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GC32 Racing Tour : 2016 venues and schedule announced

jeudi 28 janvier 2016Redaction SSS [Source RP]

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For 2016, its fourth season, the GC32 Racing Tour is taking a fresh approach with the simple remit of visiting venues that will provide the optimum foiling conditions for the 32ft flying catamarans and the best, most high octane racing for its teams.

To minimise transportation time and cost, while maximising time on the water for competitors, the circuit is also this year located exclusively in southern Europe.

The schedule for the 2016 GC32 Racing Tour is as follows :

  • 26th-29th May : GC32 Riva Cup, Riva del Garda, Italy
  • 7th-10th July : GC32 Malcesine Cup at The Foiling Week, Malcesine, Italy
  • 3rd-6th August : 35 Copa del Rey MAPFRE, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • 22th-25th September : TBA
  • 13th-16th October : Marseille One Design, Marseille, France

At present eight GC32 teams, including some of the world’s top teams such as Spindrift racing, have signed up to join the GC32 Racing Tour in 2016 and numbers are expected to swell to more than 10 over the season.

Christian Scherrer, Manager of the GC32 Racing Tour said : “I’m very much looking forward to the 2016 GC32 Racing Tour. We have some great venues, which will provide the best possible sailing for the GC32s with new events on Lake Garda as well as our first participation at the Copa del Rey MAPFRE, the top regatta on the Mediterranean. The interest shown and the number of teams that have confirmed their participation this season, shows that the new philosophy of the GC32 Racing Tour is working."

An additional special event for the GC32s, will be the GC32 Alps Challenge Traunsee, being held on Lake Traunsee, Austria over 12th-15th May. This will be fourth time racing for the GC32s has been held out of Gmunden, a popular resort and spa town on the north shore of this picture-postcard 12 km long by 3km wide lake. The GC32 Alps Challenge Traunsee will be a match racing event (with fleet racing to determine the seeding). As an added attraction, it will have prize money amounting to 30,000 Euros.

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