IN 2019, 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. 2019’s events range from international multi-class regattas to stand-alone GC32 Racing Tour events and for the first time the GC32 Racing Tour’s organisers will host the concluding event of the season outside of Europe 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 Villasimius Cup
22 – 26 May: Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy
For a third year, the GC32 Racing Tour will start in Italy, but this time in Villasimius on the southeasternmost tip of Sardinia. This will be the third time the GC32 Racing Tour will have visited this popular holiday destination, renowned for its azure waters, exotic marine life and pink flamingos. Racing at the GC32 Villasimius Cup will take place off the Marina di Villasimius near the protected maritime area of Capo Carbonara.
2| 2019 GC32 World Championship
26 – 30 June: Lagos, Portugal
While in 2018, the GC32 teams were rudely awakened when they started their season with a World Championship, this year they should be slightly better prepared. Taking place at the end of June, the GC32 World Championship in Lagos, Portugal will be only the GC32’s second World Championship since becoming a World Sailing International Class. The southern Portugal event will double as the second event on the Tour.
Racing off Lagos takes place on the Atlantic, but the waters here are protected by Cape St Vincent, the southwestern tip of Europe, just 10km away. With sea breeze conditions and flat water, the GC32 World Championship should offer perfect foiling conditions.
3| 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE
30 July – 3 August: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
For its third event, the GC32 Racing Tour will once again visit Palma for 38th Copa del Rey MAPFRE, the Mediterranean’s most well established multi-class regatta. While other Tour events are stand-alone, in Palma the Tour gets to showcase itself to the cream of international monohull fleets such as the maxis, TP52s and Club Swan 50s. Participation by the Spanish royal family, the Real Club Náutico de Palma’s magnificent clubhouse and hospitality, always make this a popular event with teams.
4| GC32 Riva Cup
11 – 15 September: Riva del Garda, Italy
No GC32 Racing Tour season is complete without visiting Lake Garda. Here the foiling catamarans will again be hosted by Fraglia Vela Riva at the lake’s northern end. The GC32 Riva Cup will take place mid-September rather than its usual beginning of season slot. At this time of year the temperature is warmer and the northerly Péler wind more dominant.
5| GC32 Oman Cup
5 – 9 Nov: GC32 Oman Cup
Oman is to host the final and deciding event of the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour, especially with the Oman Air team well placed to secure the overall Tour title on home waters. Muscat will extend a warm welcome to the fleet of high-performance foiling catamarans as they race for the Oman Cup over 5-9 November. The teams will be based in and racing on the open waters off Al Mouj Marina in the heart of the city.