Stevie wins Worlds

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!!!!!!

Podium

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AUSSIE Season rap

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.

Bob Griffits

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2017 HARKEN QLD State championships report

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:

http://hyc.net.au/racing/regattas/a-class-states-2017/

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.

Best Regards

Andrew Chaney

 

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Save the Date – 2017 Harken NSW State Titles

The 2017 Harken NSW State Titles are booked in for the 28-29th October 2017 at Vincentia Sailing Club on Jervis Bay. NOR and more details to follow soon.

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QLD States Rescheduled to May 5-7th

Due to cyclone Debbie upsetting the Qld coast 2 weeks ago the QLD States at Humpybong were cancelled and have now been re-scheduled to be run at the same venue over the May 5-7th weekend.

Anyone looking for a good hit-out can join in at Lake Cootharaba over Easter.

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Sail Hervey Bay A Cat Worlds 2018

The 2018 A Class Catamaran World Championships will be sailed in Hervey Bay Qld from 16th – 23rd November 2018. The regatta will be preceded by the Australian Championships between 11th – 15th November.

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2018 Nationals Wangi Wangi

A reminder to all that the 2018 Nationals will be held at Wangi Wangi on Lake Macquarie NSW from 28th Dec 2017 until 2nd Jan 2018. Wangi will be very busy this year with our Nats followed by Moths then 505’s.

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Ronstan 2017 Australian Championships: Results

Ronstan 2017 Australian Championships: Results

http://www.mccraeyc.com.au/index.php/regattas/2016-17-regatta-results/2017-a-class-nationals

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Notice of Race: Yarrawonga Yacht Club Australia Day Regatta

23rd-26th January 2017

Yarrawonga Yacht Club aims to provide for a regatta to coincide with the Australia day long weekend each year.

Details of the event can be found here
http://www.yyc.yachting.org.au/assoc_page.cgi?c=0-10012-0-0-0&sID=297785

Come and join us for four great days of inland sailing. Don’t worry if you can only make it for Saturday and Sunday we are running a two and a four day series.
With lawns to the water edge and site facilities available over the weekend this is a must attend regatta.
Registration commences Saturday from 1000hrs and
Information Session at 1300hrs.
Two day series up to 5 races
Four day series up to 10 races

General information

  • Registration is usually from 0900 on the first day of the event
  • Lawns to waters edge
  • Canteen – Drinks, light meals, snacks and bar sales available
  • Sites/facilities available over the weekend
  • No dogs, no fires, no glass on foreshore
  • Free transport to nearby clubs (On request from respective club, Dress – neat casual)

Location

Yarrawonga Yacht Club
River Rd, Yarrawonga
Victoria

Contact
Tom Hutchison,
Mob: 0438589149

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NSW A CLASS SAILING 2016/2017

imageThe 2016/17 A Class Catamaran Class NSW State Championships will be sailed much earlier this season than usual . They will be sailed at the Kurnell Catamaran Club over the two days of the last weekend in October. A Notice of Race will follow shortly.
The Championship will be quickly followed up by a two day regatta the following weekend at the Sunshine Amateur Sailing Club ,on Lake Macquarie, or invited one person sailing boats, which will A Class Catamarans.

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