Please select your home edition
Edition
Vaikobi 2019AUG - Leaderboard 2

2019 GC32 Riva Cup - Day 2: Oman Air fights back

by GC32 Racing Tour 13 Sep 2019 23:11 BST 11-15 September 2019

Lago di Garda was not making it easy for race officials on day two of the GC32 Riva Cup, the penultimate event of the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour.

The afternoon southerly Ora wind was late materialising and required three changes of race course and a frustrating two hour wait before the wind finally blasted in at 15+ knots some four kilometres south of Riva del Garda. After this three races with reaching starts were eventually held, the wind progressively dropping off as the afternoon wore on and holes in the race course began to appear close to the leeward gate and the boats were returned to the Fraglia Vela Riva marina. "Friday 13th" they muttered by way of explanation, but in Italy 13 is not unlucky.

There was some frustration evident at the first start when it did eventually happen. Both the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour leaders were called over early and had to drop back behind the fleet by way of a penalty. Meanwhile at the weather end of the line there was congestion with Federico Ferioli's Codigo Rojo Racing shaving the transom of the race committee boat and just when you thought a closer shave wasn't possible Erik Maris' Zoulou cut it even closer booting the mark off the committee boat's transom with a weight worthy of Zinedine Zidane.

Ultimately it was Jason Carroll's Argo that won the first start and went on to hold the lead to the finish. "It is always easier when you have a nice start," commented Argo's flight controller/bowman Alister Richardson. In the second race Argo had a deeper start but were relieved to salvage a third, but then in the final race had a difficult situation coming into the leeward gate on port and, uncertain about whether or not they would cross Red Bull Sailng Team, ultimately crash gybed and stopped dead, leaving them underlaying. Ultimately they pulled out a sixth place finish.

Despite their footballing antics in the first start, Erik Maris' Zoulou had another consistent day and a 3-4-4 today left the French team still holding third overall and leader in the GC32 Riva Cup owner-driver competition.

Unquestionably the stars of the day were Oman Air, who won the second and third races. This was fortunate for the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour leaders following their disappointing opening day here on Lake Garda. "Nothing went our way," admitted helmsman/skipper Adam Minoprio of their initial showing yesterday. "There were a few issues and we didn't deal with them well and just didn't have a good day. It was a shame we only had three races today because things were going better for us."

While the Omani team won races two and three today, most impressive was their second place in the opening race, despite being called OCS. "We had the timing wrong there which was a shame," said Minoprio. "It was good that we could get back into the race." The third race was also satisfying for Minoprio as the breeze was disappearing around the leeward gate and Oman Air made the best of it to hold a substantial lead at the finish.

A disappointing day for Red Bull Sailing Team saw them drop down the leaderboard, with Oman Air taking over their second place spot at this mid-way stage of the GC32 Riva Cup.

Still leading and still with a four point cushion to second is Alinghi, after the Swiss team posted a 4-2-2 today, making them second best scorer of the day. Alinghi's French tactician Nicolas Charbonnier observed of the day: "I think our starts were pretty solid, but there were some opportunities we missed." However the former Olympic 470 bronze medallist said he was relieved that they got in three races from the five scheduled. "Sometimes on days like this you have no races."

Of the day Argo's Alister Richardson observed: "It was changing so much. It was so difficult for the race committee, so they did the best with what they had and we got three races in."

Racing at the GC32 Riva Cup is taking place with the support of Garda Trentino, Riva del Garda Fierecongressi, Distilleria Marzadro and Omkafé. Due to the lost races today, the aim is to start at 0830 tomorrow morning in the northerly Pelèr. This is due to fade away late morning and so racing is set to resume in the afternoon at around 1300 when the southerly Ora materialises.

Those interested in being part of the event can now sign up for a VIP guest experience which, depending upon the package, can permit access to the GC32 Lounge, watching the racing from a spectator boat and even sailing on board.

More information can be found here

Results after day 2

PosTeamR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Tot
1Alinghi1321342218
2Oman Air3434421122
3Zoulou4142534427
4Red Bull Sailing Team2263165328
5Argo6517213631
6Black Star Sailing Team5656656544
7Código Rojo Racing7775777754

Related Articles

Team ROCKWOOL Racing hits the water
Eyes historic record-attempts Team ROCKWOOL Racing has officially hit the water, kick-starting a unique collaboration between the Denmark SailGP Team athletes and ROCKWOOL that will see a range of activities – including historic record-breaking attempts. Posted on 19 Jun
Team ROCKWOOL Racing to hit Danish waters
An action-packed summer of training, racing and record attempts ROCKWOOL announces a unique collaboration with the Denmark SailGP Team athletes, kicking off with an action-packed summer of training, racing and record attempts in preparation for SailGP Season 2 in April 2021. Posted on 27 May
GC32 Racing Tour makes the most of 2020
A fresh plan for the 2020 GC32 Racing Tour During a recent multi-nation video conference between the Tour's organisers and ten of the foiling catamaran teams, a fresh plan for the 2020 GC32 Racing Tour was agreed upon. Posted on 18 May
GC32 Oman Cup cancelled due to coronavirus
Following recommendations from Oman's Ministry of Health Due to ongoing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and following recommendations from Oman's Ministry of Health, the opening event of the 2020 GC32 Racing Tour in Muscat has been cancelled. Posted on 12 Mar
Red Bull Sailing launch GC32 Racing Tour Campaign
Last season of competition for double Olympic Champions Hagara and Steinacher Red Bull Sailing's second season in the GC32 Racing Tour will be momentous. After taking third place on the championship podium in their debut 2019 campaign, the team from Austria is back with a seasoned crew and a determination to push to the top. Posted on 9 Mar
Less than a month to go to GC32 Oman Cup
The big players are set to return to the battlefield The big players are set to return to the battlefield in one month's time when high speed foiling catamaran competition gets under way at the GC32 Oman Cup, first of five events comprising the 2020 GC32 Racing Tour. Posted on 28 Feb
GC32 Racing Tour 2020 announced
High adrenalin flying catamaran competition is again the menu At the beginning of 2019 the circuit for the sole large flying catamaran class to be endorsed by World Sailing, inherited some powerful entries from the now defunct Extreme Sailing Series. Posted on 18 Dec 2019
Oman Air finishes 2nd overall in GC32 Racing Tour
The four days of racing off Al Mouj Marina in Muscat tested the fleet of international crews The GC32 Racing Tour Oman Cup has been hailed as a great success, following exciting and highly competitive sailing in Muscat. Posted on 9 Nov 2019
GC32 Oman Cup overall
Clean sweep for Alinghi as she claims 2019 GC32 Racing Tour In yet another flawless display by the world's top catamaran sailing team, Alinghi today won the GC32 Oman Cup and the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour. Posted on 9 Nov 2019
GC32 Oman Cup day 3
Oman Air begins her ascent While it may have been their turn to be top scoring boat on day three of the GC32 Oman Cup, the maths is not looking great for Oman Air in their fight with Alinghi to become 2019 GC32 Racing Tour champions. Posted on 8 Nov 2019