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The French Connection. Preview of the A-Cat Worlds in Toulon.

From Sailworld and Yachts & Yachting Magazines.

In just over two weeks’ time, the warm, azure waters of Toulon Bay will be filled with the spectacle of more than 120 of the World’s fastest single-handed cats. The A-Class Catamaran 2023 Worlds are starting on the 9th September. Hosted by the Toulon Yacht Club, this historic harbour is the HQ of the French Navy, so rather like a French Portsmouth and is beautifully sheltered from the biggest seas the Mediterranean can bring up.

A-Cat World Championships 2023 Social Schedule

Friday September 8th: "Paddle together against breast cancer" event in collaboration with a partner.
Program from 5.30pm : Presentation of the project + provision of kayaks/paddle to paddle and fight against breast cancer for those directly or indirectly concerned.

Saturday September 9th: Practice races followed by the competition opening ceremony (Parade of Nations, speeches, welcome drink).

Change to Worlds Sailing Instructions.

TOULON 2023. Important change in SIs.

Please take note of this new information concerning your participation in the A -Cat Worlds 2023:

"Dear Worlds Competitors. The World’s Sailing Instructions are nearly finalised and will contain a rule that we have not come across before at a World event. The MINISTÈRE DE LA TRANSITION ÉCOLOGIQUE ET SOLIDAIRE mandates that all competing boats must carry a tow line.

Toulon Worlds latest information.

A few details about the Toulon Worlds

Motorhome slots have now been filled, so if you don't have a reservation, you must stop at a nearly campsite. All those who have a slot have recieved and email confirmation.

There is an amendment made to the notice of race concerning the compulsory wearing of lycra. '2.2 The wearing of lycra supplied by the organising authority will be compulsory'.

Hellecat summer regatta back on!

Once again, the Dutch Hellecat club were their usual happy and friendly selves as they hosted the July A-Cat open meeting. This international affair featured sailors from Holland, Germany, Belgium, Wales, England and Scotland. Attendance was reduced a little as a few of the usual Dutch luminaries were absent as one of their number was getting married, and Thijs Visser's new bride seemed strangely reluctant to hold their wedding reception in an old sand filled hut on the beach surrounded by catamarans and smelly neoprene. We all wish them well though!.

A-Class Catamaran having it both ways. Scuttlebutt interviews US legend Axel Issel.

Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck checked in with Florida A-Class sailor Axel Issel for an update. 

The singlehanded A-Class Catamaran has a strong presence in the USA, which was strong enough to host the 2022 World Championship, and strong enough for the country’s Ravi Parent to win the Open division world title.

The A-Class Class rules allow for development, which is good for improving the boat but can get expensive as gear becomes obsolete. How does this impact participation?

2023 A-Class North American Championships

A quick report from Mike Krantz and Nan Hall photographs.

Wow, what a fantastic week of sailing out of Davis Island Yacht Club. Race Committee, club member hospitality, DIYC restaurant and bar, and the location were top notch. Warm water, a sheltered beach to launch off of, and great wind – what more can you ask for?

11 Races were completed over the course of 4 days of racing. There was the complete range of conditions – from 5 to 15+, flat water and chop. And did I mention a shift or two..

2023 Admirals Cup

Ben Hall sends his report of the recent event in Florida.

The 15th annual Admirals Cup was hosted by Davis Island YC, March 25th. 3 races were sailed on Friday with a building sea breeze from 6-13 knots.