A hard day’s work in Lagos

Act 2 GC32 Racing Tour 2019, Lagos Portugal – RD2

Act 2 GC32 Racing Tour 2019, Lagos Portugal – RD2

Despite a short delay to racing to allow the breeze to build, this second World Championship for the GC32 flying one design catamaran class continued to deliver some exceptional foiling conditions with a further five races run meaning all planned races across the first two days have been completed.

INEOS Rebels racing at the GC32 2019 World Championships
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The Rebels were fortunate to get out racing at all after boat damage was discovered during pre-race checks, forcing them to crane out with only hours until the first gun. All hands to the deck and great teamwork resulted in the Rebels getting race ready with minutes to spare.

Boat Captain, Tom Buggy
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INEOS Rebels Boat Captain Tom Buggy explained the emergency morning fix; “We did our routine maintenance to the foils and when we went to put the foils back we noticed some cracking in the area they are fitted. These were big cracks and splits, I mean big! Luckily the whole team came together and with some good hussle we had her up fixed just in time for racing”

Oli Greber looks at the foil casing damage
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The day was also hard work on the water for the British team with their best result coming in R1 which saw them claw their way up to third overall, after OCS at the start. The next 4 races  results were 4,4,6,5. At the halfway point of the regatta the team remain in third place overall, six points behind second placed Oman Air and nine behind leaders Alinghi.

INEOS TEAM UK sailor Joey Newton
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Joey Newton, Jib Trim gives his view on the day “We got in a full five races today, we had some problems throughout the day with boat handling and things not going quite right but we will work on that for tomorrow.”

HOW TO FOLLOW

Thursday 27th - Sunday 30th June between 1300-1700 (UTC+ 2). Follow the live tracking www.gc32racingtour.com

LEADERBOARD
1. Alinghi (SUI) 32pts
2. Oman Air (OMN) 35pts
3. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) 41pts
4. NORAUTO (FRA) 45pts
5. Team Tilt (SUI) 48pts
6. Argo (USA) 51pts
7. Reb Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 60pts
8. Zoulou (FRA) 73pts
9. CHINAone NINGBO (CHN) 80pts
10. Black Star Sailing Team (SUI) 85pts