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

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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 - 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. 

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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
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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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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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!”

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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
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

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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)

30 July - 3 August: Palma de Mallorca, Spain

11 - 15 September: Riva del Garda, Italy

6 - 10 November: TBA 

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Red Bull Sailing kicks off GC32 Racing Tour in Sardinia 22-26 May

wrote on 2019-05-21

It’s a new season and a new tack for the Red Bull Sailing Team, as the Austrian foiling powerhouse joins the GC32 Racing Tour. This year, the tour opens a new chapter, as a consolidation of circuits will pack the field with elite contenders. But with a tested crew and two-time Olympic gold medalists – skipper Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher – on board as helmsman and tactician, this team is aiming for the top. It all starts this week at Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy. read more

Salzburg (AUSTRIA) – The GC32 Racing Tour will be a playground for A-list teams in 2019, and Hagara and Steinacher’s experience will make Red Bull Sailing one of the favorites as the five-stop season gets underway at the southeasternmost tip of Sardinia. Besides their Olympic success in Sydney and Athens, the pair have competed in the America´s Cup World Series and have won an intimidating number of world, European and national championships. So anticipation is high for their series debut in Villasimius, a popular holiday destination boasting pink flamingoes, exotic marine life and striking blue waters.

“We have two circuits combined now, the Extreme Sailing Series and the GC32 Racing Tour, so we will have really strong teams from both. There will be more boats on the start line,” says Hagara. “Alinghi, the winner of last year’s Extreme Sailing Series, will be competing, and then from the GC32 Tour, the French America’s Cup team NORAUTO will be in the lineup, plus Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team INEOS is coming, and Oman Air. A lot of teams are also going to be especially keen to race because there are no America’s Cup World Series races in 2019, so altogether we’re looking for great competition from the new circuit.”

Having 10 teams or more at each stop will guarantee fierce action, and Red Bull Sailing are confident they can take them on. The team has a strong crew in Australia’s Rhys Mara (trimmer), fellow Aussie Mark Spaermann (board trimmer), and Swedish sailor Julius Hallström (bowman). Plus, after spending much time off the boat in 2018 to coach the next generation, both Hagara and Steinacher will be on board, fully hands-on in the thick of it.

Hagara explains, “Hans Peter and I sailed the last two Extreme Sailing Series events in 2018 and were quite successful, including second place at the season finale in Mexico. We will try to continue that momentum this year, and together with our crew, who already know the boat, I think we can really perform well from this first event.” The team had one training camp – a mid-April session at their base in Villasimius – where they were tested by strong rain and winds, but managed to successfully fine-tune the cutting-edge craft. Now the team is in the midst of three critical days of training before the regatta starts on Wednesday. Venues on the GC32 Racing Tour are chosen to offer maximum foiling time, thrilling crowds as the boats fly at more than 30 knots. Conditions in Villasimius on 22-26 May are predicted to be intense, with significant wind and potential waves. But Red Bull Sailing tends to shine in tough conditions, and Hagara declares: “As I said, we’ll have really strong competition. We definitely want to beat them and finish on the podium.”

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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 - 3 August: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
11 - 15 September: Riva del Garda, Italy
6 - 10 November: TBA

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Double Olympic Champions Hagara and Steinacher back on board

wrote on 2019-05-07

It’s a new season and a new tack for the Red Bull Sailing Team, as the Austrian foiling powerhouse joins the GC32 Racing Tour. This year, the tour opens a new chapter, as a consolidation of circuits will pack the field with elite contenders. But with a tested crew and two-time Olympic gold medalists – skipper Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher – on board as helmsman and tactician, this team is aiming for the top. And even a speed record. read more

Salzburg (AUSTRIA) – The GC32 Racing Tour will be a playground for the best of the best in 2019, and Hagara and Steinacher’s experience makes Red Bull Sailing one of the favorites even before the five-stop season gets underway in Sardinia at the end of this month. Besides their Olympic success in Sydney and Athens, the pair have competed in the America´s Cup World Series and have won an intimidating number of world, European and national championships. So anticipation is high for Austria’s sailing stars to face off with the other big names announced for the tour so far.

“It will be an interesting season this year. We have two circuits combined now, the Extreme Sailing Series and the GC32 Racing Tour, so we will have really strong teams from both. There will be more boats on the start line in the first event,” says Hagara. “Alinghi, the winner of last year’s Extreme Sailing Series, will be competing, and then from the GC32 Tour, the French America’s Cup team NORAUTO will be in the lineup, plus Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team INEOS is coming. A lot of teams are also going to be especially keen to race because there are no America’s Cup World Series races in 2019, so altogether we’re looking for great competition from the new circuit.”

Red Bull Sailing are confident they can take them on. The team has a strong crew in Australia’s Rhys Mara (trimmer), fellow Aussie Mark Spaermann (board trimmer), and Swedish sailor Julius Hallström (bowman). Plus, after spending much time off the boat in 2018 to coach the next generation, both Hagara and Steinacher will be on board, fully hands-on in the thick of it.

Hagara explains, “Hans Peter and I sailed the last two Extreme Sailing Series events in 2018 and were quite successful, including second place at the season finale in Mexico. We will try to continue that momentum this year, and together with our crew, who already know the boat, I think we can really perform well from the first events.”

Having 10 teams or more at each stop will guarantee fierce action. The season opens at Villasimius, Sardinia in Italy, followed by the World Championship at Lagos, Portugal, and stops at Palma de Mallorca, Spain – where King Felipe VI will present trophies – and Riva del Garda, Italy. Then, for the first time, the series will hold a finale outside Europe at a location still under wraps.

“I think my favorite is Riva del Garda,” Hagara confides. “It’s well known for its winds, and we anticipate probably sailing the GC32 speed record if we have really good conditions there.”

The meticulous task of setting up the Red Bull Sailing GC32 is complete. The team has had one training camp – a mid-April session at their base in Villasimius – where they were tested by strong rain and winds, but managed to successfully fine-tune the cutting-edge craft. Now the boat is stationed on shore, where it will be craned into the water for two critical training days prior to the season kickoff.

While they eagerly await getting started at Villasimius, Hagara and Steinacher are additionally looking forward to a visit from two-time America’s Cup winner Jimmy Spithill, who is also based in Italy as a member of the Luna Rossa team.

When Red Bull Sailing’s maiden campaign in the GC32 Racing Tour kicks off in Villasimius on 22-26 May, conditions are predicted to be intense, with significant waves and wind. But Red Bull Sailing tends to shine in tough conditions, and Hagara declares: “As I said, we’ll have really strong competition. We definitely want to beat them and finish on the podium.”

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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 – 03 August: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
11 – 15 September:  Riva del Garda, Italy
06 – 10 November:   TBA

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Mexico: Red Bull Sailing seizes second in Extreme Sailing Series finale

wrote on 2018-12-03

With double Olympic Champion Roman Hagara at the helm in Los Cabos (MEX), Red Bull Sailing Team closed out the Extreme Sailing Series season with their best result of 2018: a powerful second place. The effort – which very nearly denied Switzerland’s Alinghi the regatta win that clinched the season crown – boosted Red Bull Sailing to fourth overall, behind Oman Air in second and SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) in third. read more

LOS CABOS (MEXICO) – With skipper Hagara and his Olympic partner Hans Peter Steinacher (mainsheet/tactician) leading three young guns, Red Bull Sailing faced the sport’s top teams at the Extreme Sailing Series finale in Los Cabos: Not only were SAP Extreme Sailing, Oman Air and two-time America’s Cup winner Alinghi desperate to take the title, but INEOS Team UK had called in America’s Cup skipper and four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Sir Ben Ainslie to helm their GC32. Red Bull Sailing, however, never gave the Brits a chance, starting the regatta with a four-race winning streak. In front of thousands of spectators, the battle for the regatta triumph came down to Red Bull Sailing and Alinghi, and it was decided only as the sun set over the Pacific, when the Swiss team took the win in the double points final race. Red Bull Sailing accumulated eight podiums across 12 races, including five race wins, to leapfrog over INEOS Team UK and earn fourth overall for the second season in a row.

“It took us a while to put together the right formula this season, but we’ve found it, and I’m very happy of how our young team handled the boat here, with unstable winds and against opponents who are truly world-class,” said Steinacher, who lifted the Red Bull Sailing to success when he and Hagara returned on-board after coaching off the boat in many of the 2018 acts. “With this kind of momentum, I hate to see the season end!”
Joining them on the Red Bull Sailing GC32 were Rhys Mara of Australia, Dan Morris of the USA, and the youngest member of the team, 22-year-old Micah Wilkinson of New Zealand. Wilkinson won the Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final in 2016 and the Flying Phantom Series of the Extreme Sailing Series in 2017; earned the podium in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup; and is currently conducting a campaign for the 2020 Olympics. 

“This was only my second regatta on the GC32, and I just keep learning,” said an elated Wilkinson. “Roman and Hans Peter did an amazing job on the starts and tactics, and it was incredible to take a podium with this team – and to race against sailors who are the best at what they do.” 

The Extreme Sailing Series calendar for 2019 will be announced in late December 2018.

Final result Extreme Sailing Series Act 7, Los Cabos, Mexico (12 races): 1. Alinghi (SUI) 141 points, 2. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 130 pts, 3. Oman Air (OMA) 126 pts, 4. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 123 pts, 5. INEOS Team UK (GBR) 110 pts, 6. US Team Extreme (USA) 97 pts, 7. Team Mexico (MEX) 92 pts

Final standings Extreme Sailing Series 2018: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 92 points, 2. Oman Air (OMA) 83 pts, 3. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 83 pts, 4. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 72 pts, 5. INEOS Team UK (GBR) 70 pts, 6. Team Mexico (MEX) 56 pts

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Hat-trick for Hagara and Steinacher at Extreme Sailing Series Los Cabos opener

wrote on 2018-11-30

Having saved their best moves for the final Act of the season, Red Bull Sailing Team stole the show on the first day of Extreme Sailing Series Los Cabos, scoring a pole position hat-trick in the event’s opening races. read more

<picture>Under the red hot rays of the Mexican sunshine, the fight for the day one win raged, only for the Austrians to rule in their rampage through the ranks.</picture>

Despite a turbulent year, the team seems to have found the secret to success. With double Olympic gold medallists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher back onboard, and bolstered by newcomer and Tokyo 2020 hopeful Micah Wilkinson, the squad has seen significant improvements, climbing the ranks in San Diego, USA, and now securing their position as frontrunners in Los Cabos. 

“It was the perfect day for us,” said skipper and helm, Hagara. “Our manoeuvres were good so it was all about getting off the start line. Clearly we are aiming for the win now.”

“We’re stoked with our result today,” added an excited Micah Wilkinson. “Roman and Hans Peter are doing a great job on the tactics and the starts. Rhys is doing a good job trimming, it’s all going well. Same process, same routine tomorrow!”

For Danish SAP Extreme Sailing Team, day one did not go as planned. With hopes of tearing a victory away from Swiss team Alinghi in the final Act of the season, valid for double points, Rasmus Køstner and his crew had been more than ready for war with the white and black boat.

However, the Danes did not deliver. Despite their consistent performance all year, that included setting a new speed record for the Series in Cascais, Portugal, they fell at the final hurdle, finishing the first day of the finale in fifth place behind British INEOS Rebels.

Racing on Friday starts at 2pm local time. 

On days three and four (Saturday 1 December and Sunday 2 December) racing will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube.

Extreme Sailing Series 2018 Los Cabos, standings after Day 1, 3 races (29.11.18)

Position / Team / Points
1st, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Dan Morris, Rhys Mara, Micah Wilkinson: 36 points

2nd, Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Stewart Dodson, Nasser Al Mashari: 31 pts

3rd, Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Bryan Mettraux, Yves Detrey: 31 pts

4th, INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) Ben Ainslie, Giles Scott, Oli Greber, Mark Spearman, Joey Newton: 26 pts

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