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Flying an Olympic Powerhouse

The Olympic standard in multihull sailing worldwide.
Now upgraded to fully foiling beast.
The first leisure catamaran built to Olympic standards.


The revolutionary Nacra 17 Olympic is the ultimate multihull for athletes. Now with full foiling capabilities, the 17 is faster than ever. Since the 2016 Rio Olympics, sailors keep pushing boundaries and setting records. With continuous innovation, performance keeps getting better. A true powerhouse. 

The Nacra 17 is the Olympic standard in catamarans. It is the world wide bench mark in profesional sailing. The Nacra 17 exhumes quality, speed and durability. Its curved foiling daggerboards give the cat space craft like features. The thrill to sail the Nacra 17 will stay with sailors capable enough the drive this high powered machine.

Olympic racing
Competitive racing

2 Mixed sailors


The original Nacra 17 was initially designed to follow World Sailing´s strict requirements for the Olympic multihull. It was fitted with curved daggerboards at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, to provide extra buoyancy and boost its efficiency both downwind and upwind.
In response to recent developments and requirements, the next generation Nacra 17 Olympic has now been upgraded into

a fully foiling race machine. The Nacra 17 Olympic is designed in collaboration with Morrelli & Melvin, a world-famous design office known for many other successful multihull projects. The Nacra 17 Olympic‘s base obviously lies in the performance of the America’s Cup boats, also involving Morelli & Melvin. Once you start flying a Nacra 17 Olympic, you’ll realize its tremendous power on the water. 

Nacra 17 Olympic Games Start Tokyo 2020
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Challenging, exciting and dynamic – the next gen Nacra 17 Olympic is taking catamaran sailing to the next level. The quality standards for rigging, hull contruction and sail plan are unprecedented. The full carbon set-up engineered by a team of dedicated professionals has shown not only full foiling speed records but surprising durability at the same time. The Nacra 17 Olympic comes standard in the full Olympic configuration, with curved and Z-foil daggerboards. Sailing the next gen Nacra 17 Olympic takes guts, physical strength, tactical ability and focus – a true Olympian’s craft.

The Nacra 17 Olympic is the stiffest production platform available in their class, resulting in direct response in the boat and wind energy is being transferred into forward motion. And being light for its length ensures superb handling on and off the water, broader wind range during regattas, resulting in a agile and therefore challenging boat to sail.
Nacra 17 Olympic Games Race Tokyo 2020
The new generation’s hulls have about 40% greater longitudinal stability than recent conventional shaped catamarans, further enhanced using a carbon internal wrap and extra reinforcement to deal with loads of the new four-point Z-foils, combined with dynamic rudder rake control on the fly and updated elevators.

Being the only multihull sailmaker in the world granted the right to make official Olympic sails by World Sailing, Performance Sails delivers high quality hand made sails. Their 30+ year expertise in the catamaran racing world makes sure your sails can handle anything. The Pentex™ mainsail and jib are strong and durable, as is the polyester spinnaker. Since 2016 Performance Sails offers fully printed spinnakers with your country’s flag or sponsors, with a negligible weight increase of only ~0.2g/m2.

The Nacra 17 Olympic features a powerful full carbon mast to ensure both safety (re-righting moment versus crew weight) and performance, the modern high aspect ratio cut sails, easy power up/power down, engineered by one of the most experienced multihull sail makers in the world.


Standard ● Optional ○
DesignNacra / Morelli&Melvin
Hull5.25m (17'22")Glass foam FRP polyester resin
Beam2.6 (8'5")
Mast length9.15m (30')Full carbon prepreg epoxy
Boat weight173kg (381 Lbs)Ready to sail
Trapeze system2 person
Mainsail16m² (172ft²)Pentex
Jib4.05m² (43ft²)Pentex
Spinnaker17.83m² (192ft²)Polyester
Spinnaker retriever system
Mainsheet system1 to 10
Mainsail cunningham system1 to 16
Jib cunningham system1 to 4
Z foil setFull carbon prepreg epoxy
T-rudders with elevatorsFull carbon prepreg epoxy
Rudder systemCast aluminium
Rudder & daggerboard cover set
Rope kit
Trapeze system including wires
Mast cover
Standing rigging with adjustable turnbuckles

Ready to start flying?


All models outfitted with an Foiling Package (FCS or Flight Control System for short) are ready for full foiling – during your sail, specialized hydrodynamic daggerboards combined with upwards pressure make you get a controlled ‘flight’, meaning your whole boat will be above the water, rather than in it. Make alterations on the water during your flight to find the groove you are looking for and fly over water to leave others behind.

These so-called Foil sets are designed to fly in a wide range of weather conditions, to make competitive catamaran sailing accessible to even more sailors, and are built to meet the highest safety standards. A real treat for the more, or a little less, experienced sailors.

Using the best possible manufacturing techniques available, we’ve obtained maximum strength with minimum weight using autoclave technology, curing the pre-impregnated carbon/epoxy at 120 degrees Celsius at an atmospheric pressure of 6 bar. It will put you miles ahead of any fleet in terms of performance and joy.

Nacra 17 Class

The Nacra 17 class organization is involved in every step the Olympic boat takes. After the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the class and Nacra Sailing agreed to evolve the boat to become a full foiling catamaran. The Nacra 17 class is open to any sailor with Olympic ambition.

Nacra 17 Class website


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