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This boat is raced at the Olympic games

The Tornado was designed specifically for Olympic competition and made a first Games appearance in 1976. It has become a successful international class on its own merits and enhanced by rig upgrades it remains the fastest, most spectacular of the Olympic boats. Equipped with over 49sqm of sail area, twin trapeze, and asymmetric spinnaker, the boat is capable of an incredible 30 knots. The class has seen a resurgence in the UK in the past few years with new boats being built again in the UK by Graham Eeles in Brightlingsea. The class association (UKITA) is very active - there are regular long-distance and open meetings for the the Tornado in the UK and a spectacular national championships. by Paul Mines

This is a catamaran (it has two hulls)
Size: 6.15 metres long, 3.05 metres wide, weighing approx kilograms

Number of sailors: 2

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