Apr 21, 2010

Tornado Class: One-Design sails approved

Press Release
The International Tornado Association (ITA) has responded to the global downturn and the need to attract sailing's Generation Next to the class by allowing the best, not just the best funded, to race these ultra-fast sailing machines.

And while it's not often in life the cost of anything goes down, this is exactly what will happen in the world of Tornado sailing.

One of the biggest changes to the sport since the introduction of spinnakers and the double trapeze in 2001 following the Sydney Olympics, the Tornado class has voted to put a ceiling on costs with the introduction of one-design sails in the interest of creating a fairer playing field.

"These are exciting times for the Tornado and for sailing," said ITA President and former World Champion and Olympic medalist Roland Gaebler from Germany.

"We feel that the Tornado has always been one of the leaders in sailing in terms of promotion, sponsorship and of course, excitement, and we believe this decision again shows we are not only capable of moving with the times, but responding to the times.

"We feel sailing needs to be pro-active, not just reactive.
Full press release Here

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