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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

 

2015 Ronstan A-Cat Midwinter Championships

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SAVE THE DATE!!

USACA is happy to announce the 2015 Ronstan A cat Midwinter Championships.

Online registration: http://upperkeyssailingclub.com/A-cats.html

NOR will be posted soon.

Dates: March 6 – 8th  Practice on the afternoon of the 5th.

Location: Upper Keys Sailing Club. http://www.upperkeyssailingclub.com/index.html

Accommodation deals:

HOTELS

The BAYSIDE INN KEY LARGO is located just a few blocks from the sailing club, within walking distance. They are offering a discount for folks coming in to sail in UKSC regattas. Use the group code "UPPER". Rates differ depending on day/month.

Discounts are available at the Holiday Inn Key Largo, the Courtyard by Marriott and Marina Del Mar. Mention the Upper Keys Sailing Club (not the regatta name) to get your discount!

The PELICAN also offers a discount for sailors attending UKSC regattas, give them a call and see what's available!

The KEY LIME SAILING CLUB is owned by a club member and is within sailing distance (if not walking distance) of the club!

 

Chris Cordes wins 2014 Mug Race Pursuit!

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Background:
Since 1954, sailors have tested their mettle in a one-way distance race between Palatka and Jacksonville, Florida, along the beautiful St. Johns River. Every one of the 38 miles of this race is a challenge of current and fickle wind, but racers return year after year to try for the coveted Mug or to win one of the 100 class trophies.

 

David vs Goliath
Mug Race Pursuit, Jacksonville FL, May 4 2014

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Training Camp at Fort Walton Beach

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A three day training camp is being organized to take place May 16, 17, and 18 at Fort Walton Yacht Club in Fort Walton Beach, FL with Randy Smyth as coach. We are trying to make this a successful and productive camp for everyone whether you want to ramp up your skills sailing an A-Class or if you are getting ready for the North American championship in June. The number of sailors who attend will determine the final format but it will be a combination of boatspeed/tuning, boathandling, and race skills development. The smaller the group, the more the bias will probably be towards boatspeed and tuning. The larger the group, the more the bias will be towards race skills (starting, boathandling, and lots of short races).

Randy has a flat rate of $700 per 8 hour day. We are trying to setup for ½ day on the 16th, a full day on the 17th, and a ½ day on the 18th so his total bill to us should be around $1,400. If we get 8-10 sailors, that's very reasonable. If you have never done a training camp format with Randy, he is the best there is in terms of observation and analysis and I guarantee you that you can come away a better A-Class sailor. The venue is the same that was used for the 2009 North Americans. The weather should be warm but not too hot and if we have good sea breezes, the water is fairly flat which should be similar to the venue in North Carolina. I'm hoping that we can make these types of training camps more popular in the class. It's a great way to get together and have a lot of fun and get better at sailing our boats.

If you are interested in participating, please e-mail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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