|For the third event of the GC32 Racing Tour 2018, the GC32 flying catamarans have arrived in Palma de Mallorca to participate in the largest and most prestigious multi-class regatta in the Mediterranean: the Copa del Rey MAPFRE. The international sailing elite has come together for a week of intense racing. Heading the provisional ranking of the GC32 Racing Tour after two events, Franck Cammas and his sponsor Norauto are keyed up and ready for battle and hope to once again finish top of the podium.
There is no summer respite for Franck Cammas and Norauto: summer is the peak season!
For some, the summer goes hand in hand with relaxation, beach and cocktails. For the skipper and European leader in car maintenance, it implies challenges, hard work and a high level of performance.
It is in the bay of Palma from the 1st to the 4th of August that the Team France crew will be giving it their all against seven other teams in this circuit for experts.
The five sailors aboard the GC32 Norauto will have to keep a close eye on their adversaries: the Swiss team Realteam, second in the championship, and winner of the circuit in 2017, and the other French team Zoulou, which Franck Cammas knows well since they shared the last America’s Cup campaign. Newly arrived on the circuit, the British skipper Ben Ainslie and his team INEOS have shown good progress and have no intention of playing a secondary role.
“I am already familiar with the bay of Palma, for having sailed in the Nacra 17 (Olympic catamaran). There will probably be less wind than in Lagos (Southern Portugal, where the previous event took place), so the races are going to be fairly tight. The aim is to confirm our victory of last month and to win this new GC32 Racing Tour event. We will be competing against seven equally highly determined crews”, commented Franck Cammas.
At the end of this 37th Copa del Rey MAPFRE, the trophy will be awarded to the winner by the King Felipe VI of Spain in person.
‘Foiling in love with NORAUTO and Franck Cammas’
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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 37 Copa del Rey from 1st to 4th August in Palma, Mallorca:
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
Tuesday 31 July : practice races
Wednesday 1 August : races (5 maximum per day)
Thursday 2 August : races
Friday 3 Augsut : races
Saturday 4 August : races and prize giving
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
Length of hulls: 10m
Width bowsprit: 12m
Mast height: 16m
Sail area: 168m2
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.