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Mischa Heemskerk Sweeps A-Class Worlds in NL

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Mischa Heemskerk was crowned 'A' Class Catamaran World champion yesterday at Medemblik, Holland. This is his second title after the 2013 title he won in near hurricane conditioned is Florida. He takes over the title from Glenn Ashby who won last year in Italy.

In a stunning display of fast foiling, both up and downwind, the Dutchman had a clean sweep in all the races with bullets in each. He had to fend off challenges from former champion Stevie Brewin and Olympian Darren Bundock, but his powerful sailing style – upto 21 kts on one upwind foiling blast, coupled with a certain amount of luck in being drawn in earlier races in fleets that sailed in more wind, made him unbeatable on the new Holland Composites DNA F1. He may have had a harder time in lighter winds as Bundy is famously fast in the light stuff, as were some of the Germans.

However, this year didn't see the massive time differences between the top sailors and the rest. New foiling boat designs, coupled with new sail shapes in the form of the decksweeper, something that Heemskerk had reinvented and pioneered recently, reduced his winning times form to a minute or two on several occasions.

The next A Class Worlds will be in Sopot, Poland in mid August 2017, and that is the home stadium of the rival boat to the DNA, the Exploder. We all now look forward to that.

So congratulations to Mischa and many thanks to the sponsors Contender Sailcloth, Holland Composties, Van Beelen Ropes and Magic Marine. But the biggest thanks mys go to Duchs Accociation boss Jan Groot, who virtually single handedly assembled the whole show!

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Winter Series Update

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mumma closeHere are the updated scores from the 2016 A Cat Winter Series. Ken Marshack is carrying a strong lead into our 3rd event next week at the St. Pete NOOD, with Woody Cope nipping at his heals and Mike Krantz battling out behind them.

Anyone notice a distinct lack of foiling in the front of the pack? Woody is marked a foiler, after sailing our first event with his foiler, but pulled the second boat out of his quiver for the Midwinters to the cries of, "NOT THE NIKITA AGAIN!!!" from around the fleet. So I guess he's half a foiler, and we can all hope to see the foiling half at the next event!

As a reminder of how we're scoring the series: we score your best 3 of the 6 events, and use a high point system that rewards more points for doing well against the larger fleets. If you're not familiar with high point systems, that means first place in our last event (Bailey White) received 32 points, the number of boats at the event. And second (Woody) recieved 31 points, etc. At the end of the series, we'll total up your scores for your best 3 events and crown a winner, with a perpetual tropy sponsored by B&C Technologies. Thanks to Mike Krantz for taking on the thankless job of Chief Scorekeeper.

We have four more events to round out the series:
12-14 Feb St. Pete NOOD at St. Pete YC - 18 boats registered!
10-13 Mar Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - 15 boats registered!
25-27 Mar Admiral's Cup - Sarasota FL
22-24 Apr Caterwaul Panama City

Looking forward to seeing everyone next week!


DNA | Holland Composites 2015 A-Cat Worlds Video - Extended Version

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2015-2016 A Cat Winter Series

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Even though it wasn’t winter just yet, the 2015-2016 A Cat Winter Series got off to a busy start in Atlanta the weekend before Thanksgiving.  With just shy of 30 boats at the Woods Brothers Regatta 2016, including some new A Cat sailors, the Winter Series is bound to be a resounding success.  Make sure you don’t miss any of it!

We have quite a schedule that’s fallen into place with some old favorites, some new venues, and a few places that are quickly becoming favorites.  Escape the cold, snowy, rainy, north and enjoy the pleasures of sailing in the Southeast District.  


DNA | HOLLAND COMPOSITES present the 2015 A-Cat Worlds

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From DNA | Holland Composites' post on vimeo:

DNA | Holland Composites offer the very fast DNA A-cat for use in the global A-Class competition.
This film gives an impression of the 2015 A -Class World Championship, held in Punta Ala, Italy in September 2015. The tournament showed an epic sailing battle for first place between Glenn Ashby and Mischa Heemskerk, both sailing a DNA A-cat.
A-Class catamarans are amongst the fastest single handed racing boats in the world. Most other racing classes are one-design whereas the A-Class is a development class and as a result it has become a pure high-tech boat and outright speed machine. The combination of the use of the latest available performance materials and production processes in the series production of both hulls and masts, as well as innovative sail designs, has allowed the A-Class Catamaran to push the boundaries to the point where it is considered by many as Formula One amongst all sailing craft. Speeds close to 30 knots are already recorded.


Glenn Ashby wins the 2015 World Championships

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Check out the latest article at Catamaran Racing News & Design.

FInal results are here:


Glenn Ashby Interview at Punta Ala

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Great Coverage from Catamaran Sailing News!

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A-Class North Americans footage 2015: "Bonus Track

as written by Martin Vanzulli, publisher of Cat Sailing News and expert on a wide variety of high performance boats.

 The US A-Class Association hired Nick Bowers from Kettle Cinema to film their North Americans 2015 Championships after seeing Nick's video of the GC32s I published on Jan 27. That GC32 clip was already impressive, and what he got out of the As racing at Panama City in Florida was out of the scale.
That Short remains the Nr 1 sailing Clip I've seen. I talked with many sailors that got chills out of seeing it, on the filmography but also on the edition.

Past weeks Nick has sent the original raw footage to Bailey White, US Class President, more than 500GB of
incredible film reel. I got access to this material thanks to Bailey and I went in awe after seeing the uncut version of some of the shots already published.
So we decided with Bailey to release 1-3 uncut versions of the best footage available, and here you have the result above, try to see it in HD only, as YT / Vimeo have too much compression for some specific film sources.

I think these shots by Nick Bowers/Kettle Cinema are definitely the best sailing clips ever filmed, closest thing to it might be past Americas Cup stream.
The big difference is at SF you had some excellent shots taken from the side, also some aereals views, but with Nick's technique you have both in the same ride, same camera, creating the most closest sensation to being there you can possibly get.,

Plus the chance to see in detail the refined handling work & body motion needed to make current A-Cat tech go airborne. For those always speaking on altitude control on windsurf foilers and kites, you need to understand that with current As setup you also have lots of body trim affecting the flight.

Wands & FP&F20 Js are for "'rookies'" as they might provide simpler and easy flights a la Stunt 9 or FP/F20, but achieving and learning A-Cat foiling technique above is something you must try before leaving this World.
Is too much fun & super rewarding, way more than any ride I got from the FP/F20s double handed easy foilers in the right conditions, you can´t even start to compare the feeling you get out of both rides.

Check there is not much wind in these takes, which were all filmed while racing the North Americans. I like Moths and we all know they are the best foilers right now, but there is no way you can get such a styling ride and boat combination. Foiling shots are from Matt Strubble & Bruce Mahoney.

I have seen this video above like about 100 time in a few days, I can´t stop watching it...
Congrats again to the US A-Cat Assoc for investing in such a great filming material & quality, there is no better way to promote your Class along good quality pictures.

If you want to get this kind of footage for your event, just contact Nick Bowers / Kettle Cinema at

To join the A-Cats fun and get more info on the Class in the US go to or
IACA Official web

Next Worlds will be held at Punta Ala in a few weeks, 170 boats in the entry list are confirmed:
I will be there taking pics & reporting on my own, I will try to get some decent vid shots too in 4k, but don´t expect material a la Kettle Cinema's level ...... !

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