Nacra 17 Foiling Catamaran

The Nacra 17 is a foiling Olympic racing catamaran sailed by a mixed crew of one male and one female. 


Nacra 17 

  • Designer: Morrelli & Melvin Engineering & Nacra Sailing
  • Year: 2011
  • Crew: 2
  • Boat weight: 132 kg (291 lb)
  • Hull Type: Catamaran
  • Hull Length: 5.25 m (17.2 ft)
  • Beam: 2.59 m (8 ft 6 in)
  • Mainsail area: 14.65 m2 (157.7 sq ft)
  • Jib area: 4.0 m2 (43 sq ft)
  • Gennaker area: 19.5 m2 (210 sq ft)
  • Top Upwind Speed: 17+ knots
  • Top Downwind Speed: 27+ knots


Originally designed in 2011 to meet the needs of a mixed gender, top level crew, the Nacra 17 made its Olympic debut in 2016 before being remodeled in 2017 to incorporate foils, allowing the boat to fully rise out of the water while under sail. Foiling occurs when the boat reaches a high speed, allowing the horizontal surface under the water to generate lift (similar to that generated by an airplane wing), which lifts the boat out of the water, reducing drag and allowing for even faster sailing speeds. Sailing and racing the boat demands technical precision, athletic excellence, and close teamwork.