Nov 8, 2012

ACat Worlds: Andrew Landenberger is new Class President

Landy had a really good 2012. He won the Europeans at Garda and was 2nd at IslaMorada Worlds. 

Not bad for an 'old' guy as he defines himself, beyond being an ACat top sailor for yearsHe has a  Tornado Silver Olympic Medalist with Mitch Booth in 1996, and a couple of 3rd podiums at the F18 Worlds plus a Moth World Title on the non flying days.

Good to have actual sailors with tehcnical knowhow on the management, a transition we are seeing in the F18 with Mischa Heemskerk taking the Chair of the NL F18.

Andrew was one of the first riding rudder winglets and making them work. Now it seems the fleet is catching up and even Mischa and others used them at the Worlds. The idea is to get a more stable ride, and it seems it payed off for both at the Hurricane winds beyond their sailing skills.

Below Landy's short wrapup of the Worlds

" Worlds were short and sweet. We we pretty fortunate to get a series in. Mischa did a good job.
Youth and many sailing hours were the key to his success in this event. Not unexpected really as every time we see stronger wind on the other event he usually pokes his nose out at the front somewhere.

I was pretty happy with my result. I am not that young any more and I was not running without a few problems so experience just pulled me through. I have been good in strong wind all my life in just about every class I have sailed so I know how to do it.
Probably the only handicap I have is the fact I am heading for 45 and don't get to go sailing very often. I only sailed one weekend regatta between the Europeans and the worlds so I really have nothing to complain about.

My rudder winglets are starting to pop up everywhere with a quite a lot of boats using them in Florida - Mischa included. It seems my secret is over but I have a few more surprises up my sleeve for the future."

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