The Great Cup stutters into action

The first ever day of racing for The Great Cup, and the GC32 catamarans competing in it, was hit by gear failure to SPAX Solutions within seconds of the start of the first race. This prevented the two Dutch teams due to compete on board her from sailing. This left the Swiss teams of Flavio Marazzi and Adam Minoprio and the Austrian AEZ teams of Andreas Hagara and Max Trippolt’s youth squad to spend the rest of the day match racing.

Thankfully even with two boats, the brand new GC32s put on a breathtaking show with crews screaming past the VIP spectator ship on one hull, with the breezes occasionally gusting to 13 knots but more often around 10 knots.

The surprise of the day is that the team to come out on top was AEZ GC32 Youth Sailing, with the same crew that narrowly missed out in February’s selection trials for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. The team skippered by 22-year-old Max Trippolt even ended the day with a score line of 2-1 against former Match Racing World Champion Adam Minoprio.

Thursday all six teams will be racing and a program of windward-leewards similar to today is expected.