Heading south for the second event of the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour

Tuesday, 27 June 2017


The 7 heavyweights contending the GC32 Racing Tour title are heading to Sardinia, in the southeast corner of the island, where they will race against each other from Wednesday 28th June to Saturday 1st July in the GC32 Villasimius Cup. All the competing GC32 teams are eager to try out racing at this new sailing venue. Measuring up against Sébastien Rogues’ Team ENGIE, the other teams, who come to Sardinia in peak form, will leave the French team little room for manoeuvre. Sébastien Rogues is confident in his team’s potential, and arrives in the Mediterranean more focused than ever.


Having finished fourth in the first event of the GC32 Racing Tour on Lake Garda in Italy, Team ENGIE descends on the Mediterranean for a rematch, and above all to prove that the French GC32 has a place on this circuit’s podium. The competition is very high and the other 6 teams competing in Villasimius will be putting up a fight to win.

A steady pace

In this type of competition, where there are many races, the slightest slip-up can be difficult to correct. Good results and consistency are the key to guarantee success. Sébastien Rogues knows this only too well: “At this level of competition the team must be consistent at all costs and finish in the Top 3 as often as possible at this event, with of course the aim to win as many races as possible. This is what it is going to take to reach our goal of gaining a place on the final podium and capitalise on our end of season objective - a podium finish on the GC32 Racing Tour. We have the means to achieve this; the team is tightly welded, talented and already has ample foiling experience. We are going to approach the races one by one and capitalise on our strengths while erasing the weak points. We are really looking forward to competing at this venue. There should be plenty of wind, and as we will be sailing on an open body of water, the state of the sea will also be a factor to consider.”

Sailing and physical training between events

Daily training is necessary to maintain the team’s high level between each event. Sébastien and his team are fully aware of this and aim to sail on all types of boats, especially foiling boats, between competitions.

After returning to France from the competition in Riva, Sébastien Rogues participated in the largest gathering of foiling boats, the FOILING BAY, which took place in La Baule in Brittany in May, where Sébastien paired up with Jean-Batiste Gellée to compete in the Flying Phantom class.

Antoine Joubert rose to even greater heights and climbed Europe’s highest summit, Mont Blanc. “It was a challenge I had in mind for a while and when my mind is set on something, I will not rest until I achieve it. It is a way of surpassing myself physically and mentally. It was an intense effort and I did not foresee how deeply I would have to dig to draw the necessary resources. I have learnt much about myself from climbing Mont Blanc. I love the mountains and I have just returned from the Puy de Dôme where I practiced paragliding. I have re-charged my batteries, that is certain”, commented Antoine Joubert, an atypical training for the sailor who works on cardio and endurance.

Gurvan Bontemps preferred the calm of the Swiss lakes and participated in the largest closed water race, the Bol d'Or. When they are not sailing, the sailors run, cycle and lift weights in order to keep their physical condition in the optimal shape required by this physically demanding sailing discipline.

Sébastien Rogues, Gurvan Bontemps, Jean-Baptiste Gellée, Antoine Joubert and Benjamin Amiot are confident in their success, but are keenly aware of the work to be done. Choosing the optimal path on the race course, positioning themselves well on the start line, choosing the most favourable side of the water, foiling for as long as possible, manoeuvring to perfection and being incisive at key moments of the race are the keys to success. So will Villasimius be the event that unleashes the toughest competition? Saturday July 1st will reveal the results of the second event of this ultra competitive circuit.

Overall Ranking 2017 GC32 Racing Tour
1 - Realteam – Switzerland – 1 point
2 - Team Tilt – Switzerland – 2 points
3 - Armin Strom Sailing Team – Switzerland – 3 points
4 - Team ENGIE – France – 4 points
5 - Team Argo – USA – 5 points
6 – I’M Racing Movistar – 6 points
7 - Mamma Aiuto ! – Japan – 7 points
8 - Team France Youth – France – 8 points
9 - Malizia – Yacht Club de Monaco – Monaco – 9 points
10 - Team BDA – Bermuda – 10 points
11 - Codigo Rojo – Argentina – 11 points
2017 GC32 Racing Tour Calendar
GC32 Villasimius Cup - Sardinia (Italy): Wednesday 28th June to Saturday 1st July
36 Copa del Rey Mapfre - Palma de Mallorca, Balearics (Spain): Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th August
GC32 Orezza Corsica Cup - Calvi, Corsica (France): Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th September
Marseille One Design - Marseille (France):  Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th October

GC32 Villasimius Cup - Teams entered
Team Argo (USA) – Jason Carroll
ARMIN STROM Sailing Team (SUI) – Flavio Marazzi
Team ENGIE (FRA) – Sebastien Rogues
Malizia – Yacht Club de Monaco (MON) – Pierre Casiraghi
Mamma Aiuto! (JPN) – Naofumi Kamei
Movistar – Ventana Group (ESP) – Iker Martinez
Realteam (SUI) – Jérôme Clerc

THE GC32
The GC32 is a 32 feet long foiling catamaran (just under 10 meters), capable of lifting off the water with 8 knots of wind (Force 2). This little gem of technology is capable of attaining speeds unconceivable still not long ago. Sailing the boat, which is highly technical and very physical, requires the crew to be completely involved.

TEAM ENGIE
Sébastien Rogues - Skipper, Helm
Born in 1986, Sébastien Rogues started dinghy sailing at the age of 6. In 2007, just turned 21, Sébastien launched his career in high-level sailing with the ambition of becoming a professional skipper. After having acquired his first boat, a Mini 6.50 Pogo 2 series, Sébastien achieved promising results in solo races of the Mini 6.50 circuit. He then started on the highly contested Class 40 circuit, which allowed him to consolidate his offshore experience and clock up some fine victories such as the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Fastnet Race on board his Mach 40 GDF SUEZ. In 2015, Sébastien turned towards multihulls: the trimaran Diam 24 and the catamaran GC32. He was one of the first to embark on the technological shift in the world of competitive sailing today. Sébastien is the first French skipper to have involved his team in the GC32 adventure.The 2016 season presented him the opportunity to put into practice what he learnt during the many competitions against with the world’s elite in multihulls and numerous trainings on other fast boats, mainly on Flying Phantom.

Gurvan Bontemps – Tactician
Gurvan began his career with the Tornado, with which he did 2 Olympic preparations from 2000 to 2007. He has an impressive F18 record including a second place in the 2014 World Championships, a French Champion title in 2013 and 2014, and a 5th place at the 2013 World Championships. In this discipline, he also won the Martinique Cata Raid 2013-2014. He focused his 2015 season on the Flying Phantom, winning the Raid des Corsaires, Foiling Week and Eurocat. At the same time, Gurvan has participated in numerous sailing projects, including a role as a helmsman, trimmer on the Maxi 80 Prince de Bretagne in 2013, a position as head of the GC32 Gitana Team in 2015, and a helmsman position at the GC32 trainings of Groupama Team France in 2015.

Jean Baptiste Gellée – Mainsail Trimmer 
At the age of 29, Jean-Baptiste has already accumulated over 15 years of competitive sailing, including 8 years of high-level Laser practice. In 2004, he was crowned champion of France Espoir Laser (under 18). In 2006, he finished 4th in the Isaf Youth World Championship. In 2008, he came 4th in the European Youth Championship (under 21). He then joined the France Espoir team, a training team at the highest level that he remained with until 2011. Jean-Baptiste participated in the Tour de France à la Voile for the first time in 2014 aboard the APCC Voile Sportive and finished 2nd in the rookie ranking. Last year, Jean-Baptist was Skipper of the Diam 24 Radio VINCI Autoroutes, on which he ranked 14th. 

Antoine Joubert – Headsail Trimmer
Antoine started his career with Formula 18 with two Junior World Championship titles in 2008 and 2009. He also won 7th place in the World Championships in 2011. He then did 3 seasons in M34 with the crew of Courrier Dunkerque where he became the French team champion in 2011, won the Spi Ouest France in 2013 and finished second in the Tour de France à la Voile in 2011 and 2012. In 2015, Antoine did the Diam24 season with Cheminée Poujoulat and the Flying Phantom season with Team Momentys (including a victory in the Geneva Rolle, second place in the Eurocat Carnac alongside Franck Cammas)

Benjamin Amiot - Bowman
At 28, Benjamin Amiot brings a solid experience to racing catamarans. At 15, he started competing in Formula 18, which is what he has sailed most on until today. He won the title of world vice-champion in 2014. For the past three years he has been sailing on Flying Phantom and GC32. In 2015, he raced under the colours of the Phantom shipyard, became a crew-member on the GC32 Gitana and Zoulou then trimmer and tactician on the Diam 24 Prince de Bretagne before competing in two Grand Prix on board the D35 Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing.

SÉBASTIEN ROGUES – SAILING HISTORY
Soon to turn 31, the skipper, who is a member of his local Yacht Club de la Baule, has already established an impressive sailing record, gaining a place on podiums and victories for several years in Mini 6.50 and in Class40.

2016
- 5th GC32 Riva Cup (crewed – GC32)
- 8th GC32 Malcesine Cup (crewed – GC32)
- 8th 35 Copa Del Rey (crewed – GC32)
- 3rd La Reserva de Sotogrande (crewed – GC32)
- 5th Marseille One Design (crewed – GC32)

2015 
- 5th GC32 Bullitt Racing Tour (crewed – GC32) 
- 4th Marseille One Design (crewed – GC32) 
- 5th Trofeo di Roma Cup (crewed – GC32) 
- 4th Kiel Cup (crewed – GC32) 
- 21st Tour de France à la Voile (crewed – Diam 24) 
- 4th Cowes Cup (crewed – GC32) 
- 4th Austria Grand-Prix (crewed – GC32) 
- 10th Grand-Prix de l’École Navale de Brest (crewed – Diam 24) 
- 20th Grand-Prix Atlantique (crewed – Diam 24) 
- 7th Spi Ouest-France (crewed – Diam 24) 
- 7th Martinique Cata Raid (doubles with Matthieu Souben – catamaran F18) 

2013 - 2014 
- 2nd Marseille One Design (crewed – GC32) 
- Winner of races in Class40 (Transat Jacques Vabre, Rolex Fastnet Race, Armen Race, Record SNSM, Grand Prix Guyader...)

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 June 2017 )