THE GC32 RACING TOUR VISITS VENUES MOST LIKELY TO OFFER THE WIND AND FLAT WATER CONDITIONS ENABLING THE NIMBLE GC32S TO FLY AT 30+ KNOT SPEEDS.

Venues on the GC32 Racing Tour are chosen to provide optimum conditions to go foiling for the maximum amount of time, and to ensure teams have an enjoyable experience both on and off the water.

At each event, 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. GC32 Racing Tour courses are designed to be fair, enjoyable and to provide the best racing while being large enough for GC32s to reach their 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.

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GC32 Riva Cup

25 – 29 May 2022 – Riva del Garda, Italy

After the last two events were disappointingly cancelled there, it is with great anticipation in 2022 that the GC32 teams return to one of their favourite venues: Riva del Garda, renowned for its flat water, big winds and its dramatic backdrop with the Dolomite mountains encircling it on three sides. On one side of the race track is a giant sheer cliff, the location of the famous car chase that opens the James Bond film Quantum of Solace.

The GC32 Racing Tour has scheduled visits to Lake Garda annually since 2016. Italy’s most famous lake for racing sailors has since become the foundation of the GC32 Racing Tour, annually holding its opening event there. This position was galvanised when the town in Trentino, at the very northernmost tip of Lake Garda, was chosen as the venue for the first GC32 World Championship in 2018.

GC32 Lagos Cup

22 – 26 June 2022 – Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

From Italy, the GC32 Racing Tour migrates to Portugal’s Algarve, where it has a similarly long, fruitful relationship with the town of Lagos. From an Italian lake, the flying catamarans transfer to the Atlantic Ocean, albeit protected from the waves by Cape St Vincent, the southwesternmost tip of Europe just 10km away. This permits strong sea breeze conditions but flat water – perfect for foiling.

It was in Lagos in June 2021 that the flying catamaran circuit resumed after 18 months of events cancelled due to the pandemic. To minimise travel, two consecutive events were held there, a formula welcomed by the teams and the local Portugese hosts, so this will be repeated again in 2022 with the generous support from the City of Lagos, Marina de Lagos and Sopromar and other supporting partners.

GC32 World Championship

13 – 17 July Lagos 2022 – Algarve, Portugal

2022 marks the fourth edition of the GC32 World Championship, after the flying catamaran class was officially recognised by World Sailing in 2017. The GC32 remains the only foiling catamaran ‘yacht’ officially permitted to hold World Championships.

It will be the second time the Algarve venue has held the event; in 2019 Lagos staged a successful GC32 World Championship with Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi team stealing the show, soaring to the top of the podium with two races to spare. Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher and their Red Bull Racing Tam claimed the GC32 World Champion title in Villasimius, Sardinia in 2021, enabling them to retire from their professional racing careers on a high.