Oct 5, 2017

A-Cat North Americans 2017 @San Diego: Day 1

Pisc & report by Ben Hall, sent by Bailey White / US A-Cat Assoc. Misha's interview by San Diego Yatch Club. More pics & interviews with Matt & Bruce Mahoney at US Class Assoc fb.
Check Mischa new pinhead sail foiling upwind  vs the Glaser one used by Matt Struble.  Lets see if they can race with calm to asses both rigs, as these pics look perfect foiling conditions.
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Ben Hall on Day 1 : "Wow...great venue , great conditions. Mischa and Bruce Mahoney put on a clinic for all the other racers. Fast upwind and ripping fast downwind....rarely off the foils. The new pin head sails Mischa brought seem to be very good.  It is Mischa's answer to the short rig...keep the standard mast length and keep the tall aspect ratio. Following Mischa upwind before the start it seemed that the top opened up nicely even with the tiny head (one iPad width).

Matt Struble (2015/2016 NA Champ) was struggling a bit upwind but on fire downwind with the newest Exploder.

Mischa had 1, 1, 2. Bruce 2,2,1 and Matt 3,3,3. Brandon Wallace sailed well in 4th and Larry Woods was consistent with 5,5,5.
Then came Robbie Daniels and Matt Keenan ( maybe not in that order)

In the Classics Craig Yandow had 1,1 and a do not ask. Damian La Casella won the third race with Woody Cope a close second. Very close racing in the Classic fleet.
Consensus from the sailors is that the sailing here in Dago is awesome.

Mischa commented the conditions were perfect ( medium air, flat water) and that he was happy to sail against many of his friends again.
Now we have to run the annual meeting....where is Bailey??" 
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Mischa Heemskerk tops the leaderboard of the 2017 A-Cat North Americans after winning 2 of 3 races on day 1! United States A-Class Sailing Association (USACA)
by San Diego Yacht Club 


Top ten below , full results at https://sdyc.org/assets/results/results17/a-cat-na-res.htm

Place # Skipper Bow Club Fleet R1 R2 R3 Total
1 7 Mischa Heemskerk 7 WSV de Braassem Foiling 1 1 2 4
2 311 Bruce Mahoney 311 Houston YC Foiling 2 2 1 5
3 183 Matthew Struble 183 MBYC Foiling 3 3 3 9
4 97 Brandon Wallace 97 MBYC Foiling 4 4 4 12
5 44 Larry Woods 44 BSBC Foiling 5 5 5 15
6 113 Matthew Keenan 113 SHBCC Foiling 6 6 7 19
7 AUS34 Robbie Daniel 34 Red Gear Racing Foiling 7 7 6 20
8 399 Andy Kolb 399 SCYC Foiling 8 8 8 24
9 135 Tracy Oliver 135 Bubba's Chicken Shack & Bait Barn Foiling 14 11 9 34
10 24 Damon LaCasella 24 MBYC Classic 13 14 10 37

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