The International Marine Certification announced certification of the Nacra 17 Olympic Catamaran.
The Nacra 17 is used as the exclusive Olympic Multihull equipment in the “mixed multihull class” running up to the Olympic Games. Every year there are several ISAF World Cups, World Championships and other continental championships where the elite sailors of the world in the catamaran are racing one another.
The Nacra 17 was designed from scratch to meet the specific criteria set out by ISAF for the 2016 Olympic multihull.
The Nacra 17’s new-generation hulls have about 40% greater longitudinal stability than recent conventional shaped catamarans. This increased stability comes without the drag normally associated with creating high longitudinal stability in conventional shapes, and allows the sailors to push the boat much harder downwind.
Since ISAF’s specification did not require the design to conform to any existing class rule, it was considered adding performance-enhancing features like a carbon mast and curved dagger boards.
IMCI said all essential safety requirements of the RCD have been met with the Nacra 17. The catamaran passes the CE-certification for category C.