2019 - Review of the year.

As 2019 draws to a close, it’s usual that we reflect on our ‘A’ Cat year, and as we are spread globally, the end of one region’s season is usually the start of someone else’s.    As we all harness a particular metrological phenomenon, we cannot be blind to the fact that for many of us, the climate is in a state of flux and that appears to be frequently, in some regions, giving us more winds at either end of our class envelope rather than those winds nicely in the middle as we used to remember.  Regattas were blown off and other regattas were brought to a literal standstill.  And, at the tim

GER Nacra 17 ace, Paul Kohlhoff, crowned GER 'A' Class National Champion at Garda.

This year the event-proven Circolo Vela Arco had been selected as the venue for German nationals at Lake Garda on October 3rd-6th.  Christian Schäfer reports. 

Although the boatpark chat was whispering of more mild breezes in autumn time, the Lake Garda wind machine was not shy in delivering the trademark conditions even at the end of the sailing season in the Northern hemisphere.

FRA Nationals - Maubuisson 23-26th Oct.

Back for a third time, the A-Cat French Nationals will take place in Maubuisson from the 23rd to the 26th of October. In 2017, we had 49 competitors enter the event ; in 2018, 56 did, for the 2019 edition we expect over 60 competitors to meet in this exceptional sailing site with all it's logistic facilities.  Jean Darnaude reports.

Reflections on the Worlds.

A couple of weeks on, the dust and smoke has settled and dispersed, the sailors will be resuming their lives, and may will be back at work, but possibly with a new image on their computer desktops, and a lucky few ones are still roaming the currently sunny British Isles as we speak.  So, this is a good time to reflect on what was witnessed on the waters of Britain’s Jurassic coast and at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Centre.

Michel Warlop, BEL National Champion 2019

This year again the Belgian national took place at the lake de l’Eau d’Heure, Phil Muyzers reports

23 participants including 15 French.  Saturday at 13h, kicked off for 5 races back to back in a cool north wind between 4 and 10 knots.

Evening meal for the sailors with starters, main dishes, desserts, wines, beer, coffees and a little water!

Sunday at 10 am, The samer North wind plus rain and 3 races were run.

The champion is Michel Warlop followed by André Casanova and Eric Girardin.  

Worlds Wrap up

Andrew Landenberger and Mischa Heemskerk became the 2019 ‘A’ Class cat World Champions on Friday at WPNSA in great style.  Sailing in almost Champaign sailing conditions of sun and 14-17 knot wind, the pair dominated their respective divisions with 8 bullets each in a superbly run regatta and under the control of David Campbell-James and his race team.