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DNA | Holland Composites 2015 A-Cat Worlds Video - Extended Version

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2015-2016 A Cat Winter Series

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Even though it wasn’t winter just yet, the 2015-2016 A Cat Winter Series got off to a busy start in Atlanta the weekend before Thanksgiving.  With just shy of 30 boats at the Woods Brothers Regatta 2016, including some new A Cat sailors, the Winter Series is bound to be a resounding success.  Make sure you don’t miss any of it!


We have quite a schedule that’s fallen into place with some old favorites, some new venues, and a few places that are quickly becoming favorites.  Escape the cold, snowy, rainy, north and enjoy the pleasures of sailing in the Southeast District.  

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DNA | HOLLAND COMPOSITES present the 2015 A-Cat Worlds

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From DNA | Holland Composites' post on vimeo:

DNA | Holland Composites offer the very fast DNA A-cat for use in the global A-Class competition.
This film gives an impression of the 2015 A -Class World Championship, held in Punta Ala, Italy in September 2015. The tournament showed an epic sailing battle for first place between Glenn Ashby and Mischa Heemskerk, both sailing a DNA A-cat.
A-Class catamarans are amongst the fastest single handed racing boats in the world. Most other racing classes are one-design whereas the A-Class is a development class and as a result it has become a pure high-tech boat and outright speed machine. The combination of the use of the latest available performance materials and production processes in the series production of both hulls and masts, as well as innovative sail designs, has allowed the A-Class Catamaran to push the boundaries to the point where it is considered by many as Formula One amongst all sailing craft. Speeds close to 30 knots are already recorded.

 

Glenn Ashby wins the 2015 World Championships

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Check out the latest article at Catamaran Racing News & Design.

FInal results are here: http://www.aclassworlds2015.it/overall-results.html

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Glenn Ashby Interview at Punta Ala

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Great Coverage from Catamaran Sailing News!

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A-Class North Americans footage 2015: "Bonus Track

as written by Martin Vanzulli, publisher of Cat Sailing News and expert on a wide variety of high performance boats.

 The US A-Class Association hired Nick Bowers from Kettle Cinema to film their North Americans 2015 Championships after seeing Nick's video of the GC32s I published on Jan 27. That GC32 clip was already impressive, and what he got out of the As racing at Panama City in Florida was out of the scale.
That Short remains the Nr 1 sailing Clip I've seen. I talked with many sailors that got chills out of seeing it, on the filmography but also on the edition.

Past weeks Nick has sent the original raw footage to Bailey White, US Class President, more than 500GB of
incredible film reel. I got access to this material thanks to Bailey and I went in awe after seeing the uncut version of some of the shots already published.
So we decided with Bailey to release 1-3 uncut versions of the best footage available, and here you have the result above, try to see it in HD only, as YT / Vimeo have too much compression for some specific film sources.

I think these shots by Nick Bowers/Kettle Cinema are definitely the best sailing clips ever filmed, closest thing to it might be past Americas Cup stream.
The big difference is at SF you had some excellent shots taken from the side, also some aereals views, but with Nick's technique you have both in the same ride, same camera, creating the most closest sensation to being there you can possibly get.,

Plus the chance to see in detail the refined handling work & body motion needed to make current A-Cat tech go airborne. For those always speaking on altitude control on windsurf foilers and kites, you need to understand that with current As setup you also have lots of body trim affecting the flight.

Wands & FP&F20 Js are for "'rookies'" as they might provide simpler and easy flights a la Stunt 9 or FP/F20, but achieving and learning A-Cat foiling technique above is something you must try before leaving this World.
Is too much fun & super rewarding, way more than any ride I got from the FP/F20s double handed easy foilers in the right conditions, you can´t even start to compare the feeling you get out of both rides.

Check there is not much wind in these takes, which were all filmed while racing the North Americans. I like Moths and we all know they are the best foilers right now, but there is no way you can get such a styling ride and boat combination. Foiling shots are from Matt Strubble & Bruce Mahoney.

I have seen this video above like about 100 time in a few days, I can´t stop watching it...
Congrats again to the US A-Cat Assoc for investing in such a great filming material & quality, there is no better way to promote your Class along good quality pictures.

If you want to get this kind of footage for your event, just contact Nick Bowers / Kettle Cinema at www.kettlecinema.com/

To join the A-Cats fun and get more info on the Class in the US go to www.a-cat.us or facebook.com/usaclass
IACA Official web www.a-cat.org

Next Worlds will be held at Punta Ala in a few weeks, 170 boats in the entry list are confirmed: www.aclassworlds2015.it/
I will be there taking pics & reporting on my own, I will try to get some decent vid shots too in 4k, but don´t expect material a la Kettle Cinema's level ...... !

 

A Conversation with Steve Brewin

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We have reached over 15,000 people this week on Facebook with the brief clips of unedited raw footage from the North Americans this year in Panama City. We've had over 500 comments and shares just this week. People are excited about the A.
Panama City was a great event and one that convinced us that the class has a good future. It also encouraged us to think more about how to make high performance and foiling as accessible as possible to existing and prospective A-class sailors. Therefore we have made the move to encourage experimentation for two years at local events and suggest the removal of foiling limitations in the class rules worldwide.
Any change at that level follows a careful and democratic process in the class, and so we want to learn and provide insight from all sides. Glenn Ashby, current world champion and Americas Cup sailing director, provided his thoughts on this and now as a counterpoint another recent world champion, Stevie Brewin, provides his perspective. Both are experts and A-class sailmakers, and both love the class. Here is the full interview:

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A Conversation with Glenn Ashby

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Here is a meaty post. Glenn Ashby recently spent about 20 minutes with Bailey White talking about the A-Class and what the class means to him. Short answer: even with all of his experience sailing boats from the moth to the AC72, the A is still his favorite! We also spent time talking about rule 8, not to advocate for a particular position, but to learn what Glenn thought given his experiences with the America's Cup and other boats. There are many perspectives, and this one is Glenn's.

Question: How you think about the A after all of the experiences you now have across other boats. From now classic boats like the Tornado to the moth and AC 72, very few people have done and seen what you have. Do you still enjoy sailing the A?
Glenn: For me the A class is still my favorite boat to sail as it covers a large range of conditions well and has been at the forefront of catamaran design up until now for the past decades. It is imperative in my opinion that the A class remains at the forefront and pushes the boundaries of design and innovation as it has done in the past. Restricting or "locking down" the development of such a boat reduces the appeal of the class and takes away the prestige that the A class has earned over the many years of being the premier single handed development multihull.
I really enjoy sailing the moth for sure also as it is full development and the racing and the class in general has never been stronger worldwide with a varied age group of sailors. I have leant a lot from this great little boat and have been surprised at how much better the moths performance is these days compared to the current A class.

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