Please select your home edition
Edition
SailX 728x90

Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championship get underway

by Thomas Capitani on 15 Aug 2011
Glenn Ashby wins his 7th A-Class Cat World Championships Eva Fagnoli http://www.evarte.it/
The Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championship taking place in Aarhus, Denmark is just getting underway; Saturday and Sunday will witness the measurement of the one-hundred cats and first practices will take place in advance of the five days of World Championship races, with the finals being raced on Friday 19th August.

For the first time in many years, reigning world champion Glenn Ashby from Australia is not present to defend his title. The shift to catamarans in the Americas Cup has prompted several AC teams to take on A-Cat sailors, and an overlap between the A-Cat Worlds and the first AC45 races in the Americas Cup Series has resulted in Glenn and others having to pull out of the A-Cat Worlds.

In the last two World Championships the silver medal went to Steve Brewin (AUS) and he is also the favourite at this year's event. But the calibre of the Australian team is high across the board and other members such as Jack Benson, Andrew Landenberger and Brad Collett will undoubtedly make an impression and will absolutely be in the running.

The US, too, has its best sailors at the World Championship and it will be very interesting to see how they perform. The winner of the World Championship in 2007 was Glenn Ashby, but second and third places went to the US, and stars such as Matt Struble (also three time World Champion in DN Ice Boat.) and Lars Guck will be pushing to take the title to the US, hosts for the World Championship in 2012.

In recent years, competitions in Europe have been dominated by reigning European Champion Bob Baier (GER), closely followed by Manuel Calavia (ESP), and they must be seen as having the best chances among European sailors. But Chris Fields (GBR) and Sjoerd Hoekstra (NED) also perform well and are likely to figure near the top of the results table.

It will also be fascinating to see how the wild card sailors from other classes manage in the field. Dutch Mischa Heemskerk, who has just won silver in the Formula 18 World Championship, is warming up with Extreme 40 races at Cowes and is without doubt a very able competitor, as is the Italian Olympic sailor Francesco Marcolini.

The A-Cat Class is a developmental class: There are also new developments on offer this year. Since 2009, the development of curved dagger boards has really taken off and other components and sailing techniques have made parallel advances.

Over the last year, sails have become deeper and masts softer. This means the sail can still be pulled flat when tacking, but when running before the wind it gives more power. Consequently, less wind is needed to sail 'wild thing' (run before the wind on a single hull), and wild thing on the trapeze has become a new technique which sailors must master if they are to have a hope of a top position.

World premier of a new design: Designer Martin Fischer, who is renowned for various successful catamaran designs including the F18-Class, has produced a new A-Cat which will have its début in Aarhus. The boat is of a radical new design with an S-shaped leeboard and L-shaped rudder, and the name 'MayFly' hints at the inspiration behind it.

It has not yet been possible to make a flying catamaran that can compete on a traditional sailing course, but MayFly is an attempt to produce a cat which can sail in a traditional way when tacking and be semi-flying when running before the wind. Many adjustment permutations are possible for rudder and leeboard and it will be very interesting to see if the concept holds good and whether it is possible to master its intricacies before the World Championship races begin on A-Cat World Championship A-Cat Class Association website

Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82Barz Optics - Kids rangeSouthern Spars - 100

Related Articles

52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Bouncing back on Day 1
Quantum Racing pretty much carried on from where they left off in Sardinia earlier this month, ferociously consistent Quantum Racing pretty much carried on from where they left off in Sardinia earlier this month, ferociously consistent and proving the value of every point gained on each race course. After their ninth and tenth places respectively at the Audi Settimana delle Bocche Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec and Takashi Okura’s Sled both bounced back with a strong opening day to the third regatta of the five
Posted on 25 Jul
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Races 1 and 2 images
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races one and two Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races one and two
Posted on 25 Jul
New challenges for Oman Air at halfway stage of Extreme Sailing Series
Race organisers have extended the race area on the River Elbe to cater for the higher speeds of the new foiling GC32s. Race organisers have extended the race area on the River Elbe to cater for the higher speeds of the new foiling GC32s but Oman Air skipper Morgan Larson says avoiding errors will still be the biggest challenge if they are to extend their overall lead with their third Act victory of the season.
Posted on 25 Jul
Rolex Swan Cup – A noble approach to sailing
Mention the Swan Cup to any sailor and the feelings evoked are common – great competition in an enviable environment Mention the Swan Cup to any sailor and the feelings evoked are common – great competition in an enviable environment, a prevailing spirit of fair play and an opportunity to sail yachts renowned for their grace, enduring appeal and rich heritage.
Posted on 25 Jul
Comanche's Trans-Atlantic record attempt hits soft spot
Light air zones threaten record-breaking pace as 100ft yacht charges across mid-Atlantic With 1,548 nautical miles left to sail to the finish of the Transatlantic record (as of 08:30 GMT today) at Lizard Point, UK, Comanche remains on course to break Mari Cha IV’s 2003 record. Stan Honey, Comanche navigator, noted this morning: Chilly here. Set the A-3 Gennaker to go deeper. Very flat water. Smooth sailing. Not much wind down low near the cold water. Visibility 10meters.
Posted on 25 Jul
World of Sailing in review - July 2016 edition - Round the Island Race
World Sailing present their July 2016 video magazine featuring the Round the Island race World Sailing present their July 2016 video magazine featuring the Round the Island race (around the Isle of Wight) and preview several personalities and aspects of the upcoming Rio Olympics
Posted on 25 Jul
World of Sailing in review - July 2016 edition - Round the Island Race
World Sailing present their July 2016 video magazine featuring the Round the Island race World Sailing present their July 2016 video magazine featuring the Round the Island race (around the Isle of Wight) and preview several personalities and aspects of the upcoming Rio Olympics
Posted on 25 Jul
America’s Cup World Series – More final day images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from final day Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from final day
Posted on 25 Jul
America’s Cup World Series – Final race day images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from final day Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from final day
Posted on 25 Jul
Anders Pedersen heads into Rio Olympics with high expectations
He is one of the youngest Finn sailors heading to Rio at 24 years old but has proved himself many times on the water. He is one of the youngest Finn sailors heading to Rio at just 24 years old but has proved himself many times on the water. Junior World Champion in 2014, later that same year he qualified Norway at the first opportunity at the Santander world championships. Since then he has bee a regular at the front of the fleet and showing some real potential.
Posted on 25 Jul