A Class Catamarans Racing
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april 29th - may 6th

Incorporating The Admiral's Cup warm up event
April 24th-28th

In Association with
The United States 'A' Class
Sailing Association

The Official International 'A' Class Catamaran 2022 World Championships for Classic and Open Divisions

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Hosted by

We are delighted to invite you to our wonderful sailing venue at the Houston Yacht Club (HYC). Ourfacility located in La Porte, Texas (30 minutes southeast of Houston) is one of the largest sailing venues in North America. HYC is nationally recognized for its history of top level sailboat racing and is a casual, comfortable and friendly yacht club.

 

Located on the shores of Galveston Bay, the racing area is immediately adjacent to the Club. Ourmodern container port is located only a few kilometers from the sailing venue. Your containers can be delivered directly to the Club where they can be stored, along with all trailers on the Club grounds, with 24- hour security. There is ample room. 

 

The George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) lies one hour to the north from the sailing venue and offers direct, non-stop flights from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. Yourboats will be located on grassy lawns next to the newly-refurbished swimming pool and lounge area.

 

Early May typically brings steady, warm sea breezes, with chances of quickly passing cold fronts.Average air temperatures are warm, but not hot, with comfortable water temperatures as well.

The surrounding bay area has many hotels and restaurants from which to choose. Events during theregatta are planned to be outdoors to the fullest extent possible. Houston Yacht Club offers a full-service restaurant and two bars in its historic clubhouse.

 

Houston, being a short distance away, offers many attractions, including world-class shopping at theGalleria, museums, galleries, NASA Johnson Space Center, and four professional sports teams. Houston will also provide a convenient jumping off point for exploring other beautiful areas of Texas, including hundreds of miles of beaches, great cities, and well-known theme and nationalparks.

 

Finally, we feel sure you will find the folks from Texas to be warm, friendly, andaccommodating during your stay in the United States. Welcome to Texas!

Bob Webbon, President

US A-Class Catamaran Association

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Howdy Fellow A-Cat Sailors!

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Classic Division
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Open Division

The 'A' Class Catamaran

Dating from a competition for a single handed sailing catamaran held in the UK in 1957, the 'A' Class Catamaran specification was chosen.  Being a 'Development Class, it had a few simple rules and parameters for it's design.  It should be no longer that 5.49m, no wider than 2.3m, weigh no less that 75 kg and have a sail area no larger than 13.94sqm including the mast.  The result was a very fast, high performance racing machine, and until the emergence of small foiling boats such as the Moth, was the fastest single handed small sailing class in the world.  

The development aspect meant that the design was always at the cutting edge of building and design techniques and was one of the pioneer classes of carbon fibre construction and design.  As a result, it became a popular class for those interested in pushing and exploring design, and for those who like to tweak and trim to get a marginal gain over their fellow sailors.  

In recent years, the light carbon construction meant that the class was one of the first cat classes to adopt foiling as the daggerboards and rudders were modified to provide upward lift sufficient to 'fly' the boat hulls above the water.  The resulting increase in speed was eyewatering.  Currently, the top sailors are regularly exceeding 30 knots.

The boats have long attracted the World's fastest sailors, amongst our sailors are many former Olympic, Sail GP and America's Cup sailors

The class now has official 2 divisions.  The Open Division - boats fitted with J or Z shaped daggerboards, who can foil above the water.  And the Classic Division - boats with straight or C shape boards that will only legally fly one hull at a time.   This came about as a result of realising that there were many in the class not wanting the increased expense, or unwilling to develop the circus skills required to sail the foiling boats, or who sail on waters where shifts and gusts tend to dominate, making a foiler much harder work., and those who prefer the closer racing possible on the Classics.   The two divisions now have separate handicaps, but are frequently seen sailing together as one happy fleet.  Interestingly, it has emerged that at the ends of the class wind range (min 5kts, max 22kts) the Classics tend to be faster in the right hands.

This event will, therefore, crown two World Champions!

Reigning Open Champion - Mischa Heemskerk NED

Reigning Classic Champion - Andrew Landenberger AUS

Sponsors - Your Name Here!

Background

HoustonYacht Club – Organizing Authority    www.houstonyachtclub.com

 

Farley Fontenot – Commodore of Houston Yacht Club    farleyfontenot@gmail.com

 

Bob Webbon – USACA President  bobwebbon@aol.com

 

Charles Bueche – IACA President   iaca@bueche.ch

 

Richard Stevens - Official Logistics Partner   richardstevens@hecny.com

Gordon Upton -  IACA Editor & Event PR   editor@a-cat.org