As I said above, the N17 is the boat that has been clearly recommended by the evaluation panel, so they must have the upper hand. I think it highly unlikely that the various committees and the Council will vote in the Viper unless a significant number of NMA's come forward saying they will not try to compete in the mixed multi class if the N17 is chosen but would do if the Viper is chosen. I think that unless they also came armed with orders for boats, it wouldn't get them very far. I can see only 1 potential reason for not choosing the N17 and that is the cost.So all banter aside, it's looking like the Viper and the Nacra 17 are duking it out for the spot. Any thoughts on who had the upper hand thus far?
I'd like to see the N17 beat out the Viper myself
What I cannot see happening is that the Viper will be chosen ahead of the N17 just on a simple vote. It has never worked like that with class selection. In fact, every single time an evaluation panel has recommended a class, it has been chosen. From everything I have seen, when it comes to new classes, I don't really think the NMA's care a great deal about which class is chosen. The battleground is the events themselves. People will fight to the death for a multi event, or keelboat, etc. The classes are another matter.
I think it is as good as done that the N17 will get selected.