The Nacra 15 is the result of the International Sailing Federation’s mandate for a new multihull to be used at its youth championships and Youth Olympics in 2016 and beyond. For Nacra Sailing, bagging the bid was more than an opportunity to sell more boats; it was a shot at giving youth sailing a shot in the arm.
The 15 is a steppingstone to the Olympic Nacra 17, but Nacra’s Gunnar Larsen believes the boat serves a greater purpose. As he puts it, it’s better for the sport to have kids sailing in “more spectacular boats” than they are currently.
ISAF council just decided that NACRA 15 will be the new and only official youth multihull used in ISAF championships & IOC Youth Olympic games. Two years ago, the worldwide governing body of sailing (ISAF) initiated the process to replace the previous youth multihull to a modern multihull that fits better in the pathway towards the Olympic NACRA 17. The Nacra 15 can be considered a mini version of the Olympic Nacra 17 and proven in tests to be the boat for youth teams to compete in.
Nacra Sailing international made a bolt move by designing a new multihull from scratch to the supplied criteria by ISAF. These criteria were drawn up by a technical working party consisting of specialists from ISAF. “Yes we took a risk by starting from scratch and to come up with a brand new design. But we are convinced that if we want to win the hearts of the youth, we started by taking youth seriously and came up with our solution. Our solution is the NACRA 15 with curved (lifting) dagger boards in combination with stabilizers on the rudders” according to Peter Vink, Technical Director and in charge of the design team at Nacra Sailing & Performance Sails. “ It proved to be the right solution once more, after study we realized that the perfect multihull for youth sailing did not existed yet. We hope future generations will love it as much as we do.
Challenging tender process
“A tough nut to crack for Nacra Sailing, we entered this tender with a modern multihull design with three sails, Mainsail, jib sail and asymmetric gennaker. As multihull manufacturer we have to deliver two hulls, two rudders and two curved dagger boards compared to monohull manufacturers. A big challenge to keep the price as low as we will ” according to Commercial Director Gunnar Larsen“ But we succeeded and hope to welcome many new young sailors in the Nacra 15 class which can use this as “steppingstone” towards the Nacra 17 class after the year they have become 19 years of age.
Multihull is back to stay
The multihull world now has proper representation at the highest level of sailing at both fronts. In the Olympic class with the Nacra 17 and the ISAF Youth worlds. Nacra Sailing & Performance sails will do it its utmost to promote multihull sailing in the world and to convince as many young sailors, how tactics and strategy can be combined in high performance classes and having fun while going really fast. ISAF & Nacra are depending on the youth and parents of this world to show up in big numbers at regattas to challenges themselves.
ISAF YOUTH WORLDS
ISAF YOUTH WORLDS
Youth Olympic Games
Buenos aires, Argentina
ISAF YOUTH WORLDS
To be confirmed
NACRA 15 basicYou have seen in the above list that the NACRA 15 will be foiling at the YOUTH OLYMPICS 2018 in Argentina. All boats will be produced so they can adopt the Nacra 15 FCS kit retrospectively. We initially set out to offer the sailing world two versions of the NACRA 15:
Standard current Nacra rudders
Aluminium dagger boards with own fitting bearings
NACRA 15 (ISAF YOUTH WORLDS supplied version)
Standard Nacra rudders fitted out with stabilizers
Curved dagger boards with own fitting bearings
Later we will offer the FCS kit for the NACRA 15. As earlier written. This kit can easily be implemented on all NACRA 15’s by then. The first focus will be at the BASIC version and the ISAF youth worlds supplied version.
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NACRA & PERFORMANCE SAILS are based in The Netherlands. The company took over the original NACRA factory (Santa Ana, California) in 2007 with all its worldwide copyrights concerning the brand NACRA. NACRA has been originally founded in 1975 and draws its knowledge therefore from a long history of building and supplying catamarans to the world of sailing. Since May 2012 NACRA has been the official and exclusive manufacturer of the Olympic multihull used in the Olympic Games.
For more information on NACRA Sailing and/or Performance Sails please contact:
Nacra Sailing International & Performance Sails
Gunnar Larsen, Commercial Director, Phone: +31 70 338 2900
Aalsmeer, The Netherlands. In conjunction with Westeinder sailingclub Nacra organized a youth multihull sailing clinic so monohull kids could try and taste multihull sailing. Unbelievable positive responses from the kids itself, parents and trainers. These clinics will be repeated as it is such a big succes. The Nacra 15, 16, 18 and F20 FCS were present. Have a look at this video and judge for yourself how this day went.
Winds of up to 12 knots offered ideal conditions for the exciting finals in the Nacra 17 European Championship. The event finished today after six days of competition in the Barcelona International Sailing Center (BISC). Ben Saxton, world champion in this class in 2013, and his current crew Nicola Groves took the European gold in Barcelona after finishing fifth in the Medal Race.
“It was a fun race and we did a good job – mentioned the English skipper – In the end we are champions, so we are very happy. The organization has done a great job”.
Second in the open championship, four points behind the winners, are Australians Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis, who add a total of three Olympic silver medals. Bundock, silver in Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008, regretted losing positions in the Medal race: “It was a very strange race today, the positions changed a lot and we were first place for a while, but we finally lost [they finished sixth]. The British have done a great job. It was a great championship and I think everyone is happy. The setting was magnificent, with very good facilities, so we had a good race. ”
Three points behind the Australians, completing the podium of the open championship and claiming the European silver are Olympic medallist Allan Norregaard and his crew Annette Viborg, from Denmark. For this country the Nacra 17 Europeans was one of the events to qualify for the Olympic Games. Two Danish teams finished in the top ten: Lin Ea Cenholt and Christian Peter Lübeck, who last night won a protest against Spanish Iker Martinez and Julia Rita, won today the Medal race and finished seventh in the open championship.
For Annette Viborg: “The championship was amazing with a great organization, as well as giving us every facility which in Denmark we don’t have”. The Danish explained, “we still have to work hard this winter to achieve the goal of going to the Olympic Games”.
Italians Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri finally took the European bronze. These sailors from the F18 catamaran finished ten points behind the Danish team. “It was a fun regatta- said Sicouri-, everything was open until the end, so we really enjoyed it. All the logistics of the championship were great. The centre is very big, with many facilities, such as the chill-out area where we could hang around until there were good conditions to start the race”.
This afternoon there were 12 knots of wind from the SW in the race course in Barcelona opposite the Parc del Forum. These conditions allowed to fulfil the program scheduled for today, both the Medal Race as well as the final race for the other teams, which finished before the big final for the medals.
Iker Martínez and Julia Rita (Movistar) won the final race for the teams who didn’t qualify for the Medal Race. They managed to lead the fleet from the first downwind leg until the end. The Spanish team fell from the top 10 last night after being disqualified due to a protest against a Danish team.
With the Nacra 17 Europeans, the Barcelona International Sailing Center closes the first of a series of Olympic sailing events which will host this season, in order to promote itself as a reference training centre for Olympic sailors. The event has been organized by the Sports Federation Union of Catalonia (UFEC) and the Catalan Sailing Federation, with the support of the Barcelona City Council, the Government of Catalonia, Barcelona Royal Yacht Club (RCNB) and the Royal Maritime Club of Barcelona (RCMB). 42 teams from 23 countries and three continents took part in the championship.
In the Netherlands the Eneco Luchterduinen Race 2015 was held on 15-16 August. This event is a two day event with a long distance race on Saturday and up-down wind races on Sunday. F18 Vice World Champions Oscar Zeekant and Charlie Begemann were on fire again and won the event. In second position Rik Duinmeijer and Corstiaan Alessie followed by Maarten van Klaveren and Mariëlle Zonneveld who ended in third position.
Saturday there were some tactical advantages in a 5 beaufort breeze. Almost a flat sea were perfect conditions for some high speed sailing. “From the start is was full trottle to the upwind mark. Every leg we extended our lead on the rest of the fleet and in the end we had an advantage of 4 minutes on the next Formula 18″, says Begemann.
Sunday started with almost 6 beaufort and ended with a nice 5 beaufort. Oscar Zeekant and Charlie Begemann again finshed almost every race 5 minutes before the rest of the field. Begemann: “Again we had a great day of sailing, we head towards the right side of the course every race and had a very good speed. It was a super nice weekend for sailing in the end, with more sun then was expected.” The next Dutch F18 class event will be in Noordwijk, followed by Open Dutch Championship in their sail mecca Medemblik.
Also the Dutch chairman Bas Paumen looks back at a great event: “We had some perfect sailing conditions with a typical Dutch North Sea swell of approx. 2 meters high, and a good 15-17 knots. Often it was like riding a sled downhill, with a cliff waiting for you in the form of the next wave. For crews, standing on the back of the boat looking into a deep valley of sometimes 6 meters..that’s awesome … as a helm you have other things on your mind at that moment … secure the landing! We love this type of sailing all boats came back to shore in one piece! Perfect sailing! In two weeks Bries in Noordwijk, which often offers similar conditions.”