Extreme sports stars get a taste of GC32 Stadium Racing
Freestyle skier Jonny Moseley, ocean athlete Carter Graves and pro skateboarder Andy Macdonald tried out an alternative extreme sport yesterday when they got the chance to race on board a foiling GC32 at the Extreme Sailing Series™ in San Diego.
Although Moseley, an Olympic gold medallist, is no stranger to high-speed sport, he was overwhelmed by the what the GC32 was capable of.
“I grew up racing dinghy’s and have been a fan of racing ever since. I had never experienced foiling and I was pumped to get a shot at it. I was blown away by the sheer power and acceleration I experienced,” said Moseley, who took a seat on board Red Bull Sailing Team during racing on the opening day alongside a fellow Olympic gold medallist, skipper Roman Hagara.
“It seems impossible that this could all come together with just the force of the wind. It’s so rad. Having some sailing experience, I thought I might be able to contribute. I quickly found that if I could stay on the boat that would be a contribution. These guys are on another level physically and mentally. #Incredible #Killer event,” he added.
Graves, a local professional paddleboarder and ocean lover, was amazed by the speed of the GC32 and the athleticism of the five sailors who operate it.
“Oh my gosh, it was amazing. I’ve never gone that fast on a boat before, a craft without an engine. It was just insane seeing the guys in action. I anticipated getting to go on the boat and getting to tour it and just see what was going on but I didn’t know that I’d actually be on the boat racing,” she said.
“To see that intensity and that competition, those guys are serious athletes. It’s pretty cool because I’d never thought of sailing as being that rigorous and seeing how hard those guys were working was amazing. It was definitely an awesome opportunity for me getting to explore a new sport and a new world. I’m really stoked,” added Carter, who regards her most rewarding athletic experience as winning the 32 mile crossings of the Ka’iwi Channel in the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships.
Andy Macdonald, eight-time World Cup Skateboarding champion, got to experience just how close the racing can get in the unique Stadium Racing format that was pioneered by the Extreme Sailing Series.
“I’ve been on a boat maybe one other time in my life but these are like the F1 of sailing, these things go fast. There wasn’t even that much wind and we were up on one hull, we were up on the foils, we almost crashed,” said Macdonald. You can check out Macdonald’s footage of his high-speed close call foiling experience on Facebook.
If you are interested in experiencing the adrenaline-fuelled Guest Sailor spot for yourself at one of our events, or if you would like to watch the racing from the comfort of the shore, find out how to get involved on the official website.
The penultimate Act of the 2017 season continues today in San Diego. Follow the racing on the live blog.