Mixed Multihull Sailing News
The Tornado was designed specifically to be the Olympic Class Multihull and sailed its first Olympics in 1976. Since then, with constant refinement of underwater shapes, construction techniques, and sail plan, the boat has continued to go faster and faster. In spite of the best efforts of many other designers and builders worldwide, the Tornado still reigns supreme as the fastest production catamaran in the world.
The proven Marstrom Tornado (autoclave, nomex core, epoxi) will cost 25.900€ (ex vat) and the Exploder Tornado from Poland will cost 15.900€
With Carbon mast and One Design Ullman Sails out-of-the-box and ready to race.
For the past 40 years the Tornado Class have had mixed teams at the top of the rankings. The class has a great mixed sailing history and many legendary mixed sailing teams. Some of you may remember Paul and Trine Elvström (DEN) who were the great heroes in the 80s at the Olympic Games.
Currently the vice World champions in the Tornado Class are a mixed team. Carolijn Brouwer (Helm) was also crowned vice World champion back in 2007 and Nahid Gaebler (Crew) was World champion in 2010. Nahid Gaebler is playing the 24sqm Gennacker with ease downwind and the mainsheet on the upwind legs of the course. 80% of the women sailing Tornados are crewing!
With the new and strict High Quality One Design concept, the Tornado is well prepared for the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
- Best weight range for Olympic Mixed Sailing Teams (120-170kg).
- Worldwide boat availability and class structure.
- Proven Olympic Quality and longevity.
- Olympic material world record. The same boat used for 3 Olympics!
- Low cost for Olympic Campaigners and MNAs. Best price-performance ratio.
- Tornado Material cost between 2.000 € to 4.000 € per year in a 4-year Olympic Campaign.
- Used Boats available from 6.000 € to 18.000 € on all continents.
- Brand new, long lasting boat ready to sail for 26,000 €
- IOC award for best Olympic Sailing TV coverage (Qingdao Medal Race).
- Highest Media Value for Tornado Team and Event Sponsors.
- Smart and Ecological Logistic Concept – minimal costs and highest efficiency.
- Young Talents and Olympic Champions are waiting for the Olympic Comeback of the Tornado
- Youth Multihull Program
HQ Photo Download
TMX Flyer and detailed Info
The new Video for the Tornado Mixed Sailing
Find out more on the Tornado Class website - www.tornado-class.org
The Race is on in Santander – ISAF announced the boats who will compete at evaluation trials
We know our Challengers for the ISAF Equipment Evaluations Trials in Santander/Spain 17.-25th March 2012. Some boats from F16 class. Hobie 16 and Tiger and one real new 17.6 Foot design from Nacra. And the Tornado Class made by Marstrom (Sweden) and Exploder (Poland).
So the Tornado is the only boat above 18 Foot length. Sailors must decide now, if they want to sail smaller boats in the future Olympics or continue the flights with the Tornado. All info on Facebook site "ISAF Connect to Sailing"
It’s a real surprise to see all modern F18 designs and the AC Olympic Cat Campaign gave up to enter their boats to the ISAF Evaluation. They had real nice designs on the way with ultra-light boats, wavepiercer hulls, curved boards and carbon masts. Especially the HiTech F18 Phantom Project was looking real good. But all of them gave up, because they are not happy with the evaluation rules and some other points you may ask them directly.
It looks a bit we end up in a race between mostly smaller cats and the Tornado at the top of the length. The sailors who come to Santander will decide what boats they want to sail in the Rio Olympics. It’s their vote which counts and we trust.
We see actually the AC45s are upgrading their Wings with more sail-area to deliver more performance in light winds for media, spectators and sponsors. The forecast for Rio de Janeiro and the summer Olympics are mostly light winds. So our question is: Do we want a smaller boat at the Olympics or take a real light wind Flyer like the proven One Design Tornado which has already a media award for the action the boats deliver.
We think a new boat will change nothing. We must change the racing system. To get more nations we need supplied boats for ISAF World Cup Events, World- and Continental Champs and Olympics. That’s why the Laser Class is so successful.
Sailors can fly in with a small bag from any point of the World; pay the charter fee and race. This system can also work for Olympic Multihull Sailing. But….. to get the media, spectators and sponsors we need a real Flyer.
We can be the F1 of Summer Olympics. The Multihull Sailing is a filet piece in Olympic Summer sports. In Rio de Janeiro we need a boat which can fly from 3knots on. We are not sure a small cat can deliver this performance and the images in light-wind Rio. But let’s see and check what the sailors want and how the boats perform in Santander.
In the moment we have 16-17 spots at the Olympics 2016. This is not a motivation for more nations to come in our sport. We need 30+ nations at the combined ISAF Worlds in Santander/Spain 2014 to get the right to ask for more spots at the Olympics in 2016. A new Multihull Class will change nothing. We really need to change the system. Supplied boats which will perform well in all wind conditions in the Olympic Sailing Arena are the only go.
The MNAs must decide what they want. Already they lost the Star (Men) and the Elliots (Matchrace Women). Maybe they need new surf- and kiteboards too. Imagine how much boats and money they lose in this period.
It’s a tough time in economics for every nation. Same way they burn money in a big style in Olympic sailing. Now they must decide if they want the same scenario in Multihull with a new class or take the proven boats and quality we have and use a new system with supplied boats for all nations. It looks we are the boat which fulfill all the ISAF evaluation rules at its best. So we are in a very good position. Tornado has boats on all continents ready to use for Olympic mixed sailing.
The Boats we will see in Santander
Hobie Tiger F18
Tornado Marstrom + Exploder
INVITATION to the ISAF Evaluation Trials in Santander 17th to 25th March for Olympic Mixed Multihull. Santander is very easy and cheap to reach with Ryan Air. ISAF offers free rooms if you are quick! YOU are very welcome to test the boats........Enjoy the Sail & Fly with the Catamarans. One of the most nicest sailing experience..........Also sailors from other classes are very welcome to test the boats. Specially for Starclass sailors and Matchrace women it’s a new chance for an Olympic Campaign!........Please make the entry a.s.a.p and send it to your Federation and ISAF. Here is the download…
Mixed Multihull Sailing World- and European Championship 2011
A new Olympic Sailing discipline is born. It´s time to get the races and championships ready. The Tornado Class has a 40 year history with great mixed sailing. Also other classes like Hobie 16, Dart 18, the F18 and youth classes between 16 and 10 Foot had their mixed teams in the ranking.
Our biggest hero forever in Mixed Sailing is Poul and Trine Elvström (DEN), who won many Championships in the Tornado against the best male teams. They finished 4th at Olympic Games 1984.
Also the Worldchampionship of TeamGaebler showed the power of mixed sailing at the Top against the best Olympic Sailors.
From now on Mixed Sailing on Multihulls is more in the focus of the spectators, media and sponsors. Mixed Team Sailing with Tornados can be the Formula 1 of Olympic Summer Games and will become one of the most emotional sports in the Olympic Program. The ISAF and IOC will get a big profit from it. The spectators and media at the Olympic Arena will love it.
Now we officially announce the Mixed Sailing Worldchampionship of the Tornado Class from 20th to 28th August 2011 in Biel/Suisse and the Mixed Sailing European Championship on Lake Como Italy from 8th to 11th September 2011. More Infos and NOR at http://www.tornadochampionships.com/
These Mixed Sailing Championships are connected to the OPEN Tornado Championship. But we will have an extra Championship and ranking for Mixed Sailing. The venues are in the wonderful location of the Alp Region in Suisse and Italy. More information and entry details you find also on www.mixedsailing.org and www.tornado-class.org
On top of this we invite mixed sailing teams and single sailors (Female + Male) to the “Tornado Speedsailing” in the “Kiel Sailing Arena” 18th to 26th June 2011. This event is in the center of Kiel and we expect 300.000+ spectators and a lot of media. Mixed Sailing on Tornado will be also the sportive highlight of the Kieler Woche 2011. We will bring high performance sailing and entertainment in a way together never seen before. One of the World’s best Rock bands will play aside our Sailing Arena.
There the Tornado Class supplies boats for free for mixed Teams. More information on www.speedsailing.org you do not necessarily need your own boat. Please send us your name and we will find a boat, crew and coach for you.
Mixed Sailing in a Tornado will get the highest Media Value for Team and Event Sponsors. This is the only way to refinance the sailing for teams on a global tour. Soon we will announce more details about our new Mixed Sailing Races and Championships.