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WGM Ballot results

Class Rule C.5.s change about trapeze harness : Accepted

The proposal to alter the Class Rules to allow any type of trapeze harness has been massively accepted. Following the members ballot conducted as a result of the proposal by the Australian National Association, voted during the WGM 2023, along with some optional questions we asked during this consultation. The results are published below. This will now go off to World Sailing to be validated and incorporated into the Class Rules.

AUS Nationals ready to go.

This week the Australian A-Cat fleet assembles for it’s National Championships. This year it is at the South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club, a return after 9 years. The lake lies just to the South of Newcastle, NSW, about 90 mins away from Sydney, on the Australian Southeast coast. The vast lake, some 120 Km2 in area, is the largest saltwater lake in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a Ria, which I’m sure you vividly remember from those school geography lessons, is a drowned non glacial river valley with an opening to the sea.

2023 Review of the A-Cat Year.

For many of us, 2023 was a somewhat frustrating year. A combination of global warming changing weather patterns, with cost of living and fuel increases, saw a few European events cancelled or having lower than expected turnouts. The curse of the internet, whereby some sailors tend now to only make the call to attend an event less than a week before, after deciding if it’s ‘their weather’ is now also a big factor, and this knock-on effect for clubs mean that fewer of them are prepared to take a punt to put in the effort and mobilise their volunteers into organising an event.

Trapeze Harness Vote.

President Charles has scheduled the IACA ballot to be sent, as for Constitution §11, after the WGM vote.

If you are a National Association member, you should get this email soon, and if not, check your spam folders.

The mail is from the address '', the mail subject - IACA ballot : Modification of class rules to allow for any kind of trapeze harness.

Fancy some winter training and racing in Spain?

This Winter the Spanish A-Class Association would like to offer all A Cat Sailors the possibility of joining them for sailing, training and racing during the Winter. Their water temperature is never below 14 degrees. Vlad, the Czech ace, has already spent two winters with them, and Matti from Finland was there last Winter. Both are repeating this year!

They are offering sailing in Valencia, training and some races.