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First Nacra 15 on San Francisco Bay

Theodora Horangic, seen here at age 14 in the Caribbean, and her sister Helen are cruisers turned racers. 

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Theodora ‘Teddy’ and Helen Horangic were featured in Latitude 38 while on a 2.5-year cruise with their family on the Outremer 49 catamaran Liladhoc. They were in St. Barth when the Wanderer interviewed them for the June 2015 issue, and Teddy even appeared on the cover. The girls checked in recently with word of their latest adventure.

Sisters Teddy (left) and Helen Horangic may be young, but they are already accomplished sailors.

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"My sister and I have been back in school since September (8th and 9th Grade)," wrote Teddy. "When we returned, we upgraded from the Optis we carried on the bimini of our catamaran to sailing c420s together with Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation in Redwood City. We got fourth at Orange Bowl in Miami at Christmas."

Now they’ve upgraded to the new Nacra 15 catamaran, which was developed last year as a youth trainer for the Olympic-class Nacra 17.  "We just brought the first one ever to the San Francisco Bay," said Teddy. "Two more have already been purchased by other owners and should arrive soon. Right now they have curved daggers, but they will have foiling daggers by the fall. We saw Pete Melvin, the designer, testing them in L.A. where we picked ours up."

The girls’ newest endeavor, this Nacra 15 is the first on San Francisco Bay. She doesn’t foil yet, but plans are in the works to make the Nacras foil by fall. 

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"This boat was introduced to the World Championships in 2016, and will appear for the first time in the US Championships in June and the first time in the Youth Olympics when it comes around again next year," explained Teddy.

"We are hoping that other kids and parents get into them and buy more when the next shipments to the US arrive in June and December. Right now there are only 10 in the USA. Five of them, including ours, will gather for a clinic at St. Francis Yacht Club on May 13-14, where anyone can try it out."

The Horangic sisters want to find sailing partners for each of them in the Nacra, since they are both on the light side. In particular they are looking for kids around 140 lbs. who are tall, strong and agile and want to practice five days a week out of Redwood City for the Youth Championships in June. "We would even take someone with no sailing experience, just a really strong interest and dedication." If you’re interested, contact us and we’ll pass your info along.

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