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A-Cat Dutch Nationals 2016 - Kees Krijger files this report.
28 boats were entered for the Dutch Nationals held at the Hellecat Catamaranclub on the great flat waters of the Haringvliet. Quite a few competitors were practising in the days leading up to the event, providing some great training.
Light airs were forecasted for Friday with big winds forecasted for Saturday and Sunday, so during the Friday morning briefing competitors were informed the intention of the race committee was to complete 4- 5 races on Friday to be able to make it a valid championship.
Nordic Open in Skovhoved Denmark.
The local Danes Thomas Paasch, Bo Erhardt and Tom Bojland took the podiums at the Nordic Open regatta on 20-21st August. 7 races with foiling conditions in two of them, meant that Bo Erhardt on his straight board Flyer showed excellent performance alongside the foiling boats
Many sailors were intrigued by the 'knitting machine' that was underneath Stevie Brewin and Adam Beattie's Exploder Ad3 trampolines. So, here is an annotated photo to show what does what. The undertramp mainsheet cascade system was not actually used in the racing, so you can ignore that bit. The added apparent complexity is just ingenious use of the takeaway bungees to allow a clear deck, the holy grail of 'A' cat systems.
Many thanks to Stevie for sharing his secrets.