Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars - North Technology

Inaugural Nacra 17 World Championship set for The Hague

by Diana Bogaards on 21 Jun 2013
Dutch national teams off The Hague coast © Laurens Morel
Starting on Sunday July 21st, 2013 and running until Saturday July 27th, the first ever Nacra 17 World Championships bring the global Olympic top of multihull sailing to The Hague, Netherlands. With one month to go, there are now fifty entries from 22 countries. This new sailing discipline is part of the program of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The registered participants represent the whole world, from North and South America, Australia/New Zealand, Europe to Asia. Among the applications are the leaders of the ISAF World Ranking, Thomas Zajac and Tanje Chiara Frank from Austria. And the French duo Moana Vaireaux and Manon Audinet, who won the Delta Lloyd Regatta and a bronze medal in Palma. The winners of the French World Cup in Hyeres, Tim Shuwalow and Hanna Klinga from Sweden, will also battle for the first world title in the Olympic Nacra 17.

The Netherlands will line up with three teams from the national selection. These are Mandy Mulder with Thijs Visser, Renee Groeneveld with Karel Begemann, and Elke Delnooz with Coen de Koning. Mulder and Visser won the ISAF World Cup in Palma, the Sofia Cup, earlier this season. Groeneveld and Begemann ended there as second and won also bronze at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik.

In May last year the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) selected the Nacra 17 as the equipment for the new mixed multihull class. Never before a mixed discipline was part of the Olympic sailing program. It is no coincidence that the first World Championships in this Dutch catamaran are taking place in The Hague, Netherlands. Nacra Sailing International is a Dutch company and based in Scheveningen (The Hague), so participants are assured of prompt service. Morrelli and Melvin designed the Nacra 17 fully in line with the specifications given by ISAF for the Olympic multihull 2016. The curved dagger boards ad a distinct dimension to the catamaran sailing. In February 2013, the Nacra 17 was selected HISWA Boat of the Year.

The Hague is working hard to strengthen its position as seaside City of Top sports and focuses diligently on one of its pillars: the beach and sea sports. The Nacra 17 Worlds connect seamlessly to this. The Hague is the proud home port of the National Top Sport Sailing Center (NTC) and the NTC Beach Volleyball, which means that the national champions in these two sports train, live and study in The Hague.

The cats leave from the beach at the Scheveningen boulevard next to beach pavilion Fonk, near the Vissershavenweg. The race course is situated just off the coast between the port and the main promenade pier near the Kurhaus. The races can be followed via screens on the beach and with tracking and tracing on the Internet. An expert commentator will keep the visitors informed of the sportive battle on the North Sea. For them and the youth there are also various activities planned.

The Nacra 17 World Championships are organized by the Foundation Nacra Events and Sailing Management International with support of (partners) The Dutch Sailing Federation (Watersportverbond), City of The Hague, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and Nacra Sailing International.

The schedule is as follows:
Sunday July 21: start practice race + opening
Monday July 22 and Tuesday July 23: qualification races (four a day = eight in total)
Thursday July 25 and Friday July 26: closing races Gold en Silver Fleet
Saturday July 27: Final race and two Medal Races

For more information about the Nacra 17 Worlds 2013, see the Event website

Ancasta Ker 33 660x82Mackay BoatsSouthern Spars - 100

Related Articles

How to experience Mauritius without breaking the bank!
The simplest way to reduce the cost of your flight is to add in a stop en-route. One of the reasons we at Wildwind thought Mauritius was the perfect destination for our winter base was that it's accessible for varying budgets whilst not compromising on the quality of activities and accommodation. The simplest way to reduce the cost of your flight is to add in a stop en-route.
Posted today at 5:33 am
Jules Verne Trophy - Stepping up the pace
The maxi-trimaran IDEC Sport stepped up pace yesterday on final stretch of her attempt to win the Jules Verne Trophy. The maxi-trimaran IDEC Sport stepped up the pace yesterday on the final stretch of her attempt to win the Jules Verne Trophy. It is looking windy and physical over the next 2000 miles or so to the finish off Ushant.
Posted today at 5:29 am
Variety, inclusion and National Sailing League at Kieler Woche
A huge variety, never seen before, inclusion in real life with the Para World Sailing, the first competition of Nacra 15 A huge variety, never seen before, inclusion in real life with the Para World Sailing Championships, the first competition of the Nacra 15, the Eurocup of the junior class 29er, the European Sailing Series of the Melges24, the rendezvous of the classics
Posted on 23 Jan
Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series closing ceremony
Hundreds of competitors, guests and local dignitaries were treated to a sumptuous banquet at the glitzy Beach House Hundreds of competitors, guests and local dignitaries were treated to a sumptuous banquet at the glitzy Beach House, St James last night to mark the conclusion
Posted on 23 Jan
World Sailing News - February 2017 and December 2016
Catch the latest World Sailing month video magazine - February 2017 edition Catch the latest World Sailing month video magazine - February 2017 edition is just out featuring a wrap-up of the main sailing events of the December-January period including Thomas Coville’s new world record; the 2016 AON Youth Worlds; Rolex Sydney Hobart, Vendee Globe updates and a spectacular 49er crash while training in 27kts plus and big seas.
Posted on 23 Jan
New record at Mount Gay Round Barbados Race
Andy Budgen sailing Mach 2 foiling Intl Moth Nano Project completed 60nm Mount Gay Round Barbados Race at a record pace Andy Budgen sailing his Mach 2 foiling International Moth Nano Project completed the 60nm Mount Gay Round Barbados Race at a record pace of 4 hours, 23 minutes, 18 seconds, to established the Absolute Foiling Monohull record. He also broke his own personal record time from a few years ago when he sailed his VO70 Monster Project into the record books for the Absolute Monohull Record.
Posted on 22 Jan
Jules Verne Trophy - Long live the trade winds
The maxi-trimaran IDEC Sport should start to feel the effect of a NE’ly wind in the next few hours. Slowed down for the past 36 hours around the Equator in a large area of calms associated with the Doldrums, the maxi-trimaran IDEC Sport should start to feel the effect of a NE’ly wind in the next few hours.
Posted on 21 Jan
Countdown to Mount Gay Round Barbados Race
Following on from Coastal Series over last three days, competitors are enjoying rest in preparation for big race. Following on from the hugely successful Coastal Series over the last three days, competitors at the Mount Gay Round Barbados Regatta, organised by Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, and Mount Gay, are enjoying a well-earned rest in preparation for tomorrow’s big race.
Posted on 21 Jan
Mount Gay Round Barbados Series - Another glorious day on racecourse
The final day of the Coastal Series at the 81st Mount Gay Round Barbados Regatta concluded in spectacular style today The final day of the Coastal Series at the 81st Mount Gay Round Barbados Regatta, organised by Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, and Mount Gay, concluded in spectacular style today with sunshine, a good working breeze up to 17-18kts, and a relatively flat sea.
Posted on 20 Jan
Jules Verne Trophy - Final hours in the South Atlantic
IDEC Sport Maxi trimaran will soon be leaving South Atlantic. Francis Joyon should be sailing into Northern Hemisphere The IDEC Sport Maxi trimaran will soon be leaving the South Atlantic. Francis Joyon and his crew of five should be sailing into the Northern Hemisphere early this evening.
Posted on 20 Jan