Black Star Sailing Team
While several teams will be rejoining the GC32 Racing Tour in 2020 after an absence away, still the newest team on the circuit is Switzerland’s Black Star Sailing Team which joined the flying catamaran class at the beginning of 2019. This campaign is masterminded by former A-Class catamaran sailor Christian Zuerrer with the assistance of former Armin Strom Sailing Team skipper and renowned Olympic Star sailor Flavio Marazzi.
In 2019 Zuerrer returned to sailing after a hiatus for a few years. “I was looking around at what were good opportunities for a multihull sailor and the only boat I found that was suitable was the GC32,” he says.
On board Zuerrer prefers to operate the mainsheet rather than helm, hence why Black Star Sailing Team doesn’t appear in the Owner-Driver rankings for the season. For 2020, steering will be talented New Zealand match racer Chris Steele. Steele joined the team in Oman for the final event of the 2019 where they often were making it on to the podium in races.
A further change for 2020 is Marazzi moving into the coaching role, his position on board taken by another experienced New Zealand GC32 sailor in Stuart Dodson, who competed on board Oman Air in 2019.
For more information see the Black Star Sailing Team website