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 this year albeit with an abbreviated four event circuit, rather than the usual five. This followed the cancellation of events in Port Camargue and Riva del Garda which we hope to reschedule for 2022.
GC32 Lagos Cup 1
30 June-4 July 2021 – Lagos, Portugal
The GC32 Racing season now opens with a 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.
GC32 Lagos Cup 2
28 July-1 August 2021 – Lagos, Portugal
Due to the pandemic the GC32 Racing Tour and its stakeholder felt it important to reduce travel as much as possible within 2021 so for this season the first two events will be held in the same place – Lagos, Portugal, providing the teams with further chance to race in what is technically the Atlantic, albeit well sheltered from the prevailing winds.
2021 GC32 Villasimius 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 Mar Menor Cup
3-7 November – Mar Menor, Spain
For the GC32 Racing Tour’s ninth season, its grand finale will see a return to Spain, but this time Mar Menor in early November.
Located within the Autonomous Community of Murcia near Cartagena, the Mar Menor is a 170km² salt water lagoon separated from the Mediterranean by a 22km long sandbar, ranging in width from 100 to 1,200m. Being nearly land-locked enables the Mar Menor to provide flat water regardless of the wind strength. Together with the high salinity of the water, this should provide near perfect conditions for the GC32s not just to foil, but to achieve their maximum speeds too. It is for this reason that Mar Menor is a popular destination for all high speed sailing yachts and dinghies, especially teams with foilers looking to train over the winter months. The flying catamarans will be hosted at the Club Náutico Lo Pagán on the Mar Menor’s northern corner.
Weather statistics for Mar Menor in November indicate 60% of winds being 8+ knots and over 17 knots 30% of the time, with the wind direction typically northeast or southwest. The temperature for November is usually 16-17°C with the water temperature within the lagoon always comparatively warm thanks to it being shallow.