THE GC32 RACING TOUR VISITS VENUES MOST LIKELY TO OFFER THE WIND AND FLAT WATER CONDITIONS ENABLING THE NIMBLE GC32S 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.
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.
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, no events on the 2020 GC32 Racing Tour were able to be held, however the circuit is set to rebound strongly with a full five event schedule and at least one new venue in 2021.
GC32 Occitanie Cup
21-25 April 2021 – Port Camargue, France
The season kicks off with a welcome return to France, one of the GC32’s spiritual homes with many leading French sailors such as America’s Cup skipper and Volvo Ocean Race winner Franck Cammas having passed through the circuit. The 2021 GC32 Racing Tour will begin at top of the Golfe du Lion in Port Camargue au Grau du Roi with the GC32 Occitanie Cup. Located in the Gard department within the Occitanie region of southern France, Port Camargue has 4600 berths – the largest number of any European marina. Famously it features characteristic 1970s architecture by Jean Balladur.
Over April-May, Port Camargue au Grau du Roi is the best time of year for foiling with the most winds of 12+ knots, blowing offshore from the north-northwest, making for flat water. The venue is well accustomed to holding racing for keelboats and dinghies including a stopover of the Tour de France à la Voile in 2017 and the J/70 World Championship in 2015.
GC32 Riva Cup
26-30 May 2021 – Riva del Garda, Italy
From the second event, the 2021 GC32 Racing Tour returns to familiar territory. At the end of May, the flying catamaran fleet head to Riva del Garda at the northern end of Lake Garda, Italy. A revered venue for all high performance yachts, Riva del Garda offers the opportunity to sail in perfect 15-20 knots, ideal for exhilarating GC32 competition all with the spectacular backdrop of the mountainous southern Dolomites. This will be the fifth time the GC32 Racing Tour has been hosted here by the Fraglia Vela Riva, including the class’ first ever World Championship in 2018.
GC32 Lagos Cup
30 June-4 July 2021 – Lagos, Portugal
The GC32 Racing will also return in 2021 to Lagos, Portugal, situated at the southwesternmost tip of Europe and fast becoming recognised as a top venue for leading yacht racing events. Lagos’ bay, thanks to it being protected from the prevailing northwesterlies, yet in close proximity to Cape St Vincent made the port a frequent setting-off point for voyage during Portugal’s Age of Discovery. In 2019, it also staged a successful GC32 World Championship, well received by the ten teams that competed.
2021 GC32 World Championship
15-19 September – Villasimius, Italy
The 2021 GC32 World Championship will take place in mid-September this time in Villasimius, located on Sardinia’s southeastern point. The GC32 Racing Tour has worked hard with the authorities at this popular Italian holiday destination, famous for its beaches, the flamingos on its salt water lake and nature reserve located off Capo Carbonara, to help plant Villasimius and its well equipped marina on the international sailing map.
GC32 Season Finale
27-31 October 2021 or 3-7 November 2021 – Venue TBC