Although the Class is already present in South America (Brazil for some time now), we didn´t had any A-Cat in Argentina, where a strong F18 has been developed since 2006. This F18 fleet is the only local Multihull racing Class and its members have put lots of hours and investment to get a renown fleet among a previously entire monohull sailing community , this work was crowned in 2013 with the confirmation of the 2016 F18 Worlds at Buenos Aires.
Letter by the IACA Committee--
There has been much written in the social media and numerous emails between interested parties since the WGM in New Zealand about the outcome of the Rule 8 vote and the future direction of the class. The IACA committee is elected by the members and hopefully acts in the best interest of the class.
The Class is experiencing some special breakthrough times. Last year we saw new equipment developments pushed by the ACup and previous attempts in the Class that aimed to get the boats airborne within current rules to reduce surface drag and get faster boats. At the 2013 Barcelona Europeans we saw a nice mix of weather conditions and this new setup didn´t demonstrated the superiority finally exposed at Takapuna Worlds. The results at the Worlds forced an overnight seconds thoughts on foiling not being an all mighty winning card in the A-Class.
We are preparing an interview with the Class President, Andrew Landenberger, to get an insight on the racing at Takapuna. Landy finished 4th at the end, sailing a standard floating mode A-Cat. He had a prvileged view and personal experience on the impact of the foiling As.
We will review performance & techncal aspects and which alternatives the Class has for the future, after what happened at last Worlds.
Annual General Meeting Official Minutes. Original formatted Doc file attached below.
Letter by Andrew Landenberger , IACA President.
Dear A class members,
Another A class world championship has passed with great success. Despite early concerns about the preparations in Takapuna, the Event management team of Kerry Ellis and Evelyn Johnson along with there large team did a wonderful job to put on a fantastic event. Of course all were thanked sincerely during the official closing for there hard work.
I've been covering high performance multihull racing and latest development for a while now, and let me say, this event is on the top 3 of my list. I think the Class put itself on the ACup level regarding the impact of promotion for 'outsiders', and that can only be good news.
A great event is over, the exposure the Class got is extremely good. Now AGM outcomes (minutes to be published when ready) plus the feedback and analysis from this event at Takpuna will define a more clear path for the future.
Glenn Ashby was crowned World Champion today at Takapuna, New Zealand after the 9th race where he placed 2nd behind Nathan Outteridge.
Detailed info & pics later. Check full results at http://www.sailingeventstakapuna.com/media/files/Sailwave%20results%20fo...
Report by Bob Griffits
Day 4: A Class Catamaran World Championships.
"Glenn Ashby continues to dominate the A Class Catamaran World Championship, here in Takapuna, New Zealand. After 8 races, he remains firmly in control, and looks destined for his eighth A Class World Championship, a truly amazing feat, particularly considering he has left three fellow Olympic Silver Medallist’s lining up immediately behind him, and a gold medallist I little further back.