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.
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.
The Spanish A-Class Nationals were held last weekend in Calafell, just down the coast from Barcelona. Conditions were pretty light throughout the whole weekend with winds between 5 to 9 knots, with a couple of races just under 12 knots. Friday started with zero wind and the breeze built up just enough to kick off the first race after a 2 hour delay. On Saturday the fleet awoke to stormy conditions but these suddenly changed into a perfect sunny day. Sunday was pretty much like the Saturday but with lighter winds.
It is with great pleasure that we announce that the 2020 A Class World Championships will be in the USA, hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Florida, from the 16th to 23rd October 2020.
Bailey White, Bruce Mahoney and Emmanuel Cerf have put together a superb package at a venue that is used to hosting many other World class sailing events. So put the Sunshine State in your diary for 2020!
Check out the full programme here
In difficult winds, the Italian Nationals were a success. Pier Faccin reports.
It was held in Porto Corsini the A Class Italian Championship with the organization of the Adriatico Wind Club. The only issue of the event has been the wind strength, which was just above the limits set by the International Class, with the exception of the last day, when the pressure has been enough to allow the helmsmen to sail on the trapeze.
Robert Griffits reports - September traditionally means the commencement of sailing season "Down Under". The sun is slowly making its way higher into the sky at each noon sighting. The late Winter/ earlySpring winds are however still being their usual contrary selves, either being a faint zephyr, or blowing the dogs off the chains.
This weekend at Rutland Sailing Club, in central England and an area famed for Stilton cheese, pork pies and Leicester City FC incidentally, I met with Ron Price.
Ron is a senior lecturer in naval architecture at the Warsash Maritime Academy at Solent University, Southampton. He is the designer of the 5.9m Whisper T foil catamaran. You’ve probably seen it, a red thing based on stretched hull lines of a foiling Moth, with a modified A Cat type rig with a jib and claims to foil in 5 knots of wind.
Mothman sees the light! In a record turnout for the UK fleet, 24 boats raced over 4 days at Rutland SC in a variety of interesting conditions that tested all. Foiling Moth World No. 2, Chris Rashley, flew to a convincing 9 race win at the UK ‘A’ Class Catamaran Nationals this weekend to become the 2016 UK National Champion.