The GC32 Racing Tour is designed to appeal to both owner-driver and commercially-backed professional teams.

Venues are chosen with the aim of providing optimum conditions for participants to get their foiling catamarans flying. America’s Cup-style courses are set that are large enough to provide a good racing experience for competitors and to enable the GC32s to achieve maximum speed.

About the GC32 Racing Tour

Set up in 2014, the GC32 Racing Tour is the original circuit for the one design foiling catamarans designed by Dr Martin Fischer.

These boats allow regular sailors to get a taste of the latest and fastest style of sailing as exemplified by the America’s Cup but at a fraction of the cost, with far simpler logistics and without any hydraulics to worry about.

Key to the GC32 Racing Tour is that it is designed to appeal to both private owner-drivers and commercially-backed teams. Venues are chosen with the aim of providing the best chance of optimum conditions for participants to go foiling catamaran racing.

Courses are set with less emphasis on ‘stadium sailing’ and more on providing a good racing experience for competitors with courses large enough to enable the GC32s to achieve their maximum speeds.

Course configuration is similar to those used in the America’s Cup ie windward-leewards but with reaching starts and finishes, but in light conditions or at the top of the wind range courses may be straightforward windward-leewards.

A new feature of the GC32 Racing Tour is the daily Anonimo Speed Challenge. This involves teams sailing individually down the first reach of the course, rounding the reaching mark and then reaching back to the finish line. The winner of the Anonimo Speed Challenge at each event will be presented with an Anonimo Nautilo watch.

This feature of the event also provides the opportunity for guests and VIPs to experience the flying GC32s in a high octane environment. Guest and sailors alike also get to enjoy the hospitality and social program laid on at all the events.

The 2017 GC32 Racing Tour will visit five venues across southern Europe including several of the most famous – Riva del Garda at the top end of Lake Garda and the Bay of Palma, during the Mediterranean’s leading regatta, the Copa del Rey MAPFRE.

In 2017 it also visits two new venues – Villasimius on the southeastern tip of Sardinia and Calvi in northern Corsica, before the season rounds off for a third consecutive year at Marseille One Design in October.

Interested in joining?

Contact GC32 Racing Tour Manager, Christian Scherrer at Christian@gc32racing.com

 

About the GC32

The GC32 is a 10m long (12m including bowsprit) by 6m wide foiling catamaran conceived by Laurent Lenne and designed by Dr Martin Fischer, Head of Design at the America’s Cup team, Groupama Team France. GC32s are built in carbon fibre by Premier Composite Technologies in Dubai.

The GC32 is fitted with T-foil rudders and J-shaped daggerboards/foils, conceptually similar to those used on the America’s Cup catamarans, with adjustable rake on all appendages.

However a significant difference is that there are no hydraulics, no pedestals and no bicycles! Also unlike the AC50s, the GC32 features a more manageable, easier to trim soft-sail rig and has one design sails.

Despite all this GC32s are fast with top speeds approaching 40 knots.

The GC32 is demountable with a two piece mast for easy road transportation and can even be launched and retrieved without need of a crane.

See more information about the GC32 here

The GC32 is marketed by Great Cup BV, the company of GC32 Founder Laurent Lenne. Contact: email: laurent@thegreatcup.com

The GC32s have their own Class Association – more can be found at www.gc32.org. Current President is Flavio Marazzi.