La Manga (Murcia)
GC32 Racing’s ninth season will include a test in Mar Menor for the first time. It is the latest innovation announced by the organizers of the GC32 flying catamaran circuit as the closing of a program that this year will consist of four events in three locations in southern Europe.
The GC32 Mar Menor Cup is part of the commemorative events of the V Centenary of the first round the world and will be held from November 3 to 7 under the organization of the Lo Pagán Yacht Club, in the town of San Pedro del Pinatar. The Murcian club hosted the presentation of the event, which illustrated the important institutional support that this project has. Among the attendees, the presence of the mayor of San Pedro del Pinatar, Visitación Martínez; the Minister of Presidency, Tourism and Sports of the Region of Murcia, Marcos Ortuño; as well as various civil and military personalities of the Region, representatives of the Organizing Committee and the director of the GC32 class, Christian Scherrer.
In his speech, Minister Marcos Ortuño wanted to highlight the importance of the event within the future plans of the Region: “For us it is essential to unite tourism and sports. Tourism is the most important economic sector in the Region, and sport has the capacity to generate visitors, boost the tourism business and reduce seasonality. The Region of Murcia wants to be the water sports capital of the world, and if we all work together, every day we will be closer to achieving it ”.
A speech endorsed by the mayor, Visitación Martínez: “The Mar Menor needs events of this size. It is an example of tourism that respects the environment, because from the riverside municipalities and the Autonomous Community, we are convinced that the future of the Mar Menor must be linked to sustainability and respect for the ecological balance of this unique ecosystem ”.
Representing the GC32 class, its chairman Christian Scherrer stated: “We are delighted to incorporate the GC32 Mar Menor Cup as the final test of the GC32 Racing Tour 2021. I started working on organizing an event together with Club Náutico Lo Pagán during my first visit in 2019 with INEOS Team UK, when I was able to verify the excellent conditions of the Mar Menor for the flying catamaran competition. I would like to thank the club, the local authorities and the collaborators for their support; I sincerely hope that this is the beginning of a long collaborative relationship ”.
Perfect setting for GC32s
Mar Menor is a saltwater lagoon with a surface area of 135 square kilometers separated from the Mediterranean by a spit of sand 22 kilometers long and a width that varies between 100 and 1200 meters. The statistics indicate excellent sailing conditions in November, with a 60% probability of winds above 8 knots and a 30% probability above 17 knots. These figures, together with the high salinity of the water and an average depth of four meters, anticipate the spectacle of flying catamarans, which will be able to develop their full speed potential on their foils. This is the reason that makes Mar Menor a very popular destination for training teams of various kinds of sailing during the winter months.
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