A few weeks have now passed since we said au revoir to all the ‘A’ cat sailors who came from 3 continents, some travelling tens of thousands of kilometers to be here, and all have gone back, some to snow and ice, or freezing rain and political turmoil. Now is a good time to reflect on what actually happened on the golden sun drenched beaches of the Fraser Coast.
Excellent artical here from North Sails about Glenn Ashby's approach to sailing the A Cat and his sail designs.
A-CLASS SPEED READING
Training, Sail Design & “An Attitude Of Continued Learnings”
Glenn Ashby still remembers his first A Class catamaran sail like it was yesterday. “It was 1995 and it was only a 10-minute sail on a lake,” he says.
The AFCCA (French A-Cat Association) and Yacht Club de Toulon have submitted a bid to host the A-Cat Championships (open & classics) in Toulon (south France), in September 2021. The French candidature has been presented during the WGM in Hervey Bay, and has received a warm support from the presidents and representatives. After reviewing the bid, the IACA Committee - as for Championships Rule §1.1 - has awarded them the organization of the Worlds 2021.
Sad loss of Corrado Sirri, ITA
Stefano Sirri writes; On December 1, 2018, Corrado Sirri left us. A quiet, calm day, of those that Corrado would never choose to take off. But this time the wind and the sea called it and couldn't say no. I hope he is heading towards a better world, towards what he has always loved and desired.
Here are the full results for the Worlds.
The sailherveybay.com.au website is being restored, however their techie doing it has been taken away to help with the bush fires currently raging North of Bunderberg.
We hope all are safe up there.
Full list of the Champions 2018
Andrew Landenberger - Classic World Champion
Scott Anderson - Vice World Champion
Graeme Parker - Third
Alberto Farnassi - Forth
Bob Weddon - Fifth
Matt Johnson - Apprentice Master
Neil Caldwell - Grand Master
Andy Landnberger - Junior
Claire Neeskins - Womens Champion
‘The odd thing is, it’s not usually like this here...’ How often do you hear that at a regatta from the locals eh? After losing two more days of sailing at the ‘A’ Cat Worlds in Hervey Bay on the lovely Fraser Coast, this time due to Northerly winds making it too unsafe to launch the rescue boats ect into the ‘Texel’ style breakers. Even though they had officially got a championship after they had sailed 6 races for the series, the race committee, acknowledging the fact many had travelled tens of thousands of miles to be there, finally managed to get in three races more on the last schedu
Racing started today in earnest at the ‘A’ Class Worlds on the beautiful warm waters and beaches of Hervey Bay in Australia. Following the cancellation of yesterday’s racing after all the fleet had arrived at the race areas. The weather was a little kinder. The winds had dropped to a lovely 12-18kts. However, it was swinging 10 to 15 deg all day a coming feature of the South Easterly wind direction as it comes over a promontory, and this also results in more gusty conditions. The effect was to make it seem like sailing on a huge lake, and indeed the lake sailors felt at home. Gettin