Nacra F18 Evolution

The Nacra Sailing F18 Evolution revealed; a racing catamaran representing a unique design combination of 45 years of experience with advanced technology and sophisticated design tools.

Nacra Sailing has chosen to replace the renowned Nacra F18 Infusion with the newly developed Nacra F18 Evolution on Nacra’s 45th anniversary.

Nacra Sailing teamed up again with their long-time development partner Morrelli & Melvin to set its goals in this ambitious project. Nacra Sailing and Morrelli & Melvin have a long history, having done many successful projects together such as the Nacra F18 Infusion which was launched in 2006. This successful relationship also includes the development of the Olympic Nacra 17 what has changed the face of sailing by becoming the first event in Olympic sailing to introduce hydrofoiling.

The design program of the new Nacra F18 Evolution started last year at the 2018 F18 World Championship in Sarasota, USA, when M&M Naval Architects Ferdinand van West (2 time F18 World Champion) and Pete Melvin (Olympic sailor) teamed up to sail the Nacra F18 Infusion. Together with Nacra Sailing owner and technical director Peter Vink’s coaching, the duo finished their first event in 6th place. Inspired by the experience, they brought back a wealth of data from the event which they applied directly to the drawing board.

The primary ambition of the new Formula 18 design was to build upon the Nacra F18 Infusion’s unique pedigree as the best all-around performing F18, over the full range of sailing conditions for every sailor.

The hydrodynamic characteristics of the Nacra F18 Evolution’s hull shape are completely revised and benefit from the latest design tools used by America’s Cup teams to analyse the performance of dozens of hull shape iterations in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations. Since their involvement in the last three America’s Cups, Morrelli & Melvin have invested in using NUMECA’s FINE/Marine CFD software for design optimization, utilizing high performance computing resources and advanced performance prediction simulators to add fidelity to race model analysis.

Most notable, the Nacra F18 Evolution’s hull shape design has an aggressively styled raked wave-piercing bow with a horizontal hull chine running back into the transom. This elegant solution cleverly distributes the volume and contour curvatures desired for each dynamic condition and delivers a unique compromise for both sailing upwind and downwind at different speeds. The optimized foredeck in front of the main beam and embedded beams into the hull add extra sleekness to this design.

There was a careful focus on the platform configuration, which features an updated longitudinal beam position to optimize the hydrodynamic and aerodynamic balance between the sailplan and the appendages. This has been further enhanced by a new high aspect ratio rudder design, refining wetted area, and updates to the hydrofoil sectional shape to the latest developments.

Close collaboration with the aerodynamic sail design of Performance Sails has ensured an optimized sailplan which features the regatta proven deck sweeper mainsail and an optimized jib design tailored to the new mainsail.

The Nacra F18 Evolution will make its F18 worlds debut at the 2020 Formula 18 World Championship in Formia, Italy, and is available for order with first deliveries starting in February 2020.

The Nacra F18 Infusion will stay in production, as the only convertible Foiling Catamaran on the market that can be easily converted to a F18 class legal boat.

About the Formula 18 Class

The Formula 18 class, abbreviated F18, is a non-foiling, restricted development, formula-design sport catamaran class. It was started in the early 1990s and quickly grew getting class recognition by World Sailing, with large racing fleets all over the globe.

Technical Data

Tech Data Nacra F18 Infusion FCS Nacra F18 Evolution
class legal F18 / foiling FCS F18
convertible yes no
length 5.52 m 5.52 m
Beam 2.60 m 2.60 m
mainsail Area 17.00 m² 17.00 m²
Jib Area 4.30 m² 4.30 m²
Spin Area 21.00 m² / FCS 19,63 m² 21.00 m²
mast length 9.10 m 9.10 m
Weight 180kg / FCS 190kg 180kg
Epoxy Sandwich FRP
Resin Infused
Epox Sandwich FRP
Resin Infused

Nacra 15 FCS (ONE)

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Nacra 15 FCS (flight control system):

Following the evolution of the Olympic Nacra 17 Class, Nacra Sailing introduces the full foiling Nacra 15 FCS multihull. Nacra 15 FCS will be offering the ultimate sailing experience.

Sail plan is the same as the foundation WS Nacra 15 “C” Foil configuration, with just the FCS foiling package being plug and play as part of a new boat package or an additional option for existing Nacra 15 owners.

Nacra Sailing is dedicated to maximize safety in multihull sailing and especially when considering our youth. Our sport is evolving and we are innovating with that development. Nacra Sailing working in tight partnership with leading design house, Morrelli & Melvin on a new design of a L-rudder, including kick-up system. Additionally, sailing garment manufacturers are also making big steps towards ever improving impact protection accessories giving us a far safer, more robust “high performance” sailing experience. Equipment and suitable sailing wear going hand in hand.

Nacra 15 FCS ONE:

Answering the increasing popularity of singlehanded sailing, Nacra Sailing is proud to present the Nacra 15 FCS ONE, a full foiling, single-handed version of Nacra 15 FCS. The key difference is the sail configuration including a super efficient deck sweeper main sail, without jib. Single-handed sailing is independent, can be highly competitive, but fundamentally so much fun. Beautifully illustrated by the growth of International classes, however, the N15 FCS ONE offering versatile, robust single-handed performance.

Nacra 15 FCS specifications

Boat length              4.70 m/15.4 ft

Boat width                2.35m/7.7 ft

Mast length             8.10 m/26.5 ft

Area mainsail           13.6 m2/146 sqft

Area jib                      3.3 m2/36 sqft

Area spi                      16.5 m2/177.6 sqft

Dagger board          Full foiling Z dagger board

Rudder                       Full foiling L rudder

Nacra F18 FCS (flight control system)

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The most all-round F18 is going to fly!

Here she is, the Nacra F18 Infusion FCS! Proudly presented by Nacra Sailing, manufacturer since 2009 of foiling and semi-foiling boats, such as the Nacra F20 Carbon, Nacra F20 FCS, Nacra 15 and the full foiling Olympic multihull Nacra 17.

As the 5 time F18 world champion and multiple winner of almost every other event Nacra F18 now is ready for full foiling. Nacra F18 Infusion FCS has been designed to fly in a wide range of weather conditions and to make competitive cat sailing accessible to even more sailors. The open multifunctional dagger board case has been designed to easily transform this foiling Nacra F18 Infusion FCS back to a class legal F18 in 30 minutes.

Nacra F18 Infusion FCS has been built to meet the highest safety standards and the standards of a wide range of – more or a little less – experienced sailors.

Nacra F18 Infusion FCS offers the ultimate sailing experience, but beware: sailing F18 FCS is addictive!

Nacra F18 Infusion FCS starting at €24.832

Nacra F18 Infusion FCS limited edition will be available for €28.632, complete with race package and limited edition wrap design. This distinctive wrap design will be available in orange and apple green. Custom designs can be discussed.


Boat length: 5.52 m/18 ft
Boat width: 2.60 m/8.5 ft
Mast length: 9.15 m/30 ft
Area DS mainsail: 17 m2/182 sqft
Area jib: 4.15 m2/44 sqft
Area spi: 21 m2/226 sqft
Dagger board: Full foiling Z dagger board
Rudder: Full foiling L rudder

Nacra F16 full carbon

Over the last year, Nacra Sailing started looking at the potential of the existing Nacra F16. With the popularity of the boat in mind, we decided that redesigning and redeveloping the F16 would meet the demand of cat sailors around the world – from recreational to racing in class events.

In proud cooperation with our long term partners Morelli & Melvin, Nacra designed a complete new hull shape while Performance Sails developed a new sail plan. All being built using the latest techniques and production methods.

As Olympic supplier, Nacra Sailing persisted in creating the fasted allrounder on the market. Nacra F16 now is the preferred choice for lightweight crews of all ages, suitable for both doublehanded and singlehanded sailing.

The boat will standard be delivered in completely class legal configuration. However, with the multifunctional daggerboard cases you have the possibility to switch to curved daggerboards, providing a semi-foiling performance.

If you want to take your F16 even further, different options are available: carbon mast, boom, spinnaker pole, tiller tie bar and even DS sails. Although the F16 class regulations do not allow a deck sweeper yet, Nacra already has it available for you.

Nacra’s new F16 will be available from May 2019.

For more information please contact your local Nacra dealer or Nacra Sailing at info@nacrasailing.com

Technical Data

Boat length                5 m / 16 ft
Boat width                  2.5 m / 8.2 ft
Mast length                8.5 m / 28 ft
Area mainsail            15 m2 / 162 sqft
Area jib                       3.7 m2 / 40 sqft
Area spi                       17.5 m2 / 188 sqft

Nacra 17 bleibt olympisch

Der Nacra 17 bleibt auch 2024 in Paris olympisch.

Word Sailing (ISAF) hat entschieden:

bei Olympia 2020 in Tokio segelt der NACRA 17 in der FOILING Version.


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