IN 2017’s EVENTS, THE GC32 RACING TOUR VISITS FIVE OF THE WORLD’S BEST VENUES FOR FOILING CAT RACING
Venues on the GC32 Racing Tour are chosen to provide optimum conditions to go foiling for the maximum amount of time, while providing teams with an enjoyable experience both on and off the water. The five events in 2017 range from international multi-class regattas to stand alone GC32 Racing Tour events. All are in southern Europe minimising logistical hassles and enabling teams to use their boats between events. With professional race management, courses are set that are fair and large enough to enable the GC32s to reach maximum speed.
1 | GC32 Riva Cup
11–14 May | Riva del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy
For a second year running the GC32 Racing Tour in 2017 opens at Riva del Garda on Lake Garda’s northernmost corner. This Italian lake is considered one of the world’s must-visit regatta venues. Not only is it stunningly beautiful, with its northern end nestled within the Alps, surrounded by giant mountains, but it is renowned for offering exceptional wind conditions and flat water.
As in 2016, the event will be held out of Fraglia Vela Riva. . The club is a favourite championship venue, especially with dinghy and Olympic classes and this year in addition to the GC32 will host major events for the Melges 20, 24 and 32, 505, International 14, J/70s, 420s and 470s, among many others.
2 | GC32 Villasimius Cup
28 June – 1 July | Villasimius, Sardinia Italy
The southern Sardinia town of Villasimius represents two firsts: it is the first time the GC32 Racing Tour will visit Sardinia and it will be the first time that Villasimius hosts a major international yacht race. While some 50km to the west Cagliari is well known in international sailing circles having previously hosted events for the TP52 and RC44 circuits and for being the base for Luna Rossa’s 35th America’s Cup challenge, Villasimius has been more of a secret Italians have liked to keep to keep to themselves. The town features some of Sardinia’s finest white sand beaches as well as the azure blue water for which the island is famous. It even has a salt water lake, Timi Ama, home to pink flamingos. The GC32 Villasimius Cup is taking place with support from Regione Sardegna, Marina di Villasimius and Lega Navale Italiana among others.
3 | 36th Copa del Rey MAPFRE
2–5 August | Palma de Mallorca, Spain
The third event sees the GC32s returning to Spain once again to compete in one of the Mediterranean’s leading and most prestigeous regattas, 36 Copa del Rey MAPFRE. Racing is held on the Bay of Palma, another of the world’s top regatta venues, renowned for its consistent sea breeze.
The event provides the GC32s with the opportunity to showcase foiling catamaran racing to the cream of the European yacht racing community as competitors at Copa del Rey range from the ultra-high end Maxi 72 and TP52 classes to Swans, X-35s and J/80s.
Last year was the first occasion the regatta organisers, the Real Club Náutico de Palma, allowed multihulls to compete at their premier event. Once again the GC32s will sail on their own dedicated course using the GC32 Racing Tour’s regular umpires and race management team.
4 | GC32 Orezza Corsica Cup
13-16 September | Corsica, France
The GC32 Orezza Corsica Cup is the second event on the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour to be organised by Sirius Events. Calvi in northwest Corsica is a favourite tourist destination, especially with French holiday-makers and is most picturesque, featuring a medieval citadel, complete with cobbled streets and sizable cathedral, perched at the end of the promontory at the western end of its bay. In the shadow of the citadel is the town’s 550 berth Port Xavier Colonna, the marina where the GC32s will be moored.
5 | Marseille One Design
12–15 October | Marseille, France
The 2017 GC32 Racing Tour concludes – as it has done for the past three seasons – with Marseille One Design, held on the Rade Sud off France’s second city.
Marseille is renowned for being a ‘big wind’ venue and offers an attractive backdrop of the Frioul Islands and the city, topped by the impressive Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde church.
Organised by Sirius Events, the event will be particular special in 2017 as it will coincide with Marseille being European Capital of Sport in 2017. It has also been agreed that the city will host the sailing events should Paris wins its bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games. By the time of Marseille One Design we will know!
GC32 Racing Tour 2017 preview