The 2014 Europeans will be held this June 20-29 at Cercle Voile Bordeaux, France. We contacted Hervé Ledue, event coordinator and 2013 French National Champ to know more about the venue and how he got involved in sailing A-Cats.
Hervé also maintains an all A-Cat blog: http://acatsailing.blogspot.com with local and International activity.
Good news for the Class having Gabart & Presti onboard for the Europeans. Gabart, ex Tornado sailor, has won the Vendee Globe last year and has participated at the 2013 F18 Worlds where he finished 4th overall.
He has been sailing the Flying Phantom lately thus getting flight hours. Now is training for the Europeans on the new Dominik Scheurer's/D3 A-Cat. Photo left with Askell built mast.
Philippe Presti is already registered too, the former Finn Olympic sailor and sailing coach for Oracle Team USA has also sailed the Flying Phantom and both will be racing at Bordeaux.
Ben Moon continues to demonstrate his excellent racing status by winning another event in the US. This time at the Hall Spars Admiral Cup organized by the Gulf Port Yacht Club.
Ben didn´t went to Takapuna and also missed the 2013 Europeans, hope to see him along a good contingent of US sailors at Bordeaux in June.
In second place Jeremy Herrin, the young star of the US catracing scene along some other talented youths.
He also has a custom A-Cat project www.ah-sailing.blogspot.com
Ben Hall ended 3rd.
With flying boats being a reality under current rules, more yards are pursuing to achieve this new mode.
Andy Scheurer from Scheurer Boot Werft AG has launched a new version of their A-Cat. Sandro Caviezel sent us this pic and video of their first session. More details will follow.
Contact Andy Scheurer at http://www.scheurerwerft.ch/
Hobie Alter made Catsailing and Racing more popular when he launched the Hobie 14 in the late 60s', followed by the H16 and others models, including the single handed Hobie 17, with a similar A-cat setup.
Many of us started sailing in his designs, still great feeder classes for high performance cats like the A-Class.
France is going to organize next Europeans in June 21-29 at Bordeaux. And the french fanatic multihull sailors have two local built A-Cat alternatives to chose from , the Addiction and the Askell. Thibault Laudren sails the latter and has sent a nice onboard video from a freeride at Quiberon.
At the WGM held 14th February 2014 at Takapuna NZ the following changes to Championship Rules, Constitution & Measurement Certificates were approved. Copies of all updated documents can be found on the IACA website under the IACA Menu (Championship Rules & Constitution) & A-Cat Menu (Calculation Forms & updated Measurers Guidelines)
Although the Class is already present in South America (Brazil for some time now), we didn´t had any A-Cat in Argentina, where a strong F18 has been developed since 2006. This F18 fleet is the only local Multihull racing Class and its members have put lots of hours and investment to get a renown fleet among a previously entire monohull sailing community , this work was crowned in 2013 with the confirmation of the 2016 F18 Worlds at Buenos Aires.
Letter by the IACA Committee--
There has been much written in the social media and numerous emails between interested parties since the WGM in New Zealand about the outcome of the Rule 8 vote and the future direction of the class. The IACA committee is elected by the members and hopefully acts in the best interest of the class.
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