Event details here: https://www.corangamite.vic.gov.au/Local-Directory/Yachting-Western-Victoria
Harken 2018 A Class Queensland Championships
Hervey Bay Sailing Club
Friday 30th March to Sunday 1st April 2018
*FREE Prawn and Corona night Friday*
2018 A Class Catamaran Victorian Championships
McCrae Yacht Club, Mornington Peninsula
Victoria Saturday March 10th 2018 – Monday March 12th 2018
Elwood Sailing Club is hosting the A Class Lightning Championship for International A Class Catamarans on 3rd and 4th of March 2018. There will be three races on each day, back to back with a target time of 40mins per race.
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There will be a BBQ on Saturday night, included in the regatta fee. Boats can be stored at the club overnight on Friday and Saturday. Contact James Wreford 0437 463 810 for further information.
Great prizes to be won, including $500 worth of GILL gift vouchers and Harken merchandise!
Please note the discounted Regatta fee ends on the 24th of February, so get your entry forms in on time! We will be accepting entries by email, see Entry Form for details.
HARKEN Forward WIP 2017/18 Australian International A Class Catamaran Championship
28th December 2017 to 2nd January 2018
Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club
Note: discounted early entry fee applies for entries paid on or before 30th November 2017
Australian International A-Division Catamaran Association Inc. (AIADCA), in conjunction with Vincentia Sailing Club invite entries from A-Division Catamaran Sailors to compete in the 2017 A Class Catamaran NSW Championships.
Vincentia Sailing Club, 44 Plantation Point Pde, Vincentia NSW 2540
Saturday October 28th 2017– Sunday October 29th 2017
Congratulations to Steve Brewin on winning his third World championship. Stevie is now second on the title list behind Glenn Ashby with 9 titles.
A great week for all sailors, especially the Polish who sailed very well and put on a fantastic event.
Gordon Upton has done a great write up of the event post at http://www.a-cat.org/?q=node/1049
Well done Stevie you certainly deserved your hair cut!!!!!!
The 2016/17 sailing season has drawn to a close Down Under, following the completion of the Queensland State Titles on the first weekend in May. The Qld titles had been delayed a few weeks due to the appearance of Cyclone Debbie, which ravaged North Queensland, and deluged South Queensland in April.
Steve Brewin won the event in emphatic style, from Andrew Landenberger, with Mark Johnston third. Stevie used shorter rig, with a lot of sail area concentrated down low. The rig was even shorter than Landy’s mast which had about one metre sawn off the standard length.
The jury is still out on the relative merits of the new rig. Those whom have a broken mast that is bit shorter may care to try it, but those who are thinking of taking a saw to a healthy full length section should remember it is much more difficult to put the bit back on again.
Steve Brewin was the stand out performer across the Australian A Class during summer. He was kept reasonably honest by training partner Darren Bundock. Stevie and Darren continue to put a large amount of time into training, and boat development.
The Australian Fleet remains healthy. There are now many foiling boats, but enthusiasm for the floating boats nevertheless remains strong, and the second market remains buoyant. Clearly not everyone wishes to go foiling. There is no doubt that successful foiling requires agility, endurance, and a mindset to push the limits.
The injuries are also there. Landy copped widespread bruising when he came off the foils and smashed the mast ( leading to the development of his short rig). The good thing about a carbon mast is that it acts like a crumple zone during accidents, certainly better when impaling ones thighs or other bits around a mast. A few sailors have indulged in some long swimming sessions back to the shore, after they have been thrown off their foilers. Probably not a good idea to train alone.
In August , a team of Australian Sailors, headed by Stevie and Darren, will head across the other side of the world to Sopot for World Titles. The mission is more than just trying to win the World Title for Australia. We are there to publicise the 2018 World Titles that will be held in Hervey Bay, in November 2018, and to encourage people of the northern hemisphere to take the plane trip down south ( plane trips are really not that bad- it is purely a mind set- you don’t have fly the thing, just sleep, read , or watch a movie).
The 2017/18 Australian Championship’s will be sailed at the Wangi Amateur Sailing Club on Lake Macquarie. This was the venue of the 2012 Nationals , which attracted record fleet of 70 boats , including some of the America’s Cup stars. Hopefully, Nathan Outteridge, James Spithill, and Glenn Ashby will return to the class for the event. It is the home Club for Nathan, and will dovetail into the Moth Class Nationals which will be held at the same venue immediately afterwards.
Probably most Australian A Cat sailors will ride out the Winter months doing something warmer than sailing. A small team however will be out practising in earnest for the Sopot World Championship. Compared to Europe, and most of northern America, the Australian Winter is quite mild. The days are a bit short, but the main problem is the wind: there is either none of it, or it howls out of the country’s interior. If the Vikings can sail in the ice and snow, well Aussie’s can at have go in our cooler months.
The HARKEN QLD State champs have been run and won after a short delay due to cyclone Debbie.
As a Queenslander it’s hard to accept that we were thoroughly beaten by a New South Welshman, but Steve Brewin was in a class of his own with a new shorter rig that was working to perfection, fully foiling upwind in a range of wind and lumpy sea conditions.
Friday afternoons two scheduled races were held in close to the limit wind/sea conditions (seas to 1.5m was the major concern, not so much the wind speed of 16-18 gusting to 20Knts) that saw 2/3 of the fleet choose to sit it out, as 2 drops were allowed for the regatta (to encourage those that could not make it on Friday to attend for the rest of the weekend). Apart from a few capsizes, most proved the conditions were OK to sail.
Saturday we had three races in moderate wind and sea conditions although some carnage ensued and Luke spent some time recuperating from a capsize that took Mark Johnston out (who was later awarded redress) as well.
Sundays conditions were lighter and flatter, which suited the foilers and with a long drive home Steve and Mark didn’t sail the last race, with their positions secured.
Congratulations to Landy and Mark who fought it out for second place. Landys shorter rig he experimented with at the nationals now looks positively long compared to Stevie’s !
In the classic or non foiling division the battle was on for the presidents cup. Easily won by Brad Collett returning to the ‘water’ in his dads borrowed DNA, he proved again what a great sailor he is in any platform – even if he reckons it’s a lot harder work than his foiler.
Full results are below and a fantastic aerial video is on the HYC web site at this link:
For those that don’t already know I am standing down and handing the batten over to Clare Neeskens, as next year’s 2018 States will be held at HBSC (dates to be determined) as a great opportunity to test the waters before the world titles in November.
Thanks to David and the crew at HYC for a really professional and relaxed team of race managers & supporters. This always makes a regatta much more enjoyable.
Also a big thanks to HARKEN for their ongoing generosity and support for the A-Class fleets around Australia.