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The A-Class Catamaran is the fastest single handed catamaran 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-Cat North Americans 2017 @San Diego: Day 1

Day 1 2017 North Americans Report: http://www.catsailingnews.com/2017/10/a-cat-north-americans-2017-san-diego.html. Report by Ben Hall

America's Cup 2017 Bermuda , F18, A-Cat, AC45 World Series, F16, Foiling, GC32 Racing Tour, Nacra 17,Olympics

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1 week ago

San Diego Yacht Club

Matt Struble with 3,3,3 on Day 1.

The 2017 Moth North American Champion, Matt Struble, is 3rd after day 1 of A-Cat North Americans! He shares the differences between sailing a Moth and sailing an A-Cat United States A-Class Sailing ... See more

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1 week ago

San Diego Yacht Club

Bruce Mahoney with 2,2,1 on Day 1

Bruce Mahoney, winner of race 3, is second after day 1 of the 2017 A-Cat North American Championships. Here’s how he won race 3 United States A-Class Sailing Association (USACA)

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1 week ago

San Diego Yacht Club

Mischa Heemskerk with 1,1,2 on first day.

Mischa Heemskerk tops the leaderboard of the 2017 A-Cat North Americans after winning 2 of 3 races on day 1! United States A-Class Sailing Association (USACA)

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1 week ago

Photos from United States A-Class Sailing Association (USACA)'s post

Now have final list of boats complying with all measurement and tabulation of the types of boats entered. 10 eXploders, 10 DNAs, Struble, Hall, Morelli and Melvin, and even a Bimare and Auscat

Ben Hall's latest update with Day 3 of warm-ups:

Yesterday was pretty much the same as Day 1. Went out with Robbie Daniels again in the rib for his clinic. Great staring drills and speed testing...kinda like herding cats for the speed testing as boats were having trouble lining up correctly. Then we ran a few 1 lap races. Matt Keenan and Larry Woods led the pack with some spectacular foiling. Everyone learning a ton from Robbie's on the water coaching and video debriefs.

After sailing I got my dose of driving on "The 5"....8 lanes going 70mph....only in California....and nobody uses their turn signals to change lanes...they say that would be a sign of weakness....hmmmm. (Editor's note: 70 is slow in the South).

Picked Emmanuel Cerf at the airport this morning...he was immediately impressed with the weather, regatta site and the scene in general.

Carla and John have been full on in measurement mode and everything seems to be running smoothly. A few predictable measurement issues with boards and rudder winglets.

Talking with a cross section of sailors, the consensus Is that the site is really nice due to moderate breeze, flat water, warm water and consistent weather. Forecast looks to be a little lighter over the next few days so that may give the Classics a chance to shine.

Tonight is the opening reception at San Diego YC and we plan to have the class meeting on Thursday after sailing. Today is final prep for racing tomorrow when the rubber will seriously hit the road.

Rudder tuning, sail checks and on the water practice. Many sailors are here to learn as much as they can...and with Robbie, Mischa, Bruce and Matt sharing their knowledge, most will learn more in 5 days than sailing at home for a year.

Admiral out ... See more

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1 week ago

San Diego Yacht Club

A word from Emmanuel Cerf as we get ready for the North Americans! Thanks San Diego Yacht Club.

Matt Struble on latest eXploder (but coming in with very little practice) versus Mischa and Bruce on ... See more

Flying in from Florida, Emmanuel Cerf will Race the 2017 A-Cat North American Championship starting tomorrow and shares who some of the top competitors will be! United States A-Class Sailing ... See more

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1 week ago

Photos from United States A-Class Sailing Association (USACA)'s post

T-4 Days to the North Americans. This week we will be providing updates by The Admiral himself, Ben Hall.

Today we had a great clinic run by Robbie Daniel. About ten boats joined in the speed

Robbie doing a video debrief as I write this.

A great fleet ( now 32 boats) with equal representation from the East and West coasts...not to mention three boats from Houston.

The venue has a beautiful sandy launching beach and the race site is very smooth water.

Mischa Heemskerk is here and with be helping out with a few go fast clinics to augment what Robbie is doing. The guys here are all very lucky to learn from this high level talent...oops forgot to mention Bruce Mahoney who finished 6th in the Poland Worlds...he will also help out in the debrief. And then there is local hero, Matt Struble, who just got finished crushing the competition in the Moth Nationals on the same body of water.

There shapes up to be rock fights in both the Classic and Foiling divisions....Classics have the likes of Ken Marshack, Craig Yandow, Woody Cope and Richard Stevens...and maybe newcomer Ben Hooper from Houston will surprise us.
We are also lucky to have a brand new F1 sailed by Mischa and new Exploder sailed by Matt Struble...let the games begin!!

A lot of trick setups in boat setups so it is great to see all of the solutions to make the boats cleaner and easier to sail.
Another clinic is scheduled for tomorrow. Weather is beautiful, the water is warm, the breeze is sweet and the water is flat.

Hey we are in Southern California...life is good.

Cheers and another update tomorrow,
The Admiral ... See more

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2 weeks ago

Campione Univela

such a beautiful venue. Almost as nice as San Diego next week with San Diego Yacht Club. 😉

A-CAT GERMAN OPEN & AUSTRIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
1st DAY

ENJOY THE VIDEO!!!

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