Red Bull Sailing capture second place in GC32 Racing Tour 2021

wrote on 2021-11-07

Hagara and Steinacher close their competitive careers on a high by following World Championship victory with overall tour podium read more

Red Bull Sailing’s second season in the GC32 Racing Tour came to an emotional and joyous conclusion at Mar Menor, Spain for sailing legends Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher. The sailing stars capped off their competitive careers on the GC32 Racing Tour by being inducted into the Class Hall of Fame after leading the Austrian team to third place in the tour’s 2021 finale and second place overall. Switzerland’s Alinghi claimed the season title, a successful defense of the crown they earned in 2019.

Mar Menor (SPAIN)

– The full GC32 Racing Tour field, including many of the world’s best sailors, honoured Hagara and Steinacher with a cheering ovation as Red Bull Sailing stood on the second step of the championship podium, the team’s best overall result on the tour after taking third place in their 2019 campaign. The legendary Austrian duo were the original founders of the Red Bull team, with Hagara its longtime skipper and helmsman, and Steinacher its sport director and tactician. 

– After the podium presentations, Hagara and Steinacher were presented with a special trophy in recognition of their GC32 Racing Class Hall of Fame induction.

– Across a partnership spanning nearly 25 years, Hagara and Steinacher’s competitive triumphs have included Olympic gold medals in the Tornado class at Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004), as well as multiple European and World Championships, including winning their first GC32 World Championship as they led Red Bull Sailing at Villasimius, Italy in September 2021. Famed for advocating innovation and progression, as well as for mentoring the next generation, they are highly respected icons of the sport and had announced their intent to retire from the GC32 Racing Tour at the beginning of the season.

– Roman Hagara said: “I was a bit sorry we had only one race on this final day – I would have loved to sail more. Nevertheless, we finished in third place for grand finale of the tour, and second for the season overall. Add the Hall of Fame announcement – and winning the 2021 World Championship with this same great team just a few weeks ago – and I can’t imagine a better way to wrap up this chapter.” 

– Enjoying the chance to race – and celebrate a podium – with Hagara and Steinacher one last time were the powerful talents who have forged strong teamwork across both of Red Bull Sailing’s tour campaigns: Julius Hallström (SWE), Rhys Mara (AUS) and Mark Spearman (AUS).

– The Spanish regatta on 3-7 November marked the debut of the GC32 Racing Tour on Mar Menor, and the vast saltwater lagoon gave Hagara and Steinacher a send-off encompassing a range of conditions from gusty to calm. Across four days featuring 10 completed races, Red Bull Sailing claimed six race podiums, including two wins.

– Going into the final day, the Austrian team was tied in the points for second with Switzerland’s Black Star Sailing, but insufficient winds allowed completion of only one race, which was won by Black Star with Red Bull Sailing hot on their heels. The result was just enough to give Black Star second place for the regatta, but when it came to the season standings, the positions were reversed.

– Regatta podium for the GC32 Mar Menor Cup: 1. Alinghi (SUI), 2. Black Star Sailing Team (SUI), 3. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT).

– GC32 Racing Tour 2021 Championship Podium: 1. Alinghi (SUI), 2. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT), 3. Black Star Sailing Team (SUI).

– “Given that we had originally planned to stop racing a year and a half ago, finishing our career on the GC32 catamaran took longer than we expected! But I feel lucky that it turned out this way. Competing this year gave us the opportunity to win the World Championship in our last season, as well as to race right up through the GC32 Racing Tour final here in Mar Menor. We’ve had an outstanding, emotional time that I will never forget for the rest of my life. But that doesn’t mean it’s over. Roman and I have many projects ahead, and even if we aren’t racing on the GC32, I’m sure we’ll be working (and sailing) together again.”

Full results, GC32 Racing Tour 2021 Act 4, Mar Menor, Spain: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 20 points, 2. Black Star Sailing Team (SUI) 27 pts., 3. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 28 pts, 4. Zoulou (FRA) 38 pts, 5. Team Rockwool Racing (DEN) 42 pts, 6. Argo (USA) 55 pts.

Final standings, GC32 Racing Tour 2021: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 5 points, 2. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 10 pts, 3. Black Star Sailing Team (SUI) 12 pts, 4. Zoulou (FRA) 18 pts, 5. Team Rockwool Racing (DEN) 18 pts, 6. Swiss Foiling Academy (SUI) 20 points, 7. Team Tilt (SUI) 21 pts, 8. Argo (USA) 25 pts.

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Contact: Mario Schoby / +436646385997 / mario.schoby@redbullextremesailing.com


About Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher
Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher are Austria’s most successful summer sport athletes, having won two Olympic gold medals (Sydney, Athens) and numerous world titles, including the 2021 GC32 World Championship. They have also been named to the GC32 Racing Class Hall of Fame and are the only Austrians to have competed on the America’s Cup World Series. Determined to see sailing progress to the next level, they groom the next generation of sailors by leading the Red Bull Sailing Team in the GC32 Racing Tour and by serving as sports directors for Red Bull Foiling Generation.

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Hagara and Steinacher to sail final regatta of their careers on 4-7 November in Mar Menor

wrote on 2021-11-04

Austria’s double Olympic champs from 2000 and 2004 will lead the Red Bull Sailing Team one more time in a high-speed season climax read more

The grand finale of the GC32 Racing Tour 2021 will also be a grand farewell to the leaders of the Red Bull Sailing Team – summer sport icons Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher – who are lowering the sail on their competitive careers after the event. The Austrian team arrives in Mar Menor, Spain on a high after a stunning triumph at the GC32 World Championship. 

Mar Menor (Spain) – The 2021 GC32 Racing Tour finale will mark a milestone for the Red Bull Sailing Team, as its founders and longtime leaders Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher – two of the early proponents of flying on foils – bring their competitive careers to a close in a field of state-of-the-art foiling catamarans. After capturing their first GC32 World Championship just weeks ago, the five-man team currently holds second overall on the tour leaderboard, and with a prime sailing location and top teams to challenge, this sendoff will be unforgettable. 

The highly anticipated regatta is part of Spanish events commemorating the 500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the Earth, and for the first time, the series will sail on Mar Menor’s 170 sq km saltwater lagoon – Europe’s largest. Because it is separated from the Mediterranean by a 22km-long sandbar, the lagoon can provide windy, flat water conditions that are optimum for foiling. Further, the water’s high salt content should enable the flying multihulls to achieve their highest speeds, nearly 80 km/h. Defending tour champions and current leaders Alinghi (SUI) have previously trained in Mar Menor, and that familiarity could make them especially hard to beat.

Joining legends Hagara and Steinacher on Red Bull Sailing’s GC32 will be trimmer Rhys Mara and board trimmer Mark Spearman from Australia, as well as bowman Julius Hallström from Sweden. Having raced together across two seasons, the team is close knit, with experience that took them to third place overall in GC32 Racing Tour 2019 in addition to the recent World Championship victory. Emotion is bound to be high as they sail together with their mentors for the last time. 

“It’s hard to believe this will be the final regatta for Hans Peter and me, but I couldn’t have imagined a better finish to our competitive careers – winning a new world title with our fantastic team and now racing in this beautiful location against teams like Alinghi, who we have so much respect for,” said Hagara. 

With their season goal of winning the World Championship already accomplished, the pressure is off and Red Bull Sailing will be savoring the chance to secure, or possibly even better, their potential podium position. Besides challenging Alinghi they’ll need to fend off strong contenders in their wake, such as Black Star Sailing (SUI), Rockwool Racing (DEN) and Zoulou(FRA). That’s all part of the excitement as they celebrate a successful season – and honor the remarkable career of Hagara and Steinacher. 

“Our whole team is focused and fired up. We will be all-in, but this is all about fun, not stress,” Steinacher says. “It’s such a privilege to be part of the great sport of sailing, and Roman and I are going to enjoy every minute in our last regatta.”

The fourth and final act of the GC32 Racing Tour runs from Wednesday through Sunday, 3–7  November 2021.

Follow Red Bull Sailing all season long: #redbullsailingteam
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About Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher
Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher are Austria’s most successful summer sport athletes, having won two Olympic gold medals (Sydney, Athens) and numerous world titles, including the 2021 GC32 World Championship. They are also the only Austrians to have competed on the America’s Cup World Series. Determined to see sailing progress to the next level, they groom the next generation of sailors by leading the Red Bull Sailing Team in the GC32 Racing Tour and by serving as sports directors for Red Bull Foiling Generation. 

About the GC32 Racing Tour
GC32 Racing Tour course configurations are similar to those used in the America’s Cup, and GC32 boats are capable of reaching speeds of nearly 80 km/h. Venues are chosen with the aim of providing the best chance of optimum conditions to get the catamarans flying on their foils for the maximum amount of time. The 2021 tour consists of four regattas across three venues.

30 June – 4 July:   Lagos 1, Portugal
28 July – 1 August:  Lagos 2, Portugal
15–19 September: Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy (World Championship)
3–7 November: Mar Menor, Spain

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Hagara and Steinacher lead Red Bull Sailing to GC32 World Championship

wrote on 2021-09-19

In penultimate regatta of their careers, legends Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher add new world crown to their collection. read more

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In the last world championship of their iconic careers, Austria’s sailing legends Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher led Red Bull Sailing to victory in Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy. The only world championship officially recognized for boat-sized foiling catamarans, which was also Act 3 of the GC32 Racing Tour, saw the Austrian team waging a battle for the ages against two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi (SUI). The final score was deadlocked in a tie, with a decider based on race placement ultimately putting Red Bull Sailing on top.


Villasimius, Sardinia (ITALY)

–      This World Championship was especially meaningful for Hagara, 55, and Steinacher, 53, because 2021 marks their final competitive season. With two Olympic golds and numerous other world, European and national titles to their credit, they are Austria’s most successful summer sport athletes. 

–      The regatta in Villasimius served up challenges including tricky, fickle winds. But it was the first time since Act 1 that Red Bull had all the members of their seasoned original team on board, and with Hagara back at the helm they came out fighting fit in a field of eight powerful contenders, the largest lineup of the season so far.

–      While other teams struggled with the feeble winds of the early races, Red Bull Sailing proved that they deserve their reputation as light-wind specialists. The Austrian boat took second in the only race of Day 1, and then won the opener on Day 2, an intense affair that saw only three points separating the top five boats as the afternoon’s three races concluded.

–      On Day 3, the double Olympic champions Hagara and Steinacher, together with teammates Julius Hallström (SWE), Mark Spearman (AUS) and Rhys Mara (AUS), proved that they have what it takes in windy conditions as well. With podiums in all five of the races, including two wins, they were the top-scoring boat of the day and headed into Sunday’s climactic action at the head of the leaderboard.

–      Sunday proved to be a nailbiting showdown between Red Bull Sailing and their respected rivals, the defending champions Alinghi. The Swiss had shown uncharacteristic vulnerability in Villasimius but came charging back for a slight lead. A race win by the Austrians kept it close, and everything came down to the final race. There, Red Bull Sailing was able to take advantage of technical problems on Alinghi’s boat, finishing fourth to the Swiss team’s seventh-place result – just enough for the tie in the World Championship points. The decider was placement in the last race, giving Red Bull Sailing the crown, with Alinghi in second and another Swiss boat, Team Tilt, in third. 

–      The result was the first world title for Hagara and Steinacher since 2004, and the first-ever GC32 World Championship for them, Red Bull Sailing and all of Austria. 

–      Red Bull Sailing Tactician Hans Peter Steinacher said: “When you know this is your last World Championship, you approach it with something special. You try everything you can find, and yet you’re more relaxed as well. In the end, I think the fact that it’s been quite a long time since our last world title is why we were able to do great, it felt completely different to our other efforts. And also the whole team has been together for three years, so we work very well together. The effort was high from everyone, and now we can celebrate.”

–      With only November’s season finale remaining on the calendar, Red Bull Sailing – which finished third in the GC32 Racing Tour in their debut season of 2019 – has moved up to second place in the 2021 standings, three points behind leaders Alinghi and two points ahead of another Swiss contender, third-place Black Star Sailing. 

–      The GC32 is a 10m long (12m including bowsprit) foiling catamaran, and the tour’s course configurations put an emphasis on allowing the boats to reach maximum speeds. The GC32 Racing Tour calendar includes four regattas in 2021.

–      The closing act of the GC32 Racing Tour 2021, and the competitive career finale for Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, will set sail in Mar Menor, Spain on 3-7 November.

Results, GC32 Racing Tour Act 3 2021/GC32 World Championship, Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy: 

1. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 43 points, 2. Alinghi (SUI) 43 pts, 3. Team Tilt (SUI) 50 pts, 4. Black Star Sailing Team (SUI) 51 pts, 5. Team Rockwool Racing (DEN) 58 pts, 6. Zoulou (FRA) 60 pts, 7. Argo (USA) 90 pts, 8. Swiss Foiling Academy (SUI) 109 points.

Overall GC32 Racing Tour standings after three of four acts: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 4 points, 2. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 7 pts, 3. Black Star Sailing Team (SUI) 9 pts, 4. Team Rockwool Racing (DEN) 12 pts. 5. Zoulou (FRA) 13 pts, 6. Swiss Foiling Academy (SUI) 18 points

About Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher

Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher are Austria’s most successful summer sport athletes, having won two Olympic gold medals (Sydney, Athens) and numerous world championships, including the GC32 World Championship in 2021. They are the only Austrians to have competed on the America’s Cup World Series. Determined to see sailing progress to the next level, they groom the next generation of sailors by leading the Red Bull Sailing Team in the GC32 Racing Tour and by serving as sports directors for Red Bull Foiling Generation. 

About the GC32 Racing Tour

GC32 course configurations are similar to those used in the America’s Cup, and GC32 boats are capable of reaching speeds of nearly 80 km/h. Venues are chosen with the aim of providing the best chance of optimum conditions to get the catamarans flying on their foils for the maximum amount of time. The 2021 tour consists of four regattas across three venues.

30 June – 4 July:                  Lagos 1, Portugal

28 July – 1 August:              Lagos 2, Portugal

15–19 September:              Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy (World Championship)

3–7 November:                   Mar Menor, Spain 

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Hagara returns to Red Bull Sailing helm for World Championship event of GC32 Racing Tour

wrote on 2021-09-15

Two-time Olympic Champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher kick off second half of their farewell season with dual challenge in Italy read more

Two-time Olympic Champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher kick off second half of their farewell season with dual challenge in Italy

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Halfway through the GC32 Racing Tour season, Red Bull Sailing is in the thick of the title battle at third overall. And this week’s regatta at Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy could be a double delight, crowning the GC32 World Champion as well as providing a chance to boost Austria’s tour position. But Switzerland’s Alinghi has been untouchable so far, and at least nine teams will be clashing for the World Championship. Fortunately, after previous substitutions the Austrian team is back to its original lineup, including legend Roman Hagara at the helm.

Villasimius, Sardinia (ITALY) – The final competitive season for Red Bull Sailing’s iconic leaders Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher has been thrilling, but it’s only heating up. After coming back from a capsize for second place in Act 1, and tying in the points for third with a largely substitute crew in Act 2, the business end of the season begins in Villasimius. After missing the previous stop to coach the Team Austria in Tokyo, Hagara can’t wait to get back on the helm.

The five-man Red Bull Sailing crew in Italy will consist of the Austrians Hagara (skipper/helm) and Steinacher (tactician), Sweden’s Julius Hallström (bowman), and Australia’s Mark Spearman (board trimmer) and Rhys Mara (trimmer). Together the experienced team captured third place overall in the previous season of the GC32 Racing Tour. 

“It was inspiring to be with Team Austria in Tokyo – it brought back those feelings from when Hans Peter and I won gold in 2000 and 2004,” says Hagara. “So now I’m really looking forward to being back on our GC32 in Sardinia. Our Red Bull Sailing teamwork just keeps getting better, and we’re fired up to take on the rest of the season together.”
Since the conclusion of Act 2, the GC32 Racing Tour 2021 overall standings have been announced for the first time. Two Swiss teams, Alinghi and Black Star Sailing, hold the top two spots, with Red Bull Sailing in third but tied in the points with Black Star. While looking to move up, the Austrian team also has to watch their back, as Zoulou (FRA) and Rockwool Racing (DEN) are right behind them.

With the regatta also serving as the GC32 World Championship – the only World Championship permitted for “boat-sized” foiling catamarans – the field will see a minimum of nine teams in action, and top contenders like Red Bull Sailing will be aiming to upset a Swiss dynasty. Defending World Champs Alinghi grabbed the global title in 2019, while another Swiss boat, Team Tilt, are back in the fray for the first time this season in their own effort to regain the crown they won in 2018.  

Steinacher says, “Villasimius has it all, with beaches and mountains and spectacular views. And most important for us: the conditions are usually excellent for flying on foils. Adding the World Championship makes this one of the high points of the season, so I think it’s going to be a great challenge for the teams and a really fun time for the fans.

Act 3 of the GC32 Racing Tour runs from Wednesday through Sunday, 15-19 September 2021.

Follow Red Bull Sailing all season long: #redbullsailingteam

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Information, videos, images: www.redbullsailingnewsroom.com


About Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher
Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher are Austria’s most successful summer sport athletes, having won two Olympic gold medals (Sydney, Athens) and numerous world championships. They are the only Austrians to have competed on the America’s Cup World Series. Determined to see sailing progress to the next level, they groom the next generation of sailors by leading the Red Bull Sailing Team in the GC32 Racing Tour and by serving as sports directors for Red Bull Foiling Generation. 


About the GC32 Racing Tour
GC32 Racing Tour course configurations are similar to those used in the America’s Cup, and GC32 boats are capable of reaching speeds of nearly 80 km/h. Venues are chosen with the aim of providing the best chance of optimum conditions to get the catamarans flying on their foils for the maximum amount of time. The 2021 tour consists of four regattas across three venues.

30 June – 4 July: Lagos 1, Portugal
28 July – 1 August: Lagos 2, Portugal
15–19 September: Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy (World Championship)
3–7 November: Mar Menor, Spain 

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Red Bull Sailing tie in the points for third at Act 2

wrote on 2021-08-01

Nathan Outteridge takes helm for absent Roman Hagara, partners with tactician Hans Peter Steinacher to lead Austrian team in windblown racing read more

As the GC32 Racing Tour returned to Lagos, Portugal for the second consecutive act, winds that had pushed Austria’s Red Bull Sailing into a capsize at the season opener once again drove the catamarans to the limit in a racecourse packed with top teams. Alinghi (SUI) finished first, Black Star Sailing (SUI) was second, and Zoulou (FRA) and Red Bull Sailing were tied in the points for third, with the last step of the podium awarded to the French. Here’s what you need to know. 

Lagos (PORTUGAL)

–      Racing in Lagos for the second time in less than a month, the Red Bull Sailing Team was looking to build on their brave second-place finish at the season opener of the GC32 Racing Tour, which had confirmed them as early rivals to the defending champions, two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi. With Red Bull Sailing’s iconic skipper, Roman Hagara, serving as high performance coach for Austria’s sailors in Tokyo, Australia’s Nathan Outteridge stepped in to take the helm for Lagos 2, quickly developing a rapport with Hagara’s longtime sailing partner and co-leader of Red Bull Sailing, tactician Hans Peter Steinacher. 

–      In Lagos 2, wind gusts were a fierce additional opponent. The penultimate day of racing, Saturday, was unprecedented in the GC32 Racing Tour, with winds of more than 20 kts gusting to over 25 kts. All six boats reached speeds of more than 37 kts in the close quarters of the racecourse, and Red Bull Sailing clocked 37.7 kts, equivalent to 69.8 km/h. 

–      Red Bull Sailing was in the mix for the podium throughout the regatta, missing out by the narrowest of margins as they tied in the points with Zoulou and a countback of race wins officially gave third place to the French. Now, after two events, Alinghi have the momentum with two wins, but four other teams have claimed regatta podiums, and there’s everything to play for.  

–      Outteridge, a world champion whose experience includes helmsman in the America’s Cup, had only a few days’ training with the Austrian team in Lagos. He commented: “Lagos is great sailing conditions, perfect for these boats, perfect for foiling. Good top speeds, good racing. Overall we had a good week, but the result wasn’t where we wanted to finish. I think a bit more time in the boat might helped, for me personally.”

–      In addition to Outteridge, the Red Bull Sailing crew included two other new faces with America’s Cup experience: Iain Jensen (AUS), who won Olympic gold and silver with Outteridge, and Neil Hunter (GBR), a Red Bull Youth America’s Cup winner. Steinacher and Mark Spearman (AUS), were the only members from the Austrian team’s third place overall finish in the 2019 tour. 

–      Steinacher, who captured two Olympic championships with Hagara in the Tornado class, commented: “It was a boat with three new people on board out of five, and while we gave it everything we had and were able to sail on a high level, that’s not enough to race against Alinghi and boats with years and years in the same setup. But at Worlds in September we’ll come back with our original team.”

–      Hagara and Steinacher have announced that 2021 is their last competitive season, making anticipation especially high for Hagara’s return to the Red Bull Sailing helm at Act 3 of the GC32 Racing Tour, the GC32 World Championship in Villasimius, Italy, on 15-19 September.

–      The GC32 is a 10m long (12m including bowsprit) foiling catamaran, and the tour’s course configurations put an emphasis on allowing the boats to reach maximum speeds. The GC32 Racing Tour calendar includes four regattas in 2021, and competition will only get tighter as anticipated easing of global travel restrictions enables boats from outside Europe to re-join the current roster of six world-leading teams. 
 

Results, GC32 Racing Tour 2021 Act 2, Lagos, Portugal: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 30 points, 2. Black Star Sailing Team (SUI) 32 pts, 3. Zoulou (FRA) 46 pts, 4. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT)  46 pts, 5. Team Rockwool Racing (DEN) 48 pts, 6. Swiss Foiling Academy (SUI) 71 pts.

Overall standings TBD, as teams must enter a minimum of three races to appear on the annual leaderboard.

Follow Red Bull Sailing all season long: #redbullsailingteam

Images for editorial use only. Credit: Sailing Energy / GC32 Racing Tour for Red Bull Content Pool

Information, videos, images: www.redbullsailingnewsroom.com

About Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher

Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher are Austria’s most successful summer sport athletes, having won two Olympic gold medals (Sydney, Athens) and numerous world championships. They are the only Austrians to have competed on the America’s Cup World Series. Determined to see sailing progress to the next level, they groom the next generation of sailors by leading the Red Bull Sailing Team in the GC32 Racing Tour and by serving as sports directors for Red Bull Foiling Generation. 

About the GC32 Racing Tour

GC32 course configurations are similar to those used in the America’s Cup, and GC32 boats are capable of reaching speeds of nearly 80 km/h. Venues are chosen with the aim of providing the best chance of optimum conditions to get the catamarans flying on their foils for the maximum amount of time. The 2021 tour consists of four regattas across three venues.

30 June – 4 July:                 Lagos 1, Portugal

28 July – 1 August:              Lagos 2, Portugal

15–19 September:               Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy (World Championship)

3–7 November:                    Mar Menor, Spain 

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Act 2 in Lagos: Red Bull Sailing returns to the site of their capsize

wrote on 2021-07-05

All eyes on Austrian team aiming to improve on Act 1 podium as Outteridge steps in for legendary helmsman Hagara If Red Bull Sailing fans thought that the opener of this year’s GC32 Racing Tour was a thriller, they ain’t seen nothing yet. After coming back from a big capsize to earn second place at Act 1 in Lagos, Portugal, the Austrian team returns for Act 2 in the same exciting location. Only this time, they’ll have to take on the elite field without sailing icon Roman Hagara. Nonetheless, with three Olympic champions on board, including Australia’s Nathan Outteridge taking the helm, they aim to heat up their rivalry with defending tour champions Alinghi (SUI). read more

Lagos (PORTUGAL) – When the GC32 Racing Tour opener concluded in Lagos on 4 July, Red Bull Sailing had proven themselves to be the favorites to challenge two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi for the 2021 title. The Austrian team made a remarkable recovery after a windblown capsize to secure second place behind the Swiss sailors. Now, as the high-speed foiling catamarans prepare to fly in Lagos again this week for Act 2, Red Bull Sailing’s skipper and helmsman Roman Hagara is in Tokyo to coach the new generation on Nacras and 49ers. Enter Nathan Outteridge.

 

“We couldn’t feel luckier to have Nathan stepping in on helm,” says Hans Peter Steinacher, who won two Olympic golds with Hagara and shares in the leadership of Red Bull Sailing as tactician. “Not only is he a world and Olympic champion, as well as an America’s Cup helmsman, but he knows what it takes to compete at the highest level on a GC32.”

 

Having back-to-back races in the same location is a rarity in the GC32 Racing Tour, and the extra opportunity for training has proven especially valuable for Red Bull Sailing, as Outteridge isn’t the only new face on the team. Joining him and Steinacher – as well as Mark Spearman (AUS), who helped take the Austrian boat to third place overall in the previous season of the GC32 Racing Tour – will be Iain Jensen (AUS), who won Olympic gold and silver with Outteridge, and Great Britain’s Neil Hunter, a Red Bull Youth America’s Cup winner. Both have substantial America’s Cup experience.

Steinacher explains, “The boat was thoroughly checked over after the capsize, and now we’ve got it back, fine-tuned and ready to race. We arrived here early for training sessions, and already we can feel things starting to gel. We’re fully motivated, and the goal for this act is to put ourselves in as strong a position as possible for Roman’s return at the third regatta in Italy.”

 

In addition to Red Bull Sailing and Alinghi, the 2021 lineup for the GC32 Racing Tour includes established contenders such as France’s Zoulou, as well as newcomers like Denmark’s Team Rockwool Racing, who captured third at the season opener. Because the 2021 roster is anticipated to be flexible as relaxation of travel rules allows more opponents to join, organizers determined that teams must enter at least three regattas to appear on the annual leaderboard. 

Adding to the anticipation: Hagara and Steinacher have announced that 2021 will be the final season of their storied competitive career, and the entire team are giving their all to make it memorable. Act 2 of the GC32 Racing Tour opens on Wednesday, 28 July, and continues through Sunday, 1 August.

Follow Red Bull Sailing all season long: #redbullsailingteam

Images for editorial use only.
Credit: Sailing Energy / GC32 Racing Tour for Red Bull Content Pool
Information, videos, images: www.redbullsailingnewsroom.com

About Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher

Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher are Austria’s most successful summer sport athletes, having won two Olympic gold medals (Sydney, Athens) and numerous world championships. They are the only Austrians to have competed on the America’s Cup World Series. Determined to see sailing progress to the next level, they groom the next generation of sailors by leading the Red Bull Sailing Team in the GC32 Racing Tour and by serving as sports directors for Red Bull Foiling Generation. 

About the GC32 Racing Tour

GC32 Racing Tour course configurations are similar to those used in the America’s Cup, and GC32 boats are capable of reaching speeds of nearly 80 km/h. Venues are chosen with the aim of providing the best chance of optimum conditions to get the catamarans flying on their foils for the maximum amount of time. The 2021 tour consists of four regattas across three venues.

30 June – 4 July:                  Lagos 1, Portugal

28 July – 1 August:              Lagos 2, Portugal

15–19 September:              Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy (World Championship)

3–7 November:                   Mar Menor, Spain

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Drama in Lagos: Red Bull Sailing Capsize at Racing Tour opener

wrote on 2021-07-05

Double Olympic Champions Hagara and Steinacher kick off their final competitive season with thrilling second place result as Yanmar joins Red Bull Sailing as official marine partner read more

After over 18 months away from the start box, the elite sailing teams of the GC32 Racing Tour were back in action on 30 June-4 July, the first of two consecutive stops in Lagos, Portugal. Led by sailing legends Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher – both in their final competitive season – Austria’s Red Bull Sailing came back from a pitchpole capsize to finish second among rivals including two-time America’s Cup winner and defending tour champion Alinghi (SUI) and longtime adversary Zoulou (FRA). Regatta podium: Alinghi in first, Red Bull Sailing in second and formidable Danish SailGP newcomers Rockwool Racing in third. Here’s everything you need to know.

Lagos (PORTUGAL)

    • With shifty winds that push the ultra-fast GC32s to their limits, Lagos is a favorite challenge on the GC32 Racing Tour, and fans got an eyeful as six boats sailed head-to-head across 18 races. In the midst of Race 16, Red Bull Sailing was caught by a gust, launching their GC32 into a spectacular nose dive before it rolled onto its side. Dangling 6 meters in the air, some crew members had to work their way down the rigging to reach the water, but all were safely recovered, and when righted the boat was found to have no major damage.

    • The drama unfolded in the midst of a fierce battle for podium position. Alinghi had built a significant lead going into the final day, but only four points separated second-place Red Bull Sailing from Team Rockwool Racing, with Black Star (SUI) and Zoulou (FRA) in the podium hunt as well. After capsizing, Red Bull Sailing leapt back into the fray without a break, taking third and then second in the final two races to confirm their runner-up position for the regatta.

    • Hans Peter Steinacher said: “This was a tough and tricky opening to the season. There were extremely strong gusts where we capsized, and since we are all going to the limit, this kind of thing is going to happen. This time it was us, and another time it will be somebody else. We may have a few bruises in the morning, but we are happy that the crew is ok, that the boat has no major damage and that we made it onto the podium in second place to start our 2021 campaign in the GC32 Racing Tour. Many thanks to Alinghi, whose chase boat quickly helped to pick us up when we were in the water.”

    • Red Bull Sailing flew into the season with the same five-sailor team that had taken Austria to third place on the championship podium in the previous 2019 season: The Austrian icons Hagara (skipper/helm) and Steinacher (tactician), Australia’s Rhys Mara (trimmer), fellow Aussie Mark Spaermann (board trimmer) and Sweden’s Julius Hallström (bowman). Despite limited practice time on the water, the team’s experience – and all-out determination to make Hagara and Steinacher’s last season one to remember – was evident.

    • Roman Hagara said: “In Sunday’s last race, where we managed to save second place overall, the conditions felt a lot like the earlier race when we capsized. Everyone was pushing the boundaries in winds that made you feel like you were just a passenger on the boat, so we were glad that we made it back to shore in one piece. And now we can afford to take only the shortest bit of relaxation before we come back here to train and fight for victory in Act 2.”

    • The season kickoff also marked the start of a new partnership between Red Bull Sailing and global powerhouse Yanmar.

    • “We are proud to have Yanmar join us on board as the Official Marine Partner of Red Bull Sailing with this first stop of the GC32 Racing Tour 2021 in Lagos,” said Hagara. “This has been the perfect opportunity to get our relationship off to a great start.”

    • Steinacher added, “Yanmar was the Official Marine Partner for the 36th America’s Cup and is a major force in the marine world overall. We share their passion for sailing, we value their expertise.”

    • The GC32 Racing Tour calendar includes four regattas in 2021, with venues including the World Championship in Villasimius, Italy, and November’s Grand Finale in Mar Menor, Spain. The championship field of world-leading teams is set to get even more intense as anticipated easing of global travel restrictions enables boats from outside Europe to return to the roster. Meanwhile, because Act 2 is also scheduled for Lagos, the Act 1 teams will now enjoy a rare chance to stay in place to focus on training and improvements.

    • The GC32 is a 10m long (12m including bowsprit) foiling catamaran built in carbon fiber, and the tour’s course configurations are similar to those used in the America’s Cup, with an emphasis on allowing the boats to reach their maximum speeds.

Next, Red Bull Sailing will fly on the Portuguese coast again as the GC32 Racing Tour returns to Lagos for Act 2 on 28 July-1 August 2021.

Results, GC32 Racing Tour 2021 Act 1, Lagos, Portugal: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 33 points, 2. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 58 pts, 3. Team Rockwool Racing (DEN) 61 points, 4. Black Star Sailing Team (SUI) 62 pts, 5. Zoulou (FRA) 74 pts, 6. Swiss Foiling Academy (SUI) 91 pts.

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Contact: Mario Schoby / +436646385997 / mario.schoby@redbullextremesailing.com

About Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher
Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher are Austria’s most successful summer sport athletes, having won two Olympic gold medals (Sydney, Athens) and numerous world championships. They are the only Austrians to have competed on the America’s Cup World Series. Determined to see sailing progress to the next level, they groom the next generation of sailors by leading the Red Bull Sailing Team in the GC32 Racing Tour and by serving as sports directors for Red Bull Foiling Generation.

About Yanmar
With beginnings in Osaka, Japan, in 1912, Yanmar was the first to succeed in making a compact diesel engine of a practical size in 1933. With industrial diesel engines as the cornerstone of its enterprise, Yanmar has continued to expand its product range, services, and expertise to deliver total solutions as an industrial equipment manufacturer. As a provider of small and large engines, agricultural machinery and facilities, construction equipment, energy systems, marine equipment, machine tools, and components, Yanmar’s global business operations span seven domains. On land, at sea, and in the city, Yanmar’s mission of “providing sustainable solutions focused on the challenges customers face, in food production and harnessing power, thereby enriching people’s lives for all our tomorrows” is a testament to Yanmar’s determination to provide us with “A Sustainable Future.”

About the GC32 Racing Tour
GC32 course configurations are similar to those used in the America’s Cup. Venues are chosen with the aim of providing the best chance of optimum conditions to get the catamarans flying on their foils for the maximum amount of time. The 2021 tour consists of four regattas across three venues.
30 June – 4 July:    Lagos 1, Portugal
28 July – 1 August:    Lagos 2, Portugal
15–19 September:    Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy (World Championship)
3–7 November:    Mar Menor, Spain

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Red Bull Sailing announces GC32 Racing Tour campaign for 2021

wrote on 2021-06-17

Final season of competition for double Olympic Champions Hagara and Steinacher is even more highly anticipated after 2020 inaction. Red Bull Sailing’s second season in the GC32 Racing Tour will be unmissable. After taking third overall in their 2019 debut, the team had to wait out 2020. Now the Austrian boat is back, fresh off training with a seasoned crew and renewed determination. The watersport legends who lead Red Bull Sailing – Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher – have announced that this will be their last season of racing. They’ll attack for the championship every step of the way; but to make it, they must overcome the reigning titleholders, two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi. read more

Salzburg (AUSTRIA) – The GC32 Racing Tour is a battlefield for the best sailors on the planet, all sailing a formidable foiling catamaran that reaches speeds of nearly 80 km/h. Hagara (skipper, helm) and Steinacher (tactician) quickly proved that they were up to the fight when they led Red Bull Sailing to its standout debut season in 2019. Afterwards,  the Austrian duo with two Olympic golds and almost countless world, European and national honors revealed that 2020 would be their last competitive campaign, only to see the calendar cancelled. Now that racing is firing up, they’ll try to cap off their careers by taking the title from a field of top international teams that include their fierce Swiss rival Alinghi, as well Zoulou, the French team that finished third overall in 2018.

“The reason we’re still racing is because we love to compete, we love to win. We’ve raced together for a long time, and that’s how we want to finish it out,” explains Steinacher, who says the team will be taking a race-by-race, regatta-by-regatta approach to success.

One of the factors that will make Red Bull Sailing a favorite in the GC32 Racing Tour this year is that Hagara and Steinacher will have their complete Red Bull Sailing crew from 2019 back on board. Australia’s Rhys Mara (trimmer), fellow Aussie Mark Spaermann (board trimmer) and Sweden’s Julius Hallström (bowman) are powerful young sailors, and the five-man team possess a full season of experience together in vying against the best in the world.

“By the end of 2019 the crew was working really well together. We showed our potential with some nice race wins, and we’d gotten closer to Alinghi,” Hagara points out. “This year we’re looking to win at least one event, and then the big goal would be to win the overall season. I think everybody has quite a hunger to get going!”

Hagara and Steinacher did manage to put the Red Bull Sailing GC32 on the water for three weeks at Europe’s Lake Constance last summer, but a training camp just completed at Lake Garda, Italy was their first opportunity in a year and a half to bring the entire team together.

Steinacher says, “With a very limited amount of time on the water before racing begins, it really helps that we are used to working together previously. Everyone knew his role coming into the training, and I think after a few days we found our rhythm and got pretty close to the level where we left off in 2019.”

The GC32 Racing Tour takes off on 30 June, with four regattas in three breathtaking locations, all known for conditions that allow the boats to get up on their foils and fly. Lagos, Portugal will host two summer regattas, offering the teams valuable practice time in-between. Then in September it’s the GC32 World Championship in Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy. Finally, in November the GC32 Season Finale 2021 will be held off the Spanish coast at Mar Menor.

While Hagara and Steinacher won’t be competing after this season, they will continue to sail hard and lead progression. Hagara says, “We’re looking at projects in some very special locations with beautiful backdrops. Fans will still see us sailing, and maybe they will even have a chance to come and sail with us!”

Steinacher concludes, “Sailing is our life. And right now, the most important thing is that we are together again with the team. A strong team can do a lot, and that’s exactly what we will be this year: a strong team, strong together. That’s how we like to sail.”

Follow Red Bull Sailing all season long: #redbullsailingteam

About Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher
Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher are Austria’s most successful summer sport athletes, having won two Olympic gold medals (Sydney, Athens) and numerous world championships. They are the only Austrians to have competed on the America’s Cup World Series. Determined to see sailing progress to the next level, they groom the next generation of sailors by leading the Red Bull Sailing Team in the GC32 Racing Tour and by serving as sports directors for Red Bull Foiling Generation.


About the GC32 Racing Tour
GC32 course configurations are similar to those used in the America’s Cup. Venues are chosen with the aim of providing the best chance of optimum conditions to get the catamarans flying on their foils for the maximum amount of time. The 2021 tour consists of four regattas across three venues.

30 June – 4 July:                  Lagos 1, Portugal
28 July – 1 August:              Lagos 2, Portugal
15–19 September:              Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy (World Championship)
3–7 November:                   Mar Menor, Spain

 

Moving images, still images, additional content: Red Bull Content Pool

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Red Bull Sailing – Endurance test for GC32 catamaran on Lake Constance

wrote on 2020-09-08

The Austrian double Olympic champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher are currently completing a training camp at the border triangle known as the Three-Country Corner. Between Konstanz (GER), Romanshorn (SUI) and Bregenz (AUT), the five-person Red Bull Sailing Team is testing new foils on Lake Constance, maneuvering a racing boat that’s capable of achieving 40 knots. read more

BREGENZ (AUT) / KONSTANZ (GER) / ROMANSHORN (SUI) – When wind speeds are right, the GC32 – a catamaran equipped with V-foils and T-rudders – lifts the hulls up to 1.5 meters out of the water and literally flies. “Lake Constance offers the perfect conditions for a foil test. Hardly any waves, providing flat water and long distances. It’s an excellent location for us to test the new foils together with the technicians,” explains helmsman Roman Hagara, who is already completely focused on the 2021 season.

 

In perfect conditions, Red Bull Sailing took the boat to speeds of up to 32 knots. “Actually, we're not interested in speed here. Of course we can sail faster by the sea if the wind conditions are ideal. However, Lake Constance is perfect for the foil test. When evaluating the data, we pay particular attention to the efficiency of the foils. Especially when it comes to stability, because there’s up to 6 tons of load coming into play in some maneuvers. And a centrifugal force load of up to 4 for the crew,” explains tactician Hans Peter Steinacher.

 

As part of the data analysis, it became clear that Hagara, Steinacher and their crew managed to sail in three countries in three minutes. Steinacher smiles: “We were surprised ourselves to find that we were able to sail between Germany, Switzerland and Austria with three maneuvers. The GC32 catamaran has no brakes, and you can't always keep to the speed limits.”

 

The GC32 catamaran will be transported from Lake Constance to the team shipyard in Thalgau (Salzburg / AUT) for storage there until the start of the season next year. The GC32 Racing Tour 2021, with teams from up to 10 nations, starts in the spring on Lake Garda (ITA).

 

“This year, 2020, is our 24th season together in competitive sport, and we actually said it should be the last,” Hagara notes. “But we definitely want to end our career with an overall victory on the GC32 Racing Tour.”

 

“Because the tour, like many other sporting events, cannot take place this season, we have simply extended our timeline by a year,” adds Steinacher, looking forward to the challenges ahead.

 

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Photos for editorial use only. Credit: Dean Treml for Red Bull Content Pool

 

Information, videos, pictures: www.redbullcontentpool.com

Contact: Mario Schoby / +436646385997 / mario.schoby@redbullextremesailing.com

 

About Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher

Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher are Austria's most successful summer athletes. They have won two Olympic gold medals (Sydney, Athens) and numerous world championship titles, and they are the only Austrians to have participated in the America’s Cup World Series. As heads of the Red Bull Sailing Team in the GC32 Racing Tour and as sporting directors of Red Bull Foiling Generation, they lead the next generation of sailors with the aim of taking sailing to an even higher level.

 

About the GC32 Racing Tour

GC32 Racing Tour course configurations are similar to those used in the America’s Cup, and venues are chosen with the aim of providing the best chance of optimum conditions to get the catamarans flying on their foils.

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Double Olympic Champions Hagara and Steinacher bring Mitsubishi Motors on board as new partner

wrote on 2020-08-11

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The leaders of the Red Bull Sailing Team, Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, are currently training at home in order to prepare for upcoming competition in the GC32 Racing Tour. As the “Official Team Supplier,” Mitsubishi Motors Austria is equipping the Red Bull Sailing Team with brand-new L200 pickup trucks. Steinacher recently took possession of the new vehicle fleet from Mitsubishi Motors Austria.

Hans-Peter Steinacher: “We will train on several Austrian lakes this year, so this partnership is an especially valuable addition to the team. Mitsubishi's L200 pickups are incredibly cool, and they’re powerful towing vehicles. The generous loading area also offers enough space to transport our equipment.”

Andreas Kostelecky, MBA, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors Austria: “We are delighted about this partnership with the Red Bull Sailing Team, because at Mitsubishi Motors we believe in athletes with great ambitions. Together with Red Bull Sailing we want to celebrate an overall victory on the GC32 Racing Tour next year!”

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