Stage set for first Nacra 15 Worlds

Published on April 22nd, 2018

Over sixty Nacra 15 youth teams representing 18 nations and four continents are preparing for the inaugural Nacra 15 World Championship, to be held April 23-27 in Barcelona, Spain.

Sailors are coming from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Canada, Spain, Finland, France, Great Britain, Italy, US Virgin Islands, Holland, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States.

Competing from North America are Helen Horangic/ Walker Moffat (CAN), Mia Nicolosi/ Teddy Nicolosi (ISV), and Nicolas Martin/ Lucie Brugman (USA).

This championship is also important for the qualification of seven countries to participate in October 2018 during the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina. The goal is to be one of the fourteen Nacra 15 teams representing their respective countries who will participate during these Youth Olympic Games.

The teams must be mixed teams in the age born between January 1 2000 and December 31 2003. The Nacra 15 is the “pathway class” to the Olympic Nacra 17 multihull. The new Nacra 15 class started in 2016.

The qualification system to participate the Youth Olympics is based on four qualification events, with half the fleet already confirmed.

Switzerland and Tunisia qualified in October 2017 in Medemblik; USA and Uruguay qualified in November 2017 in America; Australia and Singapore qualified in January 2018 in Australia. Argentina has a wildcard to participate the Youth Olympics. During the Nacra 15 Worlds in Barcelona, seven more countries will qualify to complete the 14 allowed countries/teams.

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