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Since the Tokyo Olympics, Nacra 17 has adopted two small changes to the rudder systems to help improve safety and performance. Both changes will be incorporated by the fleet over the winter months, between the 2021 World Championship in Oman (November) and the 2022 Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta (March).

Uptated Elevator

The first change is to adopt an updated elevator, seen below. (blue is old, green is new)

The two elevators are almost identical in overall size. The new (green) elevator has blunted edges and a blunter central ‘torpedo’, along with being slightly offset to leeward. The blunting is aimed at decreasing the chances of cuts should sailors fall into the water and be struck by the elevator. The offsetting is to incrementally reduce the likelihood of being struck by the elevator.

In testing, these elevators were found to perform the same way the current elevators perform, with sailors having difficulty feeling any difference at all. The performance of the boat seemed unneffected during testing.

Adjustable Rudder Rake

The second change is an adjustable rudder rake system. The existing rudder rake is adjustable, but the system and class rules do not allow for it to be adjusted during racing. Limiting the rudder rake during racing kept the boat simpler, but limited the performance of the boat as a compromise between optimal upwind settings and downwind setting was required. Often, this compromise, or an increase in wind during a race, forced teams to sail downwind with too much lift, making sailing very challenging and less safe than what is possible.

The change is simply a new top gudgeon and two pulley’s added to the transom. The pulleys lead the control lines forward for the crew to adjust. Further pulleys and cleats may be added by the teams, without limit except for where on the deck they may be mounted, so teams can rig the control lines as they wish.

The update also increases slightly the range of adjustment offered to the sailors, going from 3.5 degrees total span to 4.5 degrees total span.

The lack of limitation placed on the sailors also, intentionally, will allow them to incorporate differential rudder rake so the windward and leeward rudders may not be at the same angle as each other. While technically this was possible in the previous set up, teams had to tack and gybe, and would aim for a common rake between the sides.

A differential rake will allow the windward elevator to have negative lift while the leeward elevator has positive lift, increasing the power available to the sailors marginally. Overall, this should help the boat foil upwind in a wider variety of conditions, allow the boat to get foiling more easily, and do both without risking a rise in the optimum crew weight.

There are also two safety improvements the system should offer.

  1. Teams should be able to sail downwind with the amount of rudder rake they prefer, instead of hoping to survive the downwind with the rudder rake optimized for the upwind.
  2. If a sailor falls into the water and hits the rudder or elevator, as has occurred from time to time, if the system is not at maximum lift then the spring within the system may give slightly on impact, somewhat decreasing the point loads on the sailor at impact. Note, this is a theoretical gain, and has not been tested.

No further changes are planned for the Nacra 17 until the conclusion of the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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• Squad training through the RYA and class associations
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WPNSA has close links with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) working with them in many significant events such as the Sailing World Cup and Youth National Championships.  In addition, WPNSA is the training base for the British Sailing Team.
 
Our History
 
The Royal Yachting Association had been trying for decades to secure a suitable site locally to make the most of these natural advantages, but the opportunity came when in 1999 it was announced that the Royal Naval Air Station at Portland was to be closed.
 
A group of local people established a not-for-profit company to take the vision of a national centre of excellence for the sport of sailing forward and with the support of the Royal Navy, the Royal Yachting Association, the South West Regional Development Agency, Sport England and all the local authorities in the area, this idea started to take shape.  The Academy started sailing operations on the site in March 2000.
 
After initially operating from the disused military buildings and facilities, in 2003 the Academy was in a position to start construction work on redeveloping the site.  At the same time the London bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was gathering momentum and the Academy was selected as part of the sailing venue in the bid to the International Olympic Committee.
 
Construction works were completed in the spring of 2005 and HRH The Princess Royal formally opened the new Academy buildings on 9th June 2005.  Less than a month later London was selected as the venue for the 30th Olympiad.  This impressive facility had therefore moved from starting sailing operations on the site to being part of an Olympic venue in slightly more than five years.  Once the decision had been made to award the 2012 Games to London, plans were put in place to further enhance the facilities to bring them up to the standard required by the International Olympic Committee.  The Olympic Delivery Authority then funded further marine works to meet these standards.  These works, consisting of additional reclamation of the harbour, new slipways, construction of a breakwater and pontoons were finished in 2008, on time and on budget, making the Academy the first of the 2012 venues to be completed.
 
Development of the Academy has provided first class facilities including 220 metres of slipway accessible at all states of wind and tide as well as 600 dinghy spaces and 125 protected marina berths for ribs and yachts.

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