The Ronstan A Class Catamaran Midwinters was an excellent regatta, first off thanks to Ben Moon and Ronstan for sponsoring the regatta, and DIYC for hosting us. Starting the regatta on Friday, the first race was light and shifty, maybe four knots, but there were greater and lesser patches spread all across the course. Coming off the start, the fleet split and by the top mark, Jeremy Herrin and Ben Moon had sailed the smartest beat, and were at least 30 seconds ahead, behind them it was anyone's race fighting for third with a large part of the fleet concentrated right at the mark. The real excitement began on the second beat when the fleet went right and Jeremy and Ben got caught out left. By the finish, which had been moved to the top mark, the fleet had been condensed even further, and thanks to the persistent righty, the top 5 had finished within about 20 seconds of each other, about as much excitement as can be had in near drifting conditions! Race two was started in a building sea breeze of 10 knot after the postponement. Once again, the fleet was tight, but Jeremy and Ben had returned to the top, each sailing very well. The last race of the day was in 12-15, and once again was a competitive one. Upwind Ben and Woody Cope were in a class of their own, and Jeremy and myself were able to keep it tight by pressing hard on the wire downwind. On Saturday, the breeze once again filled late and filled firmly to around 10 kts. Again, the breeze was variable, with a land bend on the right, and breeze in the top left, and the only way to have a good beat was to connect the pressure as most of the fleet was sailing fast upwind. Sunday came with not enough pressure to race, but the race committee did an excellent job getting off 6 quality races over the previous two days. Overall, this was a really fun regatta, and a great opportunity to ponder the future of the class with many sailors. One thing is for sure, everybody is having a great time sailing these boats and the racing is very competitive. Unfortunately, without tightening rule 8, the class will certainly move out of the price range of many sailors, myself included, and become increasingly more difficult to sail, leaving the fleet as a whole less competitive and smaller. Thanks to everyone involved for making this an excellent regatta, and I'm looking forward to the next one!