In 2017, Simon Delzoppo’s .film Racing became the first Australian team to join the GC32 Racing Tour, adding to the circuit’s international roster, with teams from afar afield as the USA, Argentina and New Zealand. The Aussies competed in the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour’s three final events ready themselves for a full campaign for 2018 finishing 4th in the owner driver division.
Delzoppo is an avid sailor. Once a co-owner of Ludde Ingvall’s 2004 Rolex Sydney to Hobart line honours winning maxi, Nicorette, his greatest love is catamarans, especially racing cats such as the Nacra 5.0, 5.5 and 5.8, in which he won a US Nacra Nationals in 1989. After a break to focus on his successful internet domain name businesses, he resumed sailing on an F18 catamaran.
He tried out other catamarans and classes before committing to the GC32: “Overall it is a great boat, a lot of fun to sail and reasonably easy to maintain too. You won’t spend a fortune trying to get it going. I like the design of it, its stability and it has a very strong one design class which seems to be growing. It is a good combination and a stepping stone for Australian sailors.
He is joining the GC32 Racing Tour because it is friendly to owner-drivers like him, who get their own championship and because, despite living in Melbourne, he prefers a circuit where all the events are geographically close together. “It was also about sailing with like-minded people, that have pulled a team together and want to race on a high performance foiling cat,” he continues. “The Med suited me as I can take the family over, they can join in and we can go to some nice places.”