They say variety is the spice of life and after a successful regatta in Cowes, the Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour moves on to its third nation of the season with Sailing Cup Kiel in Germany, from 30 July – 2 August.
Kiel shares many attributes with Cowes: It is a sailing mecca in the same way as the UK venue is and similarly there is a long, historic tie between local inhabitants and the sea. In particular both venues are famous for hosting two of the world’s largest annual sailing events in Kieler Woche and Cowes Week respectively.
But when it comes to the race track on which the foiling one design GC32 catamarans will be competing, the two venues could not be more different. At the Cowes Cup racing was on the heavily tidal Solent and culminated in the 50 mile JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, around the Isle of Wight. In contrast Sailing Cup Kiel will be held on the confines of Kiel Fjord, within the heart of the city, which will be the most restricted waters of any venue during the 2015 Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour.
2015 Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour leaderboard (after two events)
Pos Team Austria Cup Cowes Cup Total
1 Sultanate of Oman 1 2 3
2 Armin Strom Sailing Team 5 1 6
3 Alinghi 3 3 6
4 Team ENGIE 4 4 8
5 Spindrift racing 2 6 8
6 Team Argo 6 5 11
For more information on the Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour, see www.gc32racing.com