Sunday, 26 May 2013
by Delta Lloyd Regatta media
The Nacra 17 has been added to the Olympic Programme for Rio. For the first time in sailing history, there is a mixed (man and women) event in the Olympic Games and the new multihull has proved popular with lots of countries and teams ready for a new challenge.
In Medemblik we have met with new Nacra 17 class manager, Edwin Lodder.
“The Nacra has been chosen among eight other boats. These boats have been tested by sailors from different back ground and the Nacra was popular. It is a new design and high-tech.”
Since the first appearance of the Nacra on the international scene, during the Rolex Miami OCR, the fleet has been increasing, especially in Palma and Hyères with over 30 boats. “We have started from scratch and now we have build close to 200 boats, boats are still being built and delivered. It is very encouraging!”
With the first World Championship in July in Scheveringen, Holland, the Nacra is still expecting growing fleets. “We think we will have 70 boats at the Worlds and expect between 50 and 100 next year at the major events. Then we will have to see that the boat is developing well towards the Olympic Games in Rio.”
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