Next broadcast Jun 30, 2022 - 07:00
The GC32 Racing Tour is an international competition that allows regular sailors, both pros and keen amateurs, to get a taste of state of the art, flying, foil-born yacht racing at 30+ knot speeds. This competition offers thrilling emotions as pioneered in the America’s Cup, but at a fraction of the cost.
Teams compete on a five-event circuit, mostly across Southern Europe, with the aim of raising with victory in the competition. Sailing across destinations as Oman, Riva del Garda, Lagos or Villasimius, the Speed Catamarans of GC32 Racing Tour propose exciting challenges to international teams.
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Hello and welcome to the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour!
For its sixth season, the ultra-high performance one design catamarans, will visit five top venues over the next few months. Each location selected especially for its conditions - stable winds and flat waters - ideal for the nimble GC32s to fly across the water at 30+ knots. For a third year, the Tour starts in Italy, but this time in Villasimius on the southeastern-most tip of Sardinia.
This is the third time that the GC32 Racing Tour will have visited this popular holiday destination, renowned for its azure waters, exotic marine life and pink flamingos. Racing at the GC32 Villasimius Cup takes place off the Marina di Villasimius near the protected maritime area of Capo Carbonara.
Next Broadcast: Jun 29, 21:00 30 min.
Olympic heroes, America’s Cup winners, Volvo Ocean Race champions and some of sailing’s most capped World Champions gathered in Lagos, in Portugal’s Algarve for the 2019 GC32 World Championship.
Taking place with the support of the City of Lagos, Marina de Lagos and Sopromar, this year’s GC32 World Championship was the second event of the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour, following on from last month’s GC32 Villasimius Cup. Racing off Lagos takes place in the Atlantic ocean, but the waters here are protected by Cape St Vincent, the most southwestern tip of Europe, which is just 10km away.
With sea breeze conditions and flat waters, the GC32 World Championships offered perfect foiling conditions. And with the local organisers familiar with the GC32’s it was set to be one of the best events of 2019.
Next Broadcast: Jun 29, 21:30 30 min.
For its third event, the Tour was once again invited to visit Palma to be part of the 38th Copa del Rey MAPFRE, the Mediterranean’s most prestigious multi-class regatta. The ideal foiling conditions on the Bay of Palma helped the teams give their best. Run by the Real Club Náutico de Palma from it’s magnificent clubhouse and with its welcoming hospitality plus many of the Spanish royal family competing, this is one of the most popular events with the GC32 teams.
Next Broadcast: Jul 02, 11:00 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. 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 dive into the action of the GC32 Racing Tour in Riva.
Next Broadcast: Jul 09, 11:00 30 min.
For its fifth event of the sixth season, the ultra-high performance one-design catamarans were invited to visit Muscat for the final event of the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour, the GC32 Oman Cup. The event, held in Muscat, has been jointly organized by Oman Sail and the host venue partners EFG Private Banking as well as fragrance brand Amouj and the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism. The Oman Cup was the final of the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour and will decide this year’s overall podium places. Unquestionably the big fight was for top spot between the local heroes Oman Air and Ernesto Bertarelli’s World Champions Alinghi.
With so many teams close on the leader board, there was the potential for some crucial match races amongst the fleet.
Next Broadcast: Jul 16, 11:00 30 min.
For its sixth season, the ultra-high performance one design catamarans, once again visited five top venues across the world. Each location selected particularly for its ideal weather conditions - stable winds and flat waters - perfect for the nimble GC32s to fly across the water at speeds of over 30 knots. Earlier in 2019, intensive discussions and decisions took place within the teams with many deciding to focus their efforts for the upcoming season, on the GC32 Racing Tour. This season the tour welcomed some new teams as well as many familiar regular GC32 crews. In total 12 teams from 9 different counties came together to take part in the 6th GC32 Racing Tour. Amongst them, some of the most well-known professional sailors in the world.
The GC32 Racing Tour is back!
The World Sailing foiling catamaran circuit has returned as the world recovers from COVID, and both teams and organizers have been keen to return to racing onboard their state-of-the-art flying catamarans. After 18 months of no racing and cancelled events, the anticipation going into the first event in Lagos, Portugal is huge!
After a highly competitive, spectacular 2019 season the GC32 foiling cats are back on the racecourse. In 2021, the ultra-high performance one-design catamarans will visit 3 top venues for 4 events, each location selected specially to provide conditions ideal for the nimble GC32s to fly across the water at 30+ knot speeds.
So, let’s travel to Lagos, in southern Portugal's Algarve region to witness the first GC32 Racing Tour event for 2021, Lagos Cup 1.
Welcome to the second event of the 2021 GC32 Racing Tour. You are about to see all of the foiling action from Lagos on Portugal's beautiful Algarve!
As usual, on the GC32 Racing Tour each venue has been selected to provide the best conditions for the nimble GC32s to fly at 30+ knots speeds. But - spoiler alert... in this episode you'll see them racing at almost 40 knots! Lagos is once more in the center of the sailing universe with the GC32 Lagos Cup 2. Appropriately coinciding with the Olympic Games, the event included some of the sailing's leading names, including several multiple Olympic medallists.
The third event of the GC32 Racing Tour is taking place in Villasimius, in Italy. Taking place in mid-September on Sardinia's southeastern point, the GC32 Racing Tour has worked hard with the authorities to plant here one of the most important international competitions in foiling racing. Will Allinghi continue their winning streak in Italian waters?
Find out the best moments of the competition of the GC32 Villasimius World Championship.
We arrive to Spain for the GC32 Mar Menor Cup! The crews are ready for a grandiose final of the season as this is their last chance to improve their standings. Precision, coordination and pure skill is of essence, and Spanish waters will prove to be harder to navigate than expected. Will Allinghi take the overall victory?
Watch the best moments of the GC32 Mar Menor Cup 2021.
Throughout the season, the four stops offered nail-biting action in breath taking venues that brought the best out of these dynamic and fast design foiling catamarans. The level of expectation and the anticipation was extremely high and both the organizers and the participants proved that it was worth waiting for the comeback.
Let’s remember the most notable moments of what was a fascinating season full of top-level sailing battles in some crystal clear blue waters.
Next Broadcast: Jul 23, 11:30 30 min.
Since it was first set up back in 2014, the GC32 Racing Tour has become one of the most sought after for those who enjoy sailing at its finest and fastest. The 2021’s season again proved why the world’s top professional and amateurs love this tour!
After a challenging 2020, when the Tour was cancelled, it finally returned better than ever and made 2021 a year to remember. Through the season, the four stops offered nail-biting action in breath taking venues that brought the best out of these dynamic and fast one design foiling catamarans.
The level of expectation and the anticipation was extremely high when the owner-driver and commercially-backed professional teams were about to hit again the water and both the organizers and the participants proved that it was worth waiting for the comeback. So let’s remember the most notable moments of what was a fascinating season full of top-level sailing battles in some crystal clear blue waters.