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Multihulls back in the Olympics?

November 18th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

So it looks like the insane decision to drop the multihull from the olympics could be reversed.  I will be one of many sailing fans around the world that applaud this re-emergence of common sense in the ISAF.

In fact the decision is not yet made – it has to be finalised at the ISAF md year meeting in May next year – but the indications are that there will be a “Mixed Multihull” class – effectively this means one male one female on the boat. It is unlikely that it will be a Tornado – there are more modern and faster potential boats – but it will be a fast cat around 18 foot long. The full list of events proposed for the 2016 games are:

  • Men’s Board or kite board – evaluation
  • Women’s board or kite board – evaluation
  • Men’s one person dinghy – Laser
  • Women’s one person dinghy – Laser Radial
  • Men’s skiff – 49er
  • Women’s skiff – evaluation
  • Mixed multihull – evaluation
  • Mixed two person dinghy (spinnaker) – 470
  • Women’s keelboat – Elliott 6m (format of racing TBC)
  • Men’s 2nd one person dinghy – Finn

The video above shows the Tornado in action – surely a better spectacle for those all-important TV viewers than many of the slower classes. With the emergence of the Extreme sailing series on 40 foot catamarans, and of course the recent announcement that the next Americas Cup will be fought in multihulls, there is no doubt that multihull sailing provides a fantastic spectator experience and is at the pinnacle of the sport in so many respects.

It was shere lunacy that caused the Tornado to be dropped from the 2012 games and there are many regretting the decision.  Bring it on!

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