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GC32 Racing Tour – Competition restarts for Sébastien Rogues and Engie
Team ENGIE to take part in the first big event of the GC32 Racing Tour © Bruno Bouvry / Engie

GC32 Racing Tour

GC32 Racing Tour ~ Competition restarts for Sébastien Rogues and Engie

The competition restarts for Team Engie and Sébastien Rogues following a six week break after the first event of the circuit. The second meeting of the 2016 GC32 Racing Tour season will again take place on Lake Garda in Italy. From Thursday seventh to the 10th of July, the 10 teams competing on this highly demanding circuit will again unleash their passion for racing, gliding almost two metres above the water. On board the GC32, the flying foiling catamaran, the French team hope to repeat their good performances against some tough opponents. Racing starts in Malcesine in just two days.

Same lake, same goal, same opponents. The mission seems simple for Sébastien Rogues and his team-mates, but the reality is quite different. This incredible course that holds a dozen flying catamarans is definitely one of the most difficult in the world after the Americas Cup. Physically and technically demanding, it takes speed, focus, power… there aren’t enough adjectives to describe the commitment you need to sail these GC32’s capable of travelling at more than 35 knots (70km/h) gliding two metres above the water. The GC32 Malcesine Cup, taking place on the south shore of Lake Garda from Thursday seventh to Sunday 10th of July, will give Team Engie a chance to show its potential. A chance that Sébastien Rogues has been eager to take for many weeks. Rogues has made the most of the past few weeks, working hard on his physical training and navigation strategy.

GC32 Racing Tour – Competition restarts for Sébastien Rogues and Engie

Team ENGIE to take part in the first big event of the GC32 Racing Tour © Bruno Bouvry / Engie

It’s Team Engie’s second time on Lake Garda, a popular location with the crew. This venue can be very demanding but at the same time offers wonderful sailing conditions. The Foiling Week, part of the GC32 Malcesine Cup, will be an event within an event, bringing together all sorts of boats that can literally fly with foils. Dinghies, racing cats, kites and other prototypes will all get the chance to show how they continually evolve in ‘flight mode’ over the course of the week. This is a real opportunity for Sébastien who’s spent only one year on the GC32 and who is focussing on becoming an accomplished helmsman in this discipline.

“I can’t wait to get back on board our Engie GC32. We haven’t sailed her for over a month and I have to say that going back to Lake Garda to race is great. Sailing is going through a real revolution so we are seeing many new sailors. With this new breed of flying boats, it really feels like I am part of a new phenomenon. As a team, we have worked hard between the two events on many things like tactics, analysis of our previous races and physical fitness. We look forward to sailing together and feeling those incredible sensations you get from flying”, explains Sébastien a few days before heading to Malcesine.

The Engie team is made up of Sébastien Rogues, Gurvan Bontemps, Christophe Carbonnière, Jean-Baptist Gellée and Antoine Joubert who will now take on nine other teams including a new team on the GC32 Racing Tour: Naofumi Kamei’s Japanese team Mamma Aiuto.

GC32 Racing Tour – Competition restarts for Sébastien Rogues and Engie

Team ENGIE to take part in the first big event of the GC32 Racing Tour © Bruno Bouvry / Engie

With 10 teams representing seven nationalities (USA, France, Switzerland, Monaco, Holland, Japan, Sweden), this international professional circuit is truly for the talented, the competitive and the most demanding of competitors. Engie’s level improves further after each stage.

In two days, as soon as racing starts, they will need to show precision and discipline in order to get the best results. Team Engie’s results will be announced on Sunday 10th July.

Overall standings after the first event (GC32 Riva Cup)
1 – Norauto, 37 points
2 – Team Tilt, 50 points
3 – Armin Strom Sailing Team, 79 points
4 – Gunvor Sailing, 86 points
5 – Team Engie, 111 points
6 – Spindrift Racing, 112 points
7 – Argo, 121 points
8 – Malzia, 127 points
9 – Orange Racing, 160 points

by GC32 Racing

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