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GC32 Class Championship

For the first time since its launch in 2012, all GC32 boats built and competing in the Extreme Sailing Series and GC32 Racing Tour were invited to come together to race for an annual class championship. The first tournament, which featured 11 of the flying boats, took place in Oman in early 2017.

THE RACING

In the inaugural GC32 class championship – credited as the first such meeting of its kind – Alinghi faced ten international teams over 16 races in Oman. The format of the racing differs slightly from that of the Extreme Sailing Series. While the course types are identical, the distance between the buoys marking the start and turn for home are greater, meaning that races last longer. One effect of this is that, with longer upwind and downwind legs, the conditions could exist for a team to break the GC32 speed record in competition.

The boat used is identical to the one Alinghi races in the Extreme Sailing Series circuit, as is the number of crew members on board.

Alinghi competes in the GC32 class championship against teams it races in the Extreme Sailing Series, such as Oman Air, SAP Extreme Sailing Team, Land Rover BAR Academy and Red Bull Sailing Team. It also races against teams from the GC32 Racing Tour, including the French team, Engie, and the Americans, Argo. In the 2017 edition of the championship other crews took advantage of the opportunity to add the competition to their season, including the New Zealanders of Tawera Racing and three young crews preparing for the Youth America's Cup: Team Tilt's Swiss, Youth Team Denmark and Youth Team Germany.

Learn more about the GC32 Class Championship >

THE BOAT

The GC32 is a one-design, even down to the sails (and the number of sails teams are permitted to use during the season). Its main lifting foils are big, meaning it can take off in a wide range of conditions and can also foil upwind, albeit with 18-20 knots of wind. There are no hydraulics – instead, teams adjust the foils manually; just another way in which the emphasis is on the sailors to get the most out their machines.

  • Length (overall): 12.00m
  • Length (hull): 10.00m
  • Beam: 6.00m
  • Weight: 750 kg
  • Draft (upwind): 2.10m
  • Draft (downwind): 1.60m
  • Mast height (above deck): 16.50m
  • Bowsprit length: 6.60m
  • Mainsail: 60.00m²
  • Jib: 23.50m²
  • Gennaker: 90.00m²

GC32 Class Championship News

A nice second place launches the 2017 season

5 March, 2017

11 flying boats, five days of racing and 16 races: This is the summary of the first ever GC32 class championship, which was composed of teams that usually take part in either the Extreme Sailing Series or the GC32 Racing Tour. Arnaud Psarofaghis: "In third position this morning we were seven points behind SAP and 14 behind Oman Air. Given the pre-race predictions for little wind, and therefore it looking unlikely that the full race card would be run, we knew that aiming for first place overall would be pretty unlikely. That said, we knew we had to try and give everything in the first race, so we took a risk and started on the other side of the line to the rest of the fleet. It paid off, with us winning by a good margin. "In the second race, we tried to execute the same plan. We didn't have quite the same success from the start, but we still found a nice line, meaning we were in the lead at halfway. And then the direction of the wind turned suddenly towards the right..." - and here Arnaud can only laugh - "...and so our timing was effected as to when we needed to launch our last manoeuvre to cross the line as quickly as we could. In the event, Oman Air took advantage and won the race by a single second." The race committee confirmed that just a metre separated the two boats at the finish, but the overall standings were to remain the same because the wind then dropped and did not rise again in the afternoon, meaning a halt was called to this first edition of the championship. Yves Detrey: "Overall it was a great week of competition. A bit of wind was missing on two of the five days but we are satisfied with how we performed, with good speed up and downwind, and a very good second place in the overall standings tonight. "We started the week on the podium and never left it. It was important to be consistent in this type of lengthy regatta. If we are to look at the 16 races in detail, our worst score was a seventh place, against which some of our opponents registered eighth, ninth, last, or even disqualification. So, even though we may not have been first across the line as often as some of the others, in the end our consistency has paid off, as the overall standings show. For example. Team Tilt and Engie each won two races but finish 5th and 6th tonight. SAP won four races, recorded three second places, the same number of third places, and take third on the podium. "I want to make a special mention of Ernesto who, applied and super concentrated as usual, has shown his talent this week. After a year's absence at the helm of the GC32, he knew, as Nico said yesterday, that in a few hours he had to learn what we had learned over several months. Hat's off to him! "Our focus now is on a day of rest before we resume training and go again on the waters off Muscat on Wednesday." Next up is Act 1 of the Extreme Sailing Series 2017 (March 8 to 11), in which the team will do everything possible to repeat its performance of 2016. The general classification of the inaugural GC32 Class Championship after 16 races (for each race, first place takes one point, second, two, etc.) reads: 1st - Oman Air (OMA) : 2, 3, 7, 1, 1, 3, 1, 4, 5, 7, 6, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1 > 47 points 2 nd - Alinghi (SUI) : 3, 4, 3, 4, 3, 2, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 4, 5, 2, 1, 2 > 61 points 3rd - SAP Extreme S.T. (DEN) : 7, 2, 1, 5, 2, 4, 12, 1, 1, 2, 1, 3, 3, 7, 3, 8 > 62 points 4th - Red Bull S.T. (AUT) : 8, 8, 2, 7, 6, 8, 2, 2, 4, 8, 4, 2, 1, 6, 6, 4 > 78 points 5 th - Team Tilt (SUI) : 1, 6, 4, 2, 5, 1, 12, 3, 7, 5, 9, 6, 9, 3, 7, 10 > 90 points 6 th - Team Engie (FRA) : 4, 1, 5, 3, 7, 5, 6, 8, 10, 1, 2, 5, 6, 10, 10, 9 > 92 points Find all results on: https://www.gc32championship.com/results/ 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 different ways to follow Alinghi during the championship: 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, helm on the last day: Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI) Co-tactician and mainsail trimmer on the last day: Nicolas Charbonnier (FRA) Headsail trimmer: Nils Frei (SUI) Foil trimmer and grinder: Timothé Lapauw (FRA) Bowman: Yves Detrey (SUI) 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

Unexpected conditions and competing styles make for happy sailors

4 March, 2017

This afternoon, on the fourth day of racing in this GC32 Championship, the wind was more than was forecast (6-7 knots), allowing the boats to foil downwind. The wind finally faded by the day's fifth race, the finish of which was just 21 seconds over the 35 minutes deadline as set by the race committee. It was Land Rover BAR Academy who narrowly lost out on the win in what was to be the day's final race. Nils Frei, headsail trimmer: "We are happy with this fourth day of racing. We were concerned about the prospect of a dead calm (little or no wind) because it was very hot this morning and when it was warm, the wind struggle to settle. In the end we were able to do four races in 7 to 10 knots. "With windward starts today, which was different to previous days when we launching 'reaching', with the wind on the side of the boat, it was certainly more interesting strategically. It gave us more options and it enabled us to get back to classic tactics - the first leg of the course facing the wind, the return with the wind with us. "With our 7, 4, 5 and 2 places, we maintain our third place on the podium, ten points ahead of 4th (Red Bull Sailing Team), seven behind second (SAP). It is true that Oman Air and SAP have taken a little lead ahead, but we have, at the same time widened the gap on our pursuers. So in the end, it's a positive day. " With Ernesto Bertarelli very involved in running a large and dynamic business, the Alinghi Team needs an additional sailor to accommodate sudden commitments to be fulfilled by his skipper. When Ernesto is helming, it does not mean holiday for the reserve sailor, far from it. Instead, he can observe the racing, monitor the team's performance and then offer advice. This week it was Nicolas on the role alongside team coach Pierre-Yves Jorand. Nicolas Charbonnier, co-tactician / mainsail trimmer: "Being in the follow boat, the view is totally different. I was aboard the GC32 throughout the 2016 season but I have to say that having an outside eye is very interesting at several levels. It is much easier to see the sail settings and you have a better vision of the whole fleet and how it evolves during the manoeuvres, after which it's easier to compare notes. "Since Tuesday, I have noticed two major facts. Our team has serious assets and Ernesto has done a fantastic job at the helm by assimilating, in a few hours of training, what we learnt during a whole season last year (Ernesto not been on board the GC32 since the Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 in March 2016). But, to be quite honest, even if it is an interesting and instructive exercise to be on the rubber boat, I prefer to be on board the GC32!" Misfortune for one, happiness for the other, a schedule overlap compelled Ernesto to head back to Europe tonight. Therefore, Nicolas will be on board with Arnaud, Nils, Tim and Yves for the closing of the first GC32 class championship. See you tomorrow at 1 pm (local time) for the final day in Muscat.   After Day 4 and fourteen races sailed, the overall standings read (with one point for first, two for second, and so on): 1st - Oman Air (OMA) : 2, 3, 7, 1, 1, 3, 1, 4, 5, 7, 6, 1, 2, 1 > 44 points 2 nd - SAP Extreme S.T. (DEN) : 7, 2, 1, 5, 2, 4, 12, 1, 1, 2, 1, 3, 3, 7 > 51 points 3rd - Alinghi (SUI) : 3, 4, 3, 4, 3, 2, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 4, 5, 2 > 58 points 4th - Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) : 8, 8, 2, 7, 6, 8, 2, 2, 4, 8, 4, 2, 1, 6 > 68 points 5 th - Team Tilt (SUI) : 1, 6, 4, 2, 5, 1, 12, 3, 7, 5, 9, 6, 9, 3 > 73 points 6 th - Team Engie (FRA) : 4, 1, 5, 3, 7, 5, 6, 8, 10, 1, 2, 5, 6, 10 > 73 points Find all results on: https://www.gc32championship.com/results/ 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, helm on the last day: Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI) Co-tactician and mainsail trimmer on the last day: Nicolas Charbonnier (FRA) Headsail trimmer: Nils Frei (SUI) Foil trimmer and grinder: Timothé Lapauw (FRA) Bowman: Yves Detrey (SUI) 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 ©Lloyd Images

Conditions in Muscat today are similar to Lake Geneva!

3 March, 2017

Nils Frei, headsail trimmer: "Leaving the port today we had 9-10 knots of wind, which allowed us to foil in the first race, in which we finished sixth. We were blocked on the start line by a competitor, meaning we were left in a bad position once we got to the first mark, though we were then able to make up some ground. "At the same time, the level has definitely been raised this week, as can be seen by how each team has had differing results throughout the course of the regatta. In today's race Oman Air finished seventh, Team Tilt fifth and Red Bull Sailing Team eighth. SAP's second place in the race secures them the same position in the overall rankings tonight, with us one position behind, six points ahead of Tilt in fourth. "Soon after the first race the wind fell and the race committee even had to cancel the second race as it was being run, the time limit to finish it having been breached - the rule states that if nobody is over the finish line within 35 minutes then the race is abandoned and the race restarted on a shorter course, if the wind allows it, of course. "The wind stayed the same, so we look forward instead to tomorrow and hope for big breezes so that we can enjoy some great racing." The sailing starts a little earlier tomorrow than the previous days, at 12:00 local time, with five additional races added to the programme. After Day 3 and ten races sailed, the overall standings read (with one point for first, two for second, and so on): 1st - Oman Air (OMA): 2, 3, 7, 1, 1, 3, 1, 4, 5, 7 > 34 points 2nd - SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN): 7, 2, 1, 5, 2, 4, 12, 1, 1, 2 > 37 points 3rd - Alinghi (SUI): 3, 4, 3, 4, 3, 2, 4, 5, 6, 6 > 40 points 4th - Team Tilt (SUI): 1, 6, 4, 2, 5, 1, 12, 3, 7, 5 > 46 points 5th - Team Engie (FRA): 4, 1, 5, 3, 7, 5, 6, 8, 10, 1 > 50 points 6th - Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT): 8, 8, 2, 7, 6, 8, 2, 2, 4, 8 > 55 points Find all results on: https://www.gc32championship.com/results/ 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 ©Lloyd Images

In with a shot!

2 March, 2017

Timothé Lapauw, foil trimmer and grinder: "We are generally happy with our second day of the championship, which started with a nice second place after a great start. We then recorded finishes of 4th, 5th and 6th, placing us second overall in the championship standings. Oman Air lead by seven points ahead and SAP are close on our tail, one point back. The pack widened a little with Tilt suffering a disqualification for a false start under the 'black flag' rule in the second race of the day, implemented when repeated over-shooting of the starting gun has occurred. "The conditions were lighter than yesterday and the opportunities to foil were naturally rarer. We still have to fine-tune our start-up phase on the launch, but we can be pleased that, throughout the day, we always managed to come back during the race. The competition is really fierce, but our motivation remains strong and we will keep going until the end." Without our technical team, we might not have even been on the start line... Inside Alinghi with David Nikles, part of Alinghi's shore team: "Tuesday, at the end of the first day of racing, our GC32 was sailing back towards the harbour when we heard a loud noise, even from the coach boat following the GC. Whatever the catamaran touched in the water, it was big enough to cause serious damage to the rudder on the starboard side. It was impossible for us to sail – the plate on the transom holding the rudder was torn off, the link bar broken and the carbon spoiled. We had to lower the sails and be towed back to the port. We knew we would have to get to work to make the necessary repairs to get us back on the water. "We used a crane to take the boat out of the water for the repairs. All of the team helped João and me, of course, but they needed to rest in order to be fit for the races on the water. It took me a good part of the night and I came back early this morning to check that the resin had caught and that the paint was dry for the boat to be ready to go back to racing ... " Discover the rest of the story in pictures on our Facebook page ;-) Tomorrow Thursday 2 March is a day off, so there will be no competition. But March the 2nd is a big day for Alinghi, the anniversary of the team's first victory in the America's Cup! That win came in 2003 and was the team's first attempt, success meaning that the Auld Mug was returned to Europe for the first time since it was founded in 1851. Returning back to 2017, Alinghi invite you to join us this Friday for the continuation of the first annual championship of the GC32 class. After Day 2 the standings read: 1st - Oman Air (OMA) : 2, 3, 7, 1, 1, 3, 1, 4, 5 > 27 points 2nd - Alinghi (SUI) : 3, 4, 3, 4, 3, 2, 4, 5, 6 > 34 points 3rd - SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) : 7, 2, 1, 5, 2, 4, 12, 1, 1 > 35 points 4th - Team Tilt (SUI) : 1, 6, 4, 2, 5, 1, 12, 3, 7 > 41 points 5th - Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) : 8, 8, 2, 7, 6, 8, 2, 2, 4 > 47 points Full results at: https://www.gc32championship.com/results/ 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