At the recent ISAF Equipment Committee meeting in Amsterdam, Nacra Sailing’s Gunnar Larsson gave an update on the Nacra 15, which is recommended for the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, and outlined some recent changes the Nacra 15 has gone through.
A slightly flatter mainsail and slightly flatter gennaker are now present on the multihull as well as minor changes to configurations and control blocks.
A prototype was recently put through its paces at the recent Eurocat in Carnac, France. The Events Committee has accepted the Equipment Committee recommendation on the Nacra 15 becoming the ISAF Youth Worlds multihull, with the boat to be implemented and included as soon as possible. This isn’t final yet, however, with submissions to go ISAF Council in November for final approval.
It is expected that Nacra Sailing will be able to produce 4-5 Nacra 15s each week starting around November 2015, with a complete boat, ready to sell, expected to retail at 11,750 euros (£8511.00) excluding VAT. Earliest possible introduction of the new equipment being 2018.
An update on the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition was given with specific focus on the equipment.
There will be plenty of colours on the race courses in Rio with the 49er, 49erFX and the Nacra 17 fleets to display country flags on their gennakers. The Men’s and Women’s 470 fleet will also display country flags in the middle of their spinnakers.
An update was given on the on-board cameras that will allow the TV audience a unique view of the racing in Rio. Smaller and lighter solutions have been presented and dummies and brackets will be available at ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland.
The Laser, Laser Radial and Men’s and Women’s RS:X sailors will receive supplied equipment at Rio 2016. The distribution of equipment will be shown publicly in order to increase the transparency of boat allocations.
ISAF Sailing World Cup Equipment Inspection
The introduction of elite fleets, prize money and live television are not the only introductions in the new ISAF Sailing World Cup format. A ‘day zero’ concept was introduced at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyéres to allow Equipment Inspectors to check boats the day before the first race is scheduled.
The Equipment Inspection team were able to check boats the day before racing as if it was the first day of racing and allowed the team to report and equipment discrepancies before racing.
With the lessons learnt from Hyéres, ISAF Sailing World Cup Equipment Inspection will continue in Weymouth and Portland.
The ISAF Events Committee also met at the 2015 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting in Amsterdam
Among the discussions was the Tokyo 2020 decision to abandon the building of an Olympic sailing marina in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games. The organisers changed the original blueprint to cut costs and to reduce the impact of the airport on live television coverage.
ISAF is working closely with Tokyo 2020 to finalise the venue decision.
The first test event will take place in September 2018. The 2019 test event will take place in the same window as the 2020 Olympic Games.
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