Resume training with showdown on Austrian lake

wrote on 2020-05-13

Hagara / Steinacher reveal the latest updates on Red Bull Sailing Team season The action was exhilarating as Austria’s most successful summer sport athletes, Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, flew across Lake Zell on Flying Phantom catamarans. In their initial training of the delayed season, the longtime sailing partners faced off – racing against each otherfor the first time since 1995. As leaders of the Red Bull Sailing Team, Hagara and Steinacher are training at home to lay the groundwork for upcoming battles in the GC32 Racing Tour and more. read more

Zell am See (AUSTRIA) – “It feels so good to be training on the water again!” said an elated Hagara, the skipper and helmsman for Red Bull Sailing. Usually at this point in the season, Red Bull Sailing would have already opened the GC32 Racing Tour, where last year they took third in their debut campaign. But with a different global situation in 2020, the opening stop in Oman was cancelled and their cutting-edge GC32 is now on its way back to Europe. So instead of their 32-footer, they’re training on “half-size” versions: two 18-foot Flying Phantoms that have them flying past each other on foils at Steinacher´s hometown of Zell am See.

“We competed against each other on the Tornado in 1995, but ever since then we’ve been working together against others in Olympic classes and on the global big boat scene. So going head-to-head is a fun way to train,” said Hagara, who won his Olympic Golds with Steinacher in 2000 and 2004. “But it’s serious, too. There’s a lot to get ready for.”

The pair will continue training on the Flying Phantoms until the GC32 – which can reach speeds up to 75 km per hour – has arrived and is ready for training. Then, Hagara and Steinacher will decide where in Austria to set up a training camp for the entire five-person team. With opponents like two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi, they need to be ready for any announcements of a resumption of the GC32 Racing Tour in 2020. And even if the series should get postponed until 2021, one or two races may even take place in 2020. 

“Depending on how things go, we might also setup training camps on different lakes, to showcase the GC32 to people all over the country. So any way you look at it, training at home is very important to us right now,” commented Steinacher, who is the tactician for Red Bull Sailing. 

Hagara and Steinacher revise their competitive retirement plans
Sailing fans who have been worrying about being able to see Hagara and Steinacher in their last competitive season can breathe a sigh of relief:  “Yes, this is our 24th competitive season together, and we had decided that it would be the last, but we’ve revised that plan,” Hagara shared. “We want to end our career with the full series victory in the GC32 Racing Tour. Since the tour, like every sporting event, is affected this year, we’re already planning to stay on the boat through 2021, and we’re preparing right now.”

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 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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Red Bull Sailing announces GC32 Racing Tour campaign for 2020

wrote on 2020-03-09

Red Bull Sailing’s second season in the GC32 Racing Tour will be momentous. After taking third place on the championship podium in their debut 2019 campaign, the team from Austria is back with a seasoned crew and a determination to push to the top. To make it, they’ll have to overcome the reigning champions and two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi (SUI), as well as 2019 runners-up Team Oman. But the Austrian sailing stars who lead Red Bull Sailing – two-time Olympic Champions Roman Hagara and tactician Hans Peter Steinacher – have announced that this will be their last season of competition. And they don’t intend to let anything get in their way. read more

Salzburg (AUSTRIA) – The GC32 Racing Tour is a battlefield for the best sailors on the planet, with a formidable weapon in the blazingly fast GC32 foiling catamaran. But 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. Now, the Austrian duo with two Olympic golds and almost countless world, European and national titles are hungry to cap off their racing careers by taking the championship from a field of standouts that includes their fierce rivals from Switzerland and Oman.

“These GC32s are already a big challenge to sail, and when the wind is right we are reaching speeds of up to 70 or 80 kilometers per hour. On water, that’s an insanely high speed,” Hagara says. “When you have teams of this level all sailing together at that velocity, it’s super exciting, and the crowds get an eyeful.”

One of the factors that make Red Bull Sailing a favorite in the GC32 Racing Tour for 2020 is that Hagara and Steinacher 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 who now possess a full season of experience in building teamwork and vying against the best in the world.

“We are at a point where everyone knows what the others are doing, and that instinctive understanding is the big advantage,” Steinacher declares.

The 2020 GC32 Racing Tour season will hold regattas in five breathtaking locations known for conditions that allow the boats to get up on their foils and fly. The campaign opens right where it left off: Muscat, Oman, where at the 2019 finale Red Bull Sailing claimed its third consecutive podium to clinch a place in the top three overall. Then it’s breezy Riva del Garda, Italy, followed by Lagos, Portugal and the GC32 World Championship in Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy. Finally, the battle will come to a climax at the GC32 Season Finale 2020, to be held at a new venue to be announced.

While Hagara and Steinacher won’t be racing after this season, they will still be sailing hard and leading progression. Hinting of exciting action ahead, Steinacher says, “We have some super projects in mind, and our plan is to continue sailing the GC32 all over the world. We intend to take it to some amazing spots and show what it’s capable of.”

Hagara adds, “The foils on this GC32 allow us to reach new speeds, and we want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to share this experience with us. We will definitely stick to sailing, because it’s the sport we love. But for now, we’ve got a championship to fight for, and we’re all in. It’s going to be a great season and we can’t wait to get started.”

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 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 venues are chosen with the aim of providing the best chance of optimum conditions to get the catamarans flying on their foils. The 2020 tour visits five venues:

25-29 March:          Muscat, Oman
27-31 May:             Riva del Garda, Italy
24-28 June:            Lagos, Portugal
16-20 September:  Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy (World Championship)
21-25 October:       New venue (TBA) 

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CC Real partners with Red Bull Sailing for GC32 Racing Tour 2020

wrote on 2020-02-26

Austria’s renowned Red Bull Sailing Team has announced that investment and real estate powerhouse CC Real is coming on board as the official team partner for the 2020 season. The partnership between the dynamic international company and the equally performance-driven sailing team – led by two-time Olympic Champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher – creates a synergy that will raise the global profile of both entities. The ultimate goal: to produce Red Bull Sailing’s first GC32 Racing Tour championship. read more

Vienna (AUSTRIA) – A global championship on cutting-edge foiling catamarans, the GC32 Racing Tour attracts the best in sailing and thrills audiences worldwide. With the legendary Hagara as skipper and helmsman, Red Bull Sailing joined the Tour in 2019 and quickly rose through the ranks, going head to head with America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race winners and earning third place honors on the championship podium. Now one of the favorites for 2020, the team sees the support of CC Real as an important component of their campaign to bring the GC32 title to Austria. 

“In high-level sports, as in business, achieving your goals is possible only if you have the right collaborators, and CC Real is strong and experienced,” says Hagara, who won Gold at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics together with Steinacher. “CC Real shares our passion for excellence and our mindset of always looking to get even better, and they are the perfect partners to help us get the job done this season.” 

Established in 2006 with headquarters in Vienna’s landmark Millennium Tower and more than 150 employees across multiple countries, CC Real is an investor in and operator of commercial real estate, with over €2.2 billion in assets in a dynamic and continually expanding portfolio. CC Real offers a full-service package of comprehensive Direct INVESTMENT (Transaction-, Fund- and Portfolio- Management, including their own AIFM Services) and REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT (Asset-, Center-/Property-, Facility-, Construction- Management, Leasing) Services. Additionally, the company has proven experience and results in co-investment in European assets with international institutional investors such as Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investors as well as family offices.

Fabian Kaufmann, CEO CC Real says, the Company USP is to create an up-side potential in real estate and outperform the business plan. CC Real is confident that teaming up with Red Bull Sailing will result in a successful partnership for both sides.

Steinacher, the acclaimed tactician for Red Bull Sailing, states, “This partnership is a fantastic way to start the new year. As CC Real joins our valued existing collaborators in this prominent role of official team partner, we will be doing our utmost to frame their participation with the high profile it deserves on the global stage, delivering the best guest experiences on site and optimal visibility of the brand on our boat.”

In 2020, the GC32 Racing Tour will encompass regattas across multiple continents. The action kicks off this March with Act 1 in Muscat, Oman, the site of the 2019 season finale where Red Bull Sailing battled to the top three in the regatta and clinched their position on the championship podium. For all the news and updates, follow #redbullsailingteam.

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Contact: Mario Schoby / mario.schoby@redbullextremesailing.com / +43664638597

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 Featuring world-leading sailing teams in head-to-head action, the GC32 class sets sail into 2020 with a five-race calendar, beginning in Muscat, Oman in late March. 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.  

About CC Real For more on CC Real: cc-real.com

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Red Bull Sailing clinches championship podium in GC32 Racing Tour

wrote on 2019-11-09

Big success as two-time Olympic Champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher lead Austrian team to third overall in their first season on the tour read more

Led by Austrian sailing legends Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, Red Bull Sailing capped off a remarkable debut season in the GC32 Racing Tour with third place in the race and on the overall podium at the finale in Muscat, Oman. The result was one of the biggest achievements for Hagara and Steinacher since they won back-to-back Olympic Gold Medals in 2000 and 2004, as well as the best overall ranking for Red Bull Sailing since they began racing their GC32, the next generation of foiling technology, in 2016. Switzerland’s Alinghi clinched the 2019 championship, edging out their fierce rival and home favorite, Oman Air.

Muscat (OMAN)

– The fifth and final act of the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour in Muscat was a heart-stopper. Not only was it the first GC32 Racing Tour finale ever held outside Europe, but after an intense season, four teams were still slugging it out for positions on the championship podium. Alinghi (SUI) and Oman Air (OMA) were locked in a virtual tie for first, while Zoulou (FRA) was on the hunt to make up the four slim points that separated them from the third place position held by Red Bull Sailing (AUT). After three days of racing, the entire podium would be decided on the final day.

– Hagara and Steinacher were familiar with the conditions in Muscat, haven taken Red Bull Sailing to podium positions at Oman’s capital in the Extreme Sailing Series. The Austrian team, which also includes Julius Hallström (SWE), Mark Spaermann (AUS) and Rhys Mara (AUS), had made rapid progress in their first season on the GC32 Racing Tour, and training in close collaboration with two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi in Muscat only added to their confidence. But challenging conditions foreshadowed a difficult conclusion for all the teams.

– The shocks started as soon as the final day got underway, as Oman Air crashed into Zoulou with force in the opening race, missing a race and incurring a penalty while Zoulou retired. Hagara and Steinacher made the most of the opportunity, leading Red Bull Sailing to podiums in all three of the day’s races. Oman Air’s desperate fight for a comeback included a win of the final race before conditions halted the action, but Alinghi captured the crown.

– GC32 Racing Tour 2019 Championship Podium: 1. Alinghi (SUI), 2. Oman Air (OMA), 3. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT). Final race results for the GC32 Oman Cup: 1. Alinghi (SUI), 2. Zoulou (FRA), 3. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT). 

– QUOTE ROMAN HAGARA:  “This has been a sensational season, and I am super proud of our team. Despite the pressure of going head-to-head with some of the best teams in the world in challenging conditions, our crew was in great form and we delivered our best teamwork all season. Hans Peter and I have really enjoyed sailing with the young guns on our boat. I think they have learned a lot, and sometimes they have pushed us to our own limits as well. I’m already looking forward to taking it to the next level in 2020.”

– The Red Bull Sailing Team will spread their wings in the GC32 Racing Tour again in 2020. Calendar to be announced soon, with racing across several continents and the first act at a location in the Euro-Arabic region. To stay up to date with Red Bull Sailing all year long, follow #redbullsailingteam

Top five, GC32 Racing Tour 2019 Act 5, Muscat, Oman: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 37 points, 2. Zoulou (FRA)  46.1 pts, 3. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 54 pts, 4. Oman Air (OMA) 60 pts, 5. Black Star Sailing Team (SUI) 68 pts

Final standings GC32 Racing Tour 2019: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 45 points, 2. Oman Air (OMA) 45 pts, 3. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 58 pts, 4. Zoulou (FRA) 68 pts, 5. Argo (USA) 82 pts, 6. Black Star Sailing Team (SUI) 107 pts, 7. Códogo Rojo Racing (ARG) 127 pts

Follow Red Bull Sailing: #redbullsailingteam

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Information, videos, images: www.redbullsailingnewsroom.com

Contact: Mario Schoby / mario.schoby@redbullextremesailing.com / +43664638597

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

The GC32 class sets sail into 2019 with a circuit that’s stronger than ever, thanks to its teams consolidating in the 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. The 2019 tour visited  venues across southern Europe and concluded with a fifth race that outside Europe.

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Red Bull Sailing sensational with second GC32 podium in a row at Lake Garda

wrote on 2019-09-15

Red Bull Sailing tightened its grasp on an overall podium spot in the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour with third place at Riva del Garda, Italy, and set the regatta speed record in the process. In Sunday’s tie-breaker climax to four days of racing, Switzerland’s Alinghi was awarded first place, with Oman Air second. Now only the season’s finale – in Oman – awaits. read more

Riva del Garda (ITALY) - With typically strong winds that come from the north in the mornings and from the south in the afternoons, Lake Garda is a benchmark venue for foiling catamaran competition, and one of skipper Roman Hagara’s favorites. The Riva Cup was also the closest thing to a home race for the Austria-based team, and with their fan club in attendance to cheer them on, Red Bull Sailing came into the fourth act of the 2019 campaign with the momentum of a podium at Palma del Mallorca, Spain that had launched them to third place overall.

The race in the shadow of Riva’s cliffs was the penultimate stop in the five-act series, and with the standings tight, teams were desperate to gain traction. Across the 19-race showdown, two major battles kept the crowds riveted, as Oman Air and two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi slugged it out for the lead at the top of the standings, while Red Bull Sailing fought to hold off a fierce charge from French foes Zoulou in the struggle for third. 

Red Bull Sailing not only held off Zoulou, but delivered moments of sheer brilliance that took the fight right to the leaders. The team started strong with a race win on Day One, and after slipping behind their French rivals on Day Two, powered back on Saturday, then dominated the French team with a win and two second-place finishes on the final day. Even in the last race, when Alinghi took it to the next level to clinch the regatta triumph, Red Bull Sailing kept pace, finishing just 0.12s behind the two-time America’s Cup winners and ahead of the team from Oman. In total, Red Bull Sailing earned a total 12 podiums for the regatta.

When it came to flying on their foils, Hagara and Steinacher made the most Lake Garda’s perfect conditions, clocking the best speed of any team at 38 knots (70 kmh/44 mph).

Long one of the favorites in the Extreme Sailing Series, Red Bull Sailing is new to the GC32 Racing Tour this season, and has quickly gained footing among the likes of America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race contenders in the lineup. In addition to Hagara at the helm and Steinacher as tactician, the team includes Sweden’s Julius Hallström (bowman) and two Australians, Mark Spaermann (board trimmer) and Rhys Mara (trimmer). The young international crew have gelled rapidly with the Austria’s Olympic Tornado-class legends to form a formidable force. 

QUOTE:  “I’m extremely happy, not only with our result, but also because together we are showing strong consistency. Our teamwork and our boat setup are both working extremely well for us. Now, we are highly motivated and fully focused on the big season finale in Muscat in November, and our goal is to finish the season with the regatta victory there.” Roman Hagara, Skipper/Helm, Red Bull Sailing Team

Next on the calendar for Red Bull Sailing: The the final and deciding event of the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour, the GC32 Oman Cup in Muscat on 5-9 November 2019. On open waters in the heart of the city, Hagara’s team will be racing to give Austria its first overall GC32 Racing Tour podium in only their first season on the circuit.

Top five, GC32 Racing Tour 2019 Act 4, Riva del Garda, Italy: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 45 points, 2. Oman Air (OMA) 45 pts, 3. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT)  58 pts, 4. Zoulou (FRA) 68 pts, 5. Argo (USA) 82 pts

Overall GC32 Racing Tour standings after four of five acts: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 6 points, 2. Oman Air (OMA) 7 pts, 3. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 15 pts, 4. Zoulou (FRA) 19 pts, 5. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) 21 pts, 6. Argo (USA) 23 pts, 7. Black Star Sailing Team (SUI) 25 pts

Follow Red Bull Sailing all season long: #redbullsailingteam


Images for editorial use only. Credit: Samo Vidic for Red Bull Content Pool

Information, videos, images: www.redbullsailingnewsroom.com

Contact: Mario Schoby / mario.schoby@redbullextremesailing.com / +43664638597

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

The GC32 class sets sail into 2019 with a circuit that’s stronger than ever, thanks to its teams consolidating in the 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. The 2019 tour visits four venues across southern Europe and concludes with a fifth race that, for the first time, will be outside Europe. Schedule 2019:

22 - 26 May: Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy

26 - 30 June: Lagos, Portugal (World Championship)

31 July - 3 August: Palma de Mallorca, Spain

11 - 15 September: Riva del Garda, Italy

5-9 November: Muscat, Oman

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Hagara and Steinacher lead Red Bull Sailing in high-speed Italian showdown this weekend

wrote on 2019-09-11

On 11-15 September, double Olympic champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, as well as the rest of the Red Bull Sailing Team, will take on Act 4 of the GC32 Racing Tour at Riva del Garda, Italy. The typically excellent winds at Lake Garda make the northern Italian resort one of Hagara’s favorite sailing spots. With his Austria-based team coming off their best result of the season so far, the skipper hopes to build on that momentum while setting a speed record as well. read more

Riva del Garda (ITALY) – The penultimate stop of the five-act GC32 Racing Tour in 2019 is set in one of the world’s best locations for racing ultra-high speed, one-design foiling catamarans like the GC32. Riva del Garda and its sailing club, the Fraglia Vela Riva, have hosted top sailing championships because the area boasts powerful winds: one, called the Pelèr, typically in the morning and northerly, while the Ora in the afternoon is southerly. Those winds combined with flat water have enabled some of the highest GC32 speeds ever recorded – over 40 knots. ??Red Bull Sailing, which in addition to Hagara and Steinacher includes Rhys Mara (trimmer, AUS), Julius Hallström (bowman, SWE) and Mark Spaermann (board trimmer, AUS), comes into Riva del Garda with refreshed confidence. A regatta podium at Palma de Mallorca in August launched them to a potential championship podium position at third overall with only two acts to go. And as advocates of hydrofoiling technology since its early days, Hagara (helm) and Steinacher (tactician) know just how to make the most of the conditions on Lake Garda, where they’ve sailed previously as part of the Extreme Sailing Series. 

“This is a fantastic place to sail. It’s beautiful with mountains all around, and when the conditions are right – which is often – you can get up on the foils and really fly,” comments Steinacher. “It’s the perfect place for the last European stop of the season, and of course it’s close to Austria, so it almost feels like a home race. We really want to do well here.”

The GC32 Racing Tour is packed with elite teams, and currently Oman Air and two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi top the standings with five points each to 12 for Red Bull Sailing. The Austrian team will also have to keep an eye on the team trailing in their wake, the French standout ZOULOU, who are only three points behind in fourth place.

“We would like to aim for the GC32 speed record if we have really good conditions here, but even with perfect weather, we can’t take anything for granted in the races,” Hagara notes. “We want to reinforce our gains and hopefully make more headway, but every other team is going to have the same objective. The sailing will be all out.”?

The boats hit the water for practice on Lake Garda this Wednesday, 11 September, followed by four days of racing from 12-15 September. 

Follow Red Bull Sailing all season long: #redbullsailingteam

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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 the GC32 Racing Tour
The GC32 class sets sail into 2019 with a circuit that’s stronger than ever, thanks to its teams consolidating in the 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. The 2019 tour visits four venues across southern Europe and concludes with a fifth race that, for the first time, will be outside Europe.

Schedule 2019:
22 - 26 May: Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy
26 - 30 June: Lagos, Portugal (World Championship)
31 July - 4 August: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
11 - 15 September: Riva del Garda, Italy
6 - 10 November: Muscat, Oman

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Red Bull Sailing clinch GC32 podium in elite Spanish regatta

wrote on 2019-08-03

Red Bull Sailing pulled off their best result of the GC32 Racing Tour so far with a powerful third-place performance at the prestigious Copa del Rey MAPFRE at Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Oman Air (OMA) claimed first place on the hard-fought podium, with two-time America’s Cup winner Alinghi (SUI) in second. read more

Palma de Mallorca (SPAIN). The Copa del Rey MAPFRE is a multi-class regatta with 130 boats including elite monohull fleets. Among them, the GC32 class, with its swift foiling multihulls and top-tier teams, served up the battle to watch. Across four days of racing, with up to six hours on the water each day in temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius, teams led by Olympic, America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean race standouts fought to maintain their focus and outmaneuver their rivals on the sparkling Mediterranean.  

By delivering a top performance, Red Bull Sailing, who are new to the GC32 Racing Tour in 2019, proved they are back to the form that previously made them leading contenders in the Extreme Sailing Series. They clinched podiums in 12 of the 20 races at Mallorca de Palma for their convincing third place position. Joining the Austrian sporting heroes Roman Hagara (skipper/helm) and Hans Peter Steinacher (tactician) on the Red Bull GC32 were the same sailors who have been alongside them since the beginning of the season, Rhys Mara (trimmer, AUS), Julius Hallström (bowman, SWE) and Mark Spaermann (board trimmer, AUS).

Thousands of fans saluted the top teams in the harbor after the racing concluded. Spain’s King Filipe VI, a sailor himself, awarded Hagara, Steinacher and their crew with their trophy, followed by a reception at Palma’s renowned Ses Voltes cultural space, which is adjacent to the island’s Gothic cathedral and the palace that is the official residence of the king and queen.

From Day One, when Oman Air and Alinghi each won two of five races, the regatta was a back-and-forth battle between the powerhouse contenders, with only Red Bull Sailing showing potential to play the spoiler when the Austrians also triumphed in an opening race. Going into the final day, Oman Air had a three-point lead over its Swiss rival, but the action started with a win by the home Spanish team, M&G Tressis Silicius. Alinghi then won the next two races, but Oman Air collected themselves to take victories in the last two showdowns to claim the regatta win by five points, while Red Bull Sailing earned podiums in three of the day’s five races. 

QUOTE: “We achieved an important goal here,” said Hagara, whose team is now fourth overall. “We’ve known all season that we needed to be more consistent, but that takes time sailing together. Now we’re really starting to gel. The work we’ve been putting in, both on our boat and on our teamwork, is paying off, and we’re only going to continue to make improvements. I’m really looking forward to the next stop at Riva del Garda, which is one of my favorite locations.”

Coming up next for Red Bull Sailing: The penultimate stop of the five-act tour, the GC32 Riva Cup in Riva del Garda, Italy on 11-15 September 2019. With northerly winds typically dominant on Lake Garda in September, skipper Roman Hagara anticipates that the GC32 speed record may be broken.

Top five, GC32 Racing Tour 2019 Act 3, Palma de Mallorca, Spain: 1. Oman Air (OMA) 35 points, 2. Alinghi (SUI) 40 pts, 3. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT)  63 pts, 4. Zoulou (FRA) 75 pts, 5. Black Star Sailing Team (SUI) 102 pts.

Overall GC32 Racing Tour standings after three of five acts: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 5 points, 2. Oman Air (OMA) 6 pts, 3. NORAUTO (FRA) 7 pts, 4. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 14 pts, 5. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) 15 pts, 6. Zoulou (FRA) 17 pts, 7. Código Rojo Racing (ARG) 19 pts, 8. Argo (USA) 22 pts, 9. Black Star Sailing Team (SUI) 24 pts, 10. CHINAone NINGBO (CHN) 27 pts. 

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Information, videos, images: www.redbullcontentpool.com

Contact: Mario Schoby / mario.schoby@redbullextremesailing.com / +43664638597

Schedule 2019:

22 - 26 May: Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy

26 - 30 June: Lagos, Portugal (World Championship)

31 July - 3 August: Palma de Mallorca, Spain

11 - 15 September: Riva del Garda, Italy

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Seventh place for Red Bull Sailing in GC32 World Championship

wrote on 2019-06-30

Austrian team led by double Olympic Champions Hagara and Steinacher is already looking toward next act of GC32 Racing Tour. read more

Red Bull Sailing had mixed results in a high-tension regatta in Lagos, Portugal that served as the GC32 World Championship as well as the second stop of the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour. The racing on the shores of Portugal’s Algarve region included America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race winners as well as Olympic champions like Red Bull skipper/helmsman Roman Hagara and tactician Hans Peter Steinacher, who finished the intensely fought act in seventh. Switzerland claimed the top two spots on the World Championship podium, with two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi on the top step and Team Tilt in second, while Sir Ben Ainslie’s INEOS Rebels UK took third-place honors. Here’s everything you need to know:

Lagos (PORTUGAL) - Wind conditions were deceptively tricky, changing throughout the four days of racing on Portugal’s southernmost shores. With 10 top teams from seven nations racing simultaneously for the World Championship in addition to GC32 Racing Tour points, contact happened on a number of occasions, and Red Bull Sailing was involved in collisions on Day Two and Day Four.

QUOTE: “We aren’t happy with our result. We did have some race podiums, but with inconsistent results over the four days plus two fairly big collisions, you can’t win,” said Hagara. “We are already fully focused on the next act, and we know what we need to do. We have a strong young crew, and we’ll be fine-tuning our boat and making the teamwork even tighter so that we’re ready to move forward when we start racing in Spain. In the meantime, congratulations to Alinghi. They definitely deserved this win.”

In addition to Hagara and Steinacher, the Red Bull Sailing team at the GC32 World Championship included Australians Rhys Mara (trimmer) and Mark Spaermann (board trimmer), as well as Sweden’s Julius Hallström (bowman).

Alinghi took the lead in the World Championship on Day Two of the regatta and never looked back, sitting out the final race on Sunday because they had already clinched the World Championship. 

The GC32 Racing Tour course configurations are similar to those used in the America’s Cup, designed to allow the carbon fiber foiling catamarans to reach their maximum speeds. Three more acts remain on the 2019 tour, which for the first time will crown its season champion outside Europe, at a venue to be announced.

Next on the calendar: Red Bull Sailing will race in the prestigious Copa del Rey MAPFRE, where the Spanish royal family will present the trophies, when the third act of the GC32 Racing Tours sets sail in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, from 30 July through 3 August 2019.

Results, GC32 World Championship 2019, Lagos, Portugal: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 57 points, 2. Team Tilt (SUI) 74 points, 3. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) 78 pts, 4. NORAUTO (FRA)  79 pts, 5. Oman Air (OMA)  86 pts,  6. Argo (USA) 102 pts, 7. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 109 pts, 8.  Zoulou (FRA) 128 pts, 9. CHINAone NINGBO (CHN) 137 pts, 10. Black Star Sailing Team (SUI) 141 pts.

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

Information, videos, images: Red Bull Content Pool 

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 the GC32 Racing Tour
The GC32 class sets sail into 2019 with a circuit that’s stronger than ever, thanks to its teams consolidating in the 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. The 2019 tour visits four venues across southern Europe and concludes with a fifth race that, for the first time, will be outside Europe. Schedule 2019:

22 - 26 May:             Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy

26 - 30 June:            Lagos, Portugal (World Championship)

31 July - 4 August:    Palma de Mallorca, Spain

11 - 15 September:   Riva del Garda, Italy

06 - 10 November:    TBA

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Red Bull Sailing to battle for GC32 World Championship 26-30 June

wrote on 2019-06-25

The second stop of the GC32 Racing Tour is the 2019 GC32 World Championship at Lagos, Portugal, and while Red Bull Sailing may be new to the tour this season, they are not new to top-level competition: the team’s strong young crew is led by two of the most experienced contenders in sailing. Skipper/helmsman Roman Hagara and tactician Hans Peter Steinacher have won just about everything there is to win in their sport, including two Olympic golds, and they guided their team at the first official GC32 World Championship just last year. On 26-30 June, they will bring the skill, and the steely nerve, to take on a GC32 class that’s tougher and faster than ever. read more

Lagos (PORTUGAL) – Ten teams will be racing in Lagos, a historic port on Portugal’s Algarve coast, near the southwestern tip of Europe. Among them, the Austrian legends Hagara and Steinacher will take on the defending GC32 World Champions Team Tilt of Switzerland, as well as Oman Air, who currently head the GC32 Racing Tour leaderboard after claiming victory at the season opener in Sardinia last month. Just behind Oman in the overall standings are three fierce competitors, two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi (SUI), Sir Ben Ainslie’s INEOS Rebels UK, and France’s NORAUTO, which is helmed by Volvo Ocean Race-winning skipper Franck Cammas, with Red Bull Sailing hot in pursuit at fifth position.

“We have multiple objectives here in Lagos,” says Steinacher. “We were pleased with our first race in the GC32 Tour, where the competition is even tighter now that it has combined with teams like us from the former Extreme Sailing Series. With four races to go, we want to move up the tour standings. But we also have our eyes on the World podium. The possibility to achieve both in the same regatta is a huge motivation.”

Four days of racing start on 27 June, with up to five races each day and a mix of reaching and upwind starts, similar to other acts on the GC32 Racing Tour. The World Championship will also include a new “Cascade Sopromar Speed Challenge,” sailed over a course comprising two reaches with a gybe in-between. The team that records the highest average speed will win the coveted prize.

Joining Hagara and Steinacher on the Red Bull GC32 areAustralia’s Rhys Mara (trimmer), fellow Aussie Mark Spaermann (board trimmer), and Sweden’s Julius Hallström (bowman). One big advantage for the team in the 2019 World Championship: Hagara and Steinacher will have a full onboard presence, whereas in 2018 Hagara was largely focused on coaching the boat to develop the next generation. He is eager to face off against the other A-list teams in Portugal.

“The venues on this tour are selected to allow the maximum possible foiling time, and Lagos is no exception. We expect lots of sunshine for the crowds, and when 10 boats of this high level are flying on their foils, winning the World Championship is going to take an outstanding effort, plus some luck as well,” comments the Red Bull Sailing skipper, whose boat was involved in a collision at the season opener. “We will definitely be aiming for the podium in every race, and let’s see what the final results bring on Sunday!”

Follow Red Bull Sailing all season long: #redbullsailingteam

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Information, videos, images: www.redbullsailingnewsroom.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 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
The GC32 class sets sail into 2019 with a circuit that’s stronger than ever, thanks to its teams consolidating in the 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. The 2019 tour visits four venues across southern Europe and concludes with a fifth race that, for the first time, will be outside Europe. Schedule 2019:

22 - 26 May: Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy
26 - 30 June: Lagos, Portugal (World Championship)
31 July - 4 August: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
11 - 15 September: Riva del Garda, Italy
6 - 10 November: TBA 

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Red Bull Sailing wraps up wild GC32 Racing Tour debut in fifth

wrote on 2019-05-27

Winds, rain and boat-to-boat contact welcomed Red Bull Sailing into its first season in the GC32 Racing Tour on 22-26 May, as the opener in Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy featured conditions that were almost as tough as the fleet of competitors – the strongest opening-regatta roster in the tour’s history. Led by double Olympic champions Roman Hagara (skipper/helm) and Hans Peter Steinacher (tactician), the Austrian boat finished in a strong fifth place, a promising start as their new team gels. Oman Air won the act to take the early lead in the five-stop series, with double America’s Cup winner Alinghi (SUI) in second and Sir Ben Ainslie’s INEOS Rebels UK clinching third. Here’s everything you need to know: read more

The Extreme Sailing Series has combined with the GC32 Racing Tour this season, and the 10 teams contending in the 2019 Villasimius Cup featured not only Olympic and America’s Cup champions, but Match Racing and Volvo Ocean Race winners as well. The next-level lineup produced no-holds-barred action across 16 races at the Sardinian holiday destination.

–      “Hans Peter and I are super happy with the start of our campaign,” said Hagara. “The new crew is really getting into it, and we’re working well together already. We see high potential for this season.” On board the Red Bull Sailing GC32 with Hagara and Steinacher were Australians Rhys Mara (trimmer) and Mark Spaermann (board trimmer), as well as Sweden’s Julius Hallström (bowman).

–      Two-time America’s Cup winner Jimmy Spithill, now a team member of Luna Rossa’s campaign for the next America’s Cup, joined Red Bull Sailing on Sunday’s rough waters, supporting Hagara, Steinacher and the crew from the coach boat.

–      Weather was the 11th opponent on the course: After nearly calm conditions allowed only one completed race on Opening Day, Day Two served up gusts that took the catamarans flying on their foils at speeds up to 50 knots (93 km/h, 58 mph). Boats battled through a chilling rain on Day Three, only to have Mother Nature turn up the difficulty even more with thunder, torrential downpours and 20-knot gusts in Sunday’s closing races. 

–      On Friday, Red Bull Sailing was involved in one of the regatta’s most dramatic moments: As the 10 boats sped around the course at high speed, Red Bull Sailing and Zoulou (FRA) desperately tried to avoid a collision but couldn’t avert a clash of rigs, with the masthead wind instruments sheared off the Austrian boat. On-the-water umpires gave Zoulou a two-point penalty. 

–      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. The regatta in Sardinia was the first of five venues on the 2019 calendar, which will conclude, for the first time, outside Europe at a venue to be announced.

–      Next up: Red Bull Sailing will go for the GC32 World Championship at the second stop of the GC32 Racing Tour, when Act 2 flies in Lagos, Portugal on 26-30 June 2019.

Results, GC32 Racing Tour 2019 Act 1, Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy:
1. Oman Air (OMA) 44, 2. Alinghi (SUI) 53, 3. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) 60, 4. NORAUTO (FRA) 67, 5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 88, 6. Zoulou (FRA) 100, 7. Argo (USA) 104,  8. Código Rojo Racing (ARG) 114, 9. CHINAone NINGBO (CHN) 120, 10. Black Star Sailing Team (SUI) 124.

Overall GC32 Racing Tour standings after one of five acts:
1. Oman Air (OMA), 2. Alinghi (SUI), 3. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR), 4. NORAUTO (FRA), 5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT), 6. Zoulou (FRA), 7. Argo (USA),  8. Código Rojo Racing (ARG), 9. CHINAone NINGBO (CHN), 10. Black Star Sailing Team (SUI).

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: Red Bull Content Pool 

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 the GC32 Racing Tour

The GC32 class sets sail into 2019 with a circuit that’s stronger than ever, thanks to its teams consolidating in the 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. The 2019 tour visits four venues across southern Europe and concludes with a fifth race that, for the first time, will be outside Europe. 


Schedule 2019:

22 - 26 May: Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy

26 - 30 June: Lagos, Portugal (World Championship)

30 July - 3 August: Palma de Mallorca, Spain

11 - 15 September: Riva del Garda, Italy

6 - 10 November: TBA 

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