wishes to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of
Andrew 'Bart' Simpson who was killed whilst doing what he lived
AUT/GER/SUI Nationals, Bodensee, 2013
The Bodensee, or
Lake Konstanz, is some 200sq miles worth of lake in the South West of
Germany and has Switzerland on its Southern shore and a bit of Austria on
the Eastern end. It is on the Rhine, and this tri-national event was held
at the Rheindelta Yacht Club in Austria. Read More
Water May Open.
4th- 6th May 2013
'Why don't we all go
to the remotest village in Britain and sail our boats?' said our class
president Colin. Actually, he didn't quite say that, but he might as well
have done.... More here!
Cat Open Report, 2013
club has a fair number of cats and has, for several years held a cat open
later in the year. More
training event at BOGNOR REGIS .Matt Burnett is organising a training day
for 8th and 9th of June. Training on the water and boat park run by Chris
Field (from a rib) on the Saturday with HD video and review ashore. Chris
will cover all abilities. Curry and a few beers on sat night and racing on
the Sunday. He's organised launch and retrieval assistance for those
concerned about a beach launch. Max numbers are 6 (four spaces left) with
a cost of £65 per head including breakfast on Sunday.
nats - Bodensee
For those who are interested
in going, here are the English NOR
If you get registered at the club before the 30th April, you
can pay the lower fee on arrival. Saves bank transfer charges!
And don't forget you will need
valid measurement certificates. Contact
me to arrange if needed!
It is being discussed whether
to move the first of the years ranking events from the Datchet Cat Open to
Carsington Water Fast Cat Open. Both venues have pros and
cons. Your feedback is welcomed. You can vote at out Facebook
Entry forms for the Open are here
and the Dam to Dam Challenge are here.
Please return them if you are going!
Return your forms to;
Geoff Brown. Hon Sec & Sailing Sec.
Watsons Walls, Wark,
or scanned copies to this email address email@example.com
Datchet Cat Open,
16th-17th March, 2013 - A Cat Carnage in
The weather forecasters
didnít have a clue about the weather on March 16th Ė 17th.
Early on in the week, they said 7mph and sun. More
Official UK Rankings Now Here.
The chaps at Datchet Water SC
say that the club gates will be open to enable those arriving on Friday to
drop off boats and camp. There will be a charge as they will have to
provide security, but not too much! Call them on 01753
683872 for any more details.
Look who dropped by!
In order of height - British
Champion Phil Neal. European Champion, Chris Field and World Champion,
2013 London Dinghy Show - Thanks
A big vote of thanks to all
those who helped out on the stand at the 2013 Dinghy Show. It was a
great success and we were busy nearly all weekend answering questions and
generally promoting the cause. A greatt time was had by all!
The Sunday Crew -
Colin Bannister, Struan
Wallace, Gordon Upton, Chris Field, Chris Sampson, Matt Burnett and Jamie
2013 London Dinghy Show HOT NEWS!!
This year the
Association are displaying the hugely successful Vision A-Cat from
Catamaranparts.nl. After two seasons of intensive prototype testing, the
Vision in the capable hands of top flight British sailor Chris Field has
returned many successes in 2012 culminating with Chris being Crowned
European Champion at Garda last June against a fleet of almost 100 world
The long awaited
production Vision in its new two tone paint scheme is built intentionally
to 72kg allowing for owner preferences to bring the boat up to the class
minimum of 75kg. Its partial non-slip paintwork to the decks also
alleviates the need for additional tape being be applied for that extra
grip. In many instances the Vision follows current A Class design trends,
curved daggerboards providing lift and rudder blade winglets providing
additional stability when downwind are standard options but looking deeper
into the hull design the Vision has successfully bucked the trends
followed by other manufacturers Catamaranparts have intentionally adhered
to the CEB bow shape opposed to the wave piercing trend followed by many
current day manufacturers. This gives the platform a somewhat retro
appearance but non the less does not detract from its lightening
performance. The boat will be shown with the latest all carbon Saarberg
mast and the Carbon Kevlar Maxx sail from the A-Cat specialist Hammer
New 2013 UK Events
Carsington Water SC has
just announced that there will be a Fast Cat Open on 13th - 14th April
2013. This is now in addition to their September Slow Cat Open
for the Dart 15, Catapult etc.
Also, yet to be confirmed, but
Rutland SC hope to hold a dedicated 'A' Class open on 28th -
29th September 2013. This will be designated
as a ranking event.
And, as a result of many UK
sailors going over to take part in the German Nationals, the Rutland Cat
Open will no longer be designated a ranking event for this year.
Seems unfair to penalize those international adventurers!
2013 UK National Championships - 6th, 7th, 8th September 2013
It has been confirmed that
this years 'A' Class Nationals will be at the Island
Yacht Club, Canvey Island, Essex. The format will be to try to
get at least 7 races, with a possibility of 9. It is being held as
part of their Cat Open event and will include 2 evening meals, Saturday
night entertainment, bottle of wine with meal, free camping with electric
available and free de-rigging BBQ! Good eh?!
NOR to follow.
2013 Membership forms are now here!
Struan wants your cash - Please get
it back to him ASAPP!
2015 'A' Class World Championships UK bid.
The BACCA are proud to announce that we
have submitted a bid to host the 2015 World Championships at the Weymouth
& Portland National Sailing Centre. If successful and we are
chosen to host it by the IACA committee, this would see the world's top
'A' Class sailors racing at this superb place for the first time.
Some sailors, Nathan Outridge to name but one, are already familiar with
this world class purpose built sailing facility in Dorset and it's
not often the opportunity to race at a premier Olympic venue comes around.
together with The National Sailing Centre at Weymouth offers the IACA and
the world's top 'A' class sailors just that chance in 2015.
final decision is some way off yet, but our fingers are crossed!
New look International 'A' Class Website
UK 'A' Class National Championships. 31st Aug - 2nd
We have a new UK National Champion -
Congratulations to Phil Neal!!
Phil Neal 1st, (centre), Bob
Fletcher 2nd (left) Dave Lowe 3rd.
here, Photos Here!
Phil Neal, Gordon Upton,