Newport Beach, Calif., – NOSA has added an “Unlimited” class to 2015’s N2E. The addition reflects the board’s desire to accommodate non-traditional boats, those that don’t fit into typical class categories. The new class is open to all adventurous racers with a well-equipped support boat. If you’re agile, fast and daring, this is the race to strut your stuff.
John Sangmeister, a local sailor, was the first to register in the class. Although he’s sailed in American’s Cup campaigns, a Santa Cruz 70, a Formula 40 and a 70-foot ORMA, Sangmeister will race a NACRA F20 Carbon full-foiling catamaran in N2E.
Entries in this class will not be given a handicap, nor will they compete against other classes. Results will be based only on elapsed time.
Since these boat’s minimalist design prevent the vessel from carrying required safety equipment as per US Sailing’s coastal racing requirements, participants must provide a dedicated support boat to follow along and provide assistance if necessary.
Foiling technology has been sailed in the Moth class for some time, but competing manufacturers are attempting to make more competitive designs with the latest lightweight materials. The result is speed, upward of 30 knots an hour depending on wind, which will make for a very fun and exciting race.