The D3 is the latest boat to be launched this 2013 season. The idea for the team, that includes top level sailors like Ben Moon and Steve Brayshaw is to test debut at Barcelona Europeans, but surely targeting to peak at NZ Worlds in early 2014. More info on the D3 at http://www.d3-a-cat.com
Danish Nationals 2013 - Sadly not much wind for the Danish sailors but they could complete 4 races in calm conditions. Report sent by Steffen Bay.
"The city of Kerteminde is the host of the large dinghy event Sail Extreme. The Dannish A-cat class decided to organize it's class championship here. Eight A-cat sailors participated and had a total of four races, two on Saturday and two on Sunday.
In 2012 one of the most talented event took place at the Australian A-Class Nationals.
Darren Bundock, Glenn Ashby, Tom Slingby, Nathan Outteridge & Jimmy Spithill were part of the fleet among other talented sailors. The 100% of the Aussie sailors listed above are currently being part of the Americas Cup Teams. Image: Nathan Outteridge at 2012 Nats. Australian Class Assoc website http://www.a-cat.org.au
Denis Lucci was on the right spot when shooting this. There is a sequence of a pretty long flight downwind too. Reports of the DNA stable flight were circulating but no pic or video were available.
At the 2013 French Nats Bob Baier won with Nils Bunkenburg's Nikita, an already legendary and still winning design after more of 10 years of being launched in 2001.
Mischa on the DNA was 6th overall and Denis Lucci got these images of a production legal A-Class on a stable foiling.
Report by Thomas Paasch -- There’ll be some big races coming up next weekend, with the Danish Nationals up north and the German/Swiss/Austrian nationals in the middle of Europe. The “A-Cat Treff” at Bosau in North Germany was the last chance to test the form for Danish and North German sailors. Hobie Cat Tiger/Wild Cat, 16, 14 and Dragoons where also invited to the regatta, so lots of different classes racing in the same race area.
Great success for 2013 French Nats with 70 boats racing. Organized by the French Association and held by Club Multicoques Hyeres.
Bob Baier took first place, followed by Chris Field and Eugenio Calabria.
Hervé Ledue took the National title on being the first French rider with a 8th overall among a top list of International sailors like 2012 A-Class World champ, Mischa Heemskek that ended 6th.
Really sad day for the sailing community. Olympic gold Medalist Andrew Simpson died yesterday while Artemis AC72 crashed and pitch at San Francisco Bay in conditions and details yet to be verified. Official press release at http://artemis-racing.americascup.com/news/4522
A-Class Association and our thoughts with his family. Sail On! Andrew.
Report sent by Manuel Calavia -
The A Class Trophy of the City of Valencia was held this past weekend. 15 A-Class sailors were there and we did 6 races with winds from 8 knots to 14 knots. As always Valencia is a fantastic spot to sail.
Saturday we had 3 races in 8 to 14 knots and Sunday 3 more races from 10 to 12 knots.
Manuel Calavia (ESP-11) won each race with more than 200m before the second.