Oct 7, 2017

A-Cat North Americans 2017: Day 3


Bruce Mahoney, winner of race 7 today, recounts what happened on the water today, day 3 of the 2017 North American Championship! United States A-Class Sailing Association (USACA)
Posted by San Diego Yacht Club


Bruce Mahoney on Day 3 Video by San Diego Yacht Club . 3 , 1, 1 for Mischa today securing already the 2-17 North Americans title. Bruce Mahoney scored his second bullet and keeps good margin over Matt with two races to go. Matt Struble seems to have a limit on his performance as his perfect even scores without a bullet shows. Check his scores: 3,3,3,3,3 and triple 2nd for today.

On the Classic division Rush Bird leads with a 10th overall.
Pics & report later when available.

Update: Day 3 report by Ben Hall
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Not Groundhog Day
Light winds prevailed in the three races today. Mischa continued to dominate but the race for second (and the North American Championship) intensified today with Matt Struble starting to come in to form and giving Bruce Mahoney a good run.

Bruce won the first race in convincing fashion with Matt second and Mischa third. Mischa smoked the last two races with Matt second and Bruce 5th and third.
In the Classics it has been very tight racing with Rush Bird, Damian LaCasella and Craig Yandow all in the mix. The wind was more left than day one and two and some of the sailors had weed problems up by the weather mark. The wind looked like it was going to build but eventually faded to about 5-8 kts for the last race.
Once again the race management did an excellent job dealing with the shifting conditions.
Big thanks go out to the California State Park for providing a great beachside boat park with easy launching and a beautiful sandy beach.
After racing we were all treated to a seminar given by Mischa. It was especially helpful as Mischa put things in an easy to follow format. He helped both foilers and Classics understand how the rig and foils work together and how board rake and winglets angles change performance. The seminar was video taped and with be made available to all class members.
Tomorrow two races are scheduled. The sailors now have two throw outs so that sets the table for tomorrow's finale.
No question that San Diego has delivered.
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Top ten below , full results at sdyc.org/assets/results/results17/a-cat-na-res.htm


Place # Skipper Bow Club Fleet R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Total
1 7 Mischa Heemskerk 7 WSV de Braassem Foiling 1 1 -2 1 1 1 -3 1 1 7
2 311 Bruce Mahoney 311 Houston YC Foiling 2 2 1 2 2 -3 1 -5 3 13
3 183 Matthew Struble 183 MBYC Foiling -3 -3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 17
4 97 Brandon Wallace 97 MBYC Foiling -4 4 4 4 4 4 -6 3 4 27
5 44 Larry Woods 44 BSBC Foiling 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 -6 -12 34
6 31 Robbie Daniel 31 Red Gear Racing Foiling 7 7 6 6 7 -17 5 4 -19 42
7 113 Matthew Keenan 113 SHBCC Foiling 6 6 7 7 8 6 -16 7 -24 47
8 399 Andy Kolb 399 SCYC Foiling 8 8 8 8 9 8 -15 8 -18 57
9 367 Ian Storer 367 SWYC Foiling -25 9 14 10 6 7 12 9 -16 67
10 231 Rush Bird 231 Gulfport YC Classic -15 -18 12 9 10 14 7 12 9 73

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