YTP Graduate Adam Minoprio makes it a GC32 Lake Traunsee hat-trick
Tuesday 26th May 2016
Adam Minoprio was crowned ‘King of the Catamarans’ for a third time on Lake Traunsee, the New Zealander steering the French NORAUTO team to victory in the final of the GC32 Alps Challenge Traunsee.
A special warm-up event prior to the start of the GC32 Racing Tour proper (Riva del Garda on 26-29th May), this was the first full match racing event for the spectacular GC32 ‘flying’ catamarans.
On the final day the exciting one-on-one duels were sailed in perfect wind conditions for foiling and NORAUTO prevailed, winning the Finals 4:0 against the Swiss ARMIN STROM Sailing Team, 4:0 skippered by Flavio Marazzi. In the ‘petite final’ to determine third and fourth places in the competition it was Team ENGIE, the French team skippered by Sebastien Rogues, that won against the young Austrian team, PROFS I Youth America’s Cup – Team Austria skippered by local match racer Max Trippolt.
As an added incentive for the crews competing at the GC32 Alps Challenge Traunsee there was prize money on offer of 30,000 €, with 15,000 € going to the winner NORAUTO, 10,000 € to ARMIN STROM Sailing Team and 5,000 € to Team ENGIE.
Of the regatta, winning skipper Adam Minoprio commented: “I love to race foiling catamarans over Lake Traunsee. It is a beautiful place and a perfect opportunity to prepare for the season. I’m happy that we were able to clinch the title, but it was a tough fight against very good teams. We are already looking forward to coming back soon.”
Despite being the underdogs, the local heroes on PROFS I Youth America’s Cup – Team Austria were pleased to have been able to claim a point off Team ENGIE in their match. Skipper Max Trippolt was very happy to have been part of this amazing event: “It was an amazing experience to compete with some of the best teams in the world. We were able to achieve some notable successes in the fleet-races and even in the match races. I think we can be proud of our challenging the top teams.”
Click below image to watch Official Video from Minoprio’s GC32 Win
About the GC32 Racing Tour:
2016 is the fourth year of the GC32 Racing Tour and its third since the GC32 was transformed into a foiler over the winter of 2013-4.
The GC32 Racing Tour seeks to attract both private owner-driven boats and commercially-backed teams with a circuit aimed at providing the best foiling catamaran experience for participants. This remit includes choosing venues known to provide optimum wind conditions for foiling and race courses large enough to enable the boats to hit maximum speeds.
2016 GC32 Racing Tour schedule
26-29 May: GC32 Riva Cup – Riva del Garda, Italy
7-10 July: GC32 Malcesine Cup at The Foiling Week – Malcesine, Italy
3-6 August: 35 Copa del Rey MAPFRE – Palma de Mallorca, Spain
22-25 September: TBA
13-16 October: Marseille One Design – Marseille, France
Special event: 12-15 May – GC32 Alps Challenge Traunsee match racing – Gmunden, Lake Traunsee, Austria.
Teams for 2016:
ARGO – Jason Carroll (USA)
ARMIN STROM Sailing Team – Flavio Marazzi (SUI)
Gunvor Sailing – TBA
NORAUTO Racing – Franck Cammas (FRA)
Realteam – Jérôme Clerc (SUI)
Spindrift racing – Yann Guichard (FRA)
Team ENGIE – Sébastien Rogues (FRA)
Team Tilt – Sébastien Schneiter (SUI)
Team Umpirex – Laurent Lenne (FRA)
About the GC32
The GC32 is a 10m long (12m including bowsprit) by 6m wide foiling catamaran conceived by Laurent Lenne and designed by Dr Martin Fischer, now part of the Groupama Team France design team. It is built in carbon fibre by Premier Composite Technologies in Dubai.
The GC32 is fitted with T-foil rudders and J-shaped daggerboards/foils, conceptually similar to those used on the America’s Cup catamarans, with adjustable rake on all appendages. However relative to the boat’s size, the foils are substantially larger, allowing the GC32 to foil even in low wind speeds and with much great stability and ease. Despite having big foils, GC32s are fast! Alinghi holds the record with a peak speed of 39.21 knots.
Unlike the AC catamarans, the GC32 features a more manageable soft-sail rig and has one design sails. It is demountable with a two piece mast for easy transportation.