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.

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



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© 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.


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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)

Super Foiler Grand Final Sidney, día 2. Tech2 lidera la serie.


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© Andrea Francolini.

© Andrea Francolini.

© Andrea Francolini.

© Andrea Francolini.

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Published on 24 Mar 2018
Phil Robertson Rockets Record Point into Championship Contention

(Sydney) World Match Racing Champion Phil Robertson has launched his run for the Ben Lexcen Trophy in perfect style – clinching two wins on the Saturday session of the Expr3ss! SuperFoiler Grand Prix on Sydney Harbour.

“We were stomping that one. We had some nice modes downwind and we know how to send it upwind,” said Record Point’s skipper Phil Robertson.

The New Zealand helmsman could have had a clean sweep of victories during the second day of racing. Record Point led the entire first race before stumbling with the finishing line in sight – a mistake that was fully exploited by tech2 who zoomed past to take the opening win.

“We were stoked, we were in the money and to get a sniff at the end was a chance to open up the throttle and the boys went for it they backed us in and we were over the moon when we got that,” said tech2’s skipper Luke Parkinson who sent the red flyer to the top of the Sydney Regatta leader board, “It was pretty loose but it was right up our alley.”

Record Point atoned for that disappointment in the next, breezing past Luke Parkinson to turn the previous result on its head – Phil Robertson adding Sydney to his list of SuperFoiler leg wins alongside Busselton.

“We were charging around out there, there were a lot of boats around which made it kind of tricky,” said Record Point’s Neil Hunter who after two wins and a second is now sitting in third on the regatta standings and eyeing off the overall win, “For sure that is in the back of our mind. This regatta being double points means it is all on the line for us tomorrow. We can really take it tomorrow.”

It was a difficult day for series leader Euroflex who surrendered crucial points to her nearest rivals, after regulars Nathan Outteridge and Glenn Ashby thrust together three third-placed finishes.

In many ways it was a remarkable effort from the three-time regatta champion Euroflex, who also had to contend with a knee injury to their bowman Harry Mighell in the second race which saw his crew scrambling to find a replacement.

The responsibility fell to 20-year old Connor Nicholas, who was only called into the Euroflex fold this week but fully embraced the challenge.

‘Nath pointed to me at the end of the second race and he said I was on and my heart rate went to about 200 instantly so it was a really cool experience for me to jump on board and learn,“ said the Perth-based Nacra17 specialist who is part of the Australian sailing squad, “I didn’t have time to get nervous, the race for me was just a total blur.”

“I think he almost wet his pants. He did a really good job considering the amount of training he had which was zero and he might be on with us tomorrow. We will have a think about it tonight and see what the plan is,”said Olympic Gold medallist Nathan Outteridge, “We nursed it home, it wasn’t our finest sailing but we got three threes so it was not bad considering the day.”

After Saturday’s racing just five points split tech2, Euroflex and Record Point in the battle for regatta supremacy in Sydney with Pavement, Kleenmaid, iD Intranet also still in calculation for the overall win.

The Ben Lexcen Trophy will be awarded to the winner of the SuperFoiler series, with the champion of the Expr3ss! SuperFoiler Grand Final – Sydney set to receive 12 points to their overall total.

The series climax will be livestreamed on www.superfoiler.com on Sunday 25th of March 2018 at 2pm AEDT.

Regatta Standings after Day 1

tech2 (29)
Euroflex (25)
Record Point (24)
Pavement (21)
iD Intranet (17)
Kleenmaid (10)

Ben Lexcen Trophy (Series Standings)

Euroflex (19)
tech2 (17)
Pavement (16)
Record Point (12)
iD Intranet (11)
Kleenmaid (10)

Super Foiler Grand Final Sidney, día 1.



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All Square in Sydney as tech2 takes fight to Euroflex

(Sydney) The SuperFoiler title race is on after Euroflex, tech2 and Pavement finished level at the top on thirteen points lighting the fuse for the Expr3ss! SuperFoiler Grand Prix in Sydney.

“To be equal first after day one, we are happy with that,” said Euroflex skipper and Olympic gold medallist Nathan Outteridge who notched up two firsts and a last to finish level with tech2 after the opening day of hostilities, “We had some good battles with tech2.”

“We are peaking at the right time, we have rattle their (Eurfolex) feathers,” said tech2’s skipper and Volvo Ocean Race winner Luke Parkinson, “We are ready to get back in the ring for round two tomorrow.”

In the opening race of the day Euroflex edged out tech2 in an agonising crawl to the line. It was a frustrating finish for the red flyer who had led the entire race only to be overtaken by the series leader in the final metres.

“We have come into a new mantra throughout the series, you can’t win the regatta on day one you can lose it. We are just trying to put ourselves in a great position where we can win the regatta. It was a tough day, but tough for the entire fleet so we are just happy to be up there,” said tech2’s mainsheet hand Ayden Menzies who crossed ahead of iD Intranet skipper Paul Campbell-James in the race opener.

After race one was clinched by Euroflex, light and patchy breezes forced race two into a shortened course where Steve Thomas’s Pavement seized the prize ahead of tech2, who again had to settle for second.

“We had three good starts today but the first race we timed out because we were trying to foil, so to come away with the wind was nice because there was a bit of redemption on that,” said Pavement skipper Steve Thomas.

It was a satisfying victory for Rhys Mara and Dan Morris who were racing alongside Thomas for the first time since a massive wipe-out in Busselton.

“First day to be within one point, it is all good. At the moment we are just trying to have clean races, not take too many risks and just throw down a couple of keepers,” said Pavement bowman Dan Morris.

Race three belonged to Euroflex who crossed ahead of iD Intranet – Paul Campbell-James’ international hopefuls also in striking distance for the champion on eleven points.

“Obviously we are setting ourselves up for Sunday that is the main day, but you have to be consistent.” said Euroflex mainsheet hand and America’s Cup winner Glenn Ashby, “It was a tricky day, but at the same time a lot of fun, and when you get up and foiling and all the other boats aren’t you realise this is all right,”

The Expr3ss! SuperFoiler Grand Final – Sydney will be livestreamed on www.superfoiler.com on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of March 2018.

GC32 Racing Tour 2018, la localidad portuguesa de Lagos completa el calendario.

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La localidad portuguesa de Lagos completa el GC32 Racing Tour 2018
Nota de prensa GC32 Racing Tour – 22/03/2018

Portugal se une a Italia, Francia y España para completar el listado de países que acogerán el GC32 Racing Tour 2018. La localidad de Lagos, en el Algarve, es la última de las cinco sedes europeas anunciadas para esta cuarta temporada del circuito de catamaranes voladores, que una vez más propone un atractivo listado de campos de regatas caracterizados por unas condiciones de navegación idóneas para el espectáculo GC32.
Lagos se encuentra al sur de Portugal, apenas a 10 kilómetros del punto más septentrional de Europa y en plena región del Algarve. Dotado de una historia marítima milenaria, el puerto fue hogar de Enrique de Portugal, apodado El Navegante, y durante los siglos XV y XVI, en la época dorada de los descubrimientos del país, vio partir a exploradores como Vasco da Gama.

Localizado cerca del Cabo de San Vicente, en el extremo suroeste de Portugal, Lagos también fue escenario de épicas batallas navales. Y volverá a serlo (aunque de naturaleza más amable) entre el 27 de junio y el 1 de julio cuando acoja la primera edición de la GC32 Lagos Cup. En esa época del año, las temperaturas en la zona del Algarve deberían ser lo suficientemente altas como para facilitar la creación de la brisa térmica local, denominada Nortada, que en la costa se traduce en una atractiva combinación de viento y mar llana, perfecta para navegar sobre foils.

El GC32 Racing Tour visita Portugal por primera vez gracias a los esfuerzos de la ciudad de Lagos, con el apoyo de Hugo Henriques, del astillero local Sopromar, de Martinho Fortunato, de Marina de Lagos, y del Clube de Vela de Lagos.

Según José Manuel Oliveira Dias, presidente del Clube de Vela de Lagos: “El GC32 Racing Tour es la oportunidad de traer un evento único a Lagos y de formar parte de los destinos náuticos más importantes de Europa. Con este evento, continuamos uniendo al club con la ciudad, involucrando a toda la comunidad”.

En su esperado regreso al GC32 Racing Tour esta temporada, Franck Cammas, patrón de NORAUTO, comenta: “Estamos muy contentos de ir a Portugal con el GC32 Racing Tour; la recepción y la atmósfera allí son siempre excelentes. Navegué frente a Portimao, en el Algarve, en 2006 a bordo del ORMA 60. Las condiciones en esta zona pueden ser variables, pero el mar es normalmente plano, ideal para los catamaranes voladores GC32”.

Cuatro países, cinco sedes
Lagos completa el mapa del GC32 Racing Tour 2018, añadiendo Portugal a la lista de países que acogerán el espectáculo de los GC32 este año junto a Italia, España y Francia.

El GC32 Racing Tour 2018 arrancará del 23 al 27 de mayo con el GC32 World Championship, el primer mundial oficial de GC32, que reunirá en Riva del Garda (Italia) a las flotas del GC32 Racing Tour y las Extreme Sailing Series en un evento extraordinario.

Desde Italia, el circuito se trasladará por primera vez a Portugal para disputar entre el 27 de junio y el 1 de julio la GC32 Lagos Cup.

De Portugal a España. Entre el 31 de julio y el 4 de agosto, el GC32 Racing Tour participará por tercer año consecutivo en la regata multiclase por excelencia del Mediterráneo, la Copa del Rey MAPFRE, en Palma. En este evento, los GC32 tendrán la oportunidad de desarrollar su espectáculo frente a los principales actores de la vela europea y mundial.

Desde Palma, el GC32 Racing Tour regresará a Italia para competir del 12 al 16 de septiembre en aguas de Villasimius. La segunda GC32 Villasimius Cup promete magníficas condiciones de navegación frente a la costa sureste de Cerdeña.

Una vez más, el GC32 Racing Tour despedirá la temporada en el sur de Francia. Del 10 al 14 de octubre, la GC32 TPM Med Cup llevará por primera vez a la flota GC32 a la localidad de Tolón, capital del departamento de Val, sede en 2016 de las America’s Cup World Series.

Christian Scherrer, director del GC32 Racing Tour, reconoce: “Llevo tiempo deseando organizar un evento en Portugal. En Lagos contamos con una sede maravillosa, y además con las condiciones, los socios y la gente perfecta para garantizar el éxito del evento. Estoy encantado de traer el GC32 Racing Tour a Lagos”.

El listado completo de equipos participantes en el GC32 Racing Tour 2018 será anunciado en las próximas semanas. Los equipos interesados en incorporarse al circuito pueden contactar con Christian Scherrer en christian@gc32racing.com para despejar cualquier duda sobre el GC32 Racing Tour y la disponibilidad de barcos para compra y alquiler.
Programa GC32 Racing Tour 2018

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Super Foiler Grand Prix Busselton. Tech2 se lleva el título.


copyright Andrea Francolini

copyright Andrea Francolini

copyright Andrea Francolini

Fuente info Super Foiler Grand Prix

Published on 04 Mar 2018
Locals Light Up Busselton Leg to Ignite Championship Challenge

(Busselton) Two West Australian skippers have steered their teams to the podium in their home regatta with Perth’s Luke Parkinson (tech2) and Steve Thomas (Pavement) climbing onto the Busselton dais alongside Kleenmaid.

tech2 secured a third victory of the regatta to claim the outright win by the slenderest of margins over Pavement.

“I loved the opportunity to be back sailing in WA over the weekend. We had a full range of conditions and this win puts us in great shape for the final in Sydney,” said Busselton’s victorious skipper Luke Parkinson – who thrust tech2 to the top for the very first time.

“It has been a pleasure to sail in such a beautiful location, extremely tight racing it went all the way to the last run of the last race. I am really excited for the Grand Final in Sydney,” said tech2′s mainsheet hand Ayden Menzies.

In what was the most hotly contested regatta to date Pavement finished four points behind in second.

“Pretty cool for WA to get on top at the home venue. I guess we had a lot of local knowledge,” said Pavement skipper and second on the podium Steve Thomas, “We were stoked to get second – it was a really close race between us and Kleenmaid.”

The regatta also witnessed the breakthrough podium for Olivia Price, Harry Morton and Josh McKnight – who missed out on claiming overall points by just one win.

“As a team we’ve been playing the long game, slowly developing our techniques with Sydney being the end goal so this was a really important regatta for us to peak at,” said Kleenmaid mainsheet hand Josh McKnight

The wash-up is Euroflex’s stranglehold on the championship has slipped after her last placed finish, although her star crew of Nathan Outteridge, Iain Jensen and Glenn Ashby still hold a two-point lead over tech2.

It sets up a thrilling climax to the opening series with the Expr3ss! SuperFoiler Grand Final – Sydney to decide the first winner of the Ben Lexcen Trophy.

Championship Standings following the Busselton Regatta

Euroflex (19)
Tech2 (17)
Pavement (16)
Record Point (12)
iD Intranet (11)
Kleenmaid (10)