Ernesto Bertarelli, Skipper and Helm: "With five races sailed today we are pleased to have completed the full programme of the first day of this annual GC32 class championship here in Oman. These flying boats really are great machines and I really enjoy being at the helm – it is great fun. "I am pleased with our alternating third and fourth place finishes because in these types of regattas that last several days, consistency can often be key. It is not like events where a team's worst result is discounted. Here, every race, every place and every point is important. Tonight, we lie in third place in the overall rankings, tied with SAP in 2nd and three points behind Oman Air, who lead the fleet. It's tight at the top, the more so because the other Swiss team, Tilt, are only one point behind us. For tomorrow we expect conditions to be pretty similar and we are all really looking forward to renewing the battle against this fleet of beautiful GC32s." Nils Frei, headsail trimmer, says: "We had fairly typical wind for the region, between nine and 13 knots and coming from the northwest and which allowed us to foil in each race. The courses are longer than those on the Extreme Sailing Series circuit, so we have more time to develop our tactical game. The manœuvres we carry out are generally the same, but we tend to do a little less since we are not constrained by things like a harbour wall or quays that exist in restricted race zones of the type that, naturally, we see in the ESS, where the emphasis is on stadium racing in venues where the public can get close to the action. We even have the time here to lower the gennaker during the upwind legs in order to reduce the drag. "Even though only a few points separate the top at the end of this first day, it's interesting to note that the top three are part of the Extreme Sailing Series, with the following two teams part of the GC32 Racing Tour. Maybe the ESS has taught us well?! In any case, starting a race with 11 boats can be tight! We decided not to take too many risks today on the starts, but maybe risk is what it will take in order to stay near the top of the rankings." Racing is back tomorrow at 1pm local time, with five races scheduled. After Day 1, the standings read: 1st - Oman Air (OMA) : 2, 3, 7, 1, 1 > 14 points 2nd - SAP Extreme Sailing Team : 7, 2, 1, 5, 2 >17 points 3rd - Alinghi (SUI) : 3, 4, 3, 4, 3 > 17 points 4th - Team Tilt (SUI) : 1, 6, 4, 2, 5 > 18 points 5th - Team Engie (FRA) : 4, 1, 5, 3, 7 > 20 points A RECAP What: The very first annual GC32 class championship, bringing together teams from the Extreme Sailing Series and the GC32 Racing Tour, as well as those who simply run a GC32 Who: 11 international teams, each with five members Where: Al Mouj, Muscat, Oman When: Tuesday 28th of February to Sunday 5th of March, 2017 How: The teams will compete in a race around marked buoys aboard their one-design 32ft long foiling catamarans – the GC32 Follow the action There are five different ways to follow Alinghi during the championship, with each day featuring up to five races each afternoon, starting at 1pm local time (GMT + 4, CET + 3) News, photos and video clips: www.alinghi.com www.gc32championship.com On Twitter @alinghiteam: > Updates after each race On Facebook @teamalinghi and Instagram @alinghi: > Interviews, photos and videos Alinghi's GC32 crew Helm and skipper: Ernesto Bertarelli (SUI) Tactician and mainsail trimmer: Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI) Headsail trimmer: Nils Frei (SUI) Foil trimmer and grinder: Timothé Lapauw (FRA) Bowman: Yves Detrey (SUI) Co-tactician and mainsail trimmer (alternating with Arnaud): Nicolas Charbonnier (FRA) Technical Team João Cabeçadas (POR) David Nikles (SUI) Coach and team leader Pierre-Yves Jorand (SUI) To find out more www.gc32championship.com Event Hashtags #GoAlinghiGo #GC32championship Photo Credit ©Jesùs Renedo / GC32 Championship Oman 2017
Alinghi join ten international teams on the starting line There’s just one day to go until the start of the GC32 Class Championship, which marks the opening of Alinghi’s 23rd season racing as a team. For the first time since the launch of the GC32 boats in 2012, all of those competing in the Extreme Sailing Series and the GC32 Racing Tour have been race together in a one-class championship that runs from the 28th of February to the 5th of March in front of the Al Mouj marina in Muscat, Oman. On site since early February, Alinghi’s technical team and sailors have been tweaking the set-up of their flying GC32, as well as focusing on training. Over the course of the five days of competition, each of which will feature up to five races, Alinghi will face ten high class international teams. Pierre-Yves Jorand, team manager, says: “When we heard the idea for this championship and the way it would bring together the maximum number of boats, we were very supportive, and are delighted to see eleven teams here to compete against one another. Some of the teams are already known to us from the Extreme Sailing Circuit, such as Oman Air, SAP Extreme Sailing Team, Land Rover BAR Academy and Red Bull Sailing Team. There are also those that we are not as familiar with, such as the French team, Engie, and the Americans, Argo – both compete on the GC32 Racing Tour. Then there are those teams who see this as the perfect opportunity to boost their season, such as the Kiwi team, Tawera Racing, and the three young crews preparing for the Youth America’s Cup in June 2017: Team Tilt from Switzerland, Youth Vikings Denmark and SVB Team Germany. “In terms of the sailing conditions, we’ve been racing in Muscat in winter for several years now. Generally, there is a thermal wind of between nine and 12 knots – sometimes a little more – which is favourable for foiling. So, it should be set-up perfectly for a good spectacle and a big battle on the starting line.” A RECAP What: The very first annual GC32 class championship, bringing together teams from the Extreme Sailing Series and the GC32 Racing Tour, as well as those who simply run a GC32 Who: 11 international teams, each with five members Where: Al Mouj, Muscat, Oman When: Tuesday 28th of February to Sunday 5th of March, 2017 How: The teams will compete in a race around marked buoys aboard their one-design 32ft long foiling catamarans – the GC32 Follow the action There are five different ways to follow Alinghi during the championship, with each day featuring up to five races each afternoon, starting at 1pm local time (GMT + 4, CET + 3) News, photos and video clips: www.alinghi.com www.gc32championship.com On Twitter @alinghiteam: > Updates after each race On Facebook @teamalinghi and Instagram @alinghi: > Interviews, photos and videos Alinghi’s GC32 crew Helm and skipper: Ernesto Bertarelli (SUI) Tactician and mainsail trimmer: Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI) Headsail trimmer: Nils Frei (SUI) Foil trimmer and grinder: Timothé Lapauw (FRA) Bowman: Yves Detrey (SUI) Co-tactician and mainsail trimmer (alternating with Arnaud): Nicolas Charbonnier (FRA) Technical Team João Cabeçadas (POR) David Nikles (SUI) Entraîneur et directeur d’équipe Pierre-Yves Jorand (SUI) To find out more www.gc32championship.com Event Hashtags #GoAlinghiGo #GC32championship
Photo Credit: Lloyd Images After a fascinating final day of racing in Oman, Alinghi finished in fourth place, three points behind Land Rover BAR Academy, themselves behind Red Bull in second and the winners, Oman Air. It was the first time that the Extreme Sailing Series had been raced on the foiling GC32s and, after light winds on days two and three, today provided breezes that enabled the teams to get up into the air and fly through the water. Looking to overhaul their rivals to achieve a podium finish, Alinghi couldn’t quite manage the feat, despite two second place finishes in the third last and then penultimate race. The team would like to send their congratulations to Oman Air for their first place finish and performance throughout the week. We’ll see them and you in China!
Photo Credit: Lloyd Images A light wind that dropped further during the course of the action again put pay to racing halfway through the penultimate day of Act 3 in Oman. However, in the four races that were sailed, Alinghi continued their improvement, recording a race victory and another second place that moved them up the leaderboard into fourth place outright. Alinghi’s victory in Race 12 of the Act was achieved after the team had established an early lead, which they held onto despite pressure from both Land Rover BAR Academy and Oman Air, a vindication of the decisions the team made in their attempts to find clean air. With only one point now separating Ernesto Bertarelli’s team from third on the leaderboard, tomorrow’s final day of racing is all the more important. Check our twitter feed for updates when the action starts tomorrow at 1530GMT +4.
The second day of Act 1 of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series in Oman began in auspicious conditions, with winds of 18 knots welcoming the teams to the line for the start of racing. However, after three races had been sailed there was a massive shift in the breeze, meaning that the Race Committee brought an end to proceedings for the day. Alinghi fared well in the races that were run, finishing in the top half of the fleet in all as they recorded a third, second and then fourth place finishes. That has left Ernesto Bertarelli’s team tied on points in fourth place with Land Rover BAR Academy and chasing Oman Air who lead the field by 14 points. Alinghi’s improved consistency was a big plus for Co-Skipper Arnaud Psarofaghis, who said: “Yesterday was a tough start for us, but today we were on our game and we are a lot happier with the result. We changed our communication onboard, especially on the starts, and we could see the progress. Although we have experience on the GC32, we can already see the other teams starting to get to grips with it, so we need to ensure we keep improving.” With two more days to sail, the game remains very open... as well as the podium places. Photo Credit:Lloyd Images
Photo Credit: Lloyd Images Today was the first day of the first Act of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series and the first outing for the foiling GC32s in this Championship. The venue, the historic old town of Muscat, Oman. Amid fine weather and wind conditions that saw the fleet able to get up onto their foils, Alinghi recorded finishes of 7th, 6th, 2nd, 5th, 6th and 4th over the six races. After the first day Oman Air, followed by SAP Racing are leading the way, with Alinghi in sixth position. However, there is much to play for, with three days of racing to come. The fleet will now move to the Open Water race course in front of the Almouj golf course, with some 20 races potentially to come. Allez Alinghi!
Alinghi will be back on the Extreme Sailing Series circuit tomorrow with 3 stadium regattas and a 20 mile Coastal Race between the Old Town of Muscat and the Wave – stay tuned and follow us online or onsite – all useful information are provided here. The crew for this first event will be – Ernesto Bertarelli (Helm), Arnaud Psarofaghis (Main), Nicolas Charbonnier (Tactic), Nils Frei (Trim) & Yves Detrey (Bow). Go Alinghi, Go!