutado de un magnífico evento en Tolón”, reconocería Ainslie. “Este era nuestro cuarto evento en el GC32 Racing Tour y hemos ido mejorando a lo largo de la temporada. Es bonito despedirse con una victoria. Este año hemos podido rotar un buen número de nuestros regatistas a bordo de este multicasco con foils, una estupenda preparación para nuestra campaña de America’s Cup”.

El triunfo en la GC32 TPM Med Cup permite al INEOS Team UK completar su primera campaña de GC32 en segunda posición final pese a haberse perdido el primer evento de la temporada, el mundial disputado en mayo en el italiano Lago de Garda.

Segunda corona para NORAUTO
La segunda posición firmada en Tolón bastó al NORAUTO para convertirse en campeón del GC32 Racing Tour 2018. Se trata del segundo título para el equipo liderado por Franck Cammas, que ya ganó el circuito en 2016. “Tuvimos un buen evento en Villasimius el pasado mes, y eso nos permitió liberarnos de algo de presión”, explicaría Cammas. “A lo largo del año hemos disfrutado de buenas batallas con los otros, y nunca ha sido fácil. Nosotros mejoramos un poco y tuvimos muy buenos oponentes”. El equipo francés logró el título merced a su regularidad: campeón en tres eventos y segundo clasificado en los otros dos.

El triunfo supone para Cammas llevarse el trofeo GC32 Racing Tour y un reloj Anonimo Nautilo Bronze Bicolor. “La competición es más igualada que antes; ahora incluso el último barco puede ganar mangas”, explica el patrón francés.

Owner-Driver
La victoria en la clasificación owner-driver (reservada a los equipos en los que el timonel es el armador) correspondió en Tolon al australiano .film Racing de Simon Delzoppo, que además terminó tercero de la general de la GC32 TPM Med-Cup. “Es muy emocionante: conseguir el título owner-driver y finalizar terceros, por detrás de dos equipos profesionales”, explica Delzoppo. “No podríamos haber pedido un mejor resultado”.

El título owner-driver absoluto en el GC32 Racing Tour 2018 correspondió al estadounidense Argo de Jason Carroll, que se impuso al francés Zoulou de Erik Maris por un solo punto. Tercero finalizaría el neozelandés Frank Racing de Simon Hull. “Esta temporada nos ha costado un poco más que la anterior”, confiesa Carroll. “Es algo en lo que tenemos que pensar durante el invierno. Erik Maris faltó en un evento, por lo demás ha navegado una temporada realmente buena”.

Récord 2018
Carroll y sus ‘Argonautas’ fueron los más rápidos en el ANONIMO Speed Challenge de la GC32 TPM Med Cup. Su velocidad media de 28,97 nudos, registrada el sábado, fue además la mejor marca de todo el año, superando el anterior récord, los 25,26 alcanzados por el Frank Racing de Simon Hull en Lagos (Portugal). Carroll gana un reloj ANONIMO Nautilo edición limitada GC32 Racing Tour, el segundo después del que consiguió en Calvi el pasado año, pero el primero llevando el timón. “Realmente no pareció que teníamos el control tanto como deberíamos, pero otros equipos sufrieron igual”, explicaba Carroll sobre la sesión de velocidad en la que consiguió el récord.

La entrega de premios final se celebró en el race village de la GC32 TPM Med Cup’, animada por gran cantidad de público e invitados a lo largo de la semana de competición. La GC32 TPM Med Cup fue posible gracias al apoyo de Toulon Provence Mediterranée y la ciudad de Tolón.

GC32 TPM Med Cup, día 3.


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Cammas back on form at GC32 TPM Med Cup
GC32 Racing Tour press release issued on 13/10/2018

On the penultimate day of the GC32 TPM Med Cup, Franck Cammas’ NORAUTO powered by Team France fought back to second place overall after a disappointing Friday when they were crippled by a broken foil.

Today was supposed to be the lightest of the GC32 TPM Med Cup, taking place with support from Toulon Provence Mediterranée and the city of Toulon, but in fact the wind was frequently into the high teens, once again from the east and with an unusually large, confused seaway.

Cammas said that yesterday they hadn’t been able to foil downwind on one gybe. However overnight the French team replaced their broken foil with one borrowed from Erik Maris’ Zoulou team. Thanks to this, NORAUTO was back on their expected form, winning today’s first two races, concluding the day with two seconds.

Two races concluded with the two America’s Cup teams competing here – NORAUTO and overall leader, Sir Ben Ainslie’s INEOS Team UK – flying into the finish line neck and neck at 30+ knot speeds. Ainslie came out on top in one; Cammas in the other. “It was very tight. We separated from him at the end of the upwind, which was a good move, but I think downwind we both crashed down once or twice,” said Cammas of the last race.

Going into the final day, Cammas acknowledges that with their 13 point advantage over them INEOS Team UK will be difficult to catch, but his eye is on the bigger prize – winning the annual GC32 Racing Tour overall for a second time. Tomorrow they will not be taking risks.

While NORAUTO was on a charge, once again top performer of the day was INEOS TEAM UK, skippered by Ben Ainslie, winner of today’s final two races. “There was a bit more breeze – it was tough and tiring, but good fun,” said Giles Scott, the Rio 2016 Finn gold medallist, who calls tactics on board. “It was tight racing – a good little course with the wind in this direction.”

After their dramatic dismasting while leading yesterday’s first race, Realteam was back on the race course today after a sleepless night for the team’s shore crew, as they carried out repairwork to their carbon spar. “The technical guys did a good job – it is not very cosmetic, but it works,” said skipper Jérôme Clerc of the repair.

In fact the Swiss team, who are the GC32 Racing Tour’s defending champions were the third best-scoring boat today, even winning race three. “We had a good start with good tactics and just kept it simple,” recounted Clerc. “Conditions were good – we could push the boat, just not too much in the waves.”

The day started with a round of the ANONIMO Speed Challenge. Held in winds of 17-18 knots, this was won by American Jason Carroll’s Argo with an average speed of 28.97 knots over a course of 0.7 nautical miles. With this Carroll will be making extra space on his wrist for an ANONIMO Nautilo GC32 Racing Tour limited edition timepiece is likely to win. For Argo’s speed today was by far the highest of the year – the previous top run was at 25.26 knots average, recorded by Simon Hull’s Frank Racing in Lagos, Portugal.

“It is a perfect way to end the season – we’re in France, it is starting to be the fall here, it is windy and wavy – exactly what we were prepared for when we came here,” explained Argo’s Anthony Kotoun.

Argo’s third race today took an unexpected turn when owner-driver Jason Carroll fell overboard. He was picked up and deposited back on board and the US team went on to finish the race. “Luckily someone had grabbed the tiller and the whole safety protocol worked perfectly,” said Kotoun. “Jason was probably away from us for 45 seconds and in the water for just 25. All credit to [Chief Umpire] Bill O’Hara, who gets the Hasselhoff award!”

Meanwhile Argo is looking to hang on to the Owner-Driver championship for 2018. Going into this event they were two points clear of Zoulou and Frank Racing. But here in Toulon they are lying third place behind leader Simon Delzoppo’s .film Racing and Zoulou.

This being Saturday in Toulon, the local spectators were out in force in the race village Plagues du Mouillon’s Anse Tabarly where crowds were particularly cheering on their local team Métropole Toulon Provence Méditerranée, skippered by 23-year-old Robin Follin.
Tomorrow is the final day of the GC32 TPM Med Cup and due to the strong forecast the start has been brought forward to 1200 BEST.

GC32 Villasimius Cup, triunfo para Norauto de Franck Cammas.


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NORAUTO gana en Villasimius y consolida su liderato en el GC32 Racing Tour 2018

Nota de prensa GC32 Racing Tour – 16/09/2018

La GC32 Villasimius Cup se despidió con una jornada de brisas suaves que contrastó con las tres sesiones previas y que añadió un extra de dramatismo a la lucha por el título. El liderato cambió en dos ocasiones en las tres últimas mangas, decidiéndose finalmente la victoria a favor del NORAUTO powered by Team France de Franck Cammas. El equipo francés es el sólido líder de la provisional del GC32 Racing Tour 2018 de cara al último evento de la temporada.

NORAUTO afrontaba la última jornada con una ventaja de cuatro puntos sobre el campeón del GC32 Racing Tour 2017, el suizo Realteam, un colchón que se esfumaría en la primera de las tres mangas con las que se despidió el campeonato: sexto para los de Cammas y victoria de su rival.

NORAUTO recuperaría un punto firmando la segunda posición en la siguiente prueba, lo que dejaba todo por decidir en la decimocuarta y última manga de la semana. “Intentamos presionarles en la salida”, explicaría posteriormente Cammas. “Lo hicimos mejor por la derecha, y nos permitió liderar la primera virada. Realteam es muy rápido en esas condiciones, así que fue muy bueno salir por delante”. El equipo francés mantendría la concentración durante el resto de la prueba para llevarse su tercer evento de la temporada. “Me gusta navegar delante, pero nunca es fácil. De hecho, cada vez es más complicado, por ejemplo comparado con Lagos, donde contábamos con más margen”, reconocería Cammas.

Para NORAUTO también sería el ANONIMO Speed Challenge gracias a su registro de 22,5 nudos de velocidad media en la sesión del sábado. En cada evento del circuito, el ganador del ANONIMO Speed Challenge recibe un cronógrafo Anonimo Nautilo edición especial GC32 Racing Tour.

Realteam lo intentó hasta el final
Realteam es el defensor del título del GC32 Racing Tour. En Villasimius contó al timón con el tripulante de Alinghi Arnaud Psarofaghis en sustitución del timonel habitual Jérôme Clerc. “En la última manga quisimos hacer una buena salida y navegar nuestra propia regata”, explicaría el suizo. “Pero ellos se fueron a la derecha y lograron una buena ventaja”. Pese a quedarse a un punto del triunfo, Psarofaghis se mostraba satisfecho con el rendimiento en Cerdeña: “Este equipo es bueno en todas las condiciones, estoy muy contento de haber navegado con ellos”.

Loic Forestier, patrón de Realteam, añadiría: “Ha estado bien, porque hemos aprendido mucho y el equipo realizó un buen trabajo con Arnaud. Empezamos bien el día, ganando la primera prueba; la segunda fue más difícil, porque las condiciones fueron más complicadas; y disfrutamos de una buena batalla con NORAUTO en la última manga, casi un match-racing”.

Ainslie regresa al podio
La tercera posición final correspondería al INEOS Team UK de Ben Ainslie. El sindicato británico de America’s Cup arrebataba el puesto al Zoulou ganando la segunda prueba del día, y los de Erik Maris ya no lograrían revertir la situación pese a su victoria en la última prueba, completando su participación con un punto de desventaja sobre su rival. “Hubiera estado mejor si hubiésemos terminado terceros, pero al menos les presentamos una buena batalla”, se lamentaría Maris.

Ainslie se mostraba contento con el rendimiento de su equipo en la última jornada de la que era su segundo evento del GC32 Racing Tour como timonel: “Protagonizamos algunas buenas salidas. Resulta mucho más fácil cuando sales en cabeza y con viento limpio. En la última prueba del día hicimos una buena salida, pero la izquierda no nos favoreció. Conseguimos mantenernos lo suficiente para defender la tercera posición final. Tras una buena pelea, estuvo bien terminar en el podio”. Este es el tercer podio consecutivo para el equipo británico, que ya fue tercero en Lagos y ganador en Palma.

Pese a finalizar cuarto, Zoulou se llevaría la victoria en la clasificación owner-driver, reservada a los equipos timoneados por su armador.

La jornada final de la GC32 Villasimius Cup también sonrió al Código Rojo Racing del argentino Federico Ferioli. El equipo argentino conseguía dar la sorpresa en la primera manga del día remontando desde la última hasta la segunda posición para firmar su mejor parcial desde su estreno en el circuito.

El GC32 Racing Tour regresa el próximo mes con la GC32 Toulon Med Cup, que cerrará la temporada 2018 de los catamaranes voladores entre el 10 y el 14 de octubre.

La GC32 Villasimius Cup se celebra gracias al apoyo de:
- Comune di Villasimius
- Regione Sardegna
- Area Marina Protetta Capo Carbonara Villasimius
- Consorzio Turistico Villasimius
- Lega Navale Italiana Sezione Villasimius

Resultados completos, aquí

GC32 Lagos, triunfo para Norauto de Franck Cammas.



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NORAUTO gana la GC32 Lagos Cup
Nota de prensa GC32 Racing Tour – 01/07/2018

La GC32 Lagos Cup se despidió con una intensa jornada final en la que se celebraron seis asaltos que completaron el programa previsto de 20 mangas. Al NORAUTO powered by Team France de Franck Cammas le sobraron las dos últimas para proclamarse flamante campeón del segundo evento del GC32 Racing Tour 2018, primero de la historia que se celebra en aguas del Atlántico.

A lo largo de las cuatro jornadas de competición, Cammas mostró un estado de forma similar al que le valió para ganar el GC32 Racing Tour en 2016. El patrón francés, cuyo impresionante currículum incluye títulos de Volvo Ocean Race, Solitaire du Figaro, Route du Rhum, ORMA 60 Championship y C-Class, desplegó todo su talento en aguas portuguesas para llevarse el segundo evento de la temporada de GC32. En una flota compuesta por ocho catamaranes voladores, el de Cammas nunca finalizó por debajo de la quinta posición, anotando nada menos que siete victorias parciales de 20 posibles. NORAUTO despidió la GC32 Lagos Cup con 17 puntos de ventaja sobre su inmediato perseguidor, el también francés Zoulou.

“Evitamos sumar malos resultados, lo que funcionó muy bien porque disputamos muchas mangas y mostramos buen ritmo en todo tipo de condiciones”, explicaría Cammas al final del evento. “Fuimos constantes en nuestras maniobras y en las salidas, sin tomar demasiados riesgos. Pero la flota se está igualando mucho, y todos mejoran. Es una magnífica lucha, nos gusta mucho”. Comparando con su última participación en la temporada 2016, Cammas apunta que “la flota es ahora mucho mejor. Hay más barcos que pueden ganar mangas, y la batalla es mejor”.

Pese al excelente ritmo de los de Cammas, el mejor de la jornada final sería el Frank Racing de Simon Hull. El equipo kiwi, que incluye varios jóvenes talentos de la nación ganadora de la última America’s Cup, despidió su participación en el Algarve firmando una tarjeta de 1-1-2-4-4-3. “La tripulación ha seguido esforzándose y realizando viradas fantásticas, aunque también hay que reconocer que tuvimos un poco de suerte”, explicaría el orgulloso patrón neozelandés. “Las condiciones fueron bastante estables, aunque al final del día el viento se volvió un poco racheado. La calidad de la flota me ha dejado impresionado. Está tan igualado, que si te bajas de los foils una vez te pasan tres barcos, lo que se traduce en una navegación soberbia. Y Lagos… ¡qué lugar más genial! Espero que volvamos”.

Además de las buenas sensaciones del último día de competición, Frank Racing se lleva de Lagos el ANONIMO Speed Challenge. Su velocidad media de 25,26 nudos en la primera jornada de regatas (sobre un recorrido de dos tramos de través con una tarsluchada) resultó el mejor registro de la semana. En premio a su logro, Hull recibió un Anonimo Nautilo edición limitada GC32 Racing Tour en la entrega de premios final.

El magnífico rendimiento de Frank Racing en la última jornada le valió la victoria en la clasificación Owner-Driver (para los equipos patroneados por su armador), arrebatando el triunfo in extremis al estadounidense Argo de Jason Carroll. Tercero fue el Zoulou de Erik Maris, que mostró un rendimiento excepcional pero se quedó sin opciones al no puntuar en la primera jornada de competición, cuando Maris tuvo que ser sustituido por un timonel profesional, lo que lastró su puntuación en la clasificación Owner-Driver.

Sir Ben Ainslie y su equipo INEOS TEAM UK pagaron su condición de “novatos” en la clase, aunque firmaron un magnífico tercer puesto absoluto en su estreno y se despidieron de Portugal ganando la última manga del campeonato. “Todo el día el lado favorecido fue el derecho, por lo que presionamos mucho para salir amurados a babor”, explicaría Ainslie. “No funcionó en un par de ocasiones, pero en la última salida del día por fin lo conseguimos, y eso nos permitió colocarnos en cabeza”. El equipo británico defendería su posición hasta la meta pese a tener que lidiar con problemas de cavitación con uno de sus foils.

El mejor regatista olímpico de todos los tiempos reconoce haber disfrutado de su estreno en la clase GC32:“Ha sido un evento muy divertido. La GC32 es una clase magnífica. Han realizado un trabajo estupendo en este evento. En Lagos hemos disfrutado de condiciones realmente buenas, una mezcla de vientos duros, olas y algunos momentos de brisas más suaves, así que ha resultado un desafío muy interesante para todos los equipos, y un buen nivel de competición. No podríamos haber pedido más para este tipo de barco y de competición”.

La GC32 Lagos Cup ha sido el primer evento del GC32 Racing Tour en aguas del Atlántico y en la costa de Portugal, y ha sido posible gracias al apoyo de la ciudad de Lagos, Sopromar, Marina de Lago y Turismo do Algarve.

El GC32 Racing Tour regresa al Mediterráneo para disputar el tercer evento de la temporada 2018, la Copa del Rey MAPFRE, que se celebrará del 31 de julio al 4 de agosto en Palma.

GC32 Lagos día 2. Norauto sigue al frente y Código Rojo regresa a la competición.



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NORAUTO fires up its afterburners
GC32 Racing Tour press release issued on 29/06/2018

Lagos laid on a tricky second day of racing for the eight foiling catamaran teams and race officials alike. The wind started further left than forecast, but as the afternoon wore on it veered by 90°, back into the prevailing northwest and built into the teens as the skies darkened., While out to sea the beginnings of a water spout appeared.

Despite this, and the various ‘holes’ that appeared on the race course as the wind began blowing offshore again, Franck Cammas and his NORAUTO powered by Team France crew remained unflappable, scoring bullets in today’s first two races. The only minor blemish on her otherwise impeccable string of podium finishes was a fourth place in race three. At this halfway stage of the GC32 Lagos Cup, the second event of the 2018 GC32 Racing Tour, the French America’s Cup team has pulled out an 11 point lead.

“Today in the first two races we did well anticipating the correct side of the course: The right side was better, where there was a right shift and that worked twice. The boat was fast – we managed to get ahead even if we weren’t starting well,” said Cammas. He added that they were sailing better in the lighter conditions than during last month’s inaugural GC32 World Championship on Lake Garda.

Cammas is also enjoying being chased by his old America’s Cup crew, many of whom are now racing on board Erik Maris’ Zoulou. Is there any rivalry? “I hope not, but the last start I think they blocked us a little too long!”

Occupied with work commitments yesterday, Erik Maris returned to helm his GC32 today. After a disappointing first couple of races, including one where he received two penalty points for an incident with Realteam, the French veteran one design skipper found his form again, posting a 2-1-2. “It seems really nice with flat water and good wind,” observed Maris of his first day racing out of the Algarve port that is making its debut on the GC32 Racing Tour this season. “It is a little tricky and you can’t bang one corner which was mandatory in Riva. Here it is wide open. I was very impressed with the way Franck [Cammas] was sailing today – he was either well ahead of everyone or if he was back in the pack he would pull up. It is going to be very difficult to stop him.”

Although conditions were lighter today and teams didn’t manage to improve on yesterday’s speeds, Zoulou came out on top during today’s round of the ANONIMO Speed Challenge.

While Cammas is showing some of his 2016 GC32 Racing Tour winning form, Jason Carroll’s Argo is too. As yesterday, the US team won the final race of the day and did so in commanding style. This broke, in their favour, a three way tie for the top spot on the Owner-Driver leaderboard that existed going into the final race.

The Sir Ben Ainslie-skippered INEOS TEAM UK is still finding its feet but after some appraisal yesterday evening returned to the race course all guns blazing today, posting results all in the top five. They just managed to maintain second in today’s first race as the wind went light forcing them to finish with all the crew to leeward. They went on to win race two.

“We had the second best day in the fleet,” observed Giles Scott, the reigning Olympic Finn gold medallist who is bow/tactician on board. “We are moving in the right direction, which is nice. We feel we have been making a few errors, but are making progress.”

A sight welcomed by all today was that of Federico Ferioli’s Código Rojo Racing. The Argentinian team was back on the race course following her dramatic capsize yesterday, sporting a new rig, courtesy of INEOS TEAM UK, after the top of their’s broke.

“Thanks to all of the teams – they really helped us put the boat back together and we were able to make it to the first race today,” said Ferioli. To achieve this the Argentinean crew had to burn the midnight oil to fit their new spar. “Fortunately the rest of the boat was fine and we saved the sails. That was good.” While Código Rojo Racing has been finding its feet in this, her first GC32 Racing Tour event this season, she showed promise in today’s final race rounding the top mark in third place.

Racing is set to continue again at 1300 tomorrow although the wind is forecast to start off in the east in the morning, shifting through 180°. Hopefully this will be before start time.

Resultados parciales click acá

GC32 Lagos día 1, Norauto al frente. Tumbada y rotura de mástil para el argentino Código Rojo.



© Jesus Renedo / GC32 Racing Tour.

© Jesus Renedo / GC32 Racing Tour.

© Jesus Renedo / GC32 Racing Tour.

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France rules the waves in Lagos
GC32 Racing Tour press release issued on 28/06/2018

If regatta success comes down to posting consistently good results, the two French teams held a masterclass in this on day one of the GC32 Lagos Cup, the second event of the 2018 GC32 Racing Tour.

Lagos, making its debut on the GC32 Racing Tour, laid on great conditions today with solid breeze and flat water – ideal for the GC32 catamarans to foil at high speed. With a shifty wind, building from, and eventually dropping back to, 14 knots, Principal Race Officer Stuart Childerley laid courses with reaching starts for the first three races before changing to conventional windward starts after the wind began gusting to 20+ knots.

In these the French teams dominated: Franck Cammas’ NORAUTO powered by Team France and Erik Maris’ Zoulou, helmed today in her owner’s absence by F18 and GC32 veteran Gurvan Bontemps. NORAUTO won two races and was never off the podium, while Zoulou claimed one and her worst result was a fourth. Interestingly these two teams are related, most of Zoulou’s crew sailed aboard Cammas’ last America’s Cup challenger.

“It was challenging for everyone because the wind was unstable and the puffs in the bear-aways were…exciting!” said Cammas. “It was tricky for everyone, but we avoided most mistakes and in these conditions we are confident with our speed. We did well, without taking too much risk.”

Cammas got off to a great start winning the first race by one of the biggest margins ever recorded in the GC32 Racing Tour history and looked like a different team compared to last month’s GC32 World Championship in Riva del Garda. “In Riva we had some bad races with OCSes. Here the goal is only to do good races. Today the goal is not to lose too many points.” Nonetheless NORAUTO’s peak speed was still more than 37 knots. “We were at the cavitation speed of the boat, so that was the maximum I think! It was great, but the boat was moving around a lot!”

Newcomers to the GC32 Racing Tour, INEOS TEAM UK, the British America’s Cup challenger of Sir Ben Ainslie, was still learning the ropes, yet managed to win race two. “We had a frustrating day in the end,” admitted Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor of all-time. “We started okay. We had a nice lead in the first race, but we got a bit lost around the course, got overtaken. The second race was a nice one. Then as the breeze built up we didn’t quite get the gear changes with the reef coming in and out and a number of other things didn’t quite work out which is indicative of being new to this class. But we are here to learn and be pushed.”

In the shifty conditions Ainslie said it was all about linking up shifts and puffs.

With ropes, soft sails and no hydraulics, the GC32 is a more regular boat than the AC50 foiling catamaran he campaigned in Bermuda. “The GC32 is much lighter, so its performance is impressive. It is quite twitchy and very physical because you don’t have battery-operated systems and so on. You have got to get your technique and teamwork right and sail well. NORAUTO set the standard today.”

On the ascent was Jason Carroll’s Argo, winner of the fifth and final race. In this, the US team started by the race committee boat and immediately tacked. “We didn’t get the best start, but our plan had been to go right anyway. A couple of shifts on the right side paid off for us on that first beat…” explained Carroll. “We got in our own way a little bit in the first few races. I think our boat speed was good but we executed poorly here. The team is having a great time and we are looking forward to the next few days.”

Argo now holds the third step on the podium and leads the owner-driver competition ahead of the inter-Antipodean battle between Australian Simon Delzoppo and his .film Racing and New Zealander Simon Hull and Frank Racing.

Unfortunately the conditions took their toll with Federico Ferioli’s Código Rojo Racing capsizing shortly after the top mark rounding in windy race three.. No one was hurt in the incident, but the red GC32’s mast broke. This evening, the GC32 Racing Tour community has rallied and Ferioli’s team has received three offers of replacement masts. They have successfully secured one kindly offered to them by INEOS TEAM UK which will get the Argentinean team racing again tomorrow.

The big conditions allowed the teams to put in some high average speeds in the opening round of the ANONIMO Speed Challenge where Frank Racing tops the leaderboard with 25.26 knots.

Racing continues tomorrow with five more races starting at 1300 local time.

Super Foiler Grand Final Sidney, Euroflex es el campeón del circuito.


© Andrea Francolini

© Andrea Francolini

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Published on 25 Mar 2018
Euroflex Secure SuperFoiler Championship Crown In Sydney

(Sydney) Euroflex has won the inaugural SuperFoiler Championship Crown sealing the Ben Lexcen Trophy after finishing with three wins on the final day of the Expr3ss! SuperFoiler Grand Final.

“We set out to win, we were made to work hard for it so we are going to really enjoy this,” said Euroflex’s victorious skipper Nathan Outteridge, “We have had lots of different people here and without the effort of the boat builders and all the guys it would have been really hard to achieve this.”

The star-studded sky-blue SuperFoiler with Olympic Gold medallist Nathan Outteridge, America’s Cup winner Glenn Ashby and Australian Sailing Team member Lachlan Gilmour had needed to keep Pavement and tech2 at bay to seal the prize and managed to clock in a clean sweep on the final day of racing in Sydney to secure the title by four points alongside the regatta win.

“I’m really pleased, it has been a big team effort to get to this point,” said the newly crowned SuperFoiler champion Glenn Ashby, ““My pistols are in need of a bit of servicing after this.”

It was a nervous start to the pinnacle event on the calendar with Phil Robertson’s Record Point and iD Intranet both capsizing before the start of action.

There was also serious concern for the series front-runner Euroflex after Lachlan Gilmour – the blue bolter’s third bowman in as many days – suffer an injury before the race-start, cutting his leg on the foil and requiring running repairs from the on-water paramedic.

But the injury was the furthest thing from his mind as he celebrated being a part of the first Champion of the SuperFoiler circuit with two of the world’s best sailors by his side.

“I’m just stoked to be sailing with these two legends of the sport,” said Euroflex’s bowman Lachlan Gilmour who was filling in for the team’s mainstay Olympic gold medallist Iain Jensen who missed the last event.

tech2 had looked like winning the final race and had a shot of stealing the Championship in the process, before Euroflex rolled over the top of them on the final leg to secure the Sydney Regatta and Championship win in the process. The red flyer’s skipper vowing to return to claim the top prize in the next instalment of the Australia-wide series.

“I think the boats are unreal. I enjoy every opportunity to get on the water in these things,” said Luke Parkinson who finished the series with tech2 in second overall.

Pavement secured third place on the championship podium in the race for the Ben Lexcen trophy.

“To finish strong on the final day of the series was a massive effort the for the entire way through. I couldn’t think of a better was to spend my summer,” said Pavement skipper Steve Thomas.

As well as the injury to Gilmour, the on-water paramedics also had to render assistance to the series fourth-placed finisher Record Point’s Sam Phillips, who headed to the hospital for scans on his foot following a clip with the board.

“That was carnage. I think being the Expr3ss Grand Final everyone wanted to push boundaries,” said Kleenmaid skipper Olivia Price, “It was action packed out here.”

“We couldn’t put a foot wrong yesterday and had the boat dialled in and today we couldn’t even warm up without pissing it in,” said Record Point skipper Phil Robertson.

“It was bloody tough but it has been wicked fun and a privilege to do it,” said Paul Campbell-James who steered iD Intranet to fifth in the series, “These are wicked boats to sail and I hope to be invited back to do it again.”

The crowning moment played out in front of a sold-out VIP pontoon and organisers have promised to bring the world’s best sailors back to Australian shores with a follow up instalment.

“We have demonstrated the machine and the racing entertainment model is word class. Having some of the world’s best sailors declaring the SuperFoiler to be the future is perhaps the most important litmus test,” said SuperFoiler CEO Bill Macartney, “To have sold out corporate hospitality on the last day of the Expr3ss! SuperFoiler Grand Final and such an excited viewing crowd was also a key indicator for us going forward.”

The series climax will be broadcast on the Channel 7 after the Commonwealth Games.

2018 Ben Lexcen Trophy (Final Series Standings)

Euroflex (31)
tech2 (27)
Pavement (24)
Record Point (18)
iD Intranet (15)
Kleenmaid (12)

Sydney Regatta Standings

Euroflex (61)
tech2 (55)
Pavement (49)
Record Point (34)
iD Intranet (29)
Kleenmaid (24)