NACRA 17 debut at ISAF World Cup Circuit in Miami
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Sailors accrue points at each of the seven ISAF Sailing World Cup events to earn an overall Series Score. First place translates into 20 points, second place earns 19 points and so on. (Twentieth place earns one point.) The skipper/crew with the highest Series Score at the end of the season wins the ISAF Sailing World Cup Trophy.
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NACRA 17 debut
All eyes are on the Nacra 17 (mixed multihull) and 49er FX (women’s skiff) as the two new Olympic class events. The Nacra 17 will be making its debut at the ISAF Sailing World Cup this week in Miami. The 49er FX made its first appearance on the international stage at ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne last December. Many of the sailors in each of these events are making the transition from another boat or class. ISAF World Cup Miami will provide the perfect opportunity for these sailors to build camaraderie with new teammates and make progress with their new boats.
The Nacra 17 fleet is headlined by Puerto Rico’s Enrique Figueroa. Joining the three-time Olympian as crew will be his wife Carla Malatrasi. “My objective this week is to get as much time in the water as possible in order to learn as much as I can about the Nacra 17 and place well in the regatta,” explained Figueroa. “We have only sailed the Nacra 17 for a few hours over the past couple weeks, but we are definitely getting better.”
U.S. skippers Taylor Reiss and Matthew Whitehead will be making a move from the SL16 to the Nacra 17 this week. As a team, Reiss and Whitehead placed sixth at the 2011 ISAF Youth Worlds in Croatia. Reiss will be sailing with Sarah Lihan, who represented Team USA in the Women’s 470 at the 2012 Olympic Games. Whitehead will be sailing with Sarah Streater. Also competing in this intriguing fleet will be Canada’s Luke Ramsey and Nikola Girke. Ramsey and Girke represented Team Canada at the 2012 Games in the Men’s 470 and Women’s RS:X, respectively. Another interesting tandem includes Women’s Match Racing standout Elizabeth Kratzig (USA), who will be teamed up with Jonathan Farrar.
Source: Miami Olympic regatta