Racing:

GC32 Racing Tour

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 recently-created GC32 Racing Tour, to which the team returns in 2019.

THE RACING

In 2014, a new one-design circuit was born: the GC32 Racing Tour, which brought together international professional teams and those run by owner-helmsmen. An average of five events are sailed in Europe each season and at each, when weather conditions permit, races take place close to the shore to allow spectators a breathtaking view of the flying machines. In its transition to a foiling catamaran, Alinghi joined the circuit in 2015, finishing second behind Oman Air.

After three seasons racing in the Extreme Sailing Series (2016 - 2018), Alinghi is back this year on the GC32 Racing Tour and aiming for top spot on the podium.

Learn more about the GC32 Racing Tour >

THE BOAT

The GC32 is a one-design, even down to the sails (ie: teams are permitted to use a certain number of sails teams 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 and sails 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 Racing Tour News

Practical information - 2019 GC32 Racing Tour

17 April, 2019

What: A one-design circuit created in 2014 and which includes an average of five events per season, sailed mainly in Europe. Alinghi competed for the first time in 2015 (the team's foiling debut...) and finished second behind Oman Air. Who: 8 to 12 international teams bringing together professional sailors and owners. A crew is usually formed of five members (the presence of a woman on board may mean that six can sail). Where: Stage 1: Villasimius (Sardinia, Italy), Stage 2: GC32 World Championship (Lagos, Portugal), Stage 3: Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Stage 4: Riva del Garda (Italy), Stage 5: TBC When: From May to November 2019 (click here for the full race calendar) How: The teams compete aboard 32-ft foiling GC32 catamarans in successive races around buoys that last about twenty minutes. Weather permitting, the races take place close to shore. For more information, click here. Follow the action There are a number of ways to follow Alinghi across the Tour's five events, each of which will comprise four days of competition with up to five races each afternoon (watch out for jet lag, though, given their location): Twitter @alinghi > The results of each race as well as assorted photos and video clips Facebook @teamalinghi and Instagram @alinghi > Interviews, videos & photos Internet > gc32racingtour.com : Races modeled in 2D (live and replay) from the first to the last day of each competition > alinghi.com : News and a selection of photos GC32 Team Ernesto Bertarelli (SUI) - Helmsman skipper Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI) - Helmsman, co-skipper Nicolas Charbonnier (FRA) - Tactician and mainsail trimmer Bryan Mettraux (SUI) - Frontsail trimmer Timothé Lapauw (FRA) - Foil trimmer Yves Detrey (SUI) - Bowman Nils Frei (SUI) - Coach and spare sailor Technical Team João Cabeçadas (POR) David Niklès (SUI) Team Director Pierre-Yves Jorand (SUI) To find out more gc32racingtour.com Hashtags for the events #GoAlinghiGo #gc32racingtour #gc32 Credit for photos © Lloyd Images