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GC32 Racing Tour – The event where anything is possible for Team Engie
Engie's foiling GC32 catamaran at the Sotogrande Cup, Sotogrande, Spain 2016. © Jesus Renedo http://www.sailingstock.com

GC32 Racing Tour

The final act of the 2016 season GC32 Racing Tour in Marseille might well be Team Engie’s opportunity to achieve their goal of the season, to be in the top five on the leaderboard.

Sébastien Rogues and his crew, who finished third in Sotogrande, Spain, are more motivated than ever and hope to repeat last month’s good performance in Marseille, the only French act of the season. But this sailing discipline requires a consistent high level of performance in order to achieve the desired outcome. From Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 October, Marseille will host the concluding act of this thrilling season of foiling catamarans.

After having raced their very best in Sotogrande, Sébastien Rogues and his Engie crew now need to demonstrate their talent for their best chance of finishing with a top ranking at both the Marseille event and overall in the circuit. This final 2016 act, full of promises, follows the successful arrival of Bertrand Dumortier as the team’s coach. The preliminary work proved worthwhile early on in Sotogrande and offered Sébastien Rogues the opportunity to regain confidence at key stages of the competition and especially during the starts. The same goes for the rest of the crew, who have been able to raise their level of play in different positions on board. Analysing their racing during the debriefing has been immensely useful for understanding both their errors and what went well, and has proved key for the team to evolve in the right direction. With all this analysis in mind, Team Engie will appear on the start line in Marseille fully aware of their potential and their possibilities.

‘We achieved our first podium finish in Sotogrande, but a lot of work is needed to continue this very good result. We need to be more consistent. Nothing is guaranteed and our aim in Marseille will be to close the gap and consolidate our strengths. There will be four teams including us battling it out in Marseille for fourth place in the overall 2016 season rankings. We will no doubt be looking at the rankings throughout this competition to see how we’re doing but the main objective is to achieve our best possible performance at this beautiful French event, the Marseille One Design”, explained Sébastien.

A final test for Team Engie

While for Norauto, Team Tilt and Armin Strom Sailing, ending the season on the podium is somewhat guaranteed, fourth place in the final standings of the 2016 GC32 Racing Tour, as Sébastien Rogues mentioned, will be fought out between four teams: Malizia, Gunvor Sailing, Argo and Engie. Only one point separates these four competitors and given the level on the water, the races scheduled in Marseille should be hotly contested. This ranking configuration could work either way for Team Engie, who could just as well end the season in fourth as seventh. They must treat each race as if it were the last right from the outset of the competition in order to attempt a repeat of their great performance in Sotogrande and to ensure they score minimum points.

GC32 Racing Tour Overall Standings (after four acts)
1 – Norauto, 5 points
2 – Team Tilt, 8 points
3 – Armin Strom Sailing Team, 15 points
4 – Malizia Yacht Club de Monaco, 23 points
5 – Gunvor Sailing, 24 points
6 – Team Engie, 24 points
7 – Argo, 24 points
8 – Mamma Aiuto, 30 points
9 – Realteam, 31 points
10 – Spindrift racing, 36 points
11 – Orange Racing, 37 points

Schedule of upcoming events
Marseille One Design – Marseille (France) : Thursday 13 – Sunday 16 October.

by Sébastien Rogues

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