GC32 Racing Tour

The GC32 is an adrenaline-pumping, “flying” catamaran – one of the world’s fastest one-designs. For the 2015 season, Alinghi had the pleasure of joining the recently-created GC32 Racing Tour, to which the team returns in 2019.


In 2014, a new one-design circuit was born: the GC32 Racing Tour, which brought together international professional teams and those run by owner-helmsmen. An average of five events are sailed in Europe each season and at each, when weather conditions permit, races take place close to the shore to allow spectators a breathtaking view of the flying machines. In its transition to a foiling catamaran, Alinghi joined the circuit in 2015, finishing second behind Oman Air.

After three seasons racing in the Extreme Sailing Series (2016 - 2018), Alinghi is back this year on the GC32 Racing Tour and aiming for top spot on the podium.

Learn more about the GC32 Racing Tour >


The GC32 is a one-design, even down to the sails (ie: teams are permitted to use a certain number of sails teams during the season). Its main lifting foils are big, meaning it can take off in a wide range of conditions and can also foil upwind, albeit with 18-20 knots of wind. There are no hydraulics – instead, teams adjust the foils and sails manually; just another way in which the emphasis is on the sailors to get the most out their machines.

  • Length (overall): 12.00m
  • Length (hull): 10.00m
  • Beam: 6.00m
  • Weight: 750 kg
  • Draft (upwind): 2.10m
  • Draft (downwind): 1.60m
  • Mast height (above deck): 16.50m
  • Bowsprit length: 6.60m
  • Mainsail: 60.00m²
  • Jib: 23.50m²
  • Gennaker: 90.00m²

GC32 Racing Tour News

2nd place in the GC32 Racing Tour opener

27 May, 2019

As previously announced, Alinghi took to the start line in Villasimius (South Sardegna) in a new GC32 circuit this year. Exit the Extreme Sailing Series, welcome to the GC32 Racing Tour. Looking from a distance, it'd be easy to be mistaken that not that much has changed, from the boats to the sailor faces at the dock, and it is still a matter of racing around marks. But, dig a little further, and the differences between this year and last become clear...the races are longer (lasting more), there are more boats involved and the composition of the teams has changed too. A rule change, too – the last race does not count for double points any more. Also do not discount the fact that it's also never rained so much before in two days in the previous Championship, not even in Cardiff! In short, all these little details added a degree of change, which, taken together, had to be factored in planning debriefing and onboard sessions in order to win. Nicolas Charbonnier, tactician: "With longer courses, we had more time to play with the wind shifts and pressures. There were fewer manoeuvres and you have to take care of the speed of the boat. We all think we could have done a little better, avoiding some of our mistakes. That said, our rivals will be saying the same and we all know that we have to limit these things in order to win." Arnaud Psarofaghis, Co-Helmsman: "The ranking feels logical given that we were competing chiefly with Oman and Ineos all week. We know how to win stages and have the means to do so by continuing to make good starts and going fast." Pierre-Yves Jorand, Team Director: "To compensate for the absence of Tim, who was injured, the team had to adapt. We are of course aware of the importance of the specificities of each position, as well as the fact that we wouldn't have enough training time in our new set-up. We also had to deal with some small technical problems, the impact of which will take some time for us to analyse properly so that we don't repeat the mistakes. Some of those are probably related to the longer racing format on the GC32 Racing Tour... "Oman sailed very well. Congratulations to them. They were consistent and found solutions to come back and pass boats when they were at the rear. A bit like us, but a little step above." Today the GC32 will take its place in its container to travel to Lagos, Portugal, for the World Championship of the series, held from the 27th to the 30th of June, with the event also counting as the second leg of the annual circuit. In the meantime, the team will be back on Saturday, June the 8th, on Lake Léman for the Genève-Rolle-Genève aboard the D35. Click here for the GC32 Villasimius Cup general ranking after 16 races. To find out more #gc32racingtour #GoAlinghiGo To find out more about how to follow the racing, the team composition and the circuit in general, find the event recap by clicking here. Photo credits ©Sailing Energy/GC32 Racing Tour

Practical information - 2019 GC32 Racing Tour

17 April, 2019

What: A one-design circuit created in 2014 and which includes an average of five events per season, sailed mainly in Europe. Alinghi competed for the first time in 2015 (the team's foiling debut...) and finished second behind Oman Air. Who: 8 to 12 international teams bringing together professional sailors and owners. A crew is usually formed of five members (the presence of a woman on board may mean that six can sail). Where: Stage 1: Villasimius (Sardinia, Italy), Stage 2: GC32 World Championship (Lagos, Portugal), Stage 3: Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Stage 4: Riva del Garda (Italy), Stage 5: TBC When: From May to November 2019 (click here for the full race calendar) How: The teams compete aboard 32-ft foiling GC32 catamarans in successive races around buoys that last about twenty minutes. Weather permitting, the races take place close to shore. For more information, click here. Follow the action There are a number of ways to follow Alinghi across the Tour's five events, each of which will comprise four days of competition with up to five races each afternoon (watch out for jet lag, though, given their location): Twitter @alinghi > The results of each race as well as assorted photos and video clips Facebook @teamalinghi and Instagram @alinghi > Interviews, videos & photos Internet > : Races modeled in 2D (live and replay) from the first to the last day of each competition > : News and a selection of photos GC32 Team Ernesto Bertarelli (SUI) - Helmsman skipper Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI) - Helmsman, co-skipper Nicolas Charbonnier (FRA) - Tactician and mainsail trimmer Bryan Mettraux (SUI) - Frontsail trimmer Timothé Lapauw (FRA) - Foil trimmer Yves Detrey (SUI) - Bowman Nils Frei (SUI) - Coach and spare sailor Technical Team João Cabeçadas (POR) David Niklès (SUI) Team Director Pierre-Yves Jorand (SUI) To find out more Hashtags for the events #GoAlinghiGo #gc32racingtour #gc32 Credit for photos © Lloyd Images