IN 2020, THE GC32 RACING TOUR WILL ONCE AGAIN VISIT VENUES MOST LIKELY TO OFFER THE STABLE WIND AND FLAT WATER THAT ENABLE THE NIMBLE GC32 TO FLY AT 30+ KNOTS.
Venues on the GC32 Racing Tour are chosen to provide optimum conditions to go foiling in for the maximum amount of time, while providing teams with an enjoyable experience both on and off the water. 2020’s events will all be stand-alone GC32 Racing Tour events with the season kicking off in Muscat, Oman.
At each regatta, the GC32 Racing Tour brings in its own professional race management team led by PRO Stuart Childerley, plus race officials, international umpires and safety personnel. Typically up to five races/day are sailed on windward-leeward courses with either reaching or windward starts according to wind conditions. Our courses are designed to be fair, enjoyable and to provide the best racing while being large enough for GC32s to reach maximum speed. The Tour’s events are mostly based in southern Europe, minimising logistical hassles and making it possible for teams to use their boats between official races.
1| GC32 Oman Cup
25 – 29 March: Muscat, Oman
Hosted in Muscat’s Al Mouj Marina with its adjoining luxury residential development and shopping centre, a stone’s throw from the Omani capital’s new airport. Another high quality event is anticipated with local organiser Oman Sail having been both a venue host and racing catamaran team owner for more than a decade, the local team expected to be pushing hard to right their disappointing fourth placed finish from November’s GC32 Oman Cup.
2| GC32 Riva Cup
21 – 31 May: Riva del Garda, Italy
The GC32 Racing Tour returns to Europe and one of its favourite venues: Riva del Garda, at the northern-most corner of Italy’s Lake Garda, has been a regular venue on the GC32 Racing Tour since 2016 and hosted the class’ first World Championship in 2018, after it became officially a World Sailing-recognised class in 2017. Riva del Garda famously offers reliable, frequently strong winds and flat water, combined with the breathtaking backdrop of the Dolomites.
3| GC32 Lagos Cup
24 – 28 June: Lagos, Portugal
The GC32 Racing Tour will once again visit Lagos, Portugal, situated at the southwesternmost tip of Europe and fast becoming recognised as a top venue for leading yacht racing events. In 2019, the GC32 class staged a successful and well received World Championship out of the ancient Algarve port with a line-up of ten teams including Sir Ben Ainslie’s INEOS Rebels UK and NORAUTO, skippered by Volvo Ocean Race winner Franck Cammas.
4| GC32 World Championship,Villasimius
16 – 20 September: 2020 GC32 World Championship, Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy
The 2020 GC32 World Championship will be hosted by Villasimius in southeastern Sardinia over 16-20 September. This will be also be the fourth time that the GC32 Racing Tour has visited this southeast Sardinian jewel, and a favourite Italian tourist destination. Here the GC32s are hosted at the Marina di Villasimius with a racing ground next to a nature reserve located off Capo Carbonara.
5| New venue TBA
21-25 October: New venue TBA
For its fifth and concluding event of the 2020 season, taking place over 21-25 October, the GC32 Racing Tour will visit an exciting new venue, also renowned for its reliable wind conditions and flat water. The location of this will be announced in due course.