26 June 2019

2019 GC32 World Championship, 26-30 June, Lagos, Portugal

Day 4 GC32 World Championship:

Alinghi, World Champion, with two races to spare--GC32 Racing Tour video above published Jun 30, 2019--Having looked secure, leading by 16 points going into the last day, Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi team, helmed by Arnaud Psarofaghis, scored a 2-1-1 in the first races to win the 2019 GC32 World Championship with two races to spare – an incredible result given the calibre of competition racing here off Lagos, Portugal.

Best shots from the GC32 World Championship, Lagos

All the best shots from the 2019 World Championship, Lagos, Portugal. Enjoy! GC32 Racing Tour video above published Jun 30, 2019.

Day 3, June 29, Video Highlights - GC32 World Championship 2019

Fighting for the podium positions: Conditions took on a different turn for day three of the GC32 World Championship. While a brisk northwesterly was anticipated, the wind that blew for the majority of the day was southeasterly, backing into the east as the afternoon wore on. This became patchy during the third and what would become the final race of this penultimate day of competition. GC32 Racing Tour video above published Jun 29, 2019. Sunday, Day 4, will be the final day of racing.

Day 2 Highlights - GC32 World Championship 2019

GC32 Racing Tour video above published Jun 28, 2019: While four boats were separated by one point as day two dawned, now, at this half way stage of the event, two teams have edged ahead: Leader Alinghi and second placed Oman Air are now separated by just three points, six points ahead of INEOS Rebels UK in third.

Day 1 GC32 World Championship 2019, Lagos - Four leaders within one point

Day one of the GC32 World Championship, taking place with the support of the City of Lagos, Marina de Lagos and Sopromar, started in an uncharacteristic southwesterly, blowing across Lagos’ bay and at times gusting to 16-17 knots. Two races were held in this before the lighter prevailing northwesterly filled in, requiring a new race course to be set up and a change from upwind to reaching starts. While the top four teams came out close, all had deep results, the most polarised being those of Alinghi, which ended the day second but tied on points with the leader, Oman Air. GC32 Racing Tour video above published Jun 27, 2019.

10 teams line up for the 2019 GC32 World Championship, Lagos. The nimble GC32s fly at 30+ knots. For more information see GC32 Racing Tour 2019 TV Episode #1, the first 26-minute documentary from the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour, as the hydro foiling GC32 catamaran fleet kicked off their season in spectacular style in Villasimius, Sardinia, See also the GC32 Villasimius Cup, 22.-26 May 2019, best shots video.

2019 GC32 World Championship, 26-30 June, Lagos, Portugal: taking place at the end of June, the GC32 World Championship in Lagos, Portugal, will be only the GC32’s second World Championship since becoming a World Sailing International Class. The southern Portugal event will double as the second event on the Tour, and the third event will be 31 July-4 August, 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE / Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Official website: gc32racingtour.com and results.

Racing off Lagos takes place on the Atlantic, but the waters are protected by Cape St Vincent, the southwestern tip of Europe, just 10 km away. With sea breeze conditions and flat water, the GC32 World Championship should offer perfect foiling conditions.

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