About Nacra Racing and Meet our Boardmembers

Wonderfull of you to visit this page which ties it all together: you, us, the people who started it all. On this page you can find interesting information about who Nacra Racing came to life. Why are we here and why are we doing what we do.

Also, you can see who are Boardmembers are. All volunteers, giving their best to design and deliver the best regatta’s to help us create valuable sailing memories. If you spot them, say hi. And share your insights and memories. They’ll like that.

About Nacra Racing

Nacra Racing is the global class authority of the Nacra F18, Nacra 17 MKI, Nacra F20, and all fun types. The Nacra 15 and the Nacra 17 MKII (Olympic Class) have their own class authorities.

Nacra Racing is born out of the Nacra Dutch Class Association (NDCA) and the International Nacra Class Association (INCA). They hosted the Nacra Dutch Open at Hellecat and the Nacra and World Championships at Texel between 2008 and 2015. Nacra Racing is created to just do one thing: organise more events for Nacra sailors.

Nacra Racing is the place sailors will go to to get info on important Nacra events and racing venues. We also stretch our responsibility to get to know marina’s and venues.

Designing and delivering regatta’s as Nacra Racing Board we rely on sponsors, suppliers and partnerships to help us further.
But an annual class fee is required if you sail at our regatta’s. As a result we can add nice extra’s to our events: social drinks, a photographer or media team, goodies etc.

We are not a commercial party where profit is the one thing we care about. We care about you. About sailing. About youth. Having Fun. And we do this with all our love. Love us for it.

Meet the Boardmembers

The Nacra Racing board consists of volunteers who dedicate their free time to design and deliver great events. Being sailors themselves they think it is in all our interest to make sure we all have the possibility to sail great events.
If you have any questions, or positive feedback, do send us an email!

Wouter Swolfs


Professionally Wouter is Innovation Director at Innoleaps and an independent strategy facilitator at WhiteRabbit Strategy. Since 1985 however he’s been on the water sailing and racing on dinghies, keelboats, traditional Dutch skûtsjes, yachts and a wide variety of multihulls. Being a fully certified sailing instructor, trainer and coach he keeps on racing multihulls and yachts. The rest of his free time he spends leading the Nacra Racing board with relentless energy and drive.

Wouter has worked for Nacra Sailing between 2007 and 2011 and is a member of Nacra Racing since 2008 so he definitely knows his stuff. He is focussed in growing the Nacra Racing brand, designing and delivering great regatta’s and constantly finding us blue oceans to race on. If you want info, organise a regatta or just plain answers to your question; he’s the one to reach out to.

Emma van Welij

Vice President

Emma is our power house. She's all over the place once you let her. And we do let her. We love her for it. Enthusiastic and with relentless energy Emma drives Nacra Racing further. And on the water she does the same with on a Nacra F18 Infusion Mark III. She crew's mixed team and is there to race and win. This lady knows her sailing stuff being a high ranked sailing instructor in Friesland when she was a bit younger. Did her fair share of sea trips to England before jumping on a Nacra F18 Infusion. She still races yachts besides her busy competition schedule with the Nacra Infusion.

Her main focus is working together with the President, deploying new interesting regattas and keeping Nacra Racing and it's branding fresh. She also leads the marketing and brand specifics of Nacra Racing and our pro in social media presence. Hashtags, planned posts, merchandising and marketing, that's her thing. If you want things done, she's the one. Send her an email!

Xander Pols


You know him as the guy on the big mean racing machines: fully foiling N20 fcs Pro. Always out there to go faster and faster, one would assume he is a fighter pilot. You couldn’t be more wrong. Xander heads together with his brother Marc the City Bril and City Lens brand. We all need them so he’s in a good spot. Being sponsor of many teams and Nacra Racing events since 2008 he is a true steady factor in Nacra Racing and his focus area is Partnerships & Sponsors.

You know, that’s what he’s best at. Well, next to racing then because he has numerous prizes and more than a few line honours wins at Round Texel. Xander is always open to talk to you if you have an interesting business opportunity.

Cor 't Mannetje


Secretly Cor has always been around. And you will have seen him because he doesn’t miss out on Nacra Racing events. Well actually, he has seen far more than those, following his racing boys Sascha & Gunnar while they were racing around the continent.

Cor is a pensionado enjoying life, especially Portugal, and helping us out as our beacon in thrifty times as secretary. Always open for a chat and smiling, following the races with binoculars, we just love Cor.

Sanne Wielenga


She is the winner of the Nacra F18 Infusion Europeans in Como and she has more of those prizes in her locker. Having learned how to sail with Hellecat in her backyard she is eager and fast. She started on the Dragoon and followed the youth program, then swiftly stepped onto a Nacra 16 and Infusion. Always open to help you with advice and tips. Also, she is our only student in our Board, and just for that keeping us young.

Frank de Waard

Race Officer & Treasurer

Frank couldn’t be more different at work then when you would meet him at the beach. As a Financial Advisor for Waardig Advies he spends his weeks in a completely other way than the weekends: winning almost all competitions he is sailing in. We bet he is dreaming about if during worktime if they would let him. But being as engaged at his work as he is while racing we would say: need an financial advisor, pick him.

For Nacra Racing Frank is our Race Guru & Treasurer. He is they guy on the ground who will look at course management when we organise regatta’s and challenge us in where and how to race. Being a travelled man during his time as a Nacra Team Racer he has seen many venues and countries so you can imagine his value to us. Want to know more on how we race and why we do it this way. He’s your man.