Australian 2016 Nationals Wrap Up

Bob Griffits Wraps Up the A-Class Catamaran 2016 Australian Championships.

The 2016 Australian Championships has now come and gone. The record shows that Steve Brewin dominated the regatta, and won his fourth Australian Championship in the A Class Catamaran.

Steven has been at the top of the class for many years, and previously won the World Championship in Aarhus, Denmark, in 2011.

2016 Australian National Champion - Steve Brewin

Steve Brewin became the Australian Champion for the 3rd time today at their 2016 Nationals at South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club. Finishing the last race in a close fought 2nd place, just pipping Nathan Outteridge after Darren Bundock had got the bullet. This was the 7th race of a series plagued by poor weather of both high and low wind and much heavy rain at the club in Sunshine (!), NSW.

Australian Nationals resume on day 4 in testing conditions

After a day off due to torrential downpours, a window of opportunity opens for the race officers to squeeze a few races in.  Bob Griffits reports

Day 4 International A Class Catamaran Australian Championships.

 Racing resumed today on Lake Macquarie, after the disruption to the racing schedule, by strong winds, which had resulted in the cancellation of racing during the past two days.

Rule 8. The A-Class Future.

It's time we repigeoned the Cattery

Arguably, the four most chilling words a man can hear are ‘We need to talk...’

But that is what we must do to ensure the future of the A-Class Cat, to ensure it does not get itself into an evolutionary dead end after 50+ years of innovative development.

Australian Nationals start well for Brewin.


After a windless rainy day resulted in a practice race cancellation, the Australian Nationals Day 1 get underway in a decent breeze at South Lake Macquarie, NSW. 3 Bullets for Stevie Brewin on his Exploder.  

Bob Griffiths reports on day 1

Sailing finally commenced today in the Australian National Championships on Lake Macquarie. The weather person had suggested that an 18 to 20 knot easterly breeze would blow across the sailing course for the whole day, but today’s data confirmed that weather prediction still remains an inexact science.

2016 Australian Nationals primed to go.

Two America's Cup stars set to race in a strong A-Class fleet in NSW.  Bob Griffiths reports


The International A Class Catamaran Australian Championship will once again return and be sailed on the waters of Lake Macquarie.

The event was last held on the lake in 2012, and proved to be a memorable series, which featured a star, studied fleet of America’s Cup and Olympian sailors. James Spithill led a team from the Oracle America’s Cup Syndicate, and Glenn Ashby represented Team New Zealand.

A Review of the 2015 A Class Year

The 2015 A Class Year Review

The first event of 2015 was the Australian Nats at Lake Coolharaba on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.  In a range of conditions Brad Collet became the first National Champion of 2015 on an Exploder (J board), but Graeme Parker’s superbly sailed DNA (C) boat showed that the non-foilers were not quite dead yet, coming in 2nd, with Stephen Brayshaw 3rd on his Exploder (JZ).