Despite an impressive late charge from their compatriots on Team Tilt, the Jérôme Clerc-steered Realteam hung onto its lead to win the GC32 Riva Cup by four points after another three race day held in perfect 10-16 knot conditions on Italy’s Lake Garda.
Team Bermuda of Mackenzie Cooper, Dimitri Stevens, Peter Dill, Philip Hagen, Mustafa Ingham and Owen Siese finished 10th with 96 points.
Flavio Marazzi’s ARMIN STROM Sailing Team managed third place, making the podium of this first event of the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour a 100% Swiss affair.
Proceedings got underway today with a last round of the GC32 Racing Tour’s new ANONIMO Speed Challenge – an opportunity for the crews to eek out the fastest speed from their foiling catamarans and for on board guests to enjoy first-hand the thrill of going 30+ knots on a flying sailing yacht.
Today, it was the turn of Jason Carroll’s Team Argo to record the high score of 27.65 knots. However this was not enough to better the speed of Flavio Marazzi’s team which managed 31.02 knots on Friday
Of the youth teams heading for Bermuda next month Team Tilt is clear favourite, the plight of the Bermudan crew on Team BDA not helped by their capsize yesterday and, similarly, Team France Jeune by their capsize in today’s first race – all the crew were safe and their boat was quickly righted, but they were unable to complete any races today.