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Full speed ahead for ARMIN STROM Racing Team in the GC32 Racing Tour Grand Finale

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Currently lying third in the overall standings, ARMIN STROM Sailing Team are keen to secure their first regatta victory of the season in the fifth and final chapter of the 2016 GC32 Racing Tour. One which promises to be another hotly-contested foiling catamaran event.

The international team on ARMIN STROM has enjoyed a consistent first season together. Opening their campaign with a second place in the special GC32 Alps Challenge Traunsee in Austria, they have since collected a third, sixth, second and fourth in the Series itself. Although ARMIN STROM’S third place in the overall standings appears a secure position, the competitive team is anything but complacent as they head into the Marseille One Design regatta alongside eight other teams tomorrow.

Fresh from a challenging regatta in Sotogrande, Spain last month, the prospect of finishing the season with a regatta victory in France is certainly on the cards according to bowman Shane Diviney who admits that the goal of winning the final event is a huge motivation. “We’ve shown real potential to crack the top three during the tour events so far and it would be awesome to win the last one,” explains the 25-year-old Irishman.

Originally from Dublin, Shane is the only ARMIN STROM Sailing Team member to have been named in the race crew line up for all six events this year. He says his year spent on the foils has been a steep learning curve following years of sailing dinghies and keelboats – but one he has thoroughly enjoyed.

Diviney elaborates: “The world of foiling is an incredibly exciting one, and the transition into these high flying machines has been a great experience. Although the boats I have sailed in the past have been quite different to the GC32s, the knowledge and quick thinking required in circuits like match racing have prepared me well for the rapid attention needed on the GC32s. Planning ahead is crucial, and even though you can be hurtling along at close to 30 knots, enough time needs to be allowed to prepare for the demanding manoeuvres.”

Retaining the same crew from the previous event, Shane will be joined by skipper and helmsman Flavio Marazzi, World Match Racing champion Phil Robertson, Diego Stefani, and Andrew Murdoch, with Sharon Ferris-Choat as coach and team manager.

ARMIN STROM skipper and GC32 class president Flavio Marazzi says the team will be fighting for every single point in their bid to end the season on a high, explaining: “We have nothing to lose in the overall series, so we’re planning on going full speed ahead. We started this season with a totally new team and have grown in experience over the past six months. The plan for Marseille is to show how strong we’ve become.”

Marazzi believes the 2016 Tour has been a successful one, and hopes to build on its momentum for next season. “We’ve got the formula right with the 25-minute races which are interesting tactically for both athletes and spectators. Overall it’s a great challenge with the best boats and the best sailors competing which makes for great racing,” he says.

Racing will take place from 13 – 16 October in Marseille.

ARMIN STROM Sailing Team thanks their sponsors ARMIN STROM, Marinepool, Forward Sailing, ProTect Tapes and Kaenon for their support.

Race crew for the Marseille One Design:

Skipper: Flavio Marazzi (SUI)
Mainsheet/Tactician: Phil Robertson (NZL)
Trimmer: Diego Stefani (URU)
Board trimmer: Andrew Murdoch (NZL)
Bowman: Shane Diviney (IRL)
Coach/Team Manager: Sharon Ferris-Choat (NZL/CAN)
Reserve: Alex Bryning (NZL)
Boat Captain: Ned Dalbeth-Hudson (NZL)

Overall Tour standings:

Overall Tour standings:

Place Team
2 Team Tilt
3 ARMIN STROM Sailing Team
4 Malizia – Yacht Club de Monaco
5 Gunvor Sailing
6 Team ENGIE
7 Argo
8 Mamma Aiuto!
9 Realteam
10 Spindrift Racing
11 Orange Racing

The GC32 foiling catamaran is a strict one-design class meaning all the boats in the fleet are identical.
It weighs 950 kilograms and is able to reach speeds of up to 40 knots. Thanks to modern construction
and technology the so-called foils of the boat means they can generate enough lift for the hulls to fly
over the water. Sailed with a crew of five (maximum weight 437.5 kilograms) and one guest. 

Overall length:                          9.75m (32ft)
Beam:                                        6m
Mast height:                              16.5m2
Mainsail area:                            60m2
Jib:                                             23m2
Gennaker:                                  90m2

Contact Details:
Email:      Phone: +64 (0)212842662
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