New challenge for Norauto in Villasimius

By | September 14, 2018

Third event of the 2018 GC32 Racing Tour. Photo © Tomás Moya / Sailing Energy / GC32 Racing Tour

For the upcoming event on the GC32 RACING TOUR, the GC32 NORAUTO team will be flying on the waters of Villasimius, the leading sailing destination located in the south-eastern point of Sardinia. Still top of the circuit having won two stages, Franck Cammas has a small lead over teams Realteam (SUI) and Zoulou (FRA).

The fleet of GC32s will be back in force for this penultimate test. Franck Cammas will face ever-increasing competition from teams progressing through the regattas. INEOS TEAM UK, led by Olympic sailor and challenger for the 36th America’s Cup, Sir Ben Ainslie, is one of those teams, having gained ground in Palma and they do not intend to stop there.

This growing intensity is an additional driving force for Franck Cammas, who is used to the pressure of sports and high-level regattas, as he points out: “It’s good to have INEOS TEAM UK against us because they are upping the level. Leigh McMillan has more experience and he has been very consistent in Palma. We would like to do better than last time. In addition, Zoulou was not as consistent in Palma, but they usually have a very good level, and they are another great rival.”

In order to sharpen their game, the NORAUTO team are focussing on training in the run up to racing, starting this Thursday. Team coach Jean-Christophe Mourniac alias “Kinou” oversees the training and monitors the crew’s performance. He gives us his team and performance analysis of the NORAUTO GC32 at the penultimate event:

“The goal for Villasimius is to maintain the good level of performance we have had so far. We have to be realistic, there are still two events and we want to stay in this position. We will now look at what we do mathematically compared to others. So, if we can stay at the same level of performance in the top 3 each time, we will be heading in the right direction!

At a technical level, certainly we want to continue to progress, it’s getting harder because everyone is improving their game. Since Lake Garda we still have small things to adjust in terms of communication and strategic choices on the water. The GC32 is a precision sport, so every detail is vital in the overall progression. But when it comes to managing the boat and speed, I think we have shown our potential. We re-start each time based on an evaluation of the last event in order to progress. The team has the skills, the determination and the motivation and will give it their all this week.”

Aboard the GC32 NORAUTO powered by Team France
Franck Cammas, skipper, helm
Olivier Herlédant, tactician
Arnaud Jarlegan, mainsail trimmer
Matthieu Vandame, headsail trimmer
Devan Le Bihan, bowman

Teams competing in the GC32 Villasimius Cup from 12th to 16th September in Villasimius, Sardinia:
1    Argo    Jason Carroll    USA    Jason Carroll
2    Codigo Rojo Racing    Federico Ferioli    ARG    Federico Ferioli
3    .film Racing    Simon Delzoppo    AUS    Simon Delzoppo
4    Frank Racing    Simon Hull    NZL    Simon Hull
5    INEOS TEAM UK    Ben Ainslie    GBR    Ben Ainslie
6    NORAUTO    Frank Cammas    FRA    Frank Cammas
7    Realteam    Esteban Garcia    SUI    Jérôme Clerc
8    Zoulou    Erik Maris    FRA    Erik Maris

Event programme:
Wednesday 12 September : practice races
Thursday 13 September : races (5 maximum per day)
Friday 14 September : races
Saturday 15 September: races
Sunday 16 September : races and prize giving
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GC32 Racing Tour 2018 schedule
GC32 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 23rd – 27th May, Riva del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy
GC32 LAGOS CUP 27th June – 1st July, Lagos, Portugal
37th COPA DEL REY MAPFRE 31st July – 4th August, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
GC32 VILLASIMIUS CUP 12th – 16th September, Villasimius, Italy
GC32 TPM MED CUP 10th – 14th October, Toulon, France