May 18, 2016

A-Class: Sopot Catamaran Cup 2016

All Images sent by Jacek Noetzel. Tym Bendyk won at Sopot (2018 Worlds venue)  sailing the 'AD3'/Bryt Sails. The new 'AD3' is the latest version of the Exploder A-Cat. Developed together with Gonzalo Redondo from D3 Applied Technologies. Conditions for all races went from 5 to 9knots and is remarkable to see how Marcin Badzio won over top Polish sailor Jacek Noetzel (AD3 / Brewin),  with a floating Scheurer G6/Landenberger.

I saw Marcin leading the pack upwind at Punta Ala and I'm wondering for a while what he might achieved sailing the latest foil tech. Together with Tym they've been performing for a while a now and both part of the future of the Polish A-Class looking forward to 2017 Worlds at Sopot.

Watch video above to see bendyk foiling in light winds, while other boats are going downwind full floating light winds mode.
Report by Jacek
"End of April / beginning of May is traditionally the beginning of the racing season at Sopot. This year, 28 catamarans from various classes participated in the event. Sunny weather and light winds made all sailors enjoying races. In A-class, the new Exploder AD3 allowed foiling in 8 knots of wind. 
The first place went to Tymoteusz Bendyk on Exploder AD3 / Bryt Sails, second was for the light wind specialist Marcin Badzio on a Scheurer, G6 and third place went to Jacek Noetzel on Exploder AD3. 
It was interesting to see new sail maker on A-class scene. Bryt Sails is well established company, very experienced in iceboat sails. Hopefully, know-how in high speed boats will work for flying a-class as well."
Full results here.
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