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Nacra 17 Class issues Statement After Foil Strike

28th August 2019
A Nacra 17 competing in round one of the 2020 World Cup Series A Nacra 17 competing in round one of the 2020 World Cup Series Photo: Jesus Renedo/Sailing Energy

The Olympic Nacra 17 catamaran class have issued a statement following a safety incident that occurred in training just before this week's Sailing World Cup in Enoshima, Japan. The statement (below) was issued by Irish sailor Marcus Spillane who is President of the International Nacra 17 Class Association.

A Nacra 17 crew was struck by the rudder and elevator resulting in a cut. The crew was immediately rescued by a coach in attendance where a tourniquet was applied to stem the bleeding and steps were taken to counter any infectious matter.

The coach then brought the sailor to shore where they were then brought, by ambulance, to the local hospital. World Sailing, along with the Japanese Sailing Federation had a safety plan in place, including translation services, which worked well. The sailor was given immediate medical attention. After a few hours the sailor was released from hospital, and after overnight rest and recovery they have decided to sail in the regatta. The injuries amounted to a cut to the leg that did not require stitches and bruising.

The Nacra 17 Class was made aware of the foil strike incident overnight. Safety is a core value of the Class, and we are working diligently to reduce the risks and consequences of sailing incidents in the Nacra 17.

Over the last 20 months the Class:

  • has recommended that Nacra Sailing consider, in the short term, removing the torpedo on the elevator and making the leading edge more blunt, and/or replacing the current elevators to blunter elevators built without a torpedo
  • has led a joint working party made up of sailors, the Class executive, and Nacra Sailing to develop long term improvements to safety through re-engineering elements of the Nacra 17 design. The most promising of these options are currently being tested.
  • set up a safety working party to look into how to reduce the number of foil strikes and to minimize their severity. One of the items this WP brought forward was in the training of coaches for first aid incidents, and training was run for coaches prior to the 2019 Europeans specifically in how to apply a tourniquet, among other items.
  • The Class is liaising with World Sailing on an ongoing basis with respect to safety plans, best practices and the reporting of these incidents in a consistent manner
  • The Class has researched and commissioned cut protective pants from a company who specialize in cut protective clothing. These pants will be delivered to sailors in Auckland at the 2019 World Championships
  • The Class is engaged with safety personnel from SailGP, GC32 and America’s Cup to ensure we adopt, and are informed of, current best practices, where applicable

The Class is looking at safety on three fronts: Avoidance, Engineering, and Personal Protection.

Avoidance is the removal of the threat. In this area we have focused on reducing the risk of man overboard situations through improved trapezing systems and improved maintenance practices.

On the engineering front, we have recommended to Nacra Sailing seven cascading and cooperative measures to reduce the frequency and consequences of man overboard situations. Nacra Sailing is working through the development of these options and has begun testing on the first and more promising options.

On the personal protective equipment front, we have commissioned custom cut protective pants from a company that specializes in cut protective clothing for athletes. These suits are currently being manufactured and will be delivered to the entire fleet prior to the 2019 World Championships in Auckland.

All sailors should review the following blog post previously issued after an incident last year.

The Nacra 17 Class will continue to do everything we can to ensure the safety of our sailors. It is an ongoing and continual process.

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Olympic Sailing features a variety of craft, from dinghies and keelboats to windsurfing boards. The programme at Tokyo 2020 will include two events for both men and women, three for men only, two for women only and one for mixed crews:

Event Programme

RS:X - Windsurfer (Men/Women)
Laser - One Person Dinghy (Men)
Laser Radial - One Person Dinghy (Women)
Finn - One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) (Men)
470 - Two Person Dinghy (Men/Women)
49er - Skiff (Men)
49er FX - Skiff (Women)
Nacra 17 Foiling - Mixed Multihull

The mixed Nacra 17 Foiling - Mixed Multihull and women-only 49er FX - Skiff, events were first staged at Rio 2016.

Each event consists of a series of races. Points in each race are awarded according to position: the winner gets one point, the second-placed finisher scores two, and so on. The final race is called the medal race, for which points are doubled. Following the medal race, the individual or crew with the fewest total points is declared the winner.

During races, boats navigate a course shaped like an enormous triangle, heading for the finish line after they contend with the wind from all three directions. They must pass marker buoys a certain number of times and in a predetermined order.

Sailing competitions at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are scheduled to take place from 27 July to 6 August at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour. 

Venues: Enoshima Yacht Harbor

No. of events: 10

Dates: 27 July – 6 August

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Dates

Following a one year postponement, sailing competitions at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are scheduled to take place from 23 July 2021 and run until the 8 August at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour. 

Venue: Enoshima Yacht Harbour

No. of events: 10

Dates: 23 July – 8 August 2021

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