IN 2020, THE GC32 RACING TOUR WILL AGAIN COMPRISE A FIVE EVENT CIRCUIT, VISITING VENUES MOST ABLE TO OFFER THE STABLE WIND AND FLAT WATER CONDITIONS IN WHICH THE NIMBLE GC32S CAN FLY AT 30+ KNOTS.
As 2019 finished, so 2020 will begin in Muscat, Oman in March before returning to Europe for four more events including a World Champion, this year being held in Villasimius. Venues are chosen to provide maximum foiling and minimum lost racing time for teams and since most are based in southern Europe, logistics are straightforward and teams can use their boats between events.
As usual, the GC32 Racing Tour brings to its events 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 and sea state conditions. Courses are designed to provide the best racing, short enough to maintain interest but large enough for the GC32s to reach maximum speed.
1| GC32 Oman Cup
25-29 March : GC32 Oman Cup
It provided a dramatic conclusion to the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour, but Muscat will this year host the opening event of the GC32 Racing Tour. The local team fielded by Oman Sail will be keen to put right their defeat on home waters by Alinghi last November, after a season-long tussle that saw the two teams tied on points going into the final event. Once again the GC32s will be based in and will race off Muscat’s Al Mouj Marina, today a magnificent state of the art marina development, conveniently situated close to Muscat’s new international airport.
2| GC32 Riva Cup
27-31 May: Riva del Garda, Italy
No GC32 Racing Tour season is complete without visiting Lake Garda, with the dramatic backdrop of the Dolomites and a lake renowned in the international sailing community for its flat water and potentially strong winds – the northerly Peler in the morning followed by the Ora in the afternoon. For 2020 the GC32 Riva Cup reverts back to its May slot. The foiling catamaran teams will again be hosted by Fraglia Vela Riva at the lake’s northernmost end.
3| GC32 Lagos Cup
24-28 June: Lagos, Portugal
Returning for a third consecutive year, Lagos on Portugal’s Algarve coast has become a favourite with GC32 teams with racing technically on the Atlantic but protected by Cape St Vincent, the southwestern tip of Europe, just 10km away. With sea breeze conditions and flat water, Lagos offers perfect foiling conditions. Last year the Lagos hosted the class’ second official World Championship.
4| 2020 GC32 World Championship
16-20 September: Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy
For a fourth time Villasimius on the southeasternmost tip of Sardinia will host the GC32 Racing Tour but this time for its premier event and highlight of the season – the 2020 GC32 World Championship.
Gaining traction as a venue for top notch yacht racing events, this popular Italian holiday destination, is renowned for its azure waters, exotic marine life and pink flamingos. Racing will take place off the Marina di Villasimius near the protected maritime area of Capo Carbonara.
5| GC32 Season finale
21-25 October – TBA
We will shortly announce an exciting new venue for the 2020 GC32 Racing Tour’s grand finale. Watch this space…