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The Norauto GC32 sets sails for Portugal from the 27th of June

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It is in the famous seaport of Lagos (in Algarve), with the Atlantic Ocean as its backdrop, that the second series of the GC32 Racing Tour will take place. After kickstarting the season in Lake Garda one month ago, the Norauto team, leading the overall ranking following the first event, returns with seven other elite teams from the 27th of June to the 1st of July for the GC32 Lagos Cup. They will battle it out on an optimal playing field for the foilers, with weather conditions consisting of thermal winds and flat-water sailing.

After having competed in the GC32 World Championship, Franck Cammas has returned to the water for training in recent weeks, having just won the New Caledonia Groupama Race in the TP52. The targets between the two events: multiply training sessions and maintain a high level of performance, notably for the GC32 racing tour. For the GC32 tour, the French skipper is aiming for a strong performance with his sponsor Norauto.

For the GC32 LAGOS CUP, the GC32 French team, currently sitting at the top of the provisional overall rankings, will have to take special care because of a new rival joining the tour. This is none other than Sir Ben Ainslie with the INEOS UK TEAM, one of the world’s best skippers. “We are very pleased to see INEOS join the tour, as this will bring some additional quality to the fleet and promises to deliver some spectacular and entertaining battles on the water. Racing in Lagos is a first for us, and we are delighted to see that we will benefit from some strong and sustained wind”, emphasised the skipper, Franck Cammas.

It is in the famous seaport of Lagos (in Algarve), with the Atlantic Ocean as its backdrop, that the second series of the GC32 Racing Tour will take place. After kickstarting the season in Lake Garda one month ago, the Norauto team, leading the overall ranking following the first event, returns with seven other elite teams from the 27th of June to the 1st of July for the GC32 Lagos Cup. They will battle it out on an optimal playing field for the foilers, with weather conditions consisting of thermal winds and flat-water sailing.

After having competed in the GC32 World Championship, Franck Cammas has returned to the water for training in recent weeks, having just won the New Caledonia Groupama Race in the TP52. The targets between the two events: multiply training sessions and maintain a high level of performance, notably for the GC32 racing tour. For the GC32 tour, the French skipper is aiming for a strong performance with his sponsor Norauto.

For the GC32 LAGOS CUP, the GC32 French team, currently sitting at the top of the provisional overall rankings, will have to take special care because of a new rival joining the tour. This is none other than Sir Ben Ainslie with the INEOS UK TEAM, one of the world’s best skippers. “We are very pleased to see INEOS join the tour, as this will bring some additional quality to the fleet and promises to deliver some spectacular and entertaining battles on the water. Racing in Lagos is a first for us, and we are delighted to see that we will benefit from some strong and sustained wind”, emphasised the skipper, Franck Cammas.

Aboard the GC32 NORAUTO powered by Team France
Franck Cammas, skipper, helm
Olivier Herlédant, tactician
Arnaud Jarlegan, mainsail trimmer
Matthieu Vandame, headsail trimmer
Devan Le Bihan, bowman

On shore team and coaching
Louis Viat, team manager
Jean-Christophe Mourniac, coach
Olivier Mainguy, technical
Yoann Bibeau, technical

Teams competing in the GC32 Lagos Cup from 27th June to 1st July in Lagos, Portugal:
1    Argo    Jason Carroll    USA    Jason Carroll
2    Codigo Rojo Racing    Federico Ferioli    ARG    Federico Ferioli
3    .film Racing    Simon Delzoppo    AUS    Simon Delzoppo
4    Frank Racing    Simon Hull    NZL    Simon Hull
5    INEOS TEAM UK    Ben Ainslie    GBR    Ben Ainslie
6    NORAUTO    Frank Cammas    FRA    Frank Cammas
7    Realteam    Esteban Garcia    SUI    Jérôme Clerc
8    Zoulou    Erik Maris    FRA    Erik Maris

Event programme:
Thursday 28 June : races (5 maximum per day)
Friday 29 June : races
Saturday 30 June : races
Sunday 1 July : races and prize giving
www.gc32racingtour.com

GC32 Racing Tour 2018 schedule
GC32 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 23rd – 27th May, Riva del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy
GC32 LAGOS CUP 27th June – 1st July, Lagos, Portugal
37th COPA DEL REY MAPFRE 31st July – 4th August, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
GC32 VILLASIMIUS CUP 12th – 16th September, Villasimius, Italy
GC32 TPM MED CUP 10th – 14th October, Toulon, France

 GC32 NORAUTO powered by Team France
Designers: Dr Martin Fischer, Laurent Lenne
Foiling catamaran with daggerboards and ‘J’ shaped rudders
Lifts off the water with 8 knots of wind
Maximum speed 38 knots   
5 crew
Length of hulls: 10m
Width bowsprit: 12m
Beam: 6m
Mast height: 16m
Sail area: 168m2
Weight: 975kgs

Partners:
In addition to being a partner of the GC32 Racing Tour, the German brand Marinepool is joining Franck Cammas’ team as official supplier for this season 2018.

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