TF35, la nueva generación de los catamaranes foileadores de Ginebra.

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© Loris Von Siebenthal

© Loris Von Siebenthal

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TF35 boat zero hits the water

On Tuesday, 20 August, the next generation of high performance foiling catamaran was unveiled as the TF35 splashed on Lake Geneva for its first test sail.

Compared to its predecessors, the TF35 has been designed with the ambitious brief to offer top level foiling to a wider audience of sailors. With earlier take-off speeds, guaranteed foiling upwind and down and a fully automatic flight control system, the TF35 uses the latest in foiling technology, both to improve performance and simplify high speed foiling while making it easier to race.

Having lead the process of development to create the D35, Ernesto Bertarelli is once again one of the committed group of owners involved in the development of the TF35.

Bertarelli explains: “My hope for the new design is that it is not only as successful as the D35, but that it also becomes a competitive class internationally on open waters. The TF35 is one-design, very high performance and, most excitingly, is designed to foil upwind in light conditions.

“I love racing on the lake and the camaraderie of the owners we have involved in the project. Once all the boats are up and running successfully then racing on open water will bring a fresh challenge to the competition,” he adds.

A project 21 months in the making, the innovative TF35′s journey from first concept to first splash was spearheaded by an experienced design team. Gonzalo Redondo and his group at d3 Applied Technologies on the aero/hydrodynamic design and performance, Dirk Kramers (SDK Structures) on the structure design and engineering, Luc Dubois on design and flight control development, Marc Menec (IS&3D Eng) on design and 3D modelling and Adam May on design. With the addition of Jean-Marie Fragnière in charge of the production and build.

“What we have created is super innovative and totally new,” explains Menec. “Our brief was to create a boat that would fly in very light wind, to be driven by an owner driver and to have electronic stability. It has been a really exciting project for us as a design team as we have created this crazy high-spec racing machine but that will be raced by small teams.”

Having worked tirelessly to improve the weaker areas of the previous foiling catamaran design and further build on its strengths the TF35 design team have delivered a boat which will be fully foiling from 9 knots true wind speed upwind and 7 knots true wind speed downwind.

Key to the success of the boat is the one design flight regulation system, which fully automates the height and pitch of the foils, allowing for a smooth and stable flight and the sailors to fully focus on the racing.

Compared to other flying boats which demand the complete concentration of helm and trim, and coordination of the crew, the TF35′s automatic flight control maintains the TF35′s ride height, as boat zero helm Jerome Clerc explained after the first test sail: “Tuesday was amazing. Considering it was the first time the boat has touched the water, it is a real credit to the design team how impressively easy it was to foil so quickly. We have been testing the flight control system and the foil design on a development boat, a small cat, over the last couple of months so this was an early indicator we were on the right track.

“The boat felt very stable and the plan over the coming months is to learn and develop further the flight control systems to ensure we get it just right. In stronger winds we are confident that the boat will feel secure reaching 40 knots.”

TF35 class manager Bertrand Favre adds: “We have been very fortunate to have passionate and committed group of owners supporting the project.

“The last few weeks have been intense with the assembly of boat zero. Our first day of sailing went far beyond our expectation, in only nine knots of breeze we were comfortably foiling reaching 17 knots boat speed upwind and 23 knots downwind with a very stable flight.”

The TF35 will now undertake a period of on water testing before the boat is officially launched in September. From there the eight boats, currently in production, will be completed and launched over the winter period allowing the teams to train ahead of the 2020 season.

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El nuevo IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss, sencillamente espectacular.

© Mark Lloyd

© Mark Lloyd

© Mark Lloyd

© Mark Lloyd

© Mark Lloyd

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Alex Thomson Racing has announced the completion of the new racing yacht, which it hopes will lead the team to victory in the 2020-21 Vendée Globe round-the-world race.

The IMOCA boat, HUGO BOSS, is the product of more than two years of painstaking design and build work undertaken by the ocean racing team, together with more than 100 naval architects, engineers and boat builders.
“What makes us one of the most exciting teams in this sport is that we display the courage to lead” Skipper Alex Thomson said, as HUGO BOSS was lowered into the water for the very first time. “We innovate, we push boundaries and we’re not afraid to do things differently. We accept that, in doing so, we might not always be right. But we are certainly not afraid to explore things that have never been done before”.

Designed in partnership by the Alex Thomson Racing technical team – led by Design Manager Pete Hobson – and French naval architects VPLP, the revolutionary new boat was built in Hampshire, England, close to the ocean racing team’s home base of Gosport.
Spearheaded by world-renowned British boat builder Jason Carrington, the build itself began back in June 2018 and has involved more than 50,000 hours of specialist construction.

HUGO BOSS – the name carried by all six of the team’s previous IMOCA boats – is a purpose-built 60ft long carbon fibre yacht, weighing 7.6 tonnes and featuring state-of-the-art hydrofoils. The boat’s deck and coach roof, meanwhile, feature solar panelling, an addition which the team hopes will allow it to achieve its ambition of sailing around the world without the use of fossil fuels.

The boat’s striking black carbon hull – with its significantly streamlined bow – has now been made public, a demonstrable architectural step forward from the team’s previous iterations. The hull’s glossy black finish echoes the sleek brand identity of the team’s Title Partner, HUGO BOSS, whose BOSS brand logo has been cleverly created from silver carbon fibre and embedded into the hull itself.

The distinctive black hull is in stark contrast to accents of fluorescent pink which can be seen across the boat’s coach roof, keel and rudder. Devised by Industrial Designer Karim Rashid – the man behind the brand identity of the boat – the bespoke fluro tone is a first for the IMOCA class.
The boat will also feature never before seen on-board technologies, developed alongside Technology Partner Nokia Bell Labs, which is incubating this work for the ATR team, in keeping with its research for high-performance mission-critical applications.

“This sport is no longer just about qualified naval architecture and competent ocean racing” said Stewart Hosford, CEO of Alex Thomson Racing. “It’s a design and engineering challenge at the highest level. It’s about bringing together the best in the world in every single area, in the relentless pursuit of excellence, of perfection.”

Thomson and his team will now undertake a period of on-water commissioning and testing before the new HUGO BOSS is officially launched and christened in September. From there, the boat will debut in the double-handed Transat Jacques Vabre race in October 2019 before Thomson undertakes his first solo race in the New York to Vendée in June 2020, the penultimate race in the IMOCA calendar before the Vendée Globe itself in November 2020.

Syra 18, un nuevo barco volador diseño de Niels Frei e Yves Detrey.






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Foiling has generated huge interest in the sailing world. Since its introduction to the Moth class and subsequent adoption by the America’s Cup and beyond, the imagination of sailors around the world has been captured. To date, take up of foiling boats has been limited. Common perception persists that foiling is demanding technically and carries higher risk than more traditional forms of sailing. All that is about to change following the launch of the NTFM SYRA 18 during Foiling Week held in Malcesine on Lake Garda from 10 – 14 July.

The NTFM SYRA 18 is the first double-handed monohull foiling dinghy. The design concept hinges on a canting T-foil system and an innovative, hybrid monohull shape. The key principles of the design ensure that the NTFM SYRA 18 will be accessible to the widest possible range of sailors and offer the level of exhilaration sought.

Simplicity, versatility and stability combined with blistering performance potential. The perfect combination.

The team behind the NTFM SYRA 18 have been sailing all their lives and have impeccable credentials. Nils Frei and Yves Detrey are two-time America’s Cup winners with Alinghi, and have competed consistently at the highest level on the D35 and GC32 circuits.

Nils Frei: “I have been addicted to foiling ever since my first flight. There are two aims with the NTFM SYRA 18: to offer the best experience of foiling flight to the widest possible range of sailors regardless upon experience and ambition; and, to produce a boat suitable for Olympic competition. We are fortunate to have been supported in our ambitions by our partners Isabelle Rinsoz and Publiaz, both of whom have been real assets.”

Yves Detrey: “When we first hatched the idea, we knew we had to prove the concept before launching in the market-place and to make sure our aims were realistic. We wanted buyers to have the best possible experience from the moment of purchase and for the boat to have the potential to enhance sailing at the Olympics. We are close to reaching that point and are looking forward to getting the first production boats in the water.”


The first boat to be launched will be named SYRA by PUBLIAZ, after NTFM’s main partner. The boat will be tested and optimised, taking part in some classic races primarily in the western part of Switzerland where PUBLIAZ GERANCE & COURTAGE SA has its main business focus. Thanks to PUBLIAZ’s engagement, NTFM SYRA will be able to prepare the launch of the production models in an optimal manner.

Key Design Principles


The hybrid hull shape means the boat is stable at low speed and in non-foiling mode, making leaving and returning to shore a safe proposition in light or even gusting conditions. With one central T-foil in the water there are no sharp, trailing edges above deck-height reducing the risk of physical harm. The double rudder configuration adds stability and their position beneath the hull wings greatly reduces the risk of injury when falling overboard. Finally, the hull shape and foil configuration offer a number of set-ups which will enable the NTFM SYRA 18 to be sailed by a broad range of experience, weight and age. While the most experienced will be ready to foil straight off the beach, less-experienced sailors will be able to grow into the boat taking steps that increase speed and excitement as and when they are ready.


The hybrid monohull shape is low-drag and the deck-sweeper mainsail is highly efficient. The main canting T-foil and the double rudder system, which offers the possibility to apply differential, means significant righting-moment with or without use of the optional trapeze. Dynamic adjustment of the main T-foil makes depowering sails in gusts unnecessary. Trimming the foil allows power to be kept on, promoting acceleration on a stable, reassuring platform. Flight height is regulated by a proven mechanical wand system. Changeable foil tips promote optimization in a range of conditions and the single central foil makes tacking and gybing straight-forward. Mainsheet location is behind the deck sweeper and the curved traveller rail will allow for easy trimming. The set-up is completed by a self-tacking, furling Code 0.


The NTFM SYRA 18 is highly versatile offering safe, efficient sailing in a wide range of wind conditions for a broad spectrum of sailors. Waterproof pockets and deck window to see foil operation enhance the experience. Launch and recovery are facilitated the retractable rudders and main foil. Foldable wings minimise boat park requirements and mean the boat fits on a standard 2.20m wide road trailer.

The Team

Nils Frei

It was on Lake Biel that Nils Frei got his first taste of sailing on an Optimist at the age of six. When he was ten years old, football took over his time for a couple of seasons, but the devotion to sailing soon returned. During his last three years in Optimist, Nils was selected three times to compete in the World Championship. He then sailed in the 420 for two years, picking-up a Swiss champion title and a fourth place in the 1990 World Youth Championship. There then followed two years of preparation for the Olympics in the 470 with teammate Roman Aebersold, before that year of competition for Nils came to a close with a season of 49er racing. Nils’ studies in economics and geography had prevailed and so the Olympic ambition drifted away.
Once he had the Master’s in his pocket, however, this sporting devotee made his keelboat debut as a trimmer, twice-winning the Swiss H-Boat Championship and finishing third in the 1995 Worlds. A little later, he joined Fast 2000, the Swiss team challenging for the 30th America’s Cup, his talent having been spotted by Jochen Schümann. World Tour match racing events in 1998 and 1999 punctuated the Cup campaign before Nils was part of the push for the 1999 Louis Vuitton Cup in New Zealand. In 2000 and 2001, Nils sailed aboard the ‘City of Geneva’ in the sailing version of the Tour de France (now known as the Tour Voile).
When Alinghi’s America’s Cup adventure began, Nils was naturally called to join the team as a sail trimmer and he went on to help the team win the 2003 Louis Vuitton Cup, and then, of course, the 31st and 32nd America’s Cup. From 2006, Nils has also been indulging his passion for kite-surfing, while he is also part of the team on the D35 circuit and in GC32.

Yves Detrey

Yves Detrey could have been a snowboarder (border cross), a waterpolo player, or even a goalkeeper. But, against all these other sports in which he excelled, it was sailing that prevailed. It is a sport that runs in the family, passed from father to son. Indeed, Yves was only eight years old when he sailed on his family’s boat, a 9.10m Joker-class, in his first Bol d’Or. Thirty years on, only the interruptions of the America’s Cup campaigns in which he has participated have prevented him from sailing in this grand racing tour of the lake. A teenage Yves also gained his sailing stripes in L’Equipe dinghies, as well as the Surprise, 8mJI and the JOD 35, the latter during his involvement in the 1997 Tour de France of sailing.
At the age of 16, Yves began an apprenticeship at boat-builder Sartorio in Mies, specialising in carpentry. The yard’s proximity to Geneva allowed him to maintain his sailing training during the evenings at the Centre d’Entraînement à la Régate. When, in 1998, Yves heard about the Swiss ambitions and projects for the America’s Cup, he didn’t hesitate, offering his services as a technician. His dual skills – on the water and in the dock – were recognised quickly, earning him a place on board the Challenge Fast 2000 as a number two. His physical attributes and his endless curiosity made him an essential teammate.
During and between his two stints in New Zealand, Yves sailed in Maxi One Design regattas and made his debut for the team on the AlinghiMax, both as a sailor and as part of the team preparing the boat. On his return to Switzerland in 1999, he was contacted to get involved in the construction of the Black, the mythical prototype Alinghi multihull. As soon as it launched, Yves has his place on board. There followed two seasons of Corel 45 racing (1999-2000), three America’s Cup campaigns (2003, 2007 and 2010) and, alongside, more than twenty seasons combined in the D35 and GC32


Isabelle Rinsoz

Isabelle has been part of the NTFM SYRA 18 project since the very outset, almost 10 years ago, when Yves and Nils tested the first version of the canting foil. Isabelle is a passionate sailor and open to innovative thinking that helps to move sailing forward. Without her engagement, NTFM SYRA 18 would not have been possible.


With nearly 60 years of experience, PUBLIAZ GERANCE & COURTAGE SA offers its expertise in real estate management, renovation, property valuation, property sales, condominium administration and any advice related to real estate. The generalist agency with a family character, with around fourty employees, is distinguished by the quality of its services and its presence throughout the Leman lake, with agencies in Montreux, Lausanne-Renens and Rolle.

VMG Yacht Design
VMG Yacht Design in Lausanne is responsible for the design drawings of the NTFM SYRA 18.

GC32 World Championship, triunfo para Alinghi de Ernesto Bertarelli..

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© Sailing Energy / GC32 Racing Tour

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Alinghi se proclama campeón del mundo de GC32
Nota de prensa GC32 Racing Tour – 30/06/2019

El Alinghi de Ernesto Bertarelli se ha proclamado campeón del mundo 2019 de clase GC32. El suizo fue el mejor de la flota de diez equipos de ocho nacionalidades que compitieron por GC32 World Championship en la localidad portuguesa de Lagos, y confirmó su título a falta de dos mangas para completar el programa de competición.

El segundo mundial de los catamaranes voladores GC32 reunió en aguas de Portugal a diez escuadras de ocho nacionalidades que compitieron por la corona absoluta durante cuatro intensas jornadas. El GC32 World Championship se decidió a 18 mangas entre Alinghi (SUI), Argo (USA), Black Star Sailing Team (SUI), CHINAone NINGBO (CHN), INEOS Rebels UK (GBR), NORAUTO (FRA), Team Oman Air (OMA), Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT), Zoulou (FRA) y el campeón del mundo 2018, Team Tilt (SUI).

Después de tres días de batalla naval en la costa de Lagos, Alinghi llegaba a la última jornada de competición con una renta de 16 puntos al frente de la provisional. El campeón de las Extreme Sailing Series 2018, patroneado en esta ocasión por Arnaud Psarofaghis, supo gestionar la presión anotando unos impresionantes parciales 2-1-1 en las tres primeras pruebas del día, proclamándose matemáticamente campeón del mundo a falta de dos mangas por disputar

“Me siento muy feliz, aunque todavía no me lo creo del todo”, reconocía Psarofaghis de regreso a tierra. “Ha sido una semana de competición realmente dura. Tanto el equipo de tierra como la tripulación han realizado un trabajo fantástico. Sólo tuvimos dos mangas malas de las 17 que disputamos. Fue un trabajo perfecto del equipo: ganar a falta de dos mangas es algo excepcional en este tipo de flota. Con Team Tilt en segunda posición, es un gran día para la vela en Suiza”.

El viento de componente norte se estableció alrededor de las 13:00h permitiendo la celebración de las cinco mangas programadas en excepcionales condiciones. El GC32 World Championship se despedía de Lagos con una manga final con rachas de 20 nudos.

Alinghi no fue el único equipo en completar una excelente jornada final. Su compatriotaTeam Tilt comenzaba anotando una convincente victoria en la primera prueba del día como anticipo de un rendimiento que le permitiría firmar la mejor tarjeta de la jornada y ascender de la cuarta a la segunda posición final. Team Tilt navegó en el mundial patroneado por Sébastien Schneiter y con la asistencia del patrón de Emirates Team New Zealand, Glenn Ashby.

“No tardamos en aprender que lo estábamos haciendo mal, así que fuimos mejorando”, explicaría Schneiter. “El primer día nos costó mucho, así que remontar hasta la segunda plaza final es probablemente lo mejor a lo que podíamos aspirar. Estoy muy contento porque todo el equipo luchó por cada punto. No dejaron de creer. Muestra el buen espíritu que tiene este equipo”.

La tercera posición del podio fue para el INEOS Rebels UK de Sir Ben Ainslie, pese a ser penalizado por sendas colisiones en la jornada final. “Fuimos muy agresivos, apretamos demasiado y nos pillaron”, reconocería Ainslie. Cabe destacar que pese a la colisión en la salida de la cuarta manga del día, que les obligaba a salir en última posición, el INEOS Rebels UK lograba recuperarse y ganar la prueba. “Suele ocurrir en esta flota que tengas una mala salida, te quedes solo y consigas pasarles”, continúa Ainslie. “Fue un día duro, pero nuestras últimas regatas fueron bastante sólidas”.

El NORAUTO de Franck Cammas se quedaba a un solo punto del podio, despidiéndose de Lagos con una buena jornada en la que ganó una manga y sólo anotó un resultado fuera del podio (3-3-2-8-1). La posición del equipo francés estaría condicionada por un incidente de hombre al agua en la cuarta prueba del día, como explicaría Cammas: “Un tripulante de CHINAone NINGBO cayó al agua frente a nosotros, así que paramos y nos mantuvimos esperando junto a él. Después de eso, todos los barcos que llevábamos por detrás traslucharon y se fueron directos al layline”. Hasta ese momento, NORAUTO iba tercero, pero el incidente provocó que terminara octavo. “Así que perdimos el podio cuando ocurrió. Pero, en general, disfrutamos esta jornada final, en especial la última manga”.

Aunque con el sabor agridulce de acariciar el podio, NORAUTO no se iba de Lagos con las manos vacías. El equipo francés registró la velocidad media más alta de la flota el viernes, ganando el Cascade Sopromar Speed Challenge y el premio de cinco habitaciones dobles para tres noches en el hotel de cinco estrellas Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort.

La victoria en categoría owner-driver (equipos patroneados por su armador) correspondió al estadounidense Argo de Jason Carroll, sexto absoluto. “Ha sido muy emocionante, con muchos cambios de posiciones”, explicaría Carroll.

Oman Air, ganador de la primera regata del GC32 Racing Tour el pasado mes en Villasimius (Cerdeña, Italia), comenzó la semana con mucha fuerza y se postulaba como uno de los máximos aspirantes al título. Pero el equipo omaní completaba su participación con una decepcionante jornada final que le hacía finalizar en quinta posición. El novato Black Star Sailing Team de Christian Zuerrer se despedía de su segunda regata de GC32 con el mejor resultado de la semana: un meritorio tercero en la manga final.

Un gran evento
Pierre-Yves Jorand, director de equipo del campeón Alinghi, quiso reconocer el trabajo de todos los involucrados en el título, incluyendo la organización del GC32 World Championship 2019: “Ser campeones del mundo de GC32 con semejante equipo es fantástico. Tal vez los puntos no lo reflejen, pero en la batalla en el agua contó cada metro. Esta es la culminación a varios años invertidos en este tipo de barco. La tripulación navegó realmente bien, y el equipo de tierra preparó muy bien el barco. Los rivales fueron fantásticos. La sede fue magnífica. Las autoridades locales y los organizadores han estado estupendos para ayudarnos a resolver pequeños problemas. Tener 18 mangas en semejantes condiciones ha sido realmente impresionante. Ha sido un evento estupendo. Estoy muy contento y muy orgulloso de todo el equipo, y de todo el apoyo que hemos recibido tanto aquí como en Suiza”.

El GC32 World Championship 2019 se celebró gracias el apoyo de la Ciudad de Lagos, Marina de Lagos y Sopromar. El GC32 Racing Tour regresa al Mediterráneo para celebrar la tercera prueba de la temporada 2019: la Copa del Rey MAPFRE, que se disputa en Palma entre el 31 de julio y el 3 de agosto

Los resultados completos del GC32 World Championship 2019 están disponibles aquí.

Programa GC32 Racing Tour 2019 
22-26 de mayo: GC32 Villasimius Cup / Villasimius, Cerdeña, Italia
26-30 de junio: GC32 World Championship / Lagos, Portugal
31 de julio – 4 de agosto: 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE / Palma de Mallorca, España
11-15 de septiembre: GC32 Riva Cup / Riva del Garda, Italia
6-10 de noviembre: Pendiente de anunciar

GC32 World Championship, comienza el show en Portugal.

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Stars of the sailing world congregate in Lagos for tomorrow’s GC32 World Championship

GC32 Racing Tour press release issued on 26/06/2019

Olympic heroes, America’s Cup winners, Volvo Ocean Race champions and some of sailing’s most capped World Champions are in Lagos on Portugal’s Algarve for tomorrow’s start of the GC32 World Championship. The line-up for this second event on the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour, taking place with the support of the City of Lagos, Marina de Lagos and Sopromar, comprises ten teams from seven nations, from afar afield as China, the USA and Oman.

An 11th hour recruit for Sébastien Schneiter’s Team Tilt is Glenn Ashby, skipper of America’s Cup defender Emirates Team New Zealand. Ashby helped coax Team Tilt to win last year’s GC32 World Championship and has found time to sneak away from his Cup duties to help them defend it. However he admits: “My last yachting was the A-Cat Worlds in Queensland last November. The office hands are going well since I’ve had to start pulling ropes again.”

Ashby understands the importance of a world championship. Personally he is a ten time winner and defending champion of the singlehanded A-Class Catamaran Worlds. As to Team Tilt’s chances this time, he is realistic. This is the first time since they have sailed their GC32 since last year’s Worlds, so they have had to go back to basics.

As to Lagos, Ashby is impressed: “From what we have seen it is absolutely ideal – beautiful flat water 70% of the time and good breeze, sunny and warm. It is pretty much perfect for sailing foiling boats.”

He is not the only current America’s Cup sailor in Lagos. Sir Ben Ainslie, who is challenging with INEOS Team UK, is here with his INEOS Rebels UK team. Aside from being the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, with his unmatched tally of four golds and one silver, Ainslie also won the America’s Cup in San Francisco with Oracle Team USA, as did his GC32 jib trimmer Joe Newton. However most impressive is the number of Olympic medals on board the British GC32 – in addition to Ainslie’s haul is Giles Scott’s Finn gold from Rio 2016, where Iain Jensen won 49er silver, adding to his gold medal from London 2012. Their fifth crew is Luke Parkinson who won the Volvo Ocean Race with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.

“It is really nice to be back in Lagos – it is a great venue,” says Ainslie, who first raced the GC32 here last year. “We had some fantastic racing here last year and this time we have a few more teams and we’ve had a bit more practice in the boat. It is nice to have Team Tilt back to defend their title. They will be really strong with Glenn Ashby coming across from Team New Zealand, so there’ll be a bit of Cup rivalry!”

Equally accomplished, but in different spheres of yachting, is France’s Franck Cammas, skipper of NORAUTO. Among his accolades are winning the Volvo Ocean Race, France’s top offshore race the Route du Rhum, a former holder of the Jules Verne Trophy for sailing around the world the fastest, as well as being a multiple champion in the ORMA 60 trimaran class. He also won last year’s GC32 Lagos Cup.

“It is a good place to race,” says Cammas of Lagos. “It is normally flat water. We had two days last year with a strong offshore wind, which was very nice because it was flat but also shifty. Last year we had a good result, but the fleet is different this year. We hope to do better than in Villasimius [the first event of the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour]. There we had some good results and some bad ones, so we need to be more consistent. We are not far away, but we are not as steady as the guys in front.”

Cammas skippered the French challenge for the last America’s Cup in Bermuda and several of his crew from that are on board Erik Maris’ Zoulou, while another former America’s Cup skipper is France’s Seb Col, who is tactician on board Jason Carroll’s Argo this season. This week both Maris and Carroll will be gunning for the GC32 World’s owner-driver trophy.

One of the most successful sailing teams of all time is Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi, two time winner of the America’s Cup, which is also won the last season of the Extreme Sailing Series.

Arnaud Psarofaghis is standing in here for Bertarelli, but denies there will be more pressure because it is a World Championship. “There is no pressure, but we have to win and we want to have some great racing. On the water it will be the same. Everyone will push hard, but teams may be more disappointed at the end if they don’t win the World title.” Alinghi has had a crew change since Villasimius with Nicolas Charbonnier moving on to main and tactics, Bryan Mettraux on trim, Yves Detrey on bow and Timothé Lapauw back from injury on board rake.

A third team from Switzerland, new for this season, is Christian Zürrer’s Black Star Sailing Team, on which four time Olympic Star sailor Flavio Marazzi is sailing. Two key crew on board Red Bull Sailing Team are also significant Olympians – skipper Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher were gold medallists in the Tornado catamaran at both Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.

Oman Air and CHINAone NINGBO are both skippered by New Zealanders who are former winners of the Match Racing World Championship. Oman Air’s Adam Minoprio claimed this title in 2009 before going on to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race. His Oman Air team comes to Lagos having won the first event of the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour in Villasimius.

CHINAone NINGBO is on a steeper learning curve. Skippered by 2016 champion Phil Robertson, he and his crew are fresh from campaigning the Chinese entry in the New York stopover of SailGP last weekend.

“We are a little bit behind the 8 ball but we’ll try and play catch-up,” admits Robertson. “The line-up looks tough and there are a lot of really good boats – all of the best guys are congregating at this event.” For this event, the Chinese team includes two more ‘Robertson regulars’ Will Tiller and James Wierzbowski.

Racing starts tomorrow at 1300 and concludes on Sunday. In addition to the regular racing will be the Cascade Sopromar Speed Challenge. In this the team recording the highest average speed will win five double rooms for three nights at Lagos’ 5 Star Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort.

Teams competing at 2019 GC32 World Championship

Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis
Argo (USA) Jason Carroll
Black Star Sailing Team (SUI) Christian Zürrer
CHINAone NINGBO (CHN) Phil Robertson
INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) Ben Ainslie
NORAUTO (FRA) Franck Cammas
Team Oman Air (OMA) Adam Minoprio
Team Tilt (SUI) Sebastien Schneiter
Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara
Zoulou (FRA) Erik Maris
2019 GC32 Racing Tour schedule

22.-26 May: GC32 Villasimius Cup / Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy
26-30 June: GC32 World Championship / Lagos, Portugal
31 July-4 August: 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE / Palma de Mallorca, Spain
11-15 September: GC32 Riva Cup / Riva del Garda, Italy
6-10 Nov: TBA

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New York SailGP, Team Japan triunfa por primera vez.

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Japan takes first ever SailGP event win in New York

In front of fan-lined shores, Japan beat Australia to sit atop the leaderboard
by one point

NEW YORK – June 22, 2019 – In front of large crowds lining the waterfront in downtown Manhattan, the Japan SailGP Team – helmed by double Olympic medalist Nathan Outteridge – beat off strong competition from Tom Slingsby’s Australia SailGP Team to win its first event in the inaugural SailGP season.

An intense final match race took place between the two notorious rivals on the Hudson River racecourse, which saw drama before the start as the high-powered F50s, capable of intense speeds, made contact. A penalty to Australia saw Japan eventually get the better of the season’s leaders and take the victory in New York.

“Here we knew it would be a challenge and what I am really proud about is that our whole team focused every single step of the way,” said Outteridge. “I am relieved because we really needed a win, we deserved to win, and I am proud of everyone’s effort. The Aussies are, without a doubt, the team to beat, and I think now we are starting to even out the playing field and can’t wait until Cowes.”

New York’s urban landscape provided an extra challenge for the world-class athletes this week as they battled shifting breezes and varied wind speeds on a smaller, more challenging racecourse. Boat handling and maneuvering on the foils was significantly more of a factor than ever before as the boats flew around the Hudson at the fastest speeds yet seen on SailGP, with the Australia team hitting a top speed of 48.69 knots (nearly 60 mph). It was the superior adaptability of the Japanese team that won the event on the Hudson.

“It was tough conditions, but the Japan team was better. They’ve been better than us the last two days, and they deserve the win,” said Slingsby. “The way this sport has gone, and the way Nathan and my careers have gone has been amazing, and we’re so happy to be here racing each other; unfortunately, it’s on different teams, but it also makes it more fun.”

The United States SailGP Team, led by Rome Kirby, gave the estimated 30,000 people lining the shore a reason to cheer when they crossed the finish line first in race five. Scoring its first ever SailGP win on home turf was a special moment for the United States SailGP Team, and a move that placed the crew third overall at the event.

“The boys were pretty fired up to go racing today, and it showed,” said Kirby. “To win a race is awesome but we want to win events. But we’re happy to be on the podium, and it was awesome to see the crowd out there.”

Only one point separates Japan and Australia on the Season 1 leaderboard, but now four teams have proved they are capable of winning races, putting the pressure on for the next event in Cowes.

One team that will be looking forward to racing in Cowes is the Great Britain SailGP Team, which suffered a capsize on the Hudson that significantly damaged its wingsail. The British will be eager for redemption in front of their hometown crowd at the first European event of SailGP’s inaugural season.

“It’s been a disappointing weekend all in all for us – we learned a lot from our capsize yesterday, and I’m proud as a team of how we came back after that setback,” said helmsman Dylan Fletcher.

SailGP’s next stop is Cowes, UK, over the weekend of August 10-11, when the home of British sailing will be able to witness the intense racing and awe-inspiring speeds of the F50s.

New York SailGP Results
1 // Japan // 49pts
2 // Australia // 45pts
3 // United States // 37pts
4 // China // 33pts
5 // France // 32pts
6 // Great Britain // 27pts

Season 1 Leaderboard (after three events)
1 // Japan // 140 pts
2 // Australia // 139 pts
3 // Great Britain // 106 pts
4 // United States // 105 pts
4 // China // 93 pts
5 // France // 93 pts

Individual Race Results
Race 1
1 // Australia // 10pts
2 // Japan // 9pts
3 // China // 8pts
4 // United States // 7pts
5 // France // 6pts
6 // Great Britain // 4pts

Race 2
1 // Japan // 10pts
2 // Australia // 9pts
3 // France // 8pts
4 // United States // 7pts
5 // China // 6pts
6 // Great Britain // 4pts

Race 3
1 // Japan // 10pts
2 // Australia // 9pts
3 // China // 8pts
4 // France // 7pts
5 // United States // 6pts
6 // Great Britain // 4pts

Race 4
1 // Japan // 10pts
2 // Australia // 9pts
3 // Great Britain // 8pts
4 // United States // 7pts
5 // China // 6pts
6 // France // 5pts

Race 5
1 // United States // 10pts
2 // Japan // 9pts
3 // Australia // 8pts
4 // Great Britain // 7pts
5 // France // 6pts
6 // China // 5pts

Match Race
1 // Japan // 1pt
2 // Australia // 0pts