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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

To join the A-Cats fun and get more info on the Class in the US go to or
IACA Official web

Next Worlds will be held at Punta Ala in a few weeks, 170 boats in the entry list are confirmed:
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:


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.


56th Annual Roton Point Multihull Regatta

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RPMR PR PhotoCome Race with Us!


Rowayton, Connecticut – May 27, 2015 Please join us this September 18-20 for the 56th Annual Roton Point Multihull Regatta, an open regatta sanctioned by the New England Catamaran Sailing Association, organized by the Roton Point Sailing Association, and sponsored by Gosling Brothers, Ltd. of Bermuda and their world famous Black Seal Rum.

The 2015 Regatta is open to all "beach" catamarans measuring less than 22 feet. We run separate starts for sufficient class registrations for one-design classes, plus an Open Class using Portsmouth handicap numbers. We also run a separate one-design class for Hobie Getaways, of which Roton Point has its own fleet for member use. We typically have entrants from among the following classes: F20s, F18s, A-Class, Hobie 21s, Hobie 18s, Hobie 16s, Hobie Getaways, and "Other".

Long known as the "prettiest park on Long Island Sound," Roton Point's greatest asset has always been its remarkable, 12-acre waterfront location. And our sailing bay is one of the best small-boat harbors on Long Island Sound; with a wooden ramp and motorized winch above a sandy beach protected by two breakwaters.


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 Follow the racing and color commentary via the event Facebook page ( 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:


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 article HERE.

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