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2015 North Americans A Cat Championship Highlights

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Matt Struble Wins 2015 A-Class Catamaran North American Championship

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 Matt Struble Wins!

PANAMA CITY, FLA., May 22, 2015 – St. Andrews Bay in Panama City tested the 41 competitors' light-air skills on the last day of the 2015 A-Class Catamaran North American Championship. Matt Struble secured his third North American championship title with two more first place finishes. Bruce Mahoney, last year's champion, finished the event second overall with a 3-2 scorecard today. Bailey White captured third overall.

Fourth place Woody Cope, who also brings home the great grand master title (65+ years old), quipped to the spectator fleet as he rounded in front of Struble at the top mark in the last race of the day, "Well, this is a first." In the shifty conditions and heavy current no lead was safe, however. When they split at the bottom mark, Struble's move out the right side paid off, overtaking the lead and the win.

The top finishers, from left to right: Bob Hodges (5th), Bailey White (3rd), Matt Struble (1st), Bruce Mahoney (2nd), Woody Cope (4th) Photo Credit: Walter Cooper, 2015 A-Cat NAs"Today was really the icing on the cake," Struble said, "Bruce is going so well, and with the big change in conditions today I had no idea how I would get along in non-foiling conditions. I was the most nervous today of the whole week. But it worked out nice. I had adjusted my sail set up, which allowed me a little bit more power, and tactically allowed me to go where I wanted to go."

The top finishers, from left to right: Bob Hodges (5th), Bailey White (3rd), Matt Struble (1st), Bruce Mahoney (2nd), Woody Cope (4th)
Photo Credit: Walter Cooper, 2015 A-Cat NAs
Struble noted that while he's been sailing a lot this year, it's probably the least amount of racing he's ever done and chuckled, "I think I'm sailing the best I've ever sailed."

Bob Hodges, who suffered damage from a collision in day one and an over early penalty, battled back throughout the remaining three days to capture fifth place with the help of the second throwout. "I was really happy to get back into the top five. "Overall this week I learned a lot downwind and felt like thing were starting to come together," said Hodges, who races on the eXploder, a foiling design. "I think I've filled my notebook to take home and help me prepare for the Worlds in Italy."

Full results, video and photos are posted at www.acatnorthamericans.com. Follow the racing and color commentary via the event Facebook page (www.facebook.com/acatnorthamericans) and Twitter (@US_ACats).

 

 

New LR6 Development Blog!

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Ian and John Lindahl are developing the LR6 A-Class Catamaran Platform. Follow there progress at: http://lindahlcompositedesign.weebly.com/

 

Hall Spars Admirals Cup 2015

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The Admiral's Cup once again proved why it is a top draw year after year. While the wind at the venue was very tricky this year, the event overall was superb. Sailing right off the beach was a real highlight as was the great help by volunteers in launching and security. The party Saturday night for the A-Class at the Tampa Bay Auto Museum on Saturday night was incredible too.

Thank you to Ben and Nan Hall and all the volunteers for their great work in organizing the event and thank you to the Cerf family for hosting us at their museum. Also thank you to Mike Quaglio who came out with his foil assisted catamaran RIB that helped with pictures and video. The boat is a perfect fit for the A.

Check out  the A-cat.org article HERE.

Final Results: https://sites.google.com/site/gycflorida/announcements/2015-admirals-cup-results

More Photos:
https://www.facebook.com/USAClass
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3l4z4j1tnj8rbc7/AAC7_3wWSpZH3S-eHX04E5Q-a?dl=0

 

 

North American Coaching Clinic - Sponsored - sign up now!

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The USACA is sponsoring a coaching clinic just before the North Americans in Panama City at the yacht club.

Randy Smyth, silver Olympic medalist in the Tornado and long time A-Class sailor, will be coaching us. I can promise you that Randy's work is excellent as a coach. Bob Hodges and I work with him as often as we can.

We have set the cost at $80 per person including coaching, food and refreshments, and fuel for the two day event with a $1000 subsidy from the USA A-Class Association.

We have the clinic starting on Saturday afternoon so that people can arrive in the morning and set their boats up beforehand. I hope everyone can attend. This is going to be a great way to prepare for the North Americans and to generally keep improving speed, enjoyment, and safety. Randy has a very good program for preparing for large fleet regattas.

Please sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1G4F9L_EG3imA6PWSQUoAV-9KuvuidmQRw51OdYiYS2o/viewform?c=0&w=1

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A-Class: The ""Editor"" Learning to Fly the Exploder

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Read the whole article at Catamaran Racing News and Design: A-Class: The ""Editor"" Learning to Fly the Exploder

 

Ronstan Midwinters Regatta Report and More (Yes - you need to register for the A-Cat North Americans)

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DSC 297931 A-cats made the trek to Key Largo, and was it ever a good decision to go. I did not hear a single complaint. Everyone loved the venue. The weather didn't cooperate Sunday but everything else was perfect. Special thanks to Ben Moon with sponsorship from Ronstan and Skip Kaub who hosted quite a few boats.

Some people are looking at buying property there. It is that good.

Take a look at the great report published on the International A-cat site and Catsailing News. http://www.catsailingnews.com/2015/03/a-class-ronstan-midwinters-2015-key.html
Great job Bruce and all the top 5 sailors, the Intergalactic winners (scored as the top finishers in the bottom half of the fleet - nice and simple) and great job Woody on the Nikita. Woody has either won, tied, or otherwise had the most bullets for every major event this year. The foilers are fast but so is the Nikita!

Sam Armington looked very quick on his home built boat in the breeze as well and several sailors turned in some great performances. Probably personal bests.

See you in Gulfport and get ALL OF YOUR friends to register for the A-cat North Americans today. No city that I know of has ever courted us the way Panama City is doing this year. They have raised more sponsorship money than we have ever seen before. Let's reciprocate and show what a great class we truly are. Please. http://www.acatnorthamericans.com/registration/online-registration/

Bailey

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Foil of the Week on Sailing Anarchy

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Check out this great foiling article posted on Sailing Anarchy featuring OH Rodgers!

 
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