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Nacra 17 selected for 2020 Olympics in Japan #267065
11/18/13 01:43 PM
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NACRA 17 class just chosen for OLYMPIC class in TOKIO 2020 as well!!!! YOEHOEEE!!!!!

from Catamaran Racing News website

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Re: Nacra 17 selected for 2020 Olympics in Japan [Re: catandahalf] #267074
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Great news- keep the cats olympic!

Re: Nacra 17 selected for 2020 Olympics in Japan [Re: Kennethsf] #267083
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Does anyone rave about how great a sailing boat the N17 is?

Does it have a life outside of the Olympics?


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Re: Nacra 17 selected for 2020 Olympics in Japan [Re: Mark Schneider] #267087
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Yes, but the design could benefit from rudder stabilizers and moving the daggers a bit forward.

Yes, the F 18 is a global success, but the N 17 is creeping into the hands of new cat owners and Olympic sailors from the past in our area.

Kirk will let you have one for about 30k with trailer, cover, and cat trax.

Re: Nacra 17 selected for 2020 Olympics in Japan [Re: catandahalf] #267103
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I think you'll see the class (and Nacra) move to add winglets after the 2016 Olympics. Sailors will vote to add them as it will improve the boat, Nacra will agree to do it so they can sell new rudders and/or conversion kits to all the exiting owners.

Re: Nacra 17 selected for 2020 Olympics in Japan [Re: catandahalf] #267105
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Expensive rudders, expensive daggers, expensive masts.

Maybe I'm getting old, but seems we're getting a lot closer to the asymptote on the law of diminishing returns curve.

Of course, if I win the lottery, I'm all in for some of that cool sh!t. smile


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Re: Nacra 17 selected for 2020 Olympics in Japan [Re: catandahalf] #267131
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Got a link to that "story"?
Winglets should help control this.
(the photo shows a 17 with the bows lifted up high)

Re: Nacra 17 selected for 2020 Olympics in Japan [Re: jollyrodgers] #267132
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Check here.


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Yup... that's the picture that I think of when I check in on the N17... It is not a well behaved boat in the present configuration and the presumptive plan is to fix it after Rio.

Where is ISAF in this mess.... the 49ner was new equipment and they had several mods to get the boat right.... It simply takes a few years.. Why have ISAF not forced Nacra to get the boat right for Rio ... (the cynic in me wants to know... who gets paid off in this fubar).

IMO, The ISAF selection process failed... They should have never selected a boat based on the hype. Hell they trialed a boat with out the proper mast even designed!... and the assurances of pete melvin about just how great the new stuff would be... nothing more then crap! There is nothing revolutionary about this design (that works well)... In fact, they just added to the premium price... EG. curved boards.... carbon sticks and after Rio winged rudders.

As far as I can see... the only group that made out on this fubar is NACRA. The Olympic sailors deserve a boat at least as good as the Tornado or an F18. ISAF should give them that boat NOW.

Meanwhile... the BS that we need NEW... Ground breaking Cutting EDGE Olympic equipment... was a load of crap..
Notice all of the new equipment that ISAF wants to use for 2020 ... eg ... the 470... Laser... 49ner and 49ner XX and RSX Board. These are tried and true gear and have not changed in a generation.

Sadly, we did this to ourselves...

OH... and the grand plan... to move from Mixed to Men's and Woman's Multihulls... Up in smoke... Turns out... (and as I argued with JW at the time) was just nothing more then the propaganda used by OUR representatives to sell the god for saken Mixed disipline.. So... today... we just learned that If they get more events... they will be in KITES... not another multihull.... (Hard to see how you could get MIXED kites)
Nope... once the multihull was in... as Mixed... the Finn class could breathe a sigh of relief... And they just got rubber stamped for 2020.

Remember.... at the time of this decision.. LE had already won the cup on Dogzilla and there was NO WAY IN HELL that the olympics would not fix the Tornado disaster and put a Multihull back in....

We played the hand poorly.

We were screwed by our own volition and short sighted leadership. Sigh....



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Originally Posted by Mark Schneider
Yup... that's the picture that I think of when I check in on the N17... It is not a well behaved boat in the present configuration and the presumptive plan is to fix it after Rio.

Where is ISAF in this mess.... the 49ner was new equipment and they had several mods to get the boat right.... It simply takes a few years.. Why have ISAF not forced Nacra to get the boat right for Rio ... (the cynic in me wants to know... who gets paid off in this fubar).

IMO, The ISAF selection process failed... They should have never selected a boat based on the hype. Hell they trialed a boat with out the proper mast even designed!... and the assurances of pete melvin about just how great the new stuff would be... nothing more then crap! There is nothing revolutionary about this design (that works well)... In fact, they just added to the premium price... EG. curved boards.... carbon sticks and after Rio winged rudders.

As far as I can see... the only group that made out on this fubar is NACRA. The Olympic sailors deserve a boat at least as good as the Tornado or an F18. ISAF should give them that boat NOW.

Meanwhile... the BS that we need NEW... Ground breaking Cutting EDGE Olympic equipment... was a load of crap..
Notice all of the new equipment that ISAF wants to use for 2020 ... eg ... the 470... Laser... 49ner and 49ner XX and RSX Board. These are tried and true gear and have not changed in a generation.

Sadly, we did this to ourselves...

OH... and the grand plan... to move from Mixed to Men's and Woman's Multihulls... Up in smoke... Turns out... (and as I argued with JW at the time) was just nothing more then the propaganda used by OUR representatives to sell the god for saken Mixed disipline.. So... today... we just learned that If they get more events... they will be in KITES... not another multihull.... (Hard to see how you could get MIXED kites)
Nope... once the multihull was in... as Mixed... the Finn class could breathe a sigh of relief... And they just got rubber stamped for 2020.

Remember.... at the time of this decision.. LE had already won the cup on Dogzilla and there was NO WAY IN HELL that the olympics would not fix the Tornado disaster and put a Multihull back in....

We played the hand poorly.

We were screwed by our own volition and short sighted leadership. Sigh....




I agree that the Nacra seems to be a very expensive, under developed boat. I don't think I would want it if I were in the Olympic running. However, if I remember correctly, most of the testers were Olympic athletes or hopefuls. They picked that boat as a group over the other choices that were brought to the selection process.


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For some reason, I don't think the boat sails like that picture when under control by an experienced N17 crew. Could that be the case? If that assumption is true, then it puts the onus on the sailors to manage the boat appropriately in order to win the race. Is that not what we want? How is that a FUBAR? The best sailors with the most experience on the boat are going to win, either way - right?


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I've talked at length with many people who have sailed the 17, and they all really enjoy the boat. Sure the boat is powered up and sometimes crashes in big breeze- but these are Olympic level athletes and the boat should be a challenge. I really enjoyed Luke Ramsay's blog post today where he talked about the learning curve of the boat and just how much fun he is having:

http://www.sail-world.com/Australia/Nikola-Girke-and-Luke-Ramsay-train-in-Miami/116898

Why so negative all the time?


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Originally Posted by tshan
For some reason, I don't think the boat sails like that picture when under control by an experienced N17 crew. Could that be the case? If that assumption is true, then it puts the onus on the sailors to manage the boat appropriately in order to win the race. Is that not what we want? How is that a FUBAR? The best sailors with the most experience on the boat are going to win, either way - right?


I think Jake put it best.



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Ah.... the best description of what you want in an Olympic Boat that I know is from Bill Roberts. He used a Formula 1 race car analogy.... noting... the pro drivers can manage this car while amateurs go into the wall. Goran Marstrom (Tornado and M20)builder wanted a boat that was sensitive to the actions of the crew (Bill Roberts criteria) and allowed the team to race the boat tactically. Together these attributes allow an Olympic level race to sort out very very fine degrees of skill and eliminate luck as much as possible.

So..the combination allows the BEST sailor to medal. Just having a boat that is hard to sail or badly behaved is a low bar. Hell... if this is our standard... the Hobie 16, is hard to sail by newbies... yet the top sailors have no problems.

So... what you don't hear are glowing testimonials about what a great sailing boat the N17 is.... Compare that to the A cat sailors talking about how wonderful the Flyer and like ilk A cats are.... and now they are over the moon about the DNA generation boats with winglets and the right foils. (IME, both are true and on par with the Tornado as machines) The new boats are faster, easier to sail and make the game fast and tactical. THAT should be the Olympic Boat as well.


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Originally Posted by Mark Schneider

So... what you don't hear are glowing testimonials about what a great sailing boat the N17 is....


Maybe the reason you "don't hear" anything is because the owners of N-17s are exclusively Olympic hopefuls (that's why they bought them) who are actually SAILING and training in the gym and elsewhere and it's highly likely they feel their time can be better spent improving their sailing than getting on a forum and trying to convince someone who rarely sails a cat anymore, that any shift from perfection is not the end of the world and a Doomsday for catsailing. Maybe you should try getting up with some of the owners and actually ASK them what they think. Personally the only thing that interests me about Olympic sailing is the people involved, as long as it's on a challenging boat. I think too much is made of it's importance to the sport.


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Two posts above yours is a link to an actual Olympic hopeful talking about getting up to speed on the boat. I'll take their words over yours.


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