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United States A-Class Catamaran Association

Struble Repeats at A Class North Americans

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Newport, RI (September 15, 2016) – The final day of the 2016 Zhik A Class North American Championship completed a 9-race series, with reigning North American Champion Matt Struble dominating the Overall and Foiling Division to retain the title. Ken Marshack won the Classic (non-foiling) Division.

Report by Michael Levesque: 
We arrived at Potter Cove and began setting up for Race 8. The wind dropped significantly, delaying the arrival of the fleet. We were just north of the Pell Newport Bridge, with a northeasterly breeze, and the weather marks at the southern end of Gould Island.


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Cal Fuller Invitation Regatta

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Cal Fuller Invitation Regatta
Lake Hopatcong Yach Club
October 1-2, 2016

Gentlemen, those of you making the long trip out to Newport in September for the NA's should seriously consider leaving your boats here on the east coast for a couple weeks longer and then fly back for the annual Lake Hopatcong Regatta (Bash!) You have heard about this regatta for years and now finally you have no excuses to not experience it firsthand.

Thinking of the logistics.....We could help a lot with storage and getting vehicles and trailers back and forth and even with transportation to and from the airports in the area. As always we have the best housing options available of any regatta

You should all consider it.

Fly home after NA's on Friday AM (Sept 16th) and then fly back Friday AM Sept 30th for the practice day at Lake Hopatcong and the big Welcome party!

NOR will being going up soon.


Mischa Heemskerk Sweeps A-Class Worlds in NL

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Mischa Heemskerk was crowned 'A' Class Catamaran World champion yesterday at Medemblik, Holland. This is his second title after the 2013 title he won in near hurricane conditioned is Florida. He takes over the title from Glenn Ashby who won last year in Italy.

In a stunning display of fast foiling, both up and downwind, the Dutchman had a clean sweep in all the races with bullets in each. He had to fend off challenges from former champion Stevie Brewin and Olympian Darren Bundock, but his powerful sailing style – upto 21 kts on one upwind foiling blast, coupled with a certain amount of luck in being drawn in earlier races in fleets that sailed in more wind, made him unbeatable on the new Holland Composites DNA F1. He may have had a harder time in lighter winds as Bundy is famously fast in the light stuff, as were some of the Germans.

However, this year didn't see the massive time differences between the top sailors and the rest. New foiling boat designs, coupled with new sail shapes in the form of the decksweeper, something that Heemskerk had reinvented and pioneered recently, reduced his winning times form to a minute or two on several occasions.

The next A Class Worlds will be in Sopot, Poland in mid August 2017, and that is the home stadium of the rival boat to the DNA, the Exploder. We all now look forward to that.

So congratulations to Mischa and many thanks to the sponsors Contender Sailcloth, Holland Composties, Van Beelen Ropes and Magic Marine. But the biggest thanks mys go to Duchs Accociation boss Jan Groot, who virtually single handedly assembled the whole show!

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Winter Series Update

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mumma closeHere are the updated scores from the 2016 A Cat Winter Series. Ken Marshack is carrying a strong lead into our 3rd event next week at the St. Pete NOOD, with Woody Cope nipping at his heals and Mike Krantz battling out behind them.

Anyone notice a distinct lack of foiling in the front of the pack? Woody is marked a foiler, after sailing our first event with his foiler, but pulled the second boat out of his quiver for the Midwinters to the cries of, "NOT THE NIKITA AGAIN!!!" from around the fleet. So I guess he's half a foiler, and we can all hope to see the foiling half at the next event!

As a reminder of how we're scoring the series: we score your best 3 of the 6 events, and use a high point system that rewards more points for doing well against the larger fleets. If you're not familiar with high point systems, that means first place in our last event (Bailey White) received 32 points, the number of boats at the event. And second (Woody) recieved 31 points, etc. At the end of the series, we'll total up your scores for your best 3 events and crown a winner, with a perpetual tropy sponsored by B&C Technologies. Thanks to Mike Krantz for taking on the thankless job of Chief Scorekeeper.

We have four more events to round out the series:
12-14 Feb St. Pete NOOD at St. Pete YC - 18 boats registered!
10-13 Mar Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - 15 boats registered!
25-27 Mar Admiral's Cup - Sarasota FL
22-24 Apr Caterwaul Panama City

Looking forward to seeing everyone next week!


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.  


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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