GC32

Oman Air a touch above the rest; Alinghi 2nd

4 August, 2019

132 boats spread over four race areas, 26 nationalities and some 1,500 sailors came together in Palma de Mallorca for the traditional Copa del Rey, the 38th of its name. The 3rd stage of the GC32 Racing Tour circuit coincides with this great event and is an exception in the tour's annual calendar, given that the boats joined 10 other classes for a regatta put on by the well-oiled organisation over the course of the week. As usual, the Bay of Palma delivered very good sailing conditions and all 20 races on the GC32 programme were run. This time, it was Oman Air which showed greatest consistency and control of the foiling monotype catamaran. The battle between the two leaders raged to the end and, mathematically, the final result was not certain until the last race. But Oman Air did hold firm and won the last two rounds of the day, bringing their total to ten wins from 20, with Alinghi registering seven. And so five small points separated the two rivals after four days of fleet racing...and some phases of match racing (fans of our Instagram stories will be able to identify the moments ;-). Yves Detrey, bowman: "It was a great last day of racing against Oman Air. They were trying to make us lose ground when they were in front, and we did the same when we were in the lead. "As for the final result, we can only blame ourselves for not having sailed very well the first two days. In a small fleet, if you want to win, you have to race well from beginning to end. "Oman Air did it. They win, it's deserved. "I think we cannot always win when we compete. But you have to know how to stay on the lookout for the next event and keep learning. In Riva in September, there is no question of attacking Oman from the beginning. We will sail our modes, apply our manoeuvres and unfold our game as we did in the World Championship, and everything will be fine." Pierre-Yves Jorand, Team Director: "Oman Air delivered a very complete game in terms of performance, manoeuvres, strategy and also on the starts throughout these 20 races with varied conditions. "On our side, we sailed a little below our level. We are not looking for excuses, though we have had a busy start to the season, not least with the World Championship, which was a big goal for us. I would also say that arriving in Palma with a slightly smaller fleet (six boats instead of 10), made a difference, removing a little of the extra spice and it does not take much in that scenario for the game to tighten. Indeed, we made some small positioning errors on the first day, we were less incisive than Oman in key moments like starts and we had trouble finding stability on the second day in choppy water. "We know what we must do to win next. We have the solutions. It's up to us to apply them and deliver a better result over four days in a row." Is it possible to win each regatta? "In high-level mechanical sports, it seems difficult. Sailing is a mechanical sport and a team sport. It takes individual performance, that each team member is at his best, and that they interact perfectly, that everyone is in the same dynamic. "I think that Oman worked a lot after Lagos (note: they finished 5th in the Worlds, a real under-performance for such a great team). They learnt from our manoeuvres, studied our game and came here a bit stronger. As in any high-level sport, a little improvement can be enough to pass the shoulder of your rival. "But let's be careful, I do not see any revolution to apply between here and Lake Garda. We will simply have to succeed in bringing our best game, as we did in five stages last year and as in Lagos a month ago."   After three events and following their victory, Oman Air sits alongside the top of the tour's overall standings with five points. Could this be a harbinger for other match racing sequences between us two in the last two stages of the season?! Red Bull follows with 12 points. From today (and once the GC32 is in its container), the team will head to Switzerland to help prepare the very first TF35, freshly arrived at Société Nautique de Genève. The first test sailings are expected by mid-August. From August 30th to September 1st, the 5th D35 Trophy will be organized by the Yacht Club de Genève. Click here for the 3rd event general ranking after 20 races. To find out more gc32racingtour.com #gc32racingtour #GoAlinghiGo To find out more about how to follow the racing, the team composition and the circuit in general, find the event recap by clicking here. Photo credits ©Sailing Energy/GC32 Racing Tour

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

Ready for the final

27 November, 2018

The denouement of the Extreme Sailing Series season is imminent and the team has been on site in Los Cabos for a week already so as to prepare as best it can for this Mexican leg of the 2018 championship. In the current provisional standings, Alinghi leads the fleet by three points ahead of SAP, with five on Oman Air. The fine print of this last Act: the scores for this final regatta will be double the usual points; the winning team will score 24 points (instead of the usual 12), the second 22, the 3rd 20... This means that the Swiss can afford to finish one place behind SAP and two behind Oman Air, and still win the championship. Though rest assured that the team will be going all out for the fifth win of the season in the Series! Click here for the provisional general classification of the season:   What> final round of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series Championship Who> 7 international teams in the running, each with 5 sailors on board and a team in technical support Where> Los Cabos, Mexico, Southern tip of Baja California (UTC-7 = -8h from Swiss) When> official training session on Wednesday, November 28, and then four afternoon regattas from Thursday, November 29 to Sunday, December 2. How> aboard GC32 catamarans that foil, with several races around the marks defining a course Why> to win the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series Championship Follow the action in Los Cabos Here is how to follow the races that will be held from Thursday, November 29 to Sunday, December 2 from 14h to 17h local time (UTC -7, 8h less than in Switzerland): Live > via our website (races modeled in 3D Thursday and Friday, then live video on Saturday and Sunday) > via our Twitter account @teamalinghi (results published after each race with some photos and short video moments) On demand > On Facebook and Instagram for video interviews and photos > On our website for news and replays of the races   Alinghi's GC32 Crew Helmsman, co-skipper: Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI) Tactician and mainsail trimmer: Nicolas Charbonnier (FRA) Trimmer: Bryan Mettraux (SUI) Foil trimmer: Timothé Lapauw (FRA) Bowman: Yves Detrey (SUI) Spare: Arthur Cevey (SUI) Technical team: João Cabeçadas (POR) David Nikles (SUI) Coach and Team Director: Pierre-Yves Jorand (SUI)   Hashtags for the event #GoAlinghiGo  //  #Extremesailing   To find out more extremesailingseries.com If you want to know more about the race tracking system, the team and the racing in general, you can find a recap here. Credit for photos: Toast Prod

Top opening to the second half of the season

22 August, 2018

It is back to business for the Alinghi team after the summer break. On the programme for this second half of the season are three Acts in the Extreme Sailing Series (Cardiff (UK) from August 24 to 27 // San Diego (USA) from October 18 to 21 // Los Cabos (Mexico) from November 29 to December 2nd) and three D35 Trophy events (Yacht Club Open (YCG) from August 31st to September 2nd // Alinghi Grand Prix (CN Crans) from September 7th to 9th // Realstone Grand Prix presented by the Musée du Léman (SN Nyon) from 21 to 23 September). Currently leading the two championships, the team is open in its desire to continue its momentum and is delighted to again doing battle on Welsh waters in the coming days. Click here for the mid-season provisional general classification of the D35 Trophy and here for the Extreme Sailing Series.   Follow the action in Cardiff Here is how to follow the races that will be held from Friday 24 to Monday 27 August from 14h to 17h local time (UTC + 1, 1h less than in Switzerland): Live > via our website (races modeled in 3D Friday and Saturday, then live video on Sunday and Monday) > via our Twitter account @teamalinghi (results published after each race with some photos and short video moments) On demand > On Facebook and Instagram for video interviews and photos > On our website for news and replays of the races   Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing To find out more extremesailingseries.com If you want to know more about the race tracking system, the team composition and the race in general, you can find the event recap here. Photos credit: Lloyd Images, Loris Von Sieventhal, Eric Gachet