Set up in 2014, the GC32 Racing Tour is the original circuit for the one design foiling catamarans designed by Dr Martin Fischer, now Design Co-ordinator for Luna Rossa’s challenge for the 36th America’s Cup.
These boats allow regular sailors to get a taste of the latest and fastest style of sailing – as exemplified by recent America’s Cups – but at a fraction of the cost, with far simpler logistics and without any hydraulics or a wing to worry about. In 2017, the GC32 received official recognition from World Sailing, enabling its first World Championship to be held in 2018.
Key to the GC32 Racing Tour is its appeal to both private owner-drivers and commercially-backed pro teams.
Venues are chosen with the aim of providing the best chance of optimum conditions to get the catamarans flying.
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 configurations are similar to those used in the America’s Cup – windward-leewards with reaching starts and finishes. In light conditions and at the top of the wind range, the race committee reverts to courses with upwind starts.
Daily at GC32 Racing Tour events, rounds of the Anonimo Speed Challenge are run. This involves teams sailing individually down the first reach of the course, doing a 180deg turn around a mark and then reaching back to the finish line. The winner of the Anonimo Speed Challenge at each event is presented with an Anonimo Nautilo watch.
The ANONIMO Speed Challenge 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 ashore at all the events.
The 2018 GC32 Racing Tour visits five venues across southern Europe including several of the most famous – Riva del Garda at the top end of Lake Garda for the GC32’s first ever World Championship and the Bay of Palma, during the Mediterranean’s leading regatta, the Copa del Rey MAPFRE.
Interested in joining?
Contact GC32 Racing Tour Manager, Christian Scherrer at Christian@gc32racing.com