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A-Class Admiral's Cup at Pensacola Yacht Club - Overall

by Suzie Domagala 9 Apr 01:33 PDT April 5-7, 2024
Cam Farrah, Winner of the International A-Division Catamaran Admiral's Cup Foiling Division © Cliff Farrah

A-Class Catamaran sailors enjoyed beautiful Pensacola Bay in eight races April 5 - 7 in the 2024 Admiral's Cup (the traditional warm up event for the North American Championships). Wind challenged sailors and race committee alike with wide oscillations and light winds on day one.

As the weekend unfolded, steadier wind came through with 7 - 10 knots, flat water, and a moderate tide; all more characteristic of Pensacola Bay in April. The wind was right on the margin with enough to foil. Cam Farrah solidified a commanding lead with 8 points overall in the open class (foiling), becoming the first woman to win the International A-Division Catamaran Association Admiral's Cup. Cam was followed by Axel Issel and Jeff Brauch, solidifying 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

The highly competitive classic class was won with only one point and led by Bob Hodges, followed (very) closely by Oscar Rodgers and Patrick Stadt. Complete scores can be found at Regatta Network. Awards for the Admiral's Cup were provided on Sunday, April 7 in the backdrop of a live band, axe throwing, a lawn party, and food and drinks for all under sunny skies and warm spring weather.

Energy was high in the boat paddock on Monday, a scheduled lay day, while multiple sailors were rigging and tuning (all during the solar eclipse) in anticipation of the North American Championships, to be held April 9 - 13. The weather forecast is promising more wind for the rest of the week as a front rolls through the bay area.

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