The season started last weekend with the first practice races in Versoix. Snow on the peaks, winter temperatures, rough conditions, strong wind gusting to 35 knots, kind of a good start… The official launch of the Vulcan Trophy presented by Business & Decision will take place the weekend of May 4-5-6 at the Société Nautique de Genève with the Grand Prix Les Ambassadeurs.
More emotions: a new racing format! A new racing format will be spicing up this year’s Vulcain Trophy. The organizing committee first decided to reduce the length of the regattas to only 25 to 30 minutes, to maximize their intensity. In addition, the race course also undergoes a significant change with a new windward gate (a passage formed by two buoys). So instead of always leaving the mark to port, the boats will have the freedom to choose to leave one of the two marks on port or starboard (on the left side or right side of the course). The purpose of this change is to increase the tactical possibilities and avoid « single file » patterns sometimes faced by boats before, when they had to all leave the mark to port.