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The A-Class Catamaran is the fastest single handed sailboat in production. Due to the developmental nature of the class, high tech materials such as carbon fiber are incorporated in the designs which are updated yearly keeping the class on the edge of technology and performance. With the development of foils, A-Class catamarans are able to maintain and exceed speeds of 24 knots.

In the United States, there are over 150 active A-class members who race at local clubs across the country, and travel to national level competitions which attract 50+ competitors.

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1 week ago

Catamaran Racing, News & Design: A-Class US: Woods Regatta 2016

Woods Regatta report and great insight as always from @martin vanzulli on the comraderie and fleet building we emphasize.

Catamaran Racing, News & Design. F18, A-Cat, Tornado, AC45, Americas Cup, AC72, F16, A-Class Worlds. Foiling, GC32, Nacra 17, Olympics, Gunboat

1 week ago

2016 Woods Brothers Invitational A-Cat Regatta - Kirk Jockell Photography

Port tack start! Looks at more pics to see if they made it.

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Photos by Kirk Jockell at the Lake Lanier ... See more

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1 week ago

Timeline Photos

Not to be outdone by merely having a regatta named after them, Larry and Andrew Woods are .... Yes, exactly what are they doing?? Tryouts for synchro ACat docking team? This calls for ... See more

1 week ago

Timeline Photos

Congrats to Bailey White (2nd year running) foiling class; and Chris Bolton, classic, on their wins at Lake Lanier Sailing Club for the 2nd Annual "Hey Ya'll Watch This - The Woods Brothers ... See more

2 weeks ago

Skippers meeting ABYC Turkey regatta. Forecast winds 8-10 knots. 175 total boats.

2 weeks ago

Sailing Anarchy

We got clearance to take a full tour of this very cool boatbuilding facility thanks to the folks at Holland Composites BV and DNA performance sailing BV. This is some good shit folks, and I love a ... See more

2 weeks ago

Goin' Sailing. Thunder is Bokeelia bound! 1997 Ford E150. Odometer froze 3 yrs ago at 249K, hood won't open, mirror just fell off, epoxied exhaust system back on last week w/porch screen and bailing ... See more

2 weeks ago

A-Class Regatta Lake Lanier 2015 - Karen Ryan Photography

"Woods Brothers Eh Y'all Watch This Hold My Beer" regatta coming up this weekend at Lake Lanier that combines best of Canada and Georgia. Should be fun and much warmer than last year. Over 30 boats

The event is hosted by Lake Lanier Sailing Club. Sponsored by Zhik with a Western Hemisphere warehouse and distribution operations tour on Friday before the event. Still not to late to come. No advance registration needed and $40 will buy you a weekend of racing and Saturday night dinner! ... See more

©Karen Ryan Photography

3 weeks ago

Airbus In The U.S.

A Class sailor and Oracle designer Andrew Gaynor shares his design insights.

What does a replica of a ship built in the 1850s have in common with the world’s best aircraft and the world’s fastest yacht? Innovative engineering! And for two out of the three examples, the

Airbus brought together for the first time two future generations of aerospace engineers yesterday during a special presentation highlighting our partnership with ORACLE TEAM USA, the defending champion of the America's Cup.

During a presentation at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, students from the B.C. Rain High School’s Signature Academy of Aviation and Aerospace and The University of South Alabama School of Engineering heard about the innovation partnership the two companies have forged which brings the know-how of Airbus’ engineers and experts in fields such as aerodynamics, instrumentation and simulation, composites, structures, hydraulics and data analysis, to work with the ORACLE TEAM USA design team to build the boat that will race in next year’s America’s Cup race.

Andrew Gaynor, Designer-ORACLE TEAM USA, and Denis Darracq, Head of Research & Technology in Flight Physics for Airbus, were on hand to explain how engineering skills and knowledge can be used across fields. “Engineering design for aircraft and boats share similar traits for performance of the craft,” explained Denis Darracq. “We hope students who are thinking of a career in engineering will see that the skills and knowledge is transferrable across many fields, and they can find a career in an area that appeals to them. These students are our future engineers and innovators, and we want to inspire them.”

Following the presentation, the students toured the yacht “America”, a replica of a 139-foot yacht that won the historic “100 Guinea Cup” race around the Isle of Wight in 1851. This race later became known as the America’s Cup. “America”, an engineering marvel at the time, is anchored at the GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico this week. ... See more

3 weeks ago

World Sailing presents a sustainable future for the sport at the 2016 Annual Conference | BridgeSailing.com

World Sailing presents a sustainable future for the sport at the 2016 Annual Conference

World Sailing presents a sustainable future for the sport at the 2016 Annual Conference At today's Sustainability Forum at the 2016 Annual Conference in

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