A Cat on foils wins NZ Nationals/ Worlds Start Tuesday

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    A Cat on Foils!

    Did you see the great jump at about 3:06 in?
     
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    A Class on Foils!

    Great discussion on the French A Class forum-much in English. Different National Associations are represented in the discussions. The French don't want to fly, as best I can tell. http://www.afcca.org/
     
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    Did you understand that the French class assoc is proposing a period of splitting the fleets: foilers and non-foilers?
     
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    A Cat on Foils!

    This is from Dario Valenza and stems from his testing depicted in the above video(and others at the link below):

    Conclusion

    We have now proven objectively that it is feasible to convert an existing A Cat platform to stable foiling with minimum fuss and expense. The boat remains practical and exploitable but it offers a whole new level of performance.

    On the emotional side, the feeling of foiling is just fantastic. I am sure that hundreds of Moth sailors already knew this. But it must also be said that foiling on an 18' cat while on the wire, and with no mechanical self-adjusting systems is special in a wholly unique way.

    It really is simple to learn and no outstanding athletic ability is required. I have no doubt that this will be the future. Many top level sailors agree. The only question for the Class is this: Will we be permitted to do it in a way that is simple and cheap or will we have to use complex and expensive workarounds?

    After the thrill of the 'magic carpet ride', touching down feels like sailing through honey. It becomes frustratingly restrictive. This really must be tried to be understood. Hopefully many A Cat sailors are about to do just that.


    more here: http://carbonicboats.blogspot.com/
     
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    Notable from the G7 video was the lack of more than the faintest glimpse of the boards.
     
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