After reading previous post on the D3 R&D, Dario Valenza , builder of the new Paradox sent additional feedback to the interview we made a few months ago. They might be the only ones of the new designs using L rudders against the now almost standard Winglet setup. But just like the Americas Cup new concepts, is all to be seeing and proven this season in the only and final valid measure: The Racing Course.
The new D3 is being developed with the latest CFD technology used in the Americas Cup, it features S boards and production rudder winglet. Along the Paradox and new DNA J boards testing these builders are pushing development started by Martin Fischer's Mayfly, that didn´t had a good debut at Aarhus Worlds and the concept wasn´t further developed in that specific boat. This season the Paradox will give Fischer's concept a new try, while Gonzalo Redondo and Dominik Scheurer are launching a similar concept trying to generate additional lift.
2013 French Nats will be held in Hyeres, venue of the SOF, Duc d'Albe raid and 2006 F18 Worlds.
The French Association wants to organize an event with people all over Europe.
And is going to be a good chance to train for the 2013 Europeans at Barcelona (June 22-29)
Club Multicoques Hyeres http://cmhaq.free.fr/CMH/Classe_A.html
Please find attached the final version of the Notice of Race of the Europeans in Barcelona duly approved by the IACA and the ISAF.
Also, we inform you that the website of the event is: www.vela.cat/bisc
For accommodation, Barcelona has a lot of opportunities as a big city and near the venue it´s a lot of hotels and a big commercial center with restaurants/cinemas/shops (less than 1 km).
The travel agency that we have contacted in order to manage the accommodation of sailors if they want to ask is the following:
Blair Tuke swept the NZ Nationals with an impressive 9 bullets out of 10 races. Followed by Murray Philpot and Dave Shaw. Mike Drummond race again with his rather unconventional H16 style tramp A-Class, he ended 7th, and judging on past performance that platform needs some additional tuning.
Full image Gallery at http://a-class.org.nz/photos.htm , check "2013 Nationals" link.
Following the success at last years stand at the London Dinghy Show, the British A Class Catamaran Association will be returning again in 2013.
This year the Association will be displaying the hugely successful Vision A-Cat from www.Catamaranparts.nl. After two seasons of intensive prototype testing, the Vision in the capable hands of top flight British sailor Chris Field has returned many successes in 2012 culminating with Chris being Crowned European Champion at Garda last June against a fleet of almost 100 world class sailors.
Jeremy Herrin and Sam Armington were busy past year racing F16 and building their own A cats. Jeremy raced his home built past week with great succes. Below his report on this great experience. Check the full building process at www.ah-sailing.blogspot.com
Report by Jeremy Herrin
2013 New Zealand National Championship is taking place at the Naval Point Club in Canterbury.
Not much info from the NZ A-Class http://a-class.org.nz at the moment, but current results are being published at http://www.navalpoint.co.nz/results/A%20Cat%20Nationals%202013.htm
The German A-Class Association is taking care with 5 of its members of the visitors inquires at the A cat stand at Dusseldorf Boat Show.
A DNA fitted with Landenberger is fully assembled giving the Class an excellent exposure. Nice touch having Outteridge, Peyron and other ACup sailors sailing As on several images attached to the boat. Great work done by the 'Vereinigung Deutscher A-Division Catamaran' Check their site at http://www.a-cat.info/
At the 2011 worlds in Denmark we had live tracking for all races, which was very appreciated by friends, family and A-Cat interested sailors all over the world. It generated a lot of hits on the event web page - which is a good parameter to attract sponsors.
But tracking doesn't come for free, it is an extra expense (and work load) for the organizers, and one of the reasons we didn't have that again in Islamorada.