A-Cat

A-Cat

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The class was founded during the 1960s and was part of the 4-tier IYRU (now ISAF) approach to divide up the sports catamaran sailing scene into 4 separate groups. These A, B, C and D classes were governed by a very small set of class rules to which each design had to comply. In the beginning it was just:
Maximum hull length
Maximum overall width
Maximum sailarea

All boats designed and built to these specs would be grouped into one fleet and race each other for crossing the finish line first.

The A-Class is the largest remaining of those 4 main classes. The B-Class quickly splintered into a score of sub classes like the Hobie 16's, Formula 18's and other classes that contain far more and far stricter class rules. The C-Class quickly developed into the really high tech and vanguard boats that were used in the Little America's Cup. These require immense investments of time and money to race. As a result, this class is extremely small but still maintains its status as the ultimate sailing catamaran designs. The D class never really got off the ground in earnest.

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  • Emirates Team NZL - Building the Base to Build the Boat

    Episode 1

    Before Emirates Team New Zealand can start building any boats, they needed to build a yard to handle the job. Sean Regan, Build Operations Manager, talks about setting up the new in-house boat building facility where the boats will take shape.

    Video Producer: Emirates Team New Zealand

  • What Is Foiling Week?

    Episode 2

    Foiling Week is not just racing but over 180 boats entered Garda 2018 but they also have the Foiling Exhibition, where 15 new to market boats has been launched. Trials, coaching, Learning to Fly, and a Forum - looks like foiling is here to stay.

    Video Producer: Horue Video Production

  • A-Cat Spring European Championship 2019 - Highlights

    Episode 3

    The foiling cats were out in force on Lake Garda for their Spring Europeans - Mischa Heemskerk gave a faultless performance with six bullets out of six races winning the overall regatta.

    Video Producer: Circolo Vela Arco