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ARMIN STROM Sailing Team finishes third in the 2016 GC32 Racing Tour following tough final event

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The goal of concluding the 2016 GC32 Racing Tour on the podium was reached this week for ARMIN STROM Sailing Team as they wrapped up a challenging event in Marseille to retain third place in the five-part series, ending the tour on a well-deserved high.

Skipper Flavio Marazzi says the overall result is a great one, reflecting a year of developing as a team throughout the regattas. “We started the season with a young team and we gained a lot of experience and confidence during the season – it really shows how far we’ve come” he adds.

Not without its tough moments, some of the races held during the Marseille One Design regatta were likened to a ‘game of snakes and ladders’, with positions rapidly changing due to incredibly shifty conditions. The final day provided the best weather, enabling the race organisers to complete five races. ARMIN STROM ended the week in 7th place, tied on points with 6th placed Malizia and six points clear of team Gunvor Sailing. The result comes on the back of an encouraging season which has seen them place 3rd, 6th, 2nd, and 4th.

Team manager and coach Sharon Ferris-Choat expands on the tricky conditions: “Our team definitely got ding donged around the course a bit, especially during the second day in the light and very shifty airs which made calling tactics very hard. The calibre of the fleet is incredibly high, and although all the races didn’t go our way it was still good to secure a few places near the top,” she adds.

Unpredictable conditions were put down to the time of year, with the end of the summer season casting anything from gale force winds to marginally foilable breezes. The cooler temperatures prompted team members to don the thicker wetsuits and rug up for the racing. “We’re all wearing beanies again – it’s quite a contrast from the previous few events!” says Ferris-Choat.

Plenty of action off the water also made for an interesting week with meetings taking place to discuss the future of the Tour and the GC32 class. As well as being re-elected for another two years as the GC32 Class President, ARMIN STROM skipper Flavio Marazzi was pleased with the revision of rules which govern the make up of crews. These changes will now provide more opportunities for women, youth and lighter male sailors to compete on the Tour.

“The change in rules now mean that GC32 crews will have either five male crew, or six crew if at least two are female. It opens up the playing field for all sailors, and will hopefully encourage more teams into the class,” Marazzi explains.

The team will see the year out with a GC32 match race in Monaco, and the GC32 Class Championship in Oman at the end of February.

As the 2016 GC32 Tour concludes, ARMIN STROM Sailing team would like to heartily thank their sponsors; ARMIN STROM, Marinepool, Forward Sailing, ProTect Tapes and Kaenon for their continued support, as well as all of their supporters, competitors, and race officials.

Marseille One Design results:

2 Argo 37
3 Mamma Aiuto! 41
4 Team Tilt 43
5 Team ENGIE 49
6 Malizia – Yacht Club de Monaco 52
7 ARMIN STROM Sailing Team 52
8 Gunvor Sailing 58
9 Realteam 68
10 Orange Racing 89

2016 GC32 Racing Tour Results:

2 Team Tilt 12
3 ARMIN STROM Sailing Team 22
4 Argo 26
5 Team ENGIE 29
6 Malizia – Yacht Club de Monaco 29
7 Gunvor Sailing 32
8 Mamma Aiuto! 33
9 Realteam 40
10 Spindrift Racing 47
11 Orange Racing 47

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

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