Tornado soups itself up for Olympic selection

Mitch Booth puts the finishing touches to the Tornado Sport on Lake Garda

Monday October 23rd 2000, Author: Andy Rice, Location: United Kingdom
The Tornado class has been busy souping up the conventional 20-foot catamaran with a 'Sport' version that includes a second trapeze and gennaker, in its bid to be selected once again as the Olympic catamaran class. Double Olympic medallist and class president Mitch Booth has been putting the Tornado Sport through its paces on Lake Garda in Italy.

Booth said, "The Tornado Sport proved very exciting in the tough conditions on Lake Garda. Winds gusted over 25 knots, however the boat was well balanced and easily controllable. The boat also allows the crew to ride the trapeze downwind with its asymmetric spinnaker."

The Australian cat sailor said the Tornado Sport Class had evolved after a recent ballot of Tornado sailors voted 60 percent in favour of this new configuration, although the class constitution demanded a two-thirds majority for the rule changes to be accepted.

The French sailing federation (FFV) has made the official submission for the Tornado Sport to be made an Olympic class. But now it is a matter of waiting until the committee members of ISAF make their decisions about all Olympic classes for 2004 at their annual general meeting in Edinburgh this November.

Further news about developments to the Tornado Sport can be found on their website.

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