2015 North Americans A Cat Championship Highlights
Matt Struble Wins 2015 A-Class Catamaran North American Championship
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.
"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)
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).
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Hall Spars Admirals Cup 2015
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.
North American Coaching Clinic - Sponsored - sign up now!
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.
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