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Tornado (sailboat)

The Tornado is an olympic class sailing catamaran, and has been in the Olympics since 1976. It was designed in 1967 by Rodney March of Brightlingsea[?], England, with help from Terry Pierce, and Reg White, specifically for the purpose of becoming the Olympic catamaran. At the IYRU[?] Olympic Catmaran Trials, it easily defeated the other challengers.

Capable of speeds above 30 knots reaching, and 18 knots upwind, the Tornado class is often characterized as "the formula 1 of sailing".

Some features:

  • LOA[?]: 6.1 m
  • Length waterline: 5.84 m
  • Beam: 3.08 m
  • Draught (centre boards retracted/extended): 0.15 / 0.76 m
  • Mast: 9.4 m
  • Weight: 130 - 145 kg fully rigged
  • Trapeze (double since 2000)

The original Tornado sail-plan:

The Tornado sail-plan was changed in 2000, and now consists of:

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