Episode 4

Speed Catamarans GC32 - Episode 4


30 min

The race course of Riva del Garda is well-known for its dramatic cliff face and 1000m mountain peaks on its west shore as well as the typically strong wind and flat-water conditions. It’s the 5th time Lake Garda has hosted the foiling catamarans as part of the GC32 Racing Tour. Seven teams were on the starting line for the GC32 Riva Cup. The heavyweight battle at the top of the leaderboard was between the Adam Minoprio-skippered Oman Air and Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi, helmed this week by Swiss ace Arnaud Psarofaghis. These two teams sit on the top of the leaderboard on equal points after 3 of the 5 events this season. Heading into the Riva del Garda event, holding third were the Austrian Olympic Tornado double gold medallists Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher and their Red Bull Sailing Team. In this episode, we explore how those high boat speeds are achieved. The GC32 foiling catamaran is suitable for high octane flight in almost all conditions, and different sized sails ensure that the teams have the right amount of power to keep flying in various wind strengths.

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