First nations qualified for Nacra 15 Youth Olympic Games

After 14 races in great conditions, the Suisse Nacra 15 team Max Wallenberg/Amanda Bjork-Anastassov and the Tunisia Nacra 15 team of Chaima Chamari/Sami Arjoun have qualified their countries to participate in the Youth Olympics 2018 in Argentina.

With 28 Nacra 15’s from 13 countries at the starting line and good sailing conditions it was fantastic sailing in Medemblik.

In the overall results (open class and mixed) the GBR team Benno Martsaller/Chloe Collenette won the regatta, followed by Australia’s Shannon Dalton/Jayden Dalton, and third the Swiss team Wallenberg/Bjork-Anastassov.

During this week all 28 teams from 13 countries were very eager to sail in all kind of weather conditions. A total of 14 races were sailed and sailors are very happy and look back to a great sailing week.

It was amazing to see how these young sailors are adapting to the new Nacra 15. This new class has been in existence for a year now and already over 100 teams are sailing worldwide. Most started just this year, with many moving up from the Optimist.

The Nacra 15 is the ‘pathway class’ to the Olympic Nacra 17 multihull. For many sailors the next big event will be the World Sailing Youth Worlds in Sanya (China) in December.

The qualification system to participate the Youth Olympics is based on four qualification events: This week in Medemblik, the best European and African nations qualified. Next is Miami in November to qualify the best North and South American crews.

Come January in Queensland, the Asia and Oceania crews will qualify, while Argentina will get a wild-card due to being the host nation. Finally, in April during the Nacra 15 Worlds, the final seven nations will qualify.

Once a nation is selected, their organising authorities will then establish their own selections. To represent your country at the Youth Olympics Games in the Nacra 15 class is the pinnacle of Youth Performance Sailing.

The Nacra 15 Youth Olympic Qualifier event was organised by the Nacra 15 International Class and the Royal Yachting Club Hollandia. The event is sponsored by Forward WIP, Island Tribe sun protection, PEGA boattrailers, City of Medemblik, Province Noord-Holland and Nacra Sailing.

For all results: http://www.nacra15class.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Total14races-1.htm

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