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, including 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 when they finished 4th in the owner driver division.
After an enforced absence from the GC32 Racing Tour due to the pandemic, Delzoppo will be back with .film AUS Racing for the full season in 2022 and is keen to revitalise the competition for the circuit’s Owner-Driver prize.
GC32 Class Association President, 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 enjoys the GC32 Racing Tour because it is friendly to owner-drivers like him, who get their own championship. “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 says.
The .film AUS Racing crew comprises:
Simon Delzoppo (driver)
Ed Powys (mainsheet/tactics)
Rhys Mara (trim)
Guy Endean (float)
James Wierzbowski (bow)