Navigating with the Foiling Nacra 17 Catamaran
The foiling version of the Nacra 17
is a new Olympic class for the Mixed Multihulls at the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics (background here
). The technology with boats, foiling, navigation and wireless electronics is changing fast these days, so this is a great time to hear from someone who sails one of these amazing new sailing machines (below).
As we know from the America’s Cup, foiling boats can sail faster than the wind (as do racing dinghies like the longstanding 49er). The boat’s high speed reduces the Apparent Wind Angle. SailTimer Inc. continues to expand coverage of crowdsourced wind maps. Because whether you are racing, cruising or out sailing around for the afternoon, seeing how the wind flows around headlands, in the open water, and funnels into channels is central to navigation.