The first Zwitserleven Nacra Infusion 2011 World Championship, to be sailed along the Dutch Wadden island of Texel has attracted some top sailors.
The Nacra Infusion class has been recognized by ISAF since November 2010 and are able to hold their first official World Championship.
Currently, the total fleet includes 41 teams, representing seven countries. The three-day event begins on Monday June 20 and is part of the Zwitserleven Sailing Week 2011.
There are a total of ten races on the program, led by race director Rob Hoogstra (NED). On Monday and Tuesday, the sailors race four times and twice on Wednesday morning.
The level is again high. All eyes are focused on the winner of the 2010 Nacra Infusion Championship, Gunnar Larsen
(NED). Now he appears with his new crew, Sam Frank
(NED) at the start. In May, the duo won the Dutch Nacra Infusion Championship. A few weeks earlier, Larsen and Frank took the bronze medal at Eurocat Carnac in France, the first international showdown of the season.
The 2009 F18 World Champions, Coen de Koning
(NED) and Thijs Visser (NED) are hunting for another world title. Former Olympian and current America's Cup sailor Pim Nieuwenhuis
(NED) and his crew Ferdinand van West (NED) are among the favorites as well. They will have a hard time with newcomers Xander Pols (NED) and Sascha Larsen (NED). Pols took twice the line-honors of the Zwitserleven Round Texel Race on his former M20. A few years earlier, Larsen was first through the finish of world's biggest cat race.
The Zwitserleven World Championship Nacra Infusion and the Int. Nacra Open Championships can be followed via www.nacrachampionship.com.
The Nacra Championships 2011 are made possible by: Zwitserleven, Provincie Noord-Holland, Paal 17, TNG Watches, Lazy Jack, Ultrasun, LensExpress.nl, KS Tools, Boskalis, Maasstad Ziekenhuis, Schouwstra Transport B.V., KZV Westerslag, Watersportverbond and Nacra.