The GC32 is an adrenaline-pumping, “flying” catamaran – one of the world’s fastest one-designs. For the 2015 season, Alinghi had the pleasure of joining the brand new GC32 Racing Tour, in which the team competed on – and above – the water on courses across Europe.
In 2015, a new one-design circuit was born: the GC32 Racing Tour, which brought together seven international teams for exhilarating, high-performance racing across five European events.
The GC32 is a foiling catamaran, meaning that at high speed the hulls soar above, rather than through, the water. Alinghi currently holds the official speed record for the GC32 at 39.2 knots. Such technology has been very much developped on last America’s Cup campaigns. The GC32 is, effectively, a scaled-down version, but – critically – it is much easier to sail and to run. It is also much cheaper.
When the weather conditions allow, racing can take place close to the shore to give spectators the best possible view of these flying machines.