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Franck Cammas and NORAUTO, winners of the GC32 Lagos Cup

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Franck Cammas and NORAUTO, winners of the GC32 Lagos Cup
Franck Cammas and NORAUTO, winners of the GC32 Lagos Cup

It was in Lagos, a beautiful coastal town in Southern Algarve, that the regattas were contested with excellent weather conditions and relatively flat waters; an ideal setting for a spectacular sporting spectacle! Franck Cammas, Olivier Herlédant, Arnaud Jarlegan, Mathieu Vandame and Devan Le Bihan have been progressing since the first event on Lake Garda, making strong starts and showing greater consistency. The GC32, expertly helmed by its skipper, displayed good speeds both upwind and downwind, even setting a new record with a peak of 37,39 knots (70 km/h).

Upon his return to the pontoon, the skipper reflected on these four days of racing: 
“We’ve had a great week! We maintained our consistency and in the tougher situations we managed to fight and come back. We have found the right formula whatever the conditions. We contested 20 races which were incredibly open and competitive, particularly towards the finish line, with a fleet which improved with every race, notably INEOS TEAM UK. I am happy with the team’s work and the speed of the boat. For the next regattas, it will be even more competitive”.

This performance was also well received by the 60 or so Norauto employees who were present in Lagos, as well as by the European Norauto teams, according to Thibaut Derville who is responsible for Norauto’s partnerships, upon the announcement of the results:

“Franck Cammas and all the team, both on the water and on shore, have done Norauto very proud this week. It is a magnificent performance that we were lucky enough to share with Norauto's employees and partners present in Lagos. It has been a unique experience with authentic athletes. We will be there to support them for the next event on the GC32 Racing Tour. See you in Palma from the 31st of July to the 4th of August for the third event of the season!”

Overall Results of the GC32 Lagos Cup
1. NORAUTO (FRA) - 49 points
2. Zoulou (FRA) - 66 points
3. INEOS TEAM UK (UK) - 85 points
4. Realteam (SUI) - 85 points
5. Frank Racing (NZL) - 87 points
6. Argo (USA) - 91 points
7. .film Racing (AUS) - 106 points
8. Código Rojo Racing (ARG) - 159 points

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

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.