Sailing Worlds – Test event proves to be just that after long day
by Matthew Pryor today at 4:39 pm
Aarhus Sailing Week is the test event before the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018.6th to the 13th of August 2017 at Egaa Marina in Aarhus. © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy http://www.sailingenergy.com/
Olympic Classes are meant to undergo rigorous testing procedures and actually have genuine production capacity in place before being accepted.
This is five years before the event they are slated for, which in this case is the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Yes, the low-rider Nacra 17 has done all of that, but not it’s foiling cousin, so when the last paragraph of the release below is the one that let’s the cat out of the bag, you do have to wonder who authorised the new class, when the builder is saying not to use them at all until they have all undergone a recall. If they were a car there would be outrage.
So the single source builder has a lot to do, not the least of which is to fix it then get them back out to all the countries, yes all, and allow them adequate time to learn to sail them. It also seems weird that there are reports of the foiler being slower than it’s low-rider sibling in certain conditions. Dear me. After all the World Sailing fiascos with the World Cup, we now get this….
What is at the route of all this is not specifically clear, but an un-tested craft operating at higher speed than previously, and in high winds does throw up a considerable amount of questions. Best that the racing is cancelled, but one wonders if anyone will ever be held accountable.
It is the mark of a champion that they rise to every test without complaining about the weather gods, and the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus Denmark 2018 Test Event witnessed those qualities surface again…