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New Year message from President Charles. 2021 ‘A’ Cat Year Review, a new female National Champion and Jacek Noetzel gets a new red tractor.

Dear ‘A’ Cat Sailors!

2021 has certainly be a transition year for the class. Some sailors in some countries were able to attend a few events, some have been locked down for very long times. Those who were almost free to travel wanted to sail and sometimes didn't understand the situation of the locked-ins. We have all done our best to live our passion to the fullest, and despite the sanitary issues it was certainly a better year than 2020, even if far from perfect.

2022 European Championships NOR

The NOR for the 2022 Euros has been published. Please read carefully.

As it is going to be a closed event eligible sailors will have to first apply to their national association. We will let you have more information concerning the early entry process shortly in the New Year.

The list showing initial National allocations will be published at the end of January, after IACA have to received and processed the final IACA membership payments due the end of 2021.

'A' Class Observations by an informed outsider

The article below was written, unsolicited, by Dr Ian Ward, the man who started with Foiling Moth long ago. Its purpose is to stimulate the future development of the A-Class Catamarans. The IACA Committee will not initiate any change of the class rules based on this document. If one or more National Association(s) would like to do so, then please follow the IACA Constitution and Class Rules. We can of course assist with the process. - The IACA Committee.

Shipping boats to the Houston Worlds

Our 2022 Worlds Logistics Coordinator, Richard Stevens, richardstevens@hecny.com has developed a guide for those considering shipping a container to the US. After shipping boats to several regattas, I can attest how important it is to follow the paperwork guidelines. For those of you that ship boats frequently most of these recommendations are well known. There are a few simple items that can help smooth the process. Try not to use wood for the bracing. Sweep the container clean and clean all the boats and equipment.

Albert Roturier FRA National Champion, but Spanish sailors show the way

National Class A – October 20 to 23, 2021 – Carcans-Maubuisson. Jacques Valente reports.

As usual, the national event took place on this magnificent site on the waters of the Cercle de la voile de Bordeaux. An exceptional attendance with no less than 48 registered boats – from several countries – France – Spain – Germany – Switzerland and the superb Belgian team who like each animated the fleet on the water and especially on land.

Houston Yacht Club confirmed to host the 2022 A-Cat World Championship

After a careful review, the IACA Committee agrees to the USACA and HYC proposal and is happy to confirm the A-Cat Worlds 2022 to the Houston Yacht Club. Please see the letter from Commodore Fontenot and the attached presentation of the USACA bid. The Notice of Race will follow within a few days.

The IACA Committee wish to thank the organizing team and the Houston Yacht Club for their efforts to host an attractive event !

A letter from Farley Fontenot, Commodore Houston Yacht Club