One of the most successful sailing teams of all time, Alinghi is the creation of Swiss biotech billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli and famously won the America’s Cup on their first attempt in 2003 and defended it in 2007. Personally Ernesto Bertarelli is a high accomplished catamaran sailor of more than 25 years experience, especially on Lake Geneva where he is a multiple winner of Switzerland’s leading event, the Bol d’Or Mirabaud. Alinghi also has by far the longest standing crew, including Arnaud Psarofaghis, one of the most talented foiling sailors of his generation. Alinghi comes into the 2018 GC32 World Championship as the current leader of the Extreme Sailing Series.
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Ernesto Bertarelli (SUI) – Helmsman & Skipper
Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI)- Mainsail trimmer
Nils Frei (SUI) – Headsail trimmer
Timothé Lapauw (FRA) – Foil trimmer
Yves Detrey (SUI) – Bowman
American businessman and experienced college sailor Jason Carroll set up his Argo team in 2007 to complete in the Melges 32 one design. In this competitive class Argo was twice crowned World Champion and has since won key championships in other classes too.
First trying out the GC32 Racing Tour in 2015, Argo won the owner-driver prize in 2016 and in 2017 was runner-up on both the overall and owner-driver leaderboards, winning the GC32 Villasimius Cup outright.
Carroll has the same crew with him as in 2017, now working well as a cohesive unit with the addition for 2018 of uber-coach Philippe Presti, previously coach for Oracle Team USA.
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Jason Carroll (USA) – Skipper
Anthony Kotoun (ISV)
Alister Richardson (GBR)
Mike Kuschner (USA)
Scott ‘Chuck’ Norris (USA)
Australian internet domain name entrepreneur Simon Delzoppo joined the GC32 Racing Tour in 2017 following many successful years competing in Nacra 5.0, 5.5 and 5.8 and a stint in the F18 dinghy catamaran classes. in which he won a US Nacra Nationals in 1989.
For his second season in the GC32 with .film Racing, Delzoppo has a new tactician in French former America’s Cup skipper and experienced GC32 sailor Sébastien Col. They are joined by other European GC32 veterans and leading Australian foiling A-Class cat sailor Stephen Brayshaw.
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Simon Delzoppo (AUS) Skipper helm
Sebastien Col (FRA) Tactician
Jakob Gustavsson (SWE)
Adam Piggott (GBR)
Stephen Brayshaw (AUS)
Simon Hull’s Frank Racing from New Zealand is the ‘dark horse’ of the GC32 Worlds. Joining the GC32 Racing Tour this year, the team is no stranger to multihulls having campaigned an ORMA 60 trimaran in NZ and Australia for almost a decade. They have even owned a GC32 for two years which they have been campaigning locally.
While Hull may not have lined his GC32 up against competition at a level he will see at the worlds, his crew certainly has. In addition to his son Harry, his elite squad comes with experience from both the Extreme Sailing Series and Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.
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Simon Hull (NZL) Skipper helm
Will Tiller (NZL) Tactician
Guy Endean (NZL)
Harry Hull (NZL) Trimmer
Josh Salthouse (NZL) Bowman
The INEOS Rebels UK team is made up of some of the country’s top youth sailing talent, aged between 19-24 years old. The ‘Rebels’ initiative aims to change the face of youth sailing in the UK by offering an opportunity for talented young sailors to push themselves as they develop their skills both on and off the water. The programme is also part of INEOS TEAM UK’s commitment to supporting the next generation and offering a pathway for young British sailors to enter the Americas Cup.
Leigh McMillan – Helmsman (INEOS TEAM UK senior sailor)
Will Alloway – Skipper/Trim
Oli Greber – Bow
Mark Spearman – Main Trimmer
Adam Kay – Float
Matt Brushwood – Float / Reserve
Andrew Walsh – Coach
Matt Adams – Boat Captain
Returning to the GC32 fleet this season is one of France’s most accomplished sailors. Best known for winning the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race and for skippering Team France in the last America’s cup, Franck Cammas is one of the world’s most accomplished multihull sailors, a past Route du Rhum winner and Jules Verne Trophy record holder and a four time ORMA 60 trimaran champion. Inshore he has raced the Extreme Sailing Team, the D35s and run a Nacra 17 Olympic campaign.
In the GC32, NORAUTO powered by Team France won the GC32 Racing Tour in 2016 and for 2018 returns in an attempt to repeat this achievement.
Cammas and his crew are highly familiar with the GC32 – they using it as their training boat for the 35th America’s Cup. However they have been away from it for almost two years.
Franck Cammas (FRA) Skipper helm
Olivier Herledant (FRA) Tactician
Arnaud Jarlegan (FRA) Mainsail trimmer
Matthieu Vandame (FRA) headsail trimmer
Devan Le Bihan (FRA) bowman
Oman Air is a regular competitor on the Extreme Sailing Series with World Match Racing Champion Phil Robertson returning as skipper for a second year. Robertson also won the GC32’s unofficial world championship in Muscat last year and could be considered the defending champion of this year’s event.
Trimming main is Extreme Sailing Series veteran Pete Greenhalgh, who also won the GC32 Racing Tour with Sultanate of Oman in 2015 along with Omani team mate Nasser Al Mashari. They are joined by new headsail trimmer Stewart Dodson – previously with Red Bull Sailing Team – and Australian Extreme Sailing Series veteran James Wierzbowski on the bow.
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Phil Robertson (NZL) – Skipper
Pete Greenhalgh (GBR) – Mainsail Trimmer
Stewart Dodson (NZL) – Headsail Trimmer
Nasser Al Mashari (OMA) – Bowman
James Wierzbowski (AUS) -Bowman
Champion of the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour is Esteban Garcia’s Realteam from Switzerland, skippered by Jerome Clerc.
Realteam was originally formed to train up young sailors from the Geneva Regatta Training Centre (CER). Famously Realteam won Switzerland’s top event, the Bol d’Or Mirabaud in 2012 and joined the international stage on the Extreme Sailing Series in 2014, finishing fourth. While continuing to compete in the D35s, the team made its debut on foiling catamarans in 2016, in both the GC32 and its smaller brother the Flying Phantom.
For its third season on the GC32 Racing Tour, Realteam has two crew replacements with the experienced Benjamin Amiot and Arthur Cevey joining from Team ENGIE and Team Tilt respectively signed up.
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Jerome Clerc (SUI), Helmsman and skipper
Benjamin Amiot (FRA)
Arthur Cevey (SUI)
Rémi Aeschimann (SUI)
Loic Forestier (SUI)
Christophe Carbonnières (FRA)
Led by Austrian double Olympic Tornado catamaran gold medallists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, Red Bull Sailing Team is expected to be on the ascent this season having finished fourth overall in the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series.
2018 will the Austrian team’s ninth season on the Extreme Sailing Series. It has some impressive new recruits, including two-time America’s Cup helmsman/tactician and Olympic 49er silver medallist Chris Draper as helmsman and young British America’s Cup team sailor Neil Hunter trimming the foils.
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Roman Hagara (AUT) – Skipper
Hans Peter Steinacher (AUT) – Sport director/bowman
Chris Draper (GBR) – Helmsman
Neil Hunter (GBR) – Flight control
Daniel Morris (USA) – Bowman
Rhys Mara (AUS) – Trimmer
Ed Powys (GBR) – Mainsheet
Skippered by World Match Racing Tour champion, Rasmus Køstner and coached by the team’s co-founder Jes Gram-Hansen, the Danish team returns for its seventh season on the Extreme Sailing Series in 2018.
Kiwi Match Racing World Champion, Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup sailor Adam Minoprio returns to the helm. Historicially Minoprio is a significant GC32 sailor having won the class’ first ever event in 2013.
He is joined by three-time America’s Cup sailor Pierluigi de Felice as headsail trimmer. Swedish Youth America’s Cup sailor Julius Hallström and British Figaro and Olympic sailor Richard Mason (who previously raced on the GC32 Racing Tour aboard Pierre Casiraghi’s GC32 Malizia – Yacht Club de Monaco), complete the crew for 2018.
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Adam Minoprio (NZL) – Helm
Rasmus Køstner (DEN) – Skipper & Mainsheet
Hervé Cunningham (FRA/GBR) -Trimmer
Julius Hallström (SWE) – Float
Richard Mason (GBR) – Bow
Team México’s crew line-up includes some of Mexico’s top sailing talent such skipper Erik Brockmann – a J/70 World Champion and once ranked top 10 in the world in the Optimist – and bowman Danel Belausteguigoitia Fierro. The Mexican duo are complemented by their British helm and main trimmer Chris Taylor and Sam Batten plus Portugal’s Luís Brito.
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Erik Brokmann (MEX) skipper and foil trimmer
Chris Taylor (GBR) helm
Sam Batten (GBR) main trimmer
Luís Brito (POR) headsail trimmer
Danel Belausteguigoitia (MEX) Bowman/float
Returning to the GC32 especially for the World Championship is Team Tilt. Skippered by Red Bull Youth America’s Cup helmsman Sébastien Schneiter, who represented Switzerland at Rio 2016 in 49er skiff, Team Tilt finished second to NORAUTO on the 2016 GC32 Racing Tour.
Also on board is Schneiter’s 49er crew Lucien Cujean and GC32 veteran Bryan Mettraux. However Team Tilt’s biggest gun is Glenn Ashby, multiple A-Class catamaran World Champion and who skippered Emirates Team New Zealand to victory in last year’s America’s Cup.
Despite having been absent from the GC32 Racing Tour for a year, Team Tilt knows Riva del Garda well having finished second in last year’s GC32 Riva Cup.
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Sébastien Schneiter (SUI) helmsman
Glenn Ashby (AUS) mainsail trimmer
Bryan Mettraux (SUI) trimmer
Lucien Cujean (SUI) bowman and foil trimmer
Jérémy Bachelin (SUI) foil trimmer
Nils Theuninck (SUI) bowman
Owner-driver Erik Maris first raced his GC32 at Key West Race Week in 2015 but only began campaigning it regularly on the GC32 Racing Tour in 2017.
He comes with a strong background in one design monohulls as a past Swan 45 European Champion (2003) and Mumm 30 World Champion (2005) before moving into catamarans. In 2009 and 2012 he competed on the Extreme Sailing Series and in 2010 joined the D35 catamaran circuit on Lake Geneva.
His crew were all with the French America’s Cup team last year in Bermuda, including main sheet trimmer Thierry Fouchier tactician Olympic Finn sailor Thomas Le Breton, Bruno Mourniac from the French Youth AC crew and bowman and GC32 veteran, Nicolas Heintz.
Erik Maris (FRA) Skipper-helm
Thomas Le Breton (FRA) tactician
Thierry Fouchier (FRA) mainsheet
Bruno Mourniac (FRA) trimmer
Nicolas Heintz (FRA) bowman