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Inaugural GC32 Championship aims for largest ever fleet of one design foiling cats

Inaugural GC32 Championship aims for largest ever fleet of one design foiling cats

This February the GC32 Class will stage what it hopes will be the largest ever championship for one design foiling catamarans.

Taking place in Muscat, Oman from February 27 to March 5, the inaugural GC32 Championship will be open to teams from both the Extreme Sailing Series and the GC32 Racing Tour. 

The winning team will be crowned 2017 GC32 Champion and be awarded the GC32 Championship Perpetual Trophy.

GC32s currently are campaigned by teams from France, Switzerland, Denmark, UK, USA, Japan, New Zealand, China, Oman, Austria, Portugal, the Netherlands, Turkey and Argentina.

Ten teams competed on the 2016 GC32 Racing Tour with a further 14 taking part in the Extreme Sailing Series at some point during 2016. 

Last year’s Extreme Sailing Series winners were Swiss syndicate Alinghi who edged out Oman Air in the final regatta in Sydney, Australia. On the GC32 Racing Tour Franck Cammas’ French America’s Cup crew on NORAUTO dominated the five-event series, finishing second only once to series runner up - Switzerland’s, Team Tilt.

The 2017 GC32 Championship will be run from the Al Mouj Marina (aka The Wave, Muscat) venue, close to the headquarters of Oman Sail. Act 1 of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series takes place at the same venue immediately afterwards.

As is the norm with all GC32 regattas there will be plenty of racing over the six-day schedule. The fleet will sail up to five races per day with the third day set aside for what will likely be a welcome lay day for the crews.

Oman February weather is typically warm temperatures and afternoon sea breezes expected to be in the 10 – 15 knot range with a slight chop. The racing action should should be nothing short of full bore. 

Given the potential for up to 20 boats on the start line the initial high-speed power reach should be a truly remarkable sight. Not to mention that arriving at the turning mark en-masse at over 30 knots will not be for the faint of heart. 

For more information on the GC32 Championship go to the official website: https://www.gc32championship.com

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