Thirty eight A-Class sailors participated in what was probably the best St. Petersburg HELLY HANSEN-SAILING WORLD NOOD regatta we have supported since the event invited A-cats to participate. With three days of perfect Florida weather and a total of nine races with breeze ranging from 5-14 knots, it was just about the perfect regatta weekend. Bob hodges reports.
Held at Rotorua Yacht Club, Rotorua, 6th - 10th February. David Haylock reports.
12 scheduled races, 12 sailed
Rotorua is a lake in the central north island. It’s surrounded by geothermal activity which gives the whole town an interesting smell. When we visit Rotorua, we are hosted by the Davey family on their front lawn right next to the yacht club and this time was no different. This makes a great location for boat work, launching and for relaxing in their geothermal hot tub.
'After the experience of last year we decided, with Tymoteusz Bendik, to run the training course again and I would like to invite you!' says Tristano Vacondio.
Tymoteusz will run 3 days training in Campione del Garda that will cover:
- Boat handling - Upwind (upwind foiling depending on conditions)
- Downwind foiling Optimizing boat settings
- Rudder rake
- Daggerboard rake
- Mast rake and mast bend
Manoeuvres Tymoteusz will provide:
As one continent’s season closes another one opens as ever, in our Worldwide ‘A’ Class family. The AUS, NZL and ARG sailors are getting full into their seasons, whereas the USA and CAN migrate South for the winter, the European sailors all return to their caves, fortified with berries and nuts, wondering if their boats are thinking about them as much too, and awaiting the arrival of Spring when they can emerge, blinking into the sunlight again.
New International A-Class Regatta from May 17th to 19th, 2019, “CPH MayDays” organised by the Royal Danish Yacht club in Rungsted, Denmark. The regatta will be together with 3rd 29er Euro cup, but the A-Class fleet will have our own Race course.
The Notice of Race will be published soon as possible
We looking forward to see you in Copenhagen!
A few weeks have now passed since we said au revoir to all the ‘A’ cat sailors who came from 3 continents, some travelling tens of thousands of kilometers to be here, and all have gone back, some to snow and ice, or freezing rain and political turmoil. Now is a good time to reflect on what actually happened on the golden sun drenched beaches of the Fraser Coast.
Excellent artical here from North Sails about Glenn Ashby's approach to sailing the A Cat and his sail designs.
A-CLASS SPEED READING
Training, Sail Design & “An Attitude Of Continued Learnings”
Glenn Ashby still remembers his first A Class catamaran sail like it was yesterday. “It was 1995 and it was only a 10-minute sail on a lake,” he says.