New French Event - Critérium National Classe A, 25th – 28th May

The 'Critérium National Classe A' will be held in Sète, South of France, from the 25th to the 28th of May. 

This new regatta on the AFCCA calendar replaces the French Nationals that were traditionally held on this Ascension week-end. Nationals that are for the first time move back to early November to enhance the sports interest throughout the season and conclude it in the best possible manner, crowing a French champion. 

Important reminder about the Worlds.

Dear Presidents and Competitors,
The eligibility to participate to the Worlds championship in Sopot is governed by the IACA constitution and championship rules.

Championship Rules :
All helmsmen shall be fully paid up Members of their National Association, which in turn must be financial member of IACA or individual Members of the IACA. Evidence of current membership shall be produced.

RIP Serge Pelissier, FRA 51.

Serge Pelissier, FRA 51, has passed away recently.

You may have met Serge and his wife Alice in France and the nearby countries racing Hobie Cats and his A-Cat.  Serge was a very good person to be around. Our thoughts go to his wife Alice and their family.

Fair winds Serge and keep sailing up there.

Charles Bueche
IACA president

Class rule rewrite

At the 2016 WGM in Medemblik, the Technical Committee was given the task to rewrite our current Class Rules, to clean them up and make them fit current World Sailing standard. This is now in place.

The Technical Committee, lead by Thomas Paasch, has done an impressive work during the last months. I would like to express my thanks to them.

2017 Sopot Worlds update.

It is going to be a great event! Poland will host Catamaran World Championships for the first time in their history. However, the organizers are sure that A-Class sailors, a sailing spot with beautiful sandy beaches and the vibrant atmosphere of Sopot, will help to make the event truly successful. 4 weeks after start of registration, there are already 60 competetors registered and we know this is not final number. We have also had verbal commitment from many top sailors, including some America's Cup participants.

National Associations Spread Their Love

This is the time of year for a few European boat shows, and some offer an opportunity for national associations to promote the class, and show off to prospective new recruits ready for the start of the season just around the corner.

For the last 2 weekends, the Danish A Class Association had a booth at the Danish boat show in Fredericia. They showed the DNA F1 and it was, without any competition, the coolest boat on the show, drawing a lot of attention from the visitors.