As European sailors shiver under an icy onslaught, and reflect longingly on all those great sailing days of the summer, we must spare a thought for those plucky Aussies, readying themselves in the heat and doing all that training in their bathlike warm, shark infested seas for the coming year. We take a look back at 2017, a year which, as ever, saw some significant developments within the class.
Last week saw the METS sailing equipment trade show in Amsterdam. This is an odd show, its a trade boatshow, but without any boats. And it is THE place to get the latest bling for your superyacht. It is also the place to catch up with people and a few luminaries of the 'A' Cat world were seen either looking for ideas or spying on the opposition.
A couple of new things relevent to 'A' Cat sailors were seen;
Following the publication of an article on catsailingnews and in various other media, the IACA (International A-Division Catamaran Association) would like to recall the following facts:
- IACA owns the rights and logo of the class.
- In France, the IACA only recognises the AFCCA (French Association of Catamarans of Class A) and has not delegated competence to any other French association.
The French 2017 Nationals are organized by the Cercle de la Voile de Bordeaux, on the Lake of Maubuisson, the same spot as the 2014 Europeans as Thibault Laudren reports.
Holding this event now at the end of the French A Cat season seems to have found great interest, with 49 boats registered with sailors who have come a long way from Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands.
2017 A Class North Americans. A view from the top in Champagne sailing conditions. Report by Bruce Mahoney.
The 50th Anniversary of the A Class North American Championship was held in San Diego Bay on October 5th-8th. Hosted by San Diego Yacht Club, the event was held on the Silver Strand State Beach which is halfway down Coronado Island. The sailing area was well protected with flat water and great racing conditions for the Classics and Foilers alike.