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Extreme Sailing Series

The Extreme Sailing Series brings together the world’s elite teams for dramatic racing in venues around the world. For the 2018 season, the 12th for the Series, the teams are racing again on spectacular foiling GC32 catamarans – unbelievable machines that speed through the water and fly through the air.

THE RACING

Having first raced its GC32 in the 2015 Bullitt Racing Tour, in 2016 Alinghi joined the Extreme Sailing Series circuit (ESS) – an especially exciting one-design competition that used to be raced on the Extreme 40, the boat on which Alinghi won the title in 2008 and 2014.

As Alinghi can speak to, having set the speed record in 2015, the GC32s are incredibly fast, capable of nearly 40 knots (74km/h). Even more exhilarating is that they do it above the water, over which they ‘fly’ as the foils deploy and the boat accelerates. The technology used is the same as the yachts in the America’s Cup. The GC32 is essentially a scaled-down version, though relative to the bigger boats used in San Francisco in 2013, the foils are quite big. This is because the GC32s are designed to work in a broad range of conditions, and particularly in light wind – and bigger foils generate lift in light airs. Another key difference is that the GC32s are easier (and cheaper) to run, making the Extreme Sailing Series a particularly accessible tour.

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THE BOAT

The GC32 is a hydro-foiling catamaran. Made out of carbon-fibre, the foils are slender wing-like arms that are deployed under both hulls of the boat, generating lift and allowing ‘flight’ through the water. Choosing how to trim the foils is, of course, down to the team onboard, while the fact that there is also no hydraulic means that the foils must be adjusted manually. These technical aspects of the boat, combined with the many other control points that must be mastered, means that getting the GC32 up to peak performance is a real challenge for its sailors. When the boat is there, however, there’s nothing like it...

  • 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

Extreme Sailing Series News

Practical Information - The Extreme Sailing Series

11 March, 2018

Extreme Sailing Series circuit - A Recap: What: International Extreme Sailing Series™ with eight events in eight host cities on three continents Who: Seven international teams composed usually of a crew of five (if a female sailor is on board, teams are allowed to go to six) Where: Act 1: Muscat (Oman), Event 2: GC32 World Championship in Riva del Garda (Italy), Act 3: Barcelona (Spain), Act 4: Portugal, Act 5: St Petersburg (Russia), Act 6 : Cardiff (United Kingdom), Act 7: San Diego (USA), Act 8: Los Cabos (Mexico) When: March to December 2018 (click here to view the annual calendar) How: The teams compete in short format races in front of the public, on a 32ft catamaran with foils: The GC32   Following the action There are a number of ways you can follow the team during all of the eight stages, each of which includes four days of competition (up to 10 races each afternoon - Watch out for the time difference depending on the event location!). On the Internet, via the home page of alinghi.com and extremesailingseries.com > Modeled races in 3D from the 1st to the 4th day of the competition > Regattas broadcast live on the 3rd and 4th days (generally from 2pm local time until the end of the races) > Replay available at the end of the races by clicking here On Twitter @teamalinghi > Results published after each race with some photos and short video moments On Facebook @teamalinghi and Instagram @alinghi > Video interviews & photos Alinghi’s GC32 Crew Helmsman, co-skipper: Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI) Tactician and mainsail trimmer: Nicolas Charbonnier (FRA) Trimmer: Nils Frei (SUI) Foil trimmer: Timothé Lapauw (FRA) Bowman: Yves Detrey (SUI) Technical team: João Cabeçadas (POR) David Nikles (SUI) Coach and Team Director: Pierre-Yves Jorand (SUI) To find out more: extremesailingseries.com Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo #Extremesailing Photo credit © Jesús Renedo

What a finish!

4 December, 2017

To look at the points tally at the end of Act 8 one might think that the last day of racing did not contain any pitfalls for the Swiss team. However, to follow the last race of the event minute-by-minute, or even second-by-second, a different story is told! Before this double-points last one, the overall Championship went to SAP, who managed to put enough of a gap between themselves and Red Bull to secure the season win. Still, aside from a victory in the Act being at stake, second place in the Championship was still in play. Whomever of Alinghi or Oman Air finished in front of the other, would claim the spot. From one tack to the other, the sailors held us in suspense. Halfway through this last race, Oman Air was even positioned to win the Act and to keep their second place overall. They were, however, perhaps not counting on Alinghi reviving its fortunes. The end of race 20 saw real mano-a-mano racing and, when the dust settled, it was Arnaud, Nicolas, Nils, Tim and Yves who won the duel, securing both the Act win - the team's first since Act 2 - and second place in the Championship. Ernesto Bertarelli, skipper, said: "After a difficult phase this summer, Alinghi has raised the bar since Act 6 in Cardiff. Tonight I am very proud of the team and the result they produced in Los Cabos." Pierre-Yves Jorand, coach: "It was an exciting season of ups and downs for the team. We learned much, especially that we must never give up and that we must always fight to the end, because in sailing and with these competition formats, anything can happen." Nicolas Charbonnier, tactician: "What a battle with Oman Air and SAP all throughout this year! I have only one desire for us now: Come back even stronger next year!" Nils Frei, trimmer: "It was a season with fluctuations, one that ebbed and flowed. We started well, then had a slump in Hamburg, before regrouping and beginning again in a positive waystarting. I really enjoyed the way we sailed this Act. We are, naturally, a little disappointed not to win the Championship, but we know that it was not here in Mexico that it was decided. However, it was important for us to finish well and, on this point, we are satisfied with the job we did." For the end-of-the-season video commentary, click here. To relive Act 8 with race replays, click here. The entire Alinghi team congratulates SAP Extreme Sailing Team for their victory in the 2017 Championship, thanks its partners and many fans for their support and looks forward to seeing you on the water in 2018! The standings for Act 8 in Los Cabos after 20 races: 1st - Alinghi: 224 points 2nd - Oman Air: 212 points 3rd - SAP Extreme Sailing Team: 209 points 2017 Championship standings after eight Acts: 1st - SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN): 98 points 2nd - Alinghi (SUI): 96 points 3rd - Oman Air (OMA): 95 points Click here for the results in their entirety. Hashtags for the event #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing To find out more www.extremesailingseries.com Photo credit ©Lloyd Images To find out more about the race tracking system, team composition and the event in general, you can find the event recap by clicking here.

Placed for the final assault

3 December, 2017

In two days and over 11 races, Alinghi won a remarkable nine. The team has consolidated its lead in the Act, but it still lacks a further boat to come between them and SAP, which is necessary in order to clinch the victory in the annual championship. Will salvation come from the Red Bull Sailing Team? Currently they lie in 4th place, 12 points behind SAP. As such, it seems a tough ask, but with five to six races scheduled tomorrow and a final race that counts for double points, anything can happen. On Alinghi's side, the team will, of course, continue to race as we have done until today to confirm our first place in the Act 8, we will try to put pressure on SAP and, maybe, we might consider also giving a boost to the "bull-boat with wings"... Yves Detrey, bowman, said: "The first race of the day was like a cold shower. In fact, we did not see NZ Extreme arrive on starboard, so we had to last minute tack under them and then tack once again to get to the next mark. Obviously that meant we lost ground and position, with no possibility of recovery, finishing last. After this brutal awakening, we returned to our previous form and nailed four consecutive victories! We made pretty decent starts, we sailed on good lines with good speed and our manoeuvres were excellent. After a slump this summer during Act 5, I would say that we have reached again the level of sailing from the end of last season when we won everything." Arnaud Psarofaghis, helm and co-skipper: "The crew did a great job today, manoeuvering the boat and tactically. After a very bad first race we managed to turn the tide to win all the others and position ourselves to have a chance of going for the Championship tomorrow. We will aim to win this event, but also to finish as far above SAP as possible, which is our chance for the title. It's up to us now to get back to the top of the podium." See you tomorrow at 2 pm local time (UTC-7, 8h less than in Switzerland) for the closing of Act 8 and the 2017 season, which you can follow live or replay by clicking here. And for the standings after the 17 races so far, click here. Hashtags for the event #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing To find out more www.extremesailingseries.com Photo credit ©Lloyd Images To find out more about the race tracking system, team composition and the event in general, you can find the event recap by clicking here.