Please select your home edition
Edition
Sail World NZ Lone Wolf

Pieces in motion at C-Class Summit

by William Clark on 15 Nov 2012
From left to right: Steve Killing, Richard Korpus, David Tagliapietra, Roberto Grippi, Claudio Cairoli, Oliver Moore, Norman Wijker (vid Skype), Magnus Clarke, Duncan MacLane, Will Clark, Jaremie Lagarrigue, Stephane Dyen, Steve Clark & Benjamin Muyl William Clark
With the 2013 International C-Class Catamaran Championship in Falmouth, England less than nine months away, C-Class Catamaran enthusiast from six countries met at Rhode Island’s Bristol Yacht Club on the weekend of November 10th. With the Class growing at an unprecedented rate, and interest from Italy, Switzerland, and France joining the class renaissance started in the United States, Canada and England, International Chairman Steve Clark called for a summit in early November to discuss all things C-Class. After almost two days of discussion and deliberation one thing is clear – the C-Class game is afoot.

From 1960 to 1996 the C-Class Catamaran was dominated by an event similar in format to the America’s Cup, in fact the International C-Class Catamaran Challenge Trophy came to be known as the 'Little America’s Cup' because it was conceived along the same lines. However the restrictions of the event were not conducive to class growth. A yacht club would issue a formal challenge to the current holder of the cup, and the winner was determined by a best of seven series at the defender’s preferred location.

In the 60s and 70s the format worked brilliantly – the Cup was in England and teams from Australia and the United States challenged every year. However the format of the racing inhibited the defender’s ability to promote class activity or encourage racing of any kind without a formal challenge. So when the class went semi-dormant in the late 90s-early 2000s Clark seized the opportunity to restructure the class when fresh challenges arrived from Australia and Great Britain in 2004.

'Ten years ago I placed this class under martial law,' said Clark, who was re-elected as class chairman on Saturday. 'There was not enough activity to justify more than one class officer, so I did it all myself, and made a number of changes to the premier event format with the goal of making attending the event more rewarding and increasing participation.'

Clark’s Cogito, who first wrested the cup away Australia’s Edge IV in 96’ with helmsman Duncan MacLane and crew Eric Chase on board, carried the day in 2004 as well with MacLane at the helm and Clark as crew. However the race format was drastically different with both finalists having to be determined by a fleet race series before moving on to match racing for the championship. 'By eliminating some of the barriers to entry active teams are now able to support other prospective participants' said Clark. 'However with this in mind the involvement of Fred Eaton has been the most critical component to the success we are now seeing.'

The game changed in late 2004 when Canada’s Fred Eaton got involved. Eaton’s team took the cup away from the Americans in 2007 at Toronto’s Royal Canadian Yacht Club, and with Eaton’s Alpha and Cogito installed as what Clark calls a 'breeding pair,' the Canadians faced challenges not only from the United States but also Australia, England, and France in Newport, Rhode Island in 2010. Now, with as many as 16 boats expected in England in 2013, the class is well on its way to getting off the sailing endangered species list.

The meeting spent a long while reasserting the bylaws and constitution. However after Magnus Clarke had been elected to succeed Duncan MacLane as International Secretary, and national representatives had been appointed from each attending nation, the chairman opened the floor for team reports.

• Steve Killing of Team Canada reports that the Canadians have already built a new platform (christened 'Fill Your Hands' by Clarke) and plan to build a new wing this winter.

• Roberto Grippi’s team Challenge Italia, while somewhat behind schedule, plans to build as many as four platform, with the first hitting the water in January, the second in March, and at least two competing in Falmouth.

• Jeremie Lagarrigue of Hyros confirmed the Swiss team’s commitment to building two boats, one Archimedean and one foiling capitalizing on their Hydropter expertise, and both being raced in Falmouth with the first platform launching in December.

• Benjamin Muyl of Challenge France confirmed that the French team has Patient Lady VI fully functional and confirmed that progress is well under way with two other French teams who do not wish to be identified at this time.

• Norman Wijker of Team Invictus brought news from Great Britain that tooling for their new wing is nearing completion in Portugal. They plan to use their existing Invictus platform with a new wing, updated foils, and be sailing in early March.

• Clark concluded the team reports with news that American’s have been sailing Aethon all summer and have a replacement wing for Cogito in final stages of production. Clark is still assessing the results of the summer and determining a future plan of action.

The meeting adjourned for the night and reconvened at nine the following day where rumors continued to surface. Clarke confirmed that the Canadians have sold Alpha to one of the French organizations that thus far chooses to remain anonymous. However he also mentioned that one of the conditions of the transaction was that the boat must be sailed in Falmouth, so it is only a matter of time until their identity is revealed. Meanwhile Grippi noted the existence of another interested Italian team and Wijker put in that the shop manufacturing their wing in Portugal may enter a boat as well.

There are even rumors of a Hungarian squad putting together a challenge. After more administrative affairs, including a proposal to redraft the somewhat outdated class by laws, the meeting broke up with heads spinning. Early indications of how successful all the proposed builds have been will be at the European event in Quiberon, France in late May. The North Americans also have a tune up event, tentatively known at the North American Championships, scheduled for May in Bristol, Rhode Island. The 2013 International C-Class Catamaran Championship in Falmouth, England is scheduled for September 23-29th, 2013 with a warm up week running from 16th to the 22nd.
PredictWind.comZhik AkzoNobelb 660x82Fever-Tree 660x82

Related Articles

RC44 Calero Marinas Cup – Foursome gunning for RC44 gold
Igor Lah is leading the championship on six points, his Team CEEREF fitted with the RC44 series leader's 'golden wheels' The RC44 teams are returning to the Canary Islands for the first time since 2013. Over 2010-2013, four RC44 regattas and three World Championships were held in Lanzarote at Puerto Calero. Owners of that marina, the Calero family, were also regular participants on the RC44 circuit at that time.
Posted on 22 Nov
Team Extreme México to make waves at Extreme Sailing Series Los Cabos
Erik Brockmann, a national champion in the 49er and 420, will sail alongside Armando Noriega Negrete and Danel Fierro. Brockmann is thrilled to be representing his country on home waters in the ultimate Stadium Racing championship, in what he views as an ideal opportunity to grow the sport of sailing in Mexico.
Posted on 22 Nov
Transat Jacques Vabre - Anglo-Spanish pair fights French and Physics
We may be about to witness the closest finish in Transat Jacques Vabre history We may be about to witness the closest finish in Transat Jacques Vabre history as the Anglo-Spanish duo of Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde (Imerys Clean Energy) attempt to catch the two newer French boats in a three-horse race down the coast of Brazil.
Posted on 22 Nov
Solo Round the World - MACIF soon to take off again!
After a little over 17 days, François Gabart is still in lead by about 1 and a half days in relation to Coville’s time After a little over 17 days at sea, François Gabart is still in the lead by about 1 and a half days in relation to the Thomas Coville’s time, the current holder of the single-handed round the world record. The MACIF skipper hopes to pick up speed again this Tuesday evening, after being forced to sail south to reposition himself in front of a low-pressure area
Posted on 22 Nov
Initiatives Cœur finishes sixth in Transat Jacques Vabre Imoca class
Tanguy de Lamotte and Samantha Davies, on Initiatives Cœur, have finished sixth in Imoca class of Transat Jacques Vabre Tanguy de Lamotte and Samantha Davies, on Initiatives Cœur, have finished sixth in the Imoca class of the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre after crossing the finish line in the Bay of All Saints in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 20:15:39 (UTC), 15 days, 07 hours 40 minutes and 39 seconds after leaving Le Havre, Normandy, France.
Posted on 21 Nov
SuperFoiler secure World Beaters
The world’s best sailors will line-up on Australian waters for the first season of the SuperFoiler Grand Prix circuit The world’s best sailors will line-up on Australian waters for the first season of the SuperFoiler Grand Prix circuit. Home-grown America’s Cup winner Glenn Ashby (Emirates Team New Zealand) has announced he will join forces with countrymen and fellow AC35 stars Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen
Posted on 20 Nov
Jimmy Spithill guest speaker at the 2017 Buoyed Up fundraising dinner
Jimmy Spithill will be the guest speaker at the annual Buoyed Up fundraising dinner to be held on the 6th December. The Canberra Yacht Club is proud to announce that Jimmy Spithill will be the guest speaker at the annual Buoyed Up fundraising dinner to be held on the 6th December. Buoyed Up is entering its sixth year of providing over 1,600 young kids of disadvantage the ability to build resilience and teamwork on the water and in the classroom. The program eventually aims to train the participants
Posted on 20 Nov
Perfect performance for Belgians Demesmaeker - Gagliani
The day was very technical, very interesting, but frankly not very relaxing. It was a real test of nerves A loop around Toc Vert and Bonhomme by way of Boulanger, then a run between Les Grenadins and Bonhomme with Frégate on the exterior: that was the itinerary of the day for the 47 teams in the St. Barth Cata-Cup, while their nerves were really put to test on this Friday of sailing. “The day was very technical, very interesting, but frankly not very relaxing. It was a real test of nerves”
Posted on 18 Nov
St. Barth Cata-Cup - The favorites on top
On Thursday, the 47 teams of 10th annual St. Barth Cata-Cup set sail on a serious note for the first day of competition On Thursday, the 47 teams of the 10th annual St. Barth Cata-Cup set sail on a serious note for the first day of competition, as the race committee took advantage of winds of eight to twelve knots from the south-southeast for a first tour of the island. As a result of the conditions, it was necessary to be highly observant and show finesse in these kinds of conditions and the favorites
Posted on 18 Nov
Solo Round the World – François enters Indian Ocean in a record time
The MACIF skipper seemed very confident this Friday morning, telling us about the sensations on board On Thursday, François Gabart entered the Indian Ocean in a record time of 12 days, 22 hours, and 20 minutes. This Friday he is taking advantage of calmer weather to rest up and give his boat a once over.
Posted on 17 Nov