Memo from AIADCA President

Dear A Class Sailors and Supporters,

The AIADCA Management Committee held its first meeting of the new year on the 25th May 2021.

The first half of the year saw the Association complete 4 regattas,  a Nationals and 3 State Championships with good numbers despite the challenges of COVID 19. The Committee is now working towards 2022 with the Australian Championships confirmed for RQYS from the 8th January to 14th January 2022 with a Notice of Race to come soon.

The Committee is also working hard to reaffirm its commitment to an efficient and robust measurement process. John Dowling was elected as the new National Measurer in February this year with a new team of State Measurers appointed. Of note is that World sailing has endorsed the IACA Classic Discipline and the details of current Rules and Measurement requirements are available  at

The AIADCA Committee is also looking for an enthusiastic member to take on the vacant role of “Publicity Officer”. If you are interested please contact myself.

Lastly the contact list for the AIADCA Executive, Measurers and State Representative is available at

Yours in Sailing

Paul Neeskens



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2022 Australian Championships

Saturday 8th – Friday 14th January 2022

Host Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (Brisbane)

RQYS info:

Accommodation info: Microsoft Word – OFF-SITE ACCOMMODATION LISTING.doc (

Tourism info: Wynnum Manly Tourism & Visitor Information Centre – Manly Harbour Village

NoR and further details to follow.

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Members, reminder the AGM will be held Thursday 18th February at 8.00pm AEDT. The Zoom link has been sent via SMS, if you did not receive it please contact Paul (President) or Michael (Secretary).

AGM documents for download here:

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2021 Australian Championships results, photos, video


Photos & video:

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Australian Sailing 2020 Victorian Lifetime Achievement Award Winner – Ian Johnson

Congratulations to Ian on his wonderful work with the Australian A Division Catamaran Association

2020 Victorian Lifetime Achievement Award Winner – Ian Johnson

2020 Victorian Lifetime Achievement Award Winner – Ian Johnson 🙌Congratulations to Ian on his wonderful work with the Australian A Division Catamaran Association🏆

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A Cat logo (Zhik) jackets & vests for sale

Available as follows:

8x Sleeveless vest (carbon black colour) size XL

4x Sleeveless vest (carbon black colour) size XXL

2x Fleece jacket (grey colour) size XL

1x Fleece jacket (navy colour) size M

1x Fleece jacket (navy colour) size L

3x Fleece jacket (navy colour) size XL

$100 including postage. Please contact Steve Brewin or Association Secretary.

Fleece jacket (navy colour)
Fleece jacket (grey colour)
Sleeveless vest (carbon black colour)
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A Cat hats for sale

Available in Blue (9 left) or Red (12 left); $15 including postage. Please contact John Dowling.

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IYRU A & B Catamaran Trials 1967 video footage

Original footage of the IYRU A & B Catamaran Trials in 1967 from Sheppey, England featuring the first ever Tornado catamarans (one with soft sail, one with wing mast) plus many other catamarans.The overall winner was selected to be the first multihull sailed at the Olympic Games in 1972.
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Video interview: Shooting the Breeze with Ronstan – Glenn Ashby

Link here:

Long-time Team Ronstan athlete and sailing legend Glenn Ashby talks to Ronstan A-Cat sailors Stephen Brayshaw and Ben Moon. Hear the latest Emirates Team New Zealand Americas Cup news and in-depth technical details on Glenn’s A-Cat setup. Some of the A-Cat topics covered are: rudder differentials, winglet shapes, all things centreboards, sail shapes and sailing techniques

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VALE Brian Jennings

Sadly, our Life Member Brian Jennings passed away unexpectedly and peacefully on Tuesday 14 April 2020, only a few months short of his 90th birthday.

Brian was born in 1930 during the Great Depression, and was brought up in the then wide open spaces of North Balwyn. During World War II, Brian was moved to the Dandenongs for several years to avoid the consequences of a possible invasion from the Japanese.

Brian commenced his sailing career at about 18, competing in a Paine Mortlock. He was an Australian Championship winner. In those days, yachtsman built their own boats and Brian built several A Class catamarans. He also built the boat he rowed down the full length of the Murray River when he turned 70.

Brian was educated as a pharmacist. He met Meran at Pharmacy College and they went on to own and operate two chemist shops during a long career in his chosen profession.

At 60, Brian retired from pharmacy and spent a decade with Meran establishing the most picturesque house, garden, wetlands and vineyard at Red Hill. It was always a great pleasure to visit and sample the fruits of their labour.

Brian and Meran produced four fine children – Suzanne, Stephen, Rick and Kate, all BYS sailors – and now there are eight grandchildren.

The Jennings family came to Blairgowrie around 1970. They joined BYS and built with their own hands their first house in Macfarlan Avenue.

The family sailed a Top Hat keelboat in those days, but Brian’s real passion was sailing A Class catamarans. He was a pioneer of the Class. Many of us became great competitors and friends over these years, with plenty of competition on the water and conviviality at the boat shed afterwards.

His A Class career spanned several decades and he was generally regarded as the leader of the fleet. In January 1987, Brian chaired and competed in the highly successful A Class World Championships at BYS. He served on the BYS General Committee around that time. Several of us, ably led by Brian, installed the rounding marks in the water, removed them, and serviced them every season. Together on the water we also managed many BYS-hosted championships.

Brian was extremely competitive on the water and he hated getting beaten. His main objective every season was to win the Stardust Trophy, in which he succeeded several times, followed by the Class Aggregate Trophy. Other races were to be sailed to be won, but they didn’t matter much to Brian. In 1986, Brian actually taught me to sail from scratch in my first A Class. I have overheard a number of members say that based on my sailing he must have been a very poor teacher!

For a decade or so around the 1990s, Brian convened and successfully conducted the BYS sail training program and won many friends and supporters, especially among the juniors and their parents.

Brian was awarded Life Membership not long after retiring from sail training – a fitting reward for his dedication to sail training and many other contributions to BYS over decades.

Following A Class, Brian acquired and sailed the keelboat Mallana, and from memory won the Pinto one year (which I will check when BYS re-opens).

During his retirement years Brian spent many winters in Far North Queensland with his companion Penny Mountain, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Brian was a good man, he had a very good life, and will be missed by many at BYS.

Farewell young fella.
Mike Trumble

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