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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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