IN 2018, THE GC32 RACING TOUR WILL ONCE AGAIN BE VISITING FIVE OF THE BEST VENUES FOR FOILING CAT RACING. BUT TO START…THE FIRST EVER GC32 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!
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. 2018’s events range from international multi-class regattas to stand-alone GC32 Racing Tour events. At each, the GC32 Racing Tour brings in its own professional race management team, including 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. Our courses are designed to be fair, provide the best racing and large enough for GC32s to reach maximum speed. The Tour’s events are all in southern Europe, minimising logistical hassles and making it possible for teams to have time to use their boats between official races. Following the GC32 receiving official recognition from World Sailing in 2017, so the 2018 circuit will kick off with the first ever GC32 World Championship.
1 | GC32 World Championship
GC32 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
23–27 May | Riva del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy
For a third year running, in 2018 the GC32 Racing Tour will begin at Riva del Garda on Lake Garda’s northernmost corner. However this time it will be special – not only will it be not only the opening event of the 2018 GC32 Racing Tour, but will double as the FIRST EVER World Championship of the GC32 Class, the first occasion that the GC32 Racing Tour and Extreme Sailing Series fleets have combined their fleets in Europe.
Lake Garda is considered one of the world’s must-visit regatta venues. Not only is it stunningly beautiful, nestled within the Alps, surrounded by giant mountains, but it is renowned for offering exceptional wind conditions and flat water.
As in 2016 and 2017, 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
26 –30 June | Villasímius, Sardinia Italy
2018 will be the second occasion the GC32 Racing Tour has visited Villasimius at the southeasternmost tip of Sardinia. 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 home to Luna Rossa’s America’s Cup challenge, Villasímius has been more of a secret Italians have liked to keep to keep to themselves. Last year, the GC32 Racing Tour became the first international regatta circuit ever to be hosted at this top Italian holiday destination. The town features some of Sardinia’s finest white sand beaches as well as the azure blue water for which the island is famous. The GC32 Villasímius Cup takes place with support from Regione Sardegna, Marina di Villasímius and Lega Navale Italiana among others.
3 | 37th Copa del Rey MAPFRE
31 July – 5 August | Palma de Mallorca, Spain
The third event in 2018 sees the GC32s return to Spain once again to compete in one of the Mediterranean’s leading and most prestigious regattas, 37 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 allows the GC32s to showcase foiling catamaran racing to the cream of the European yacht racing community as Copa del Rey is a multi-class regatta with entries ranging from the ultra-high end Maxi 72 and TP52 classes to Swans, X-35s and J/80s.
Two years ago, it 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.
5 | GC32 TPM Med Cup
10 –14 October | Toulon, France
Once again the GC32 Racing Tour will conclude in the south of France, but this year in Toulon, France’s third biggest Mediterranean port and capital of the Var department. Toulon is fast gaining notoriety in yacht racing circles having hosted the high profile French stop of the America’s Cup World Series in September 2016.
With the boat berthing and the race village in the marina attached to the Yacht Club de Toulon, racing will take place on the Rade de Toulon. With the prevailing wind from the west, the bay is well protected with the potential for perfect GC32 foiling conditions: wind and flat water.
With two top French teams competing in 2018, both with crew from the French America’s Cup team, Toulon will provide a nail biting conclusion to the season.
GC32 Racing Tour 2017 wrap up