The Hague hosts Nacra-17 world event
THE HAGUE _ The first world championship for the mixed crew, Dutch-made Nacra-17 catamaran class _ which will see its Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio games _ will be held on the North Sea off The Hague July 21-27. One month ahead of the event, already 50 teams from 22 nations had registered.
The championship is a key stop en route to the 2016 Olympics. Early registrations were received from the fine fleur of international sailing, including 3 Dutch teams. The cats will leave from the beach at Scheveningen. The race course lies just off the coast. The races can be followed via screens on the beach and with tracking and tracing on the Internet.
In 2012, the International Sailing Federation picked the Nacra 17 as an Olympic boat featuring distinctive curved dagger boards. Nacras are made in Scheveningen which is part of The Hague, a city boasting 10 kilometers of coastline. In 2010, it hosted the 470 and J22 world championships. The Hague is also the home base of the North Sea regatta which annually attracts 300 teams easily.