After more than 18 months without a competition, the GC32 Racing Tour of the sailors resumed at the beginning of July off the Portuguese Lagos. The Austrian Red Bull Sailing Team with Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher at the top managed to make it onto the podium despite a spectacular capsize with second place.
In their final season of competition, the double Olympic champions competed with their team against five strong competitors, including two-time America’s Cup winner and defending champion of the Tour, Alinghi. After 18 races, the Swiss also took overall victory, with third place going to the Danish newcomer Rockwool Racing.
The third from last race was dramatic. Red Bull Sailing was caught in second place behind Alinghi by a gust of wind. The nose of the boat submerged at 30 knots boat speed and the catamaran tilted spectacularly on its side. Some crew members sometimes hung six meters above the water. But everyone managed to get to safety. An inspection of the erected boat did not reveal any major damage.
Austria’s sailors second in Lagos
After more than 18 months without a competition, the elite teams of the GC32 Racing Tour have set sail again. In Lagos, Portugal, the Red Bull Sailing Team led by Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher took second place behind the Swiss Alinghi.
“We have a few bruises”
“A spectacular opening of the season. At the time of our capsizing, some very hard gusts swept across the water, and since we are sailing at the limit, something like this can happen, ”said tactician Steinacher about the incident. “The next time it might be someone else. We have a few bruises, other than that everyone is fine. We are very happy that the boat is hardly damaged and that we were able to sail to second place. Our thanks go to Alinghi, whose escort boat picked us up after capsizing. “
“In the last race, with which we were able to secure our second place, the conditions were just as tough as when we capsized before,” added skipper Hagara. “Everyone pushed their boats to the limit, and in the end we were happy to have arrived safely on the bank. Now we can treat ourselves to a little break. “
The crews with their ten-meter-long foiling catamarans will continue in Lagos from July 28 to August 1, followed by the world championship in Villasimius, Italy (September 15 to 19) and the big season finale in Mar Menor, Spain ( 3rd to 7th November).