Australian National Championships. Wangi RSL Amateur SC, New South Wales. Day 1

Day One at the Australian Nationals Championships 2017/18.  Bob Griffits reports from the centre of action.

Racing commenced today in the Australian Championships at Wangi, NSW. 51 boats faced the starter’s gun at 1300 hours under blue skies on a typical NSW summer’s day.


Down in Australia, the Aussie superstars are gathering for what promises to be a hotly contested opening event of 2018   Robert Griffits reports.


In just a little under one week, the starter’s gun will fire signalling the start of the 2017/18 Australian A Class Cat Championships.  The composition of the fleet is now crystallising.

2017 - A Class Year.

As European sailors shiver under an icy onslaught, and reflect longingly on all those great sailing days of the summer, we must spare a thought for those plucky Aussies, readying themselves in the heat and doing all that training in their bathlike warm, shark infested seas for the coming year.  We take a look back at 2017, a year which, as ever, saw some significant developments within the class. 

New hardware seen at METS

Last week saw the METS sailing equipment trade show in Amsterdam.  This is an odd show, its a trade boatshow, but without any boats.  And it is THE place to get the latest bling for your superyacht.  It is also the place to catch up with people and a few luminaries of the 'A' Cat world were seen either looking for ideas or spying on the opposition.

A couple of new things relevent to 'A' Cat sailors were seen;

IACA rights and recognition.

Following the publication of an article on catsailingnews and in various other media, the IACA (International A-Division Catamaran Association) would like to recall the following facts:
- IACA owns the rights and logo of the class.
- In France, the IACA only recognises the AFCCA (French Association of Catamarans of Class A) and has not delegated competence to any other French association.

Emmanuel Dodé crowned French Foiling Champion and Albert Roturier French Classic Champion.

The final day of the regatta saw no racing due to a complete absence of wind on the race course as Thibault Laudren reports. 


But with 4 races under our belt, it was enough to crown Emmanuel Dodé new French Champion, in front of Jean-Louis Le Coq and Albert Roturier.

All to play for after day 1 of the French Nationals.

The French 2017 Nationals are organized by the Cercle de la Voile de Bordeaux, on the Lake of Maubuisson, the same spot as the 2014 Europeans as Thibault Laudren reports.


Holding this event now at the end of the French A Cat season seems to have found great interest, with 49 boats registered with sailors who have come a long way from Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands.