Piet Saarberg, a solid pillar for IACA retires & Bailey White co-opted as new secretary.

Dear members

On 19 October 2016, Piet Saarberg, IACA secretary, sent me this email (slightly edited):

'…I think it is wise for me to withdraw as secretary. Almost everything is dealt with direct through the internet which makes the post with not much left to do. I propose to do this at the 1st of January 2017.

I did both jobs (secretary and treasurer) long enough and started the Treasuring when there were no funds left at IACA. The present status is a lot better. So it is now up to Phillipe to guard the Treasure.'

Brewin is new NSW State Champion

Steve Brewin is the new NSW A Class Catamaran State Champion. Robert Griffits reports;

The 8 race series was sailed this weekend at the Kurnell Catamaran Club on Botany Bay, located within the southern confines of Sydney.  The 17 boat fleet comprised entrants from New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland. The forecast strong winds were thought to be a limiting factor for the eventual fleet size. Fortunately , the winds proved more moderate than the forecast, and allowed the series to be completed on schedule.

'A' Class Technical Portal

We are introducing a series of technical pages here to the IACA site that is hoped will become a portal for people wanting more information on setting up, trimming and offering different solutions to various issues and ideas found on 'A' Cats. And for people to share accurate information with others. 

Please note - we are not interested in theoretical ideas or hearsay, we want actual genuine working solutions for here.

Mischa wins the German Nationals, and 'King Georg' is crowned German Champion

51 sailors from 8 countries registered at the German Nationals hosted by the Yachtclub Steinhuder Meer e.V. at a cold Steinhuder Meer, near Hannover, Mischa Heemskerk got a sweep of 7 bullets to win the German National meeting.  Tymoteusz Bendyk and Jakub Surowiec fought for 2nd and 3rd places.  The top German, and crowned the German National Champion was 'Leichtwint Miester' Georg Reutter.   Georg gives us this report.

Rashley races BAR

Whilst having a lovely pleasant afternoons sailing on the Solent, UK National Champion Chris Rashley was most rudely awoken by the AC45 being flown by the BAR team.  And I bet they ignored his call for Starboard!


Photo Harry KH / Land Rover BAR

DNA and Goodall Design join forces for A-Cats in AUS and NZL

Now, also available in white - Holland Composites have announced that Goodall Design will now be their official distributors 'Down Under'.  

They announced in a Press Release - DNA is pleased to have Goodall Design appointed as its official sales & service point for DNA F1 A-class catamaran (A-cats) in Australia and neighboring countries.

Phil Muyzers - the new Belgian National Champion

An International flavour at the Belgian nationals, and a non-foiling Classic proves they are still compitetive.  Michel Warlop reports.

Belgium held its nationals on September 10th and 11th at the lake of l’Eau d’Heure, situated about 1 hour South of Brussels.  Philippe Muyzers was crowned Belgian champion, beating the 14 sailors that included French and Dutch sailors that joined us for a wonderful weekend in a 15-boat fleet.

Thomas Paasch, 2016 Danish Champion

Over the weekend of the 10th to 11th of September, the Danish nationals where held at the Sønderborg Yacht Club, close to the German border. 

18 A-cats from Denmark, Germany and Sweden attended, and the weather gods blessed us with sunshine, over 20 degrees but unfortunately the forcast was for very light winds.