The Lagos event will be the British team’s second competitive outing of the year after their 3rd place finish at the Tour opener in Villasimius last month.
The crew line-up remains unchanged with Ben Ainslie as Helmsman, Giles Scott resuming his role of tactician, Iain Jensen as mainsail trimmer, Joey Newton takes on the jib trimmer role and young Rebel ‘intern’ Oli Gerber completes the line-up on bow.
Sailing Team Coach, Rob Wilson outlined the rationale behind racing in the GC32 Racing Tour;
“We were looking for a highly competitive circuit to push the team physically but also mentally with pressure on decision making. The GC32 Racing Tour does exactly that with a high level of competition and boats that require a lot of team work to reach optimal performance.
“For sure there is a lot of experience in this fleet, we are still relatively new to the boat but we’re learning new tricks all the time. Since the last event we’ve made small improvements in a few areas that should give us gains. Worlds up next in Lagos and we can’t wait to get on the water again.”
The historic port of Lagos is close to the southwestern most tip of Europe on Portugal’s Algarve coast and faces the open ocean with protection by Cape St Vincent. The team will be hoping for similar conditions to last year with excellent sea breeze and flat water delivering perfect conditions for the 32-foot one design flying catamarans.
Helmsman and skipper Ben Ainslie looks forward to racing;
“We are enjoying being on the Tour, it brings the sailing team together and with the other teams being at such a high level we have to push ourselves hard and that is exactly what we were looking for in this gap between America’s Cup events. A World championship always adds that little bit more of excitement and with ten teams out on the water it should make for full on racing”
After the first event of the GC32 Racing Tour, Oman Air led by Adam Minoprio currently sit top of the leader board with Swiss team Alinghi in second and the Rebels in third place. Racing takes place over four days starting on 27th June with the GC32 World Championship will follow a similar format to other GC32 Racing Tour events, with up to five races per day and a mix of reaching and upwind starts.
HOW TO FOLLOW
Thursday 27th - Sunday 30th June between 1300-1700 (UTC+ 2).
Follow the live tracking www.gc32racingtour.com
Ben Ainslie, Helm
Iain Jensen, Mainsail
Giles Scott, Tactician and Float
Joey Newton, Jib Trim
Oli Greber, Bow