World Championships 2016 Measurements

It is very important that all competitors registered arrive at the 2016 World Championships and present CURRENT measurement certificates. These should cover all relevant parts -Sails, Hull and Mast. Tamperproof stickers will be issued and applied to the relevant parts.  Each day, judges will pick several boats to be measured, so it is crucial that the boats have the correct documentation otherwise disqualification could result.  

Graeme Harbour, the 2016 Worlds Chief Equipment Measurer has issued a letter and guidelines as detailed below.


New 'Vision' announced by Piet Saarberg

It would seem that new designed 'A' cats are like buses - you wait for ages, then two come along at once. (An old British joke, not sure how it works in other countries!)

Piet Saarberg has announced the new 2016 flying version of his Vision.  Developed from the experience gained last year, and sailed to victory by Dave Shaw in the NZL Nationals, this new version is due for launch.

See the Catamaran Parts website for further details.

Medemblik Worlds Update

So far the organisers of the 2016 World Championships have received entry fees of 108 competitors, which gives them financial security for a fantastic event.

With the 120+ registered competitors, they will split the fleets in a similar way as in Punta Ala.  ie Two fleets randomly split initially, then the top half of each fleet will join together into a Gold and Silver fleet.

The board shape stats are -

Z - 68
C - 35
J - 12
S - 5
Other - 5

The new DNA arrives.

Finally, the beast has emerged into the daylight, eyes blinking, to stretch it's legs and show you what it is made of!  The 2016 DNA has finally been revealed to the World at last, just in time for the new season, and for the hotshots to ride at the Worlds in June.

French Nationals at Quiberon on 5th to 8th May 2016 are go!

The AFCCA today received a communications from the French Sailing Federation giving their consent to foiling and non-foiling boats sailing together. A result for the French A Class and it's friends!

The communication was as follows (Translated) from the original here.

'The organization of the National (French) A Class presents a problem to this day despite the efforts of each other to find a consensual solution.

A Cat sail design research methodology wins award.

Italian aerospace engineer, Ubaldo Cella, has recently had his research on A-Class sail design methodology awarded 'Best in class' CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) application by the ANSYS “Hall of Fame” competition.  For those who don't mix in these elevated circles, ANSYS is the World leader in engineering simulation and 'develops, markets and supports engineering simulation software used to predict how products will behave and how manufacturing processes will operate in real-world environments'.

Two British boats on show in London

Two 'A' cats on display at the RYA London Dinghy Show.

The World's only dedicated dinghy show took place last weekend at the Alexandra Palace exhibition centre in North London.  Organised by the Royal Yachting Association, several thousand visitors come to this show to see the latest designs and developments, and to buy kit and equipment for the new season.

Landy's response to the FFV's decision to force the class to split fleets.

IACA President Andrew Landenberger replies to the French FFV in response to their recent pronouncements.

Dear Jean Pierre,
I have read your letter with great interest. It shows you have given detailed thought and consideration to the current situation in our class which is a constant evolution of changes during this time. I would however like to point out some details surrounding my letter to the class which you have referenced in your response.

Danger in French ‘A’ Class Circles.

On February 18, in a meeting with the Vice -President of the French national sailing regulator, the FFV, Jean-Pierre Churet, French A Class Association President  Thierry Boisbouvier and Vice President Jacques Piallat  said that the FFV conceders the A-Class to be a flying boat and as such, two possibilities were offered to them: