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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!

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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.  

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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

 

 

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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St. Pete NOODs !!

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The A-Class has been invited to do the St Pete NOODs again next month. This is a great regatta. I went last year and had a great time. We sailed out of Spa Beach in downtown St Pete and people watched the racing from the pier. Breeze was 8 to 15 and it was a lot of fun to sail with the VXs and Contenders. Can't wait for us to show off some foiling this year.

I am in. Bill Vining, Ken Marshack, Woody, Rush, Emmanuel, possibly Ben, and others are a go. With little planning we had about 10 boats last year and I think we could easily have more this time. Not only is the regatta a lot of fun, you come away with a ton of gifts and get to enjoy a reception every night with Mount Gay.

It's also a nice place to stop or leave the boat on the way to the Upper Keys in early March. I can help find storage for you if you need it between the two regattas.

Late fees start Jan 28 so the time to register is now. http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1227

Hope to see you there!
Bailey

 
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