Monday, May 20, 2019
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Six teams, three brand new catamarans and a chocolate box setting


Grand prix catamaran racing comes to Lake Traunsee, Austria next week (8-12 May) with the much anticipated debut of The Great Cup, star turn at Allianz Traunsee Week.

The Great Cup is being sailed in brand new, state of the art GC32 catamarans, designed by Martin Fischer and built in Dubai by Premier Composites. Competing at this inaugural event of The Great Cup will be the first three GC32s built (a fourth is already en route to Europe from the UAE).

For the Lake Traunsee event, the three carbon fibre catamarans will sail under the flags of the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria and to maximise the number of teams competing, each boat is being allocated two crews, who will alternate.

Thus, Spax Solution Sailing Team from the Netherlands, skippered by creator of The Great Cup, Amsterdam-based Frenchman Laurent Lenne, and whose four man crew includes Aussie catamaran ace Andrew Macpherson and Swedish Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup veteran Micke Lundh, will be swapping with another exclusively Dutch crew led by ex-Tornado Olympian Pim Nieuwenhuis. The latter team includes Thijs Visser, who won the new Nacra 17 catamaran class at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia in Palma in March.

From Switzerland, is Olympic Star sailor Flavio Marazzi, whose team will feature Olympic 470 turned Nacra 17 sailor Matías Bühler and young Australian match racer Keith Swinton. The other nominally Swiss team racing on Marazzi’s GC32 will be led by former Match Racing World Champion . . .

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