The 2017 North Americans

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.

Coen De Koning is the new Dutch National Champion

Dutch A-cat Nationals 2017, - Rutger Krijger reports

From the 22nd till the 24th of September the Dutch Nationals were hosted as they usually are by the great catamaran club of Hellecat.  Racing started on Friday with three races in fantastic conditions. Sunshine, 10-12 knots of breeze and flat water.  Coen de Koning, PJ Dwarshuis and Rutger Krijger emerged as the three front boats after the 1st day, showing some good foiling speeds.

Santi Nieto and Micky Todd victorious in the Spanish Nationals.

Just twelve days after Sopot Worlds, the Spanish Championship were held in Puerto Sherry (Cadiz), which incidentally, is now bidding to host the 2020 A-Class Europeans.  Abdón Ibáñez reports

Andalusia has a big fleet of Classic A-Class, so it was a very good opportunity to bring back the Classic boats into the Class. A total of 25 A-Class, 12 Classic out of them, sailed the Championship.

The circus moves on.

Following the conclusion of the 2017 A Class Catamaran World Championship in Sopot, Poland, responsibility has moved onto Australia, to organise the next World A Class Championship.
Planning is well underway for the 2018 event, which will be held at Hervey Bay, in south eastern Queensland. Bob Griffits reports.

Hervey Bay is located approximately 300 kilometres north of Brisbane , and falls just a little short of the Tropic of Capricorn, so the climate is essentially tropical. The weather in November is reliably dry, with moderate south east trade winds.

Staying at the cutting edge.

The ‘A’ Class Cat.  Staying at the cutting edge - Written originally for Scuttlebutt

With the end of the ‘A’ Class Catamaran World Championships, seeing Stevie Brewin (AUS) crowned for his third title, now is a good time to reflect on what has been happening in the ‘Formula 1’ of small sailing cats over the last couple of years.  The development class, conceived in late 1950’s, is never standing still.