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Tornado Racing Catamaran: Olympic Class - $5,750 (annapolis)

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boat type: sailboat
propulsion type: sail
condition: good
length overall (LOA): 20
make / manufacturer: Tornado
model name / number: US 578
This is a first generation 20 foot Tornado Olympic Class racing catamaran which has been owned and operated in the Annapolis area of Maryland. Has been stored for the past 10 years so some new lines and rigging would be expected. Overall this Tornado is in Good to Excellent condition.

RARE: THIS ONE WILL NOT LAST LONG!!

Specs:
Draft: 0.15 m (6 in); 0.76 m (2 ft 6 in)
Beam: 3.08 m (10 ft 1 in)
Hull weight: 155 kg (342 lb) (boat weight); 6.3 kg (14 lb) (mast tip weight)
D-PN: 59.0
Jib/genoa area: 5.33 m2 (57.4 sq ft)
LOA: 6.09 m (20.0 ft)
RYA PN: 644
MAST: 29 ft 9 in
BACON BROTHERS MAIN SAIL

The Tornado is a double handed multihull class recognized as an International Class by the International Sailing Federation. It was used for the Catamaran discipline at the Olympic Games from 1976 to 2008 and is returning as the platform for the Summer games this year (2024) in Paris.

Great Tornado Olympic Class Overview and History Link:
http://www.tornado-class.org/the-class/tornado-class-history/

The Tornado is among the fastest double handed catamarans, with an ISAF Small Catamaran Handicap Rating System rating of 0.934 and a D-PN of 59.0. It is the fastest catamaran in the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick scheme, with a 2015 Portsmouth Number of 634.

The Tornado was designed in the autumn of 1967 by Rodney March from England, with help from Terry Pierce, and Reg White, specifically for the purpose of being the new Olympic Catamaran, which was to be selected by the IYRU in an Olympic Catamaran Trials. The boat was developed mainly in Brightlingsea, England.

International Status was granted to the Tornado as a result of its outright winning of the IYRU Trials held in England. The next step, adding the Catamaran event to the Olympic program, occurred two years later, with the result that the first Catamaran event, sailed in 1976 in Canada, was sailed in the Tornado. The Tornado is an outstanding example of a class that was designed specifically for Olympic competition that has become a successful International class on its own merits.

The Tornado has since remained unchallenged as the ultimate one-design catamaran. With its modern, stylish rigging and sleek lines the Tornado is quick to catch the eye of any water-drawn on-looker as it speeds across harbors, lakes, and oceans in over 30 countries around the world. With its ability to reach speeds of 15-18 knots upwind and downwind, and 33+ knots reaching, the Tornado is truly the purists’ speed machine.

The Tornado is disassembled with sails in original bags, and fixtures/parts in resealable bags.

Serious inquiries from knowledgeable buyers only. Please provide phone number, email and location in reply.

post id: 7743864432

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