GC32 Lagos Cup, 21-25 June 2023 – Lagos, Algarve, Portugal
The GC32 Racing Tour 2023 takes place in Lagos. While this harbour on Portugal’s Algarve coast was not known in yacht racing circles before the GC32 Racing Tour first visited in 2018, since then it has become a firm favourite with the GC32 teams.
Being in southern Portugal, albeit just 20 miles from Cape St Vincent, the southwesternmost tip of Europe, its sailing area is largely protected from Atlantic waves and the brunt of the prevailing northwesterly winds by the land. In optimum conditions, the waters in the bay off Lagos can provide strong winds and flat water but frequently the weather conditions are more irregular so teams must be prepared for anything.
While weather conditions are an attraction, the venue is popular because of the local support the GC32 Racing Tour and its teams receive from the City of Lagos and Tourism Portugal, plus Sopromar, Marina de Lagos and Clube de Vela de Lagos as well as the event’s ‘family atmosphere’ thanks to members of Clube de Vela de Lagos and its enthusiastic youth sailors.
2023 GC32 Racing Tour
The GC32 Racing Tour is aimed at both pro and owner-driver teams. The circuit is mostly across Southern Europe with the aim of providing easy logistics, with venues chosen to provide optimum conditions for teams to fly their catamarans for the maximum amount of time.