Nacra 17

The Daily Telegraph - Total Football - - RIO 2016 -

Key info

Nacra 17 makes its de­but at Rio 2016, in a re­turn for mul­ti­hulls, which were dropped ahead of Bei­jing 2008. In the right con­di­tions, per­for­mance cata­ma­rans are the quick­est Olympic boats, with a spe­cial wave-pierc­ing de­sign to en­sure they fly along with min­i­mum drag. This is the first time there has been a mixed dis­ci­pline in Olympic sail­ing pro­gramme. It also means that sail­ing joins tennis and bad­minton as one of only three sports at the Games where men and women com­pete di­rectly.

Who is on Team GB?

Ben Sax­ton and Nicola Groves ( be­low), at 26 and 27 re­spec­tively, are the youngest mem­bers of the 15-strong team. But their in­ex­pe­ri­ence has cer­tainly not held them back: in June they won the Sail­ing World Cup Wey­mouth and Port­land, the last ma­jor re­gatta be­fore the Games.

Who is favourite?

Billy Bes­son and Marie Riou of France have en­joyed un­prece­dented dom­i­nance, and be­came the first to win all four world ti­tles in an Olympic cy­cle. Spain’s Fer­nando Echavarri and Tara Pacheco will also be in con­tention.

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