Hagara and Steinacher have claimed back-to-back Olympic Gold in 2000 and 2004, as well as numerous world and European Championships and overall podiums in the Extreme Sailing Series. They are also the only Austrians to have competed in the America’s Cup World Series – but even for them, racing against a record-sized fleet of foiling catamarans on Italy’s largest lake is something special.
“We have been looking forward to this as a highlight of the season,” says Steinacher. “Lake Garda isn’t just beautiful – it is famous for its great breezes. The GC32 is one of the best-designed foiling boats in the world, capable of nearly 40 knots, and the potential to have all these teams racing near top speeds is fantastic.”
The new GC32 World Championship awards regatta points to the participating Extreme Sailing Series teams, and Red Bull Sailing (currently fifth in the seven-stop series after bouncing back from a crash at the season opener) will be looking to boost their points while vying for the world honors. In addition to the Austrian powerhouse, the two-fleet lineup includes the current leaders of the Extreme Sailing Series, two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi of Switzerland, as well as a widely international field of standouts from countries such as New Zealand, the USA, Oman, Mexico, Australia, Denmark, France and Great Britain.
The event will also mark only the second opportunity for Red Bull Sailing to race using the new team setup they introduced this season, with Hagara handing over the helm to Great Britain’s Chris Draper – an Olympic Bronze Medalist who sailed in two America’s Cup campaigns – in order to take on the role of expert coach. While Steinacher continues as tactician, also new to Red Bull Sailing this year are Scotsman Neil Hunter, the USA‘s Dan Morris, Australia’s Rhys Mara and Great Britain’s Ed Powys.
“Our team is new, but they are working together very well. I have a lot of confidence in Chris, who has won the Extreme Sailing Series in addition to his other achievements, and there’s a lot of strength and power in our young sailors,” Hagara stated. “We are ready to challenge the very best in the world, and this is the place to do it.”
Red Bull Sailing’s campaign on Lake Garda begins with an official training day on 23 May and will accelerate through the final day of racing on Sunday, 27 May 2018.
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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 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 Extreme Sailing Series and by serving as sports directors for Red Bull Foiling Generation and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.
About the Extreme Sailing Series 2018
In seven events spanning three continents, the Extreme Sailing Series brings the action right to the public, with stadium sailing on foiling catamarans in the heart of vibrant global cities. Schedule 2018:
14-17 March: Muscat, Oman
24-27 May: GC32 World Championship, Lake Garda, Italy
14-17 June: Barcelona, Spain
5-8 July: Cascais, Portugal
24-27 August: Cardiff, UK
18-21 October: San Diego, USA
29 November-2 December: Los Cabos, Mexico