Lagos gears up for return of GC32 Racing Tour

Flying catamarans return to Western Algarve

The return of the GC32 Racing Tour to Lagos is just over one month away.

The second stage of the tour (GC32 Lagos Cup) will take place between June 22 and 26 and the World Championship will be held between July 13 and 17, marking the return of what many considered the circuit of the “most spectacular flying catamarans” in the world of sailing.

According to organisers, the big news this year is the participation of Alinghi, a team which won three out of four stages in 2021.

In order to be equipped to host these events, Lagos Marina has been investing heavily in improvements, having built a new pontoon especially for these big nautical events.

“With the number of teams signed up for the circuit this year, it was impossible to host these events in the same way we did in years past. The VIP area and the heart of the event are also returning to the area near the marina’s reception, with even more space,” said Martinho Fortunato from Marlagos, the company that owns the marina.

Lagos gears up for return of GC32 Racing Tour

The return of the GC32 Racing Tour to Lagos had already been celebrated earlier this year by local mayor Hugo Pereira.

“The continued choice of our territory, especially of our attractive bay, for such a prestigious event as the GC32 Racing Tour, and this year, additionally of the World Championship, makes us more and more proud and motivated to continue working to support sports of excellence, to improve the needed space and technical settings, and to promote our unique and fantastic ‘ecosystem’ internationally,” Pereira said.

He added: “The sea has been, from our early history, the epitome and unavoidable in the definition of Lagos as a territory of excellence, so, despite the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is with renewed enthusiasm that we express all our support and recognition of this event that brings the best to Lagos and, at the same time, shows Lagos to the world from a unique perspective.”