Le Mot du Président

jeanBienvenue sur le site de l’Association Française des Catamarans de Classe A.

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DĂ©couvrez cette Classe en pleine expansion et les plaisirs de naviguer sur un catamaran High-Tech de haute performance. De nombreuses raisons pourraient un jour vous faire changer de monture, la plupart des classistes naviguait dans d’autres sĂ©ries avant de passer Ă  ce catamaran en solitaire, F18, Moth, Hobie16, Tornado, habitable… le manque d’équipier, la facilitĂ© d’usage du classe A, son attrait indĂ©niable, sa prĂ©cision folle, le plaisir enfin de naviguer, nous ont fait un jour basculer. L’essayer c’est l’adopter, adhĂ©rer Ă  la classe c’est dĂ©couvrir et partager le plaisir de la rĂ©gate. Je vous souhaite bonne visite j’espère que ce bateau et cette classe sauront vous surprendre.

Au plaisir de vous compter bientôt parmi nos membres et de vous croiser sur l’eau.

Jean Phan Dong
PrĂ©sident de l’AFCCA

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double classement…suite

Nous avons informé la IACA de notre désir de tester un double classement à partir de la saison prochaine.

(copie du courrier ci dessous)

Concrêtement il y aura donc le classement scratch incluant les volants et les flottants, pour rester en accord avec les règles de Classe actuelles, et de ce classement scratch sera extrait un classement pour les non volants. Le scratch servira au calcul des points pour le classement national.

LANDY et tous les présidents Nationaux,

Nous sommes inquiets pour l’avenir de notre classe car les conditions de la rĂ©gate Ă  armes Ă©gales ne nous semblent plus rĂ©unies depuis l’avènement du « foiling ». D’ailleurs en Italie une nouvelle classe « classic » vient de se crĂ©er pour des raisons analogues.

Nous avons donc dĂ©cidĂ© de crĂ©er au sein de l’AFCCA, dans un premier temps, un double classement qui sera mis en application en France dès le 1 er janvier 2015 afin de pouvoir faire cohabiter la majoritĂ© avec les quelques rares partisans du dĂ©veloppement Ă  outrance c’est Ă  dire du vol;

La règle 8 est provisoirement amendĂ©e comme suit  pour ceux qui veulent s’inscrire dans la catĂ©gorie (non vol):

8.3 les dérives courbes sont autorisées à condition que leur rayon de courbure soit constant et supérieur à 1200 mm

8.4 un ou deux winglets (safrans respectivement en L ou T)  sont autorisĂ©s et leur envergure totale devra ĂŞtre infĂ©rieure Ă  220 mm (ou 220mm entre l’axe de la lame et l’extrĂ©mitĂ© pour les safrans en L

ces deux règles supplémentaires pourront être renforcées ou complétées si on observe une tentative de les contourner ou si ça ne suffit pas pour empêcher le vol (par exemple limiter la longueur de la partie immergée de la dérive si besoin )

Ceux d’entre nous qui utilisent des dĂ©rives en « J » ou « S » ont promis pour nos rĂ©gates nationales de ne pas les utiliser afin de pouvoir rĂ©gater Ă  armes Ă©gales avec la majoritĂ© de la flotte.

Les Ă©trangers qui souhaiteraient participer Ă  des rĂ©gates en France en 2015 devront s’inscrire dans l’une ou l’autre de ces 2 catĂ©gories.

je rappelle que jusqu’Ă  prĂ©sent en France la pratique classe A est en pleine croissance ; près de 100 membres cette annĂ©e ce qui est un record historique ; la très grande majoritĂ© d’entre eux ne veulent pas voler et certains ne comprennent pas pourquoi cotiser Ă  la IACA puisque ils ne pourront plus se confronter au reste du monde lors des rĂ©gates internationales.

j’en appelle aux autres nations membres de la IACA  pour prendre en considĂ©ration cette problĂ©matique et proposer  ensemble une solution Ă  ce problème.

Une solution serait que la IACA reconnaisse ce double classement que nous préconisons ce qui permettrait de laisser le temps à la transition naturelle tout en laissant ouvertes des passerelles entre les deux groupes.

Nous sommes tous des amoureux de cette sĂ©rie et nombre d’entre nous sont lĂ  depuis très longtemps . ils  ont connu et encouragĂ© le dĂ©veloppement; il n’est pas question de revenir Ă  la  monotypie comme on l’entend souvent  mais il y a des limites; peut on faire rĂ©gater ensemble des planches Ă  voile et des kite-surf qui sont pourtant tous les deux des planches avec des voiles ?

jean Phan Dong

prĂ©sident de l’ association Française


compte rendu de L’AG 2014

Avec beaucoup de retard imputable Ă  l’Ă©tourderie du secrĂ©taire perpĂ©tuel… voici le lien pour tĂ©lĂ©charger le tant attendu compte rendu

Dans le compte rendu, il est noté que le club de La Ciotat organisera le Championnat de France, mais suite au désistement du Club, Le Championnat aura finalement lieu à Berre.


mondial 2015 Punta Ala

Avis de courseVoici l’avis de course du Mondial 2015 qui aura lieu Ă  Punta Ala (Italie) du 5 au 12 Septembre.

A l’heure actuelle le nombre de places qui nous seront allouĂ©es n’est pas connu, mais ceux qui ont envie d’y participer, mĂŞme s’ils ne sont pas dans le top 10 du classement National, peuvent dĂ©jĂ  se faire connaitre.


championnat de france 2015

VoilĂ , cette fois c’est officiel, ça se passera Ă  Berre au CNB

Plus d’infos Ă  venir sur le site du CNB : http://clubnautiqueberrois.jimdo.com/


calendrier 2014

Nous renouvelons ce que nous avons fait pour 2014, merci d’ajouter vos dates de rĂ©gates dès que vous les connaissez.

Ca se passe ICI !


regate de regroupement Ă  port camargue

26 concurrents pour cette régate de regroupement qui avait lieu cette année à Port Camargue du 3 au 5 octobre.
Le vent a Ă©tĂ© plutĂ´t lĂ©ger vendredi et samedi….et trop fort dimanche ; 4 maches ont quand mĂŞme pu ĂŞtre courues. Les rĂ©sultats ici, et les photos ici

le podium

les classistes présents


Classe A Classic

L’Italie a officiellement crĂ©e une Classe A Classic

Les règles sont les mĂŞmes qu’actuellement sauf que les dĂ©rives doivent etre Ă  courbure constante et que le trapèze au portant est interdit.

La nouvelle asso dont le président est Egidio Babbi (2 fois champion du monde) compte déjà une trentaine de membres

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Plus de renseignement : www.a-classic.com
Page Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Classic-Catamaran-ACC-Italia/705666012815485

REGATE DE REGROUPEMENT 2015

La régate de regroupement 2015 aura lieu sur la facade Atlantique mais nous avons le choix entre deux clubs :

  • Soit Ă  Bombannes
  • Soit Ă  Sanguinet

Le vote est clos :

  • SANGUINET : 32 voix
  • BOMBANNES : 13 voix

choix de la régate de regroupement 2015


Date : 13.09.2014
DĂ©jĂ  inscrits : 45

The list has been closed.

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DID COLINOUFRA 501  
GESSENFRA360  
HervĂ© FRA 446  
Antoine RietFRA 483  
LAIR DidierFRA362  
CatineauFra350  
DenisFra 358  
FischerFRA 352  
MimiFRA416  
BaglinFRA 422  
Hubert GirardinFRA 489  
StephanyFRA300  
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DomiFRA355  
ClaudeFRA 412  
jean Phan DongFRA 5  
GgFRA 415  
ThibaultFRA222  
Roque MichelFRA 564  
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PascalFRA150  
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Jean DFRA410  
Belliard MichelFRA 40  
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Pascal fra 351  
bourguinatFRA 563  
BONHOMME Jean LouuisFRA258  
PascalFRA 531  
Jacques Piallatfra367  
ClaudeBEL10  
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SibĂ© YannFRA540  
xavierfra 506  
jean bruasFRA 408  
jean philippeFRA 111  
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RemyFRA 329  
Jean-Louis Le CoqFRA 7  
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Championnats de Hollande et de Suisse

Le championnat de Hollande se déroulera à Hellevoetsluis du 22 au 24 Aout .

http://a-catned.blogspot.nl/p/inschrijven-wedstrijden.html

…. et le championnat de Suisse Ă  Estavayer-Le-Lac du 12 au 14 Septembre
http://www.saca.ch/dp/node/501


Championnat d’Europe 2014

Superbe organisation du CVB.
Glenn Ashby a survolĂ© les dĂ©bats ( au propre comme eu figurĂ©) sur ce plan d’eau parfois compliquĂ© .
podium 100% australien (5 aussies dans les 6 premiers)
Seul le jeune suisse Sandro Caviezel rĂ©ussit Ă  s’intercaler Ă  la 4eme place et devient ainsi le champion d’Europe 2014 !!
coté Français, belle performance de Jean louis lecoq qui se hisse à la 16eme place  juste devant François Gabart.
Notons l’exploit d’Albert Roturier 23 eme et premier en dĂ©rives droites.

Dans la flotte Argent Hevé Ledue 1er, Thibault Laudren 2eme et Pierre Gauthier 4eme
se consolent ainsi d’avoir Ă©chouĂ© de peu la qualification pour le rond or dans les deux premiers jours…

podium flotte or

Sandro CAVIEZEL champion d'europe 2014

podium flotte argent

Le classement complet sur le site du CVB
….et les photos

Championnat de France 2014 Ă  La Baule

podium national 2014

le Podium : François Gabart, Billy Besson, Jean Louis Le Coq

Le Championnat 2014 qui vient de se terminer aura tenu toutes ses promesses : conditions mĂ©tĂ©o excellentes, organisation sans failles, participation française record avec 52 français au dĂ©part et trois grands champions sur le podium, le vainqueur Ă©tant François Gabart, qui après sa victoire dans le VendĂ©e Globe, s’offre un titre en Classe A. Respect !
…. Et deux bateaux « made in France » aux deux premières places, le D3 de CDK composites, et l’Askell

D’autre infos et photos sur la page Facebook de l’Afcca

Le classement

Photos (site CNBPP)

Photos (site Charles Marion)


Assemblée Générale 2014

Dans Vie interne de la classe,  vous trouverez les liens vers le Rapport Moral et l’Ordre de Jour de l’AG, qui aura lieu lors du National Ă  La Baule

avis de course National Ă  La Baule

N’oubliez pas de vous inscrire… les documents sont dispo ICI

L’avis de course est disponible ICI


actualité sur le dossier foils

Dans un soucis de tranparence,  l’AFCCA Ă  dĂ©cidĂ© de publier tous les echanges de mails, entre les prĂ©sidents de classe, et la IACA.
Ceci permettra Ă  chacun de se forger sa propre opinion. c’est un peu long et volontairement en Anglais pour Ă©viter toute erreur de traduction.
Mise Ă  jour du mardi 19 mars 2014 Ă  19h00

le 13 mars 2014

Mail de Lallo Petrucci au comité technique de la IACA (en VO)

Lettera per comitato.

In qualitĂ  di socio fondatore della CAT A Italia, prima associazione nazionale di classe A costituitasi al mondo e fondatore del primo cantiere che ha costruito classe A in serie, ritengo di dover intervenire ufficialmente nella discussione che riguarda i foils.

Pur non facendo parte della commissione presieduta da Landerberger, della quale non sono mai stato invitato a farne parte, ritengo mio dovere, nei confronti dei tanti soci che a partire dal 1973 hanno partecipato allo sviluppo della classe con le barche prodotte dalla Bimare, di chiedere che venga approvata urgentemente un’aggiunta alle regole 8.1 e 8.2 al fine di evitare di presentarsi al prossimo europeo di Francia in situazione di completo stallo e di non trascinare per un ulteriore anno, fino al Mondiale di Punta Ala 2015, la soluzione al problema.

La proposta è la seguente:

1. Il raggio di curvatura della deriva deve essere costante e non superiore a mt.:

2. La deriva va inserita in ognuno degli scafi sull’asse della mezzeria dello scafo.

Questo consentirebbe a tutti gli scafi esistenti di partecipare alle gare, in quanto non c’è l’obbligo di apportare alcuna modifica e di fare regate ad armi pari.

Da quanto si evince dai vari comunicati la commissione ha l’impegno di mettere mano alle due regole in questione una volta che si fosse riscontrato che le barche si sollevano completamente dall’acqua, quindi non chiedo niente d’imprevisto.

Faccio al contempo presente che un accurato studio al momento della stipulazione delle regola 8.1 e 8.2 avrebbe permesso di prevedere l’effetto flayer.

In allegato trasmetto uno studio effettuato 10 anni or sono su di un nostro progetto che avrebbe permesso di valutare in newton l’esatta spinta di sollevamento degli scafi dall’acqua.

Bellaria 13/03/2014 Michelangelo Petrucci

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RĂ©ponse de Thomas Pasch

Dear Lallo, dear all.

Being a member of the IACA committee, the Technical committee and a national class president, I feel targeted by your letter and obligated to answer. But this answer has not been coordinated with nobody else, so please only regard this as my personal opinion on this matter.

First of all, a similar proposal (voting on flying or not) has already been put forward by the Italian class president on the 1st of March, and to my knowledge only found support from France.

Even though you feel strongly about this matter in Italy and France, the rest of the world seem to be in favor or leaving the rules as they are or even removing rule 8. Please don’t forget that at the WGM a majority was in favor of removing rule 8, but not enough to get the needed 2/3 majority. With this in mind, and the lack of support for the Italian proposal from the 1st of March and the general feeling that more (in the rest of the world) have changed their opinion to being in favor of removing rule 8, it seems hard to imagine that a proposal to forbid foiling would get the needed 2/3 majority in a vote.

This is why the letter from the IACA committee states that no action will be taken unless a proposal with the support of three countries, as required by the constitution, is put forward – and that hasn’t happened yet.

I do respect and value your opinion, so I hope you do the same with the opinion of others. I’m not trying to change your mind, just trying to clarify why the IACA isn’t acting on this.

Secondly, the worlds in Takapuna also showed that your proposed rule 8.3 would not stop boats from foiling. Softer more flexible C boards (like the ones from Windrush) put in with quite a bit of rake will make the boat fly, at least in more than 15 knots of wind. This is not a high flying mode like what we have seen on the J foils, but it makes the boat fly 10 cm over the water and gives an advantage on the downwind. I had flexible C-boards back in 2011, but didn’t really get any advantage from them, but that was before we had winglets on the rudders…

So you would probably also have to create a rule 8.4 that bans winglets on rudders and anything else but straight rudders. And then you start to make quite a large percentage of the existing fleet illegal, and ban features that have made our boats easier to sail.

Meanwhile Dario from Carbonic boats took an existing C-foil (from Marström), and existing A-Cat (an A3) bonded a L-tip on the C-foil, inserted it from the bottom (breaking rule 8) and went stabile foiling in 8 knots of wind, to prove that existing boats could be easily upgrade if rule 8 was removed:http://carbonicboats.blogspot.dk/2014/03/mythbusting.html

I guess all countries have had quite a discussion of rule 8 since the worlds – at least I can confirm that we have had that in Denmark. Prior to the worlds we were in favor of having a ballot about rule 8, to make the call members vote upon it, but the general opinion was that we would vote to keep the rule. After the worlds the votes have changed to this:

1.       Remove rule 8: 8 votes

2.       Keep rule 8 as is: 2 votes

3.       Forbid flying: 2 votes

4.       Not opinion: 3 members

There’s only one way forward – make a proposal (your president already did on the 1st of March), get the needed support from other national associations and call an extraordinary general meeting. If you can’t get the needed support, live with the democratic decision of the class.


Regards Thomas Paasch

La réponse de Landy

Dear Lallo,
My apologies for not answering sooner as I have just arrived in Germany. It seems I was in the air while your letter was circulating. I can respect very well your concerns for the class and I have received many other letters from concerned members with their suggestions how to solve the situation. It is a difficult situation as we currently have so many different points of view, but as Thomas has suggested there seems to be a larger portion of the fleet in favor of simplifying the rules rather than making further restrictions. The reality is that every attempt to create new rules only creates a whole new set of problems with clever sailors finding new solutions to work around those rules. I can promise you that so many ideas have been tabled but very few if any will actually achieve their intended purpose in our development class environment. I can assure you, that your suggestion will not stop foiling. It may limit it, but not stop it. It will also lead to development of longer boards and probably flexible boards which will have their own set of problems. I have been able to foil for extended periods over the past few years using standard C boards. It is just as much about sailing technique as it is about the equipment.  the issue is one which will not leave our class alone until people have a much better understanding of what is going on. Unfortunately all the discussion on the internet is not actually helping create stability in the class at this stage but it is important that the major players in the class try to keep a balanced approach to the situation.  I have to thank Thomas for his response to your letter as it sums up the situation very well. None of us claim to have all the answers but we have a responsibility to the class to manage it strictly in accordance to our constitution. Interestingly, after the vote in Takapuna we have had a lot of discussions and even more testing outside the current class rules, however no nation has made use of the correct procedures to try and implement change at this stage, so from a management perspective IACA can only wait for the class to speak to us officially.

Kind regards,
Landy

La mise au point de Marco Gaeti (asso Italienne)

Hi Thomas, dear Presidents,

As you put my name  in your letter, I’d like explain that the letter of 1st of March, was not an official proposal from A Cat Italy, it was only a point of view.

For sure, a the moment, there is a lot of “confusion” in our world, because with the actually rules accepted two different kind of boat, and we must resolve this issue asap, but sincerely I don’t know how. Use two different ranking in regattas? Introduce new temporary rules, until the next WGM? Take a couple of years to test new appendices?

Regards.

Marco Gaeti

….et la publication de Mike Drummond dans catsailingnews

Mike Drumond’s view.-
Rule 8a Development
I was a member of the Technical Committee which drafted the 1.5m tip-to-tip rule 8.1 in 2009. For better debate on any future rule changes, it is instructive to review the reasons for this rule and why boats are now foiling.

Timeline of foil development
In about 2000 the class voted not to allow foiling and a new rule was introduced « No hydrofoils permitted ».

2004. The class started using canted straight boards which produce vertical lift. They became normal and if « no hydrofoils » was interpreted as « no vertical lift » 90% of the fleet would be illegal.

2008. The Technical Committee was asked to propose a rule to replace “no hydrofoils”, but with several constraints – to allow existing boats that already produced lift; be open enough to allow development; be easily measured; as well as not allow foiling.

The first problem is that a boat can fly with straight, vertical board – albeit briefly, without control and not especially fast. A racing rule such as « at least one hull must be in contact with the water » relies on protests during racing for enforcement and is outside the scope of the TC.

Because the TC could not write a measurement rule to completely keep a hull in the water, the only possibility was to restrict foils so they would not be competitive during racing. The reasoning was that if a foil system wasn’t competitive, then the fleet didn’t have to adopt it. Hence the 1.5m tip to tip rule.

Why did rule 8.1 fail to prevent foiling?
The simple answer is we are a lot faster now than in 2008 due to developments in every area: sails, masts, techniques, hulls, appendages

- Hull shapes have lower drag in the 12-15kn boat speed range
- Soft masts allowed powerful sails downwind
- C-curved boards were introduced
- Longer top battens
- Using the windward board downwind increased the vertical lift
- Hiking and trapezing downwind compensate for the righting moment loss from the windward board
- Rudder elevators allow more stable flight
- J-curved boards with controllable angle

With hindsight, the only reasonable rule to prevent foiling is to only allow straight vertical boards.

SPIRIT vs LETTER of the rules
The problem in interpreting the spirit of the rules is they mean different things to different people. This is distorted further when multiple languages are involved, and common interpretations can change over time.

Once a rule is written, it can only be interpreted by using the meaning of the words.

FUTURE RULES
Because the A-class has open rules, any significant change to one piece of equipment will lead to significant changes in other areas and new rules will be disruptive.

What if Rule 8.1 (1.5m) was removed and we are fully foiling most of the time?
- Hull shapes will become light wind oriented
- Crew weight will increase because speed will be limited by righting moment
- Upwind foiling?
Maybe with 2 boards in the water for lift, or windward board raised at neutral pitch, or windward board raised providing RM . It will take a while to work through these options because they will be coupled with crew weight and sail shapes, I think.
- Rudder and foil will increase in span to allow greater flight variation; therefore more carbon. (This may happen anyway, but I think it is certain with full foiling)
- Higher boat speeds – sails will become flatter
- Flat sails – masts will become stiffer

Even if this is not exactly right, my point is that the history of Rule 8.1 shows that our present knowledge isn’t enough to know how the class will develop.

Any new rules will have wider consequences that may be unforeseen and unintended. Eg it has been suggested that removing rule 8 will reduce costs; this might be true for cases and foils, but it will lead to much greater costs in other areas to remain competitive.

These opinions are mine alone, not the Technical Committee.
MD



vendredi 21/02

Mail de la IACA Ă  Thomas avec copie aux prĂ©sidents des pays ayant refusĂ© les changements de règle lors de l’AG mondiale

I agree, time is crucial. Turning back the clock would mean the A class would die a natural death. I am sure your friend will have a few supporters but this goes against
the philosophy of our class so I don’t believe there will be much support for that argument. That is why we have Hobie 16′s.
A trial period is the quick and easy solution, we only have to convince the people that this will not stagnate the class and that their money spent on developing will not
be wasted. The good thing is that the worst case senario is you have a boat like the current foilers which works, but the positive is that opening the rules gives many
more options for people to have a go at making it work within their own budgets. ie put a winglet on your boards for $100 and put it in from the bottom. You will already
having enough lift to foil at some level.  It may not be the best or final solution but it gets people started and the price is right.
Put it up again and try getting the support of the swiss. They were the ones against the trial period. The Italians were in favour but only for 8.2 but I think we could
convince them that 8.1 is also not needed as the best solution will always be to get the maximum righting moment.
i copied this to Charles, Manolo, Jean and Marco so they can see the discussion.

RĂ©ponse de la Suisse

The SACA votes during the WGM weren’t all negative. We said :
- no to proposal « iv Removal rule 8.2 for a trial period (2 years) » (very clear no within the SACA assembly)
- yes to everything else, including « vi Removal of rule 8 on a trial basis for 1 voting period with a ballot following. »
So we are not so much opposed to a removal of rule 8. Only, our members didn’t like the idea of trial (myself included) because it extends the uncertainty period.
The A-Cat Swiss sailors have historically been supportive of the « construction » aspect of our class, and I’m pretty convinced that they understand the R8 discussion is
central for the future of the class. However, because some of our previous internal votes have been quite negative, I’m reluctant to force it without asking them again,
the same way Manual does it for Spain.
I propose to proceed this way:
- Thomas writes his proposal. It would be good to include some rationale / explanations
- I submit it internally to the SACA (with translation and some more explanations if needed).
I could have an answer within 10-12 days after Thomas submission, about the same decision date as Manual / ESP.
Meanwhile, thank you all for your efforts for the class !
Charles

Lundi 24 réponse officielle de la France à la IACA

To All Presidents,
I do not doubt the validity of the technical arguments for the abolition of rules 8 nor the quality of the new flying boats which are both beautiful and spectacular.
But it is clear we have entered a new dimension and I hope you can understand that some do not wish to set foot there.
The last AGM, which was held less than 2 weeks ago, resulted in a status quo. We are aware that this is not a sustainable situation, but it is a reflection of the views of
the members of our respective associations and must be respected.
75% of our members were against flying at the end of 2013 and I am afraid that after all we saw during the World Championship in terms of sporting fairness this percentage
will be reinforced.
If rules 8 are removed and if the flight of Class A is inevitable as some seem to say I think very few French sailors will follow in this adventure. Some have threatened
to stop competing and I fear that the activity will decrease sharply with the image of the foiled Moths flying since 2003 but with very little success in France.
For this reason and although going against the current of the elite world class, we maintain our position and we will not change our minds in haste without sufficient
reflection. (It is not democratic to organise a new vote every month until the desired result is obtained).
The vast majority, the French ACAT sailors do not understand why flight which was banned, then hampered by the introduction of stricter rules, should be suddenly released.
They see it as alternative way of sailing and that flying Class A boats are different. The current boat suits amateur sailors regardless of age. They say that flight is
not an innovation as it has been known and practised for decades.
Our wish, as you have understood, would be to prohibit flight and keep boats in the water by stopping the evolution of foils. But we can see that the world of Class A is
divided and a return to “normality” is unlikely. We believe that the solution to this impasse is the proposal we are submitting to our members.
This is to ensure within the IACA cohabitation of flying and non-flying boats creating 2 distinct categories:
Flying open measurement
Non-flying – rules tightened to prevent flying definitively.
This solution seems to respect the interests of all, the very many owners of old generation boats, supporters of flight and the builders.
If our members accept, and it looks promising, we will make a formal proposal to the IACA. We would like presidents of other nations and the office of the IACA to study
our proposal. You can see on our site the argument developed by our committee.
That is where we are in our reflection of the AFCCA and the future of our class seems to me very uncertain… for it is very important that the problem be reconsidered in
its entirety and be the subject of a real democratic debate for if a large number of conventional boats feel wronged, some of our members are already talking about leaving
the IACA to create a new class.
Greetings to all,
Jean Phan Dong
President of the AFCCA

RĂ©ponse de l’Italie Ă  la IACA

Dear All,
sorry if I replay only today, but before I preferred chat with other guys of our Directors Board, and at the same time I received a lot of calls from sailors want to know
what happen in the International Class.
We retain that now there is confusion, because within actually rules we can find two different A Cat: flying and floating boat.
Certainly the emotionality is the engine that pushes the discussion inside the class. From a side, same sailor want follow the AC72 idea, with foiling boat, and to the
other side other sailor want conventional boats who sailing on the water.
When I’ve read that a race officer during a World Championship, took the time on your boat, because is a “conventional boat” and not with the first, because it’s too fast,
I was been aghast. It means that officially we have two different kind of A Cat, so next question is: why they didn’t use two different ranking?
We don’t enter in the question now with a personal opinion, if is better to have flying boat or not, we must follow IACA rules.
Rules 8.1 and 8.2 were born in 2009, as ISAF was not able to give a definition of hydrofoil, so the Class decided to remove the rules who forbidden to use them and
introduced the rule 8.1 and 8.2 but only after a green light from an International commission who declared that with these rules, boats were not able to drop out of the
water, then the IACA organized a world ballot and we accepted new rules.
At the moment, probably with new studies on centreboards and on rudders, these rules are not enough to prevent the fly.
Now we must take a decision: A Cat sailors want flying boat or not?
If the majority desires that, after a world ballot with IACA rules, we can remove all limits for centreboards and rudders, all it’s accepted.
Otherwise, if the majority votes in favour of conventional boat, we must change actually rules into a restrictive sense and anyway forbidden the fly.
When we study a law, the important thing is the principle and then we prepare rules to follow the original principle. During these years all boat builders have worked to
turn around the principle of rules 8.1 and 8.2.
We must resolve the issue ASAP.
Best regards.
Ciao,
Marco

RĂ©ponse de la IACA Ă  la France

Hello Jean,
thank you for your response. I can understand your response and i am sure it is shared by many other sailors in the class. the fact remains that we are a development class
and the reason we have survived so long is because of that continued development of the class. I am sure this is not the first time in history that the class has made a
significant development jump. My feeling is from both Barcelona and New Zealand that the sailors who are racing the major championships are open for the new developments.
I also get the impression that the sailors who are more club based are the ones most negative about change. This is not to say one side is right or wrong but there is a
clear difference in motivation to sail an A class. It is overall a very difficult situation to satisfy everyone – in fact probably impossible. The discussion of a new
submission started as the voting in NZ was very close and people felt after seeing the boats in action during the worlds people would be more informed as to the reasons
these submissions were originally put up.
The only way a new submission could be brought forward is by way of an IACA extra ordinary meeting. I have been quite clear that IACA would only support this if there was
overwhelming support from all nations. That is why only the countries who voted no were contacted at this stage.
I have been an extraordinary number of emails discussing this subject and I have tried to answer as constructively as possible. The first point is that clever sailors have
mananaged to make the boats fly within the current class rules with equipment which has been on the open market now for quite some time. The only advantage to remove rule
8 would be to make the measurement process simpler and allow older boats to be converted more easily. For new boat buyers it make now difference as the j board solution is
really a good all round boat. If nothing is done then the J board boats will become the standard for the next period. Like c boards have been the past 5 years. If you
discuss with these guys who are sailing them, they will tell you the boat is even easier to sail than before.
Making a split in the class between foiling boats and non foiling boats is a difficult one. The reason the no hydrofoiling rule was abandoned was simply because we could
not define hydrofoiling. How do you decide which boat foils and which does no?. I sail a standard C board boat and I can foil. Perhaps not as high or as long but i can
still do it. I was even doing it back in the Denmark worlds but no one took any notice of it.  The conclusion of the Technical committee at the time was the only way to
ban hydrofoiling boats was to have straight boards set on the center plane of the hull. As no one sailed boats like that anymore it did not seem a likely solution. I think
if you truly wanted a non foiling class you must return the straight non canted boards.
I think the biggest point people are forgetting here is that 6 of the top 7 sailors in the worlds were all Olympic medalists. It is not just the equipment making the boats
fly but the skill of the sailors.
I hope you can find a way to settle the reaction of your members as splitting the class could have long term, a very negative effect. I am not expecting any new
submissions to be put forward at this stage so things will stay as they currently are. I am hopeful that after time our members will realize that the latest development
have made the boat even easier and interesting to sail. perhaps after the Europeans when more people see these boats in action they will think differently.
Best regards,
Landy

mardi 25 février

La France approuve la proposition italienne

(copie a tous les présidents)
hi Marco.
this proposal to vote fits perfectly with state of mind of the majority of French sailors at this time.
we support this proposal
best regards
jean Phan Dong
AFCCA président

reprise des hostilités

La saison redĂ©marre ! La rubrique « j’y vais » est Ă  votre disposition pour vous prĂ©inscrire.


compte rendu du WGM 2014 en NZ

le compte rendu complet est sur le site de la IACA, avec notamment le resultat du vote …

http://www.a-cat.org/?q=node/371

popularitĂ© de notre vote….

le moins qu’on puisse dire c’est que notre vote attire les foules :

- près de 400 visites sur la page d’accueil du site pour la journĂ©e de dimanche 23 ce qui est un record pour un dimanche.

- 196 visites sur la page du vote  http://www.afcca.org/2014/02/21/vote-sur-la-proposition-de-lafcca/

Beaucoup de visiteurs Ă©trangers, principalement europĂ©ens, Italie Suisse Allemagne Espagne etc… mais Ă©galement de nombreux visiteurs des USA, AUS, et NZ…


voler en classe A…..ou pas

Comme vous le savez nous sommes confrontés à un choix pour le moins délicat, transformer nos bateaux en foilers, ou pas.

Pour bien comprendre ce qui se passe actuellement, il faut revenir quelques années en arrière.

historique :

- début des années 2000 : apparition des dérives inclinées, le but étant évidemment de générer de la portance même si es règles de classe interdisent explicitement les foils

- 2005 mondial de Sanguinet : Pieterjan Dwarshuis navigue avec des dĂ©rives courbes, personne ne trouve a redire sur le moment…

- 2006 L’AG mondiale rĂ©affirme que les foils sont interdit, et nomme une commission chargĂ© de modifier les règles pour renforcer cette interdiction. suite a cette reflexion, mise en place des regles 8.1 et 8.2 (750mm mini Ă  l’axe du bateau et obligation d’enfiler les dĂ©rives par le dessus)

Sure du fait qu’avec ces règles les bateaux ne voleront jamais, la commission propose Ă©galement la supprssion de la règle interdisant les foils : vote mondial et adoption de ces nouvelles règles, certains prĂ©disent dĂ©jĂ  la suite…

- 2012 winglets sur les safrans, puisque ce n’est plus interdit…

- 2013 premiers vols : R. Censier avec des dĂ©rives en C « flex », et Mischa Heemskerk dĂ©rives en J Ă  Hyères. en mĂŞme temps, coupe de l’America avec des AC72 Ă  foils

Demande de modification de la règle 8 pour permettre l’introduction des dĂ©rives pas dessous. Demande Ă©galement d’une pĂ©riode d’essais sans règle 8.

- 2014 Puisque voler permet d’aller plus vite, les foils se dĂ©veloppent, certains inventent mĂŞme un système de cassette permettant d’introduire des dĂ©rives en L par dessus.

L’AG mondiale dĂ©cide le statu quo, les règles actuelles ne changent pas.

Donc aujourd’hui la situation est la suivante.

- les bateaux peuvent voler Ă  partir de 8n et jusqu’Ă  la limite de vent autorisĂ©e en respectant les règles

- Les cassettes sont autorisĂ©es, et donc la règle correspondante n’a plus d’interĂŞt

- le vol n’est toutefois pas optimum Ă  cause notemment de la limite des 750mm Ă  l’axe.

Deux grandes tendances s’affrontent, les partisans du vol et les rĂ©fractaires, chacuns avec leurs arguments

Les partisans du vol considèrent que c’est une rĂ©elle Ă©volution, les rĂ©fractaires ne considèrent pas ça comme une Ă©volution mais comme une manière diffĂ©rente de naviguer et ne comprnnent pas pourquoi ce changement de point de vue entre 2006 et 2014

Il semble très difficile de contenter tout le monde : les forums et les réseaux sociaux sont en ébullition un peu partout dans le monde.

L’Afcca a jugĂ© utile de prendre ses responsabilitĂ©s et souhaiterait prĂ©senter une proposition consensuelle.

Nous vous soumettons cette proposition et vous demandons de l’approuver ou pas en votant ICI ( le vote est rĂ©servĂ© aux membres de l’Afcca mais est consultable par tous)

vous trouverez Ă©galement ci dessous divers points de vue qui vous permettront, peut ĂŞtre, de vous dĂ©cider…

La proposition :

Demander à la IACA qu’elle prenne en compte cette problématique de fond, en étudiant la possibilité de mettre en place au sein d’une même classe ,  2 classements distincts :

-un classement « vol » ,sans contrainte pour des Classe A volants, jauge ouverte (supression de la règle 8 )
-un classement non vol, pour des Classe A conformes aux règles actuelles, qui seront durcies (renforcement de la règle 8 )  pour empêcher toute velléité de vol

Les avantages :

La IACA en sortirait grandie, assumant ses responsabilités vis-à-vis des Associations Nationales de pays qui la composent, garantissant sa crédibilité et sa représentativité.

D’autre part, elle satisferait les deux camps, et leurs membres respectifs.

Elle permettrait de garder une audience Internationale au class A en général.

Elle satisferait les constructeurs, en garantissant de fait une activité dédoublée.

Elle permettrait de garder une activité globale sur les lieux de régate de chaque pays.

Le point de vue de Bob Hodges ex président USACAT présent au dernier Mondial (posté sur Sailing Anarchy)

For those on this thread who are currently not active A-Class sailors and/or who have never sailed the boat.

The decision of the class as a whole to not change the current rules is because we are a cautious and conservative lot that do have a vested interest in how the boat and class evolves. I don’t think you can appreciate that perspective until you own an A-Class and you actively sail and race it.

It’s important to note that the top five at the WC currently are paid pro sailors. Theyare great guys, very approachable, and very supportive to their fellow sailors. But they do enjoy the advantage of someone else paying the bills when it comes to the equipment they are racing in this event. They understand the implications of what can happen if the class rules are changed to where the average A-Class sailor’s financial means cannot keep up with the development. How many of you can afford to race a C-class?

I consider myself in great physical condition for my age (55 years old). We have a huge range of sailors in this class from their 20′s to their 70′s that have been able to race the boat across the wind range of our class rules (5-22 knots). The boats have become much easier, safer, and more enjoyable to sail with the addition of curved daggerboards and rudder winglets. But there is no doubt that foil packages that actually fly the boat will raise the physical requirements to sail the boat. I’m excited but at the same time concerned that I may not have the physical stamina and agility to competitively race the boat at the performance levels I am seeing at this WC. If the physical requirements to sail the boat increase by say 25%, we could see a vacuum created that would need to be filled by younger sailors who probably do not have the financial means to own the boat (a Moth is 1/2 the price if you want to foil).

As the boats start to fly and the speeds increase to the low to mid 20′s, mistakes will be harsh on not only the sailor’s bodies but on the structure of the boat itself. The current boats are amazingly strong and durable. If we start to routinely fly, it remains to be seen whether the boat’s can handle the different load and torque dynamics on a routine basis. Crashing at over 20 knots of boatspeed will be hard on a boat that only weighs 75 kg and has a 29′ tall lever arm pushing the bows down, totally different dynamics than a Moth going over the cliff. If breakages and failures get out of control as the boats begin to fly, there is the potential for another vacuum to get created both in terms of losing sailors but also builders who get driven out of business because they cannot keep up with the warranty claims. There is also the insurance question. If the A-clas becomes a boat that has the potential for substantial damage in a routine « crash », no insurance company will want to offer coverage. Some will not insure our boats due to mast breakage claims.

From my own standpoint, I don’t need to foil for the pure sensation of speed. I own a quiver of sailboards that in 15-18 knots are capable of sailing faster that an A-Cat will ever go even on foils and I can do that at a lot cheaper cost and at much less risk to my body and my financial investment in equipment. That is a perspective that I believe many in our class share.

I’ll speculate that it’s possible Landy’s strategy for racing a « conventional » boat is to not only sail what he is the most comfortable with but also to be a benchmark in this championship that will be important for the direction he leads the class as its class president. Scott Anderson’s performance so far is a great reference point as he typically does not trapeze downwind nor is he sailing a foiling package I believe. Scott is also in his late 50′s so represents what is possible competing against the younger guns in the top five that have the financial support of TNZ. If the breeze truly lightens to the 5-8 knot range for racing later this week, it will be very interesting to see how Landy and Scott perform. This is an exciting but kind of scary moment for the class. I hope we make the right choices to keep the class as vibrant as it currently is.

Bob Hodges – A-Class USA 230

Le point de vue de Landy (président IACA, courrier adressé au président Suisse avec copie aux autres présidents)

Hi Charles,
I am just sitting in the airport in NZ so I will try to get some of you questions answered. Firstly there is a great concern in the boat park there the failure of the ballot is a very big mistake for the class. The reality is the vote was extremely close, and the failure was mainly because Switzerland and Italy both cancelled each other out, so SUI voted yet to rule 8.2 but no to the trial and Italy did the opposite. France voted no and Spain voted no but their internal vote failed by just one vote. I think if the question was asked again the vote would now change. Even DNA just wrote to me to say they would now support opening the rules.

the reality is now that we have flying boats so the real question is how do we create the boat possible A class which costs the least and becomes the easiest and best performing boat for the masses to sail. From what we have seen at this event it really looks like we don’t need rule 8 at all. For all practical the theoretical reasons these rules are now doing nothing. inserting boards from the bottom would allow a much cheaper solution the older boats but in the end it may still be better to insert a J style board from the top. time will tell, but it is clear we do not need large foils to fly so I expect as the designs are refined they will actually become smaller. Also regarding the rule 8.1, it is also clear that we need to maximize the righting moment so we will want the foils as far out board as possible. I would say in the short term it would help people to convert if 8.1 was gone but long term I see the foils being within this measurement.

regarding the cassettes, This concept was openly discussed with the technical committee and also taken to ISAF prior to even building the boat. The fact is it is hear to stay unless the rules are changed. However changing the rules to add yet another band aid in what is a development class is surely a backward step. As I have tried to explain above, I feel from what we have already seen the development path should be quite positive and even potentially within the current rules. From the class perspective I feel the best solution would be to through out rule 8 and get the rules back to their original form. This would allow the innovators to experiment with there current boats  with rather minor modifications. I think this point is important to satisfy the majority of the fleet. I know a lot of Australians are planning to go straight home and modify their boards outside of the rules just so they can start foiling. This is not a good situation for the class as these are some of our best sailors and they will stop attending a class events while they go through there experimenting.

Where to go from here. there are 2 options
1 is do nothing which might be expensive in the short term as we will loose sailors and the secondhand value of there boats will collapse.
2 Look at the possibility to call an extraordinary meeting to vote again. I have to check with the constitutional experts here but i would hope that if we can achieve firstly the support of the nations who voted « against » then perhaps we can achieve this.  In Light of what has happened I think it now only common sense.

Don’t be mislead by the internet. The reality is now that there is no point racing without foils. They are not slower in light wind and they can lift in just 8 knots. Although I lead more than half the races at the top mark I usually could not see the leaders by the time they reached the bottom mark. If the race officer had followed the rules that boats not finishing within 30 minutes of the first boat received a DNF we would have had very few finishers in the series. He told me quietly that he took the time based on me since i was a conventional boat. In the last race we had very light and shifty wind with 45 degree wind changes. Nathan and Pete Burling were just near me at the top mark for the last time. we were in a covering fight and not much better than 20th place. The sea breeze just started as we reached the top mark. Nathan went from there to win the race and Peter went on to get 5th. I made it to 12th with a big gamble. In short you do not need to go to another major championship without foils – you are simply wasting you time and money. It is now a different class.

I believe this is probably the single biggest performance development the class has ever seen. The good news is that most people are excited by it but there is no doubt it will have a cost as well. I think now we have to seriously look at making the transition as easy as possible and also cater for those who don’t want to change. I do not think splitting the class is wise but i do think we may need a trophy for the first no foiling boat – at least for the next few years.

I copied Arno on this as he just wrote to me as well on the same issue. I also copies Manolo, Jean, and Marco as this concerns them as well and it would be interesting to hear their opinions as they all voted no to changing the rules.

Best regards,

Landy

Le point de vue de DNA

Dear President, dear class presidents,

Let me explain the position of me and PJ (DNA). We have always considered rule 8.2 a compromise we could live with, while still preferring the open rule.
The J-boards were developed within rule 8.2 and make competitive flying possible as the latest results show. We felt that keeping 8.2 for now could establish a temporarily solution with some stability for the class. That way we could have waited for the developments in the next AC and then absorb the new technology.
Due to the acceptance of the cassettes by the measurer, rule 8.2 has lost its meaning and does only add cost for the sailors. Let me explain. The cassettes open the road to active foils. L-foils with flaps. Basically the same system as used on the Moths but then divided over two boards.  You have to build cassettes, which nobody wants, due to the rule and that would add extra costs (and weight)  and will decrease the strength of the hull as the cassette lessens  the structural integrity of the hull.
With the put in from the top being no longer a limitation only the 1.5 m between the tips remain. This rule does compromise the development of a next generation of foils too but cannot prevent further envelopment. Due to the 1,5 m rule the daggerboards are placed more outward in the hull and the boards have more flex then you would have without this part of the rule. The rule therefore compromises performance and does add cost in the development process and add costs for the sailors due to more board breakages.
The current situation is bad for all. Builders do not sell boats right now, sailors who want to fly have sub optimal boats and people who do no want to to fly are beaten by the foilers.
Some people are afraid that foilers are a step too far for many in the class. I believe that these concerns are based on fear and not on facts.
All developments have led sofar to easier to sail boats. The C-boards made the boats faster, the winglets made the boats much easier and the J-boards make flying in medium conditions easy for all of us.
If we go back to the original rule we will get full foiling A-cats. Boats which will fly in 6 kts of breeze both upwind and downwind. The boats will be much easier to sail then the Moths, will be quite versatile and can be sailed in 5-24 kts.
Upwind performance will go up from 13-14 kts now till 16-18 kts then and downwind speed will go up from 19 kts (C-boards) till the mid twenties.
Foiling does not make the the boat physically more demanding. You can even fly even without being in the trapeze.
We will not see the 30 kt plus speeds which are shown by the C-cats and the AC boats as we simply lack right moment.
The Moth are our reference. We have the same kg/m2 ratio plus a more efficient rig and slightly better righting moment. The Moths are difficult to launch and are more difficult to sail as they lack the stability of a cat platform and cannot retract their foils.
The flying boats itself will not be that different form today’s boats. Beam positions will still be round the middle of the boats. Only the daggerboards will go a bit more forward. It will add some cost as the active foils are more complex, but the increase will not be too significant. In an open rule the change in the foil configurations will be slow and incremental. Just as change happened before.
We cannot go back to non-flying. The class needs to be able to absorb the new technology in the best possible way without adding unnecessary costs for the builders and the sailors.  If the class takes the right action we will keep all sailors within the same fleet.
We agree with Bog Hodges and others that the sailing dads are the backbone of the class and that we should act in the interest of the sailors who have to pay for their own boats. PJ and I are sailing dads too.
We wish to see state of the art boats which are accessible and available. We do not want to see monstrosities such as cassettes or other unnecessary work arounds. DNA was not set up to make money (it is and was hardly profitable) but to make state of the art boats accessible and available to our friends in the A-class community.
The better the class handles this ‘crisis’ the less money of the builders and the sailors is wasted and the brighter the future of the class looks. It will attract new sailors to the class (= high resale values) and it will keep the class relevant for AC and other pro sailors.
We only see two options:
- Keep the 8.2 rule but ban the cassettes until the next AC and make it completely open after the next America’s Cup
or
- Skip rule 8.2 and go through the turmoil as quick as possible to create a new equilibrium at a higher level.
Best regards,
Arno Terra (former A-cat builder)

2014…

A l’occasion de cette nouvelle annĂ©e, le Bureau de l’AFCCA vous prĂ©sente ses meilleurs voeux.

Cette annĂ©e 2014 s’annonce passionnante, avec une calendrier bien fourni, et en point d’orgue un EuropĂ©en « Ă  la maison », au CVB Ă  Carcans.

Vous pouvez dès maintenant planifier votre saison de régate, le Calendrier nouveau est en ligne.

A très bientĂ´t sur l’eau


modification regle 8.2 suite…

A lire :

La lettre envoyĂ©e aux PrĂ©sidents de Classe et qui officialise la position de la France, prĂ©cĂ©dĂ©e d’un petit rĂ©sumĂ© des Ă©pisodes prĂ©cedents

Tout ça dans « vie interne de la Classe », ici

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Modification de la regle 8.2 sur les derives

Le vote est clos, la question Ă©tait :

« est ce que nous approuvons la proposition Anglaise de suppression de la règle 8.2  »  voici les rĂ©sultats :

50 votants

12 oui soit 24% des votants

38 non soit 76% des votants

L’ AFCCA  ne soutiendra donc pas la proposition de l’Angleterre, qui a toutefois reçu l’appui du Danemark et de l’Espagne, ce qui signifie qu’un vote mondial devrait avoir lieu.

Dans les pays (connus a ce jour) qui comme nous ne soutiennent pas, il y a la Belgique, l’Italie, l’Australie.

A suivre ….


avis de course la pelle 2013

Vous pouvez déja vous inscrire pour le traditionnel Critérium de la Méditerranée (Club La Pelle à Marseille du 1er au 3 novembre).

Passé le 15 octobre ça sera plus cher, alors hatez-vous !

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Mondial 2015

les résultats du vote :
40 participants :

Punta Ala : 32
Weymouth : 7
Sopot : 1

L’AFCCA soutiendra la candidature Italienne

les bateaux français en phase de production

Les nouvelles sont excellentes pour les deux projets Français.

Pour l’Addiction, après la victoire de T. Boisbouvier Ă  l’Open de France, la production des bateaux suivants a dĂ©marĂ©, l’objectif etant de fournir leur bateau au plus tĂ´t aux parties prenantes du projet.

Pour l’Askell, la production a dĂ©marĂ© au lendemain du National. Le premier bateau « client » a Ă©tĂ© livrĂ© mi aoĂ»t du cotĂ© de Fayence, un deuxième en cours d’assemblage  est attendu Ă  La Baule.

Nous tenons ici à souligner le niveau de finition de ces deux bateaux et le sérieux apporté à leur fabrication.

Pour plus d’infos :

Addiction : http://www.addiction-catamaran.com

Askell : http://www.catamaran-sail.com

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date régate de Marignane

Notre ami Lulu nous informe que la régate CataMarignane se déroulera comme tous les ans le premier WE de Septembre, soit les 7 et 8/09 et non le 31/08 et 1/09 comme indiqué par erreur.

Qu’on se le dise !!

Assemblée générale 2013

Le compte rendu de L’AssemblĂ©e GĂ©nĂ©rale 2013 Ă  Hyères est disponible en tĂ©lĂ©chargement dans la section « Membres » « tĂ©lĂ©charger les documents officiels… –> compte rendu de la dernière AG (1 fichier zip) »

French team pour l’euro 2013 Ă  barcelone

Voici la liste des 12 coureurs qui reprĂ©senteront la France au championnat d’Europe  2013 Ă  Barcelone :

- Yann Baglin

- Thierry Boisbouvier

- Denis Brendel

- Luc Catineau

- Jean Darnaude

- Hubert Girardin

- Thibault Laudren

- Hervé Ledue

- Jean-Louis Lecoq

- Erik Matheron

- Jean Phan Dong

- Yann Sibe

Les choses sérieuses commencent Lundi 24 avec deux manches prévues

http://vela.cat/bisc/index.php/en/home-en.html?view=featured

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Herve Ledue Champion de France 2013

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70 bateaux pour ce Championnat de France Ă  Hyères, dont une trentaine d’Ă©trangers (Italiens, Espagnols, Allemands, Hollandais, Suisses) faisant de cet Ă©vènement un « mini » Championnat d’Europe
Le Mistral Ă©tait au rendez vous, et n’a permis de courir seulement 5 manches dont certaines très musclĂ©es avec plus de la moitiĂ© de la flotte restant Ă  terre…
Le podium :
1 Bob Baier
2 Chris Field
3 Eugenio Calabria

….et le podium Français :
1 Hervé Ledue
2 Thierry Boisbouvier
3 Luc Catineau

Felicitations Ă  notre nouveau champion, c’est un titre mĂ©ritĂ© !

Le podium français


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L’ Addiction (Ă  gauche) et l’Askel (Ă  droite), les deux nouveaux  Classe A Français sont prĂŞts et seront tout deux prĂ©sents  à Port Camargue !

Une bonne occasion pour un test grandeur nature avant le Championnat de France, face aux DNA, ZĂ©ro et Vision Ă©galement prĂ©sents….

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Que vous veniez du Nord, ou de l’Ouest, ou d’Espagne pour vous rendre Ă  Hyères, venez donc rĂ©gater Ă  Berre, le WE prĂ©cedent , c’est sur votre route, et ça vous fera un dernier entrainement !

Nous vous attendons nombreux, convivialitĂ© garantie, comma d’ab’ .

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made in france ! (chapitre 1)

Voici les premières photos du bateau de Dorian Lepluart.

Il navigue depuis quelques jours, et malgré des conditions météo pas vraiment propices en ce moment en Bretagne, la mise au point avance à grand pas.
La première sortie en régate sera probablement à La Baule le WE prochain et évidement A Hyères pour le Championnat de France.

A noter que tout est « fait maison », plateforme, bien sur mais aussi appendices, mât et voile.

Outre le fait qu’il soit construit en carbone prĂ©impregnĂ© et nid d’abeilles, le bateau prĂ©sente quelques particularitĂ©s, plan de jointage horizontal, dĂ©rives creuses construite en une seule opĂ©ration, fĂ©melots de safrans et cadènes integrĂ©s (façon Marstrom)…

Pour plus de renseignements, contactez Dorian

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CHAMPIONNAT DE FRANCE 2013 A HYERES

La rubrique « j’y vais » est ouverte pour le Championnat
Vous pouvez indiquer en plus de vos noms et N° de voile, le nombre d’accompagnateurs, ce qui aidera grandement les organisateurs.
Attention, ceci n’a rien d’officiel, pensez Ă  vous inscrire  » en vrai » en envoyant votre bulletin d’inscription.

modification calendrier

Attention, le calendrier a été modifié :

- le Raid des Baleines a été retiré pour cause de doublon (tardif) avec le GP Sanguinet.

- La régate du 14 avril à La Baule aura lieu en fait les 13 et 14 avril, et a donc été ajoutée au calendrier

Qu’on se le dise !


nouvelles regles de mesures… annule le precedent article

Voici les nouvelles prescriptions a l’usage des jaugeurs. nous vous conseillons de les lire attentivement si vous avez des doutes.

Measurers-Guidelines

Ceci annule l’article publiĂ© la semaine dernière et qui n’Ă©tait pas tout Ă  fait exact.

Ci dessous la traduction (merci Erik) du mail que nous a envoyé Graeme Harbour du IACA Technical Committee.

Mon cher Jean,

J’ai remarqué sur le « web site » Français un article sur la réinterprétation des règles de classe. Cet article comporte un schéma concernant le point de mesure du bas de la coque, qui est incorrect.

Le comité technique définit le bas de la coque de la façon suivante :

« les points de mesure du bas de la coque sont les points les plus bas de la coque selon toutes les sections transversales ».

Selon les « Equipment Rules of sailing » il y a 3 axes majeurs : vertical, longitudinal et transversal. La mesure transverse est réellement une coupe à travers la coque en n’importe quel endroit. Le point le plus bas  est la mesure que nous utilisons. La mesure du bas de la coque se réfère seulement au bas de la coupe transversale la plus proche des safrans.

Sur la majorité des coques actuelles ce point serait l’intersection de la coupe transversale au bas du tableau arrière et de l’axe longitudinal du bas de la coque. (Note du Traducteur : C’est ce que je comprends mais je n’en suis pas sûr.)

Ce point n’est pas différent de ce que les jaugeurs considéraient avant comme étant le bas de la coque.

Le schéma du web site montre le point le plus bas de l’axe longitudinal.

Le président Andrew Landenberger a annoncé que la IACA pourrait être disposée à donner des dérogations à  notre interprétation de la longueur de la coque (interprétation 7). Cependant nous ne sommes pas prêts à exempter les « winglets » comme indiqué dans l’article, puisque la règle les concernant n’ a pas changé.

Nous sommes en train de préparer de nouvelles lignes de conduite pour les jaugeurs avec des schémas pour expliciter la règle.

Si certains de vos membres ont des difficultés de compréhension à ce sujet, qu’ils contactent le Comité Technique.

(Note du Traducteur : Je dois avouer que ce texte n’est pas clair pour moi sur le plan technique et que ce jargon juridico-technique me paraît bien alambiqué.)


Nouvelle rubrique video

Le bouton « Galerie » s’est transformĂ© en menu dĂ©roulant.

Vous avez maintenant le choix entre « Photos » et « VidĂ©os »

Afin de « dĂ©poussiĂ©rer » un peu la galerie de photos, merci de me faire parvenir vos plus beaux clichĂ©s par mail, ou les liens pour les rĂ©cupĂ©rer.

Idem pour les vidĂ©os. La GoPro est devenue un accessoire très tendance … et je sais qu’il y a parmi nous quelques talents cachĂ©s

Alors, une seule adresse : webmaster@afcca.org


cotisation 2013

Avis aux anciens adhĂ©rents, n’oubliez pas, après le 31 mars il vous en coĂ»tera 10% de plus…


Le projet de dorian

Quelques nouvelles du projet de Dorian, qui, sans faire trop de bruit avance Ă  grands pas.

L’objectif Ă©tant Ă  terme de produire tous les Ă©lĂ©ments, on avait dĂ©ja vu le mât et la voile, on a maintenant un aperçu du bateau complet.

A noter quelques options diffĂ©rentes de ce qu’on est habituĂ©s a voir :

  • DĂ©rives creuses cloisonnĂ©es
  • Mât rĂ©treint
  • Plan de jointage des coques horizontal


Pour en savoir plus, rendez vous sur le forum ….
ou consultez le site de Dorian

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Ca plane dans le golfe…

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Pendant que certains sont partis bronzer aux Antilles, que d’autres se tortillent le cerveau pour savoir si c’est mieux en L en J ou en S , si la languette va tenir le coup, etc….il y en a un qui prend son envol tranquillement.
Cocorico c’est un Français avec un bateau « fait maison » et une voile « made in La Baule ».
Un petit tour sur le site de Raphael s’impose.

INSCRIPTIONS EURO 2013

AVIS AUX PERSONNES DESIRANT Y PARTICIPER :

COMMUNICATION IMPORTANTE DANS « VIE INTERNE DE LA CLASSE »

Cliquer ici

A – CLASS EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 BARCELONA

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L’avis de course est en ligne ainsi que le site :
http://www.vela.cat/

A noter que l’organisateur limite finalement la participation Ă  120 bateaux, ce qui signifie que nous devrons attendre le nombre de places qui nous sont allouĂ©es avant se savoir qui pourra y aller.
Contactez l’Afcca au plus tĂ´t si vous souhaitez participer .

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Championnat…

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Comme nous l’autorisent les nouvelles règles fĂ©dĂ©rales concernant l’organisation des diffĂ©rents championnats, nous dĂ©cernerons cette annĂ©e le titre de Champion de France de Classe A( vous remarquerez d’ailleurs  que sur le le calendrier de la fĂ©dĂ©,notre National est intitulĂ© Championnat de France Promotion).
Les organisateurs du Club Multicoques de Hyères ont l’ambition de rĂ©ussir une belle manifestation et de surpasser en nombre de participants le club de Port camargue qui dĂ©tient jusqu’Ă  prĂ©sent le record avec 69 classistes;
Nul doute que les festivitĂ©s seront Ă©galement Ă  la hauteur et le plan d’eau un rĂ©gal pour les yeux !!
Je vous engage donc dĂ©s Ă  prĂ©sent Ă  rĂ©server votre semaine du we de l’ascension pour participer Ă  cette incontournable fĂŞte de la classe.
Lors de notre assemblée générale nous déciderons par vote des membres, du lieu de notre prochain National 2014;
si certains Clubs organisateurs  de la façade atlantique ou du centre sont intéréssés, il est temps de vous faire connaitre;
Mais aussi, fait nouveau, nous attribuerons également et  dorénavant en suite logique,le national à N+2 ; ce qui permettra  aux clubs de préparer au mieux ces évènements;
Ă  ce jour, nous n’avons pas encore de candidature officielle pour 2014 et une candidature pour 2015( La Grande Motte)..
affaire Ă  suivre…
en attendant, entrainez vous , je vous attends….
Jean

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Attention : risque d’addiction

Un nouveau Classe A est entrain de prendre forme du côté de La Grande Motte.

Aux commandes de ce projet, nos amis Boubou, Yann, Luc et Mimi, Ă  la planche Ă  dessin, Sam Manuard, bien connu dans le monde des Mini, et Ă  la construction, le chantier Tocatec Ă  Ballaruc.

Premières nav prévue en février. Pour en savoir plus : http://www.facebook.com/Addiction.Catamaran


Euro 2014 au CV Bordeaux : c’est fait !

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C’est finalement la proposition  du CV Bordeaux qui a Ă©tĂ© retenue pour l’organisation du Championnat d’Europe 2014.

Ci dessous le communiqué de la IACA :

Piet has formalised the votes and France have come out a clear winner for the 2014 Europeans. Congratulations!
We look forward to a great event.

Kind regards,

Andrew Landenberger
IACA President


La dernière de la saison !

La dernière rĂ©gate de l’annĂ©e : La rĂ©gate de NoĂ«l Ă  La Grande Motte
C’est convivial et cela nous donne une occasion de naviguer avant les grands froids.
Huître, apéro et repas de Noël au Club

Faites vous connaitre l’avant vielle pour commander des repas;

…et inscrivez vous dans « j’y vais »

calendrier 2013

Le calendrier 2013 est en ligne, normalement complet sauf erreurs ou omissions …

une journee sur www.afcca.org

Voici le reflet de a frequentation du site pour une journĂ©e « ordinaire »….

D’ou viennent nos visiteurs ? La rĂ©ponse ci dessous


Les class A en demo au duc d’albe 2012 !

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Du petit temps samedi, et des Class A en tĂŞte le premier soir, jusque lĂ  c’est normal, mais des Class A sur le podium final malgrĂ©  les conditions très musclĂ©es du dimanche…. Bravo !!

Classement  C1:
1 er                Thierry Boisbouvier
3ème              Luc Catineau
6ème            Alberto Farnesi

Classement toutes séries (126 classés) :
2ème             Thierry Boisbouvier
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calendrier previsionnel 2013

Afin de constituer le plus « intelligemment » possible le calendrier 2013, merci d’ajouter les dates de vos rĂ©gates (en rĂ©pondant Ă  ce message du forum) dès que vous les connaitrez.
Ceci devrait permettre d’Ă©viter quelques doublons.

AG de la IACA JUIN 2012

Le résumé est disponnible ici

Vous pouvez commenter….ici

raid des baleines 2012

67 concurrents au dĂ©part, et un Classe A qui remporte l’Ă©preuve en temps compensĂ© !

Bravo Hervé

le compte rendu sur http://acatsailing.blogspot.com/2012/06/raid-des-baleines-2012.html

NATIONAL 2012 LA ROCHELLE : BOUBOU CHAMPION !

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Photos et commentaires Hervé Ledue http://acatsailing.blogspot.fr/

Un National de grand cru, relevĂ©, une organisation sur l’eau parfaite pour un programme rempli.

9 courses, plutôt ventées et quelques fois avec de bonnes vagues.

Un podium open logique, et un podium Français incertain avec les trois premiers Français, Thierry Luc et Yann ex aequo au nombre de points avant l’ultime manche du dimanche.

Thierry Boisbouvier saura résister à la pression et devient donc notre nouveau Champion de France 2012.

Bravo à tous les participants, et rendez-vous en 2013 à Hyères.

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le podium

Le podium Open de gauche Ă  droite : Arno Terra ( 3 ème) – Chris Field (1 er) – Jack Benson (2 ème)

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le podium Français

Le podium Français de gauche Ă  droite : Antoine Koch (3 ème) – Luc Catineau (2 ème) – Thierry Boisbouvier (1 er)

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Pour plus de détails : http://acatsailing.blogspot.fr/

Les rĂ©sultats sont dans la rubrique « rĂ©sultats » et Ă©galement ICI

Le calendrier 2012 est en ligne

Le calendrier Nouveau est arrivé !
A noter : un raid avec des baleines, et une danse avec les muges : prévoir masque et tubas !
Si vous avez d’autres dates dans d’autres rĂ©gions (Bretagne, Alsace, etc…), on peut encore les ajouter :
contactez l’Afcca


Classement national 2011

Le podium 2011 :

1er

11206 points

2

11084 points

3

9376 points

76 concurrents ont Ă©tĂ© classĂ©s cette annĂ©e soit 10 de plus qu’en 2010.
C’est le reflet de l’augmentation du nombre de cotisants Ă  l’AFCCA.

Le classement complet ici

Avis de course

Retrouvez les liens vers les Avis de course des rĂ©gates Ă  venir dans la rubrique RĂ©gates–>j’y vais.

Au passage, si vous avez l’intention de participer Ă  ces rĂ©gates, faites le savoir… pensez aux organisateurs !

National 2011 au Grau du Roi Port Camargue : Participation record !

69 Classe A se sont retrouvĂ©s au Grau du Roi pour disputer le Championnat Français ce week-end de l’ascension.

Parmi eux, une quinzaine d’Ă©trangers (Allemands, Anglais, Irlandais, Espagnols, Italiens, Belges) qui avaient fait le dĂ©placement.

La mĂ©tĂ©o a hĂ©las un peu gâchĂ© la fĂŞte, c’est regrettable, car la SociĂ©tĂ© Nautique du Grau du Roi Port Camargue avait fait les choses en grand : très bon accueil, très bonne ambiance, on y reviendra volontiers !!

Au niveau de la compĂ©tition, on attendait Jean Louis sur ses terres, et c’est (encore…) Gilles qui s’est imposĂ©, devant Yann et Jean Louis : ceci est le podium Français, car le podium de la rĂ©gate est 100% Ă©tranger, avec dans l’ordre, Bob Baier, Manuel Calavia et Luc Du Bois.

Le podium français

Les vainqueurs

Rendez-vous Ă  La Rochelle pour le Championnat 2012.

(photo by Hervé Ledue acatsailing.blogspot.com)


Construction amateur

Prénom : Raphaël

Nom : Censier

Age : passe le bac cette annĂ©e (calculez…)

Passion : Classe A

2ème passion : construction d’engins nautiques en carbone

Pour rĂ©unir ses deux passions, il s’est lancĂ© dans la construction d’un Classe A, c’est logique. Mais plutĂ´t que de copier bĂŞtement, il est parti d’une feuille blanche, il a adoptĂ© des solutions auxquelles on n’accordait pas beaucoup de crĂ©dit, et le rĂ©sultat est lĂ  : un bateau en monolithique qui est très rigide et au poids de jauge, plus lĂ©ger mĂŞme que certains bateaux « de sĂ©rie ».

A ce niveau lĂ  on ne peut plus vraiment parler d’amateur…

Chapeau bas !

Pour tout savoir : http://raphael-censier.jimdo.com/classe-a/5-photos-construction/


Tu y vas Ă  la rĂ©gate de…

Suite Ă  une idĂ©e du PrĂ©sident concernant un sondage pour la rĂ©gate de Sète, vous avez pu voir que j’ai mis un sondage en place, mais l’inconvĂ©nient c’est qu’on ne sait pas vraiment qui y sera, et en plus, connaitre le nombre d’absents, ça ne sert pas vraiment Ă  grand chose…
Donc, exit le sondage !
Mais ne dĂ©sespĂ©rez pas, il y a du nouveau dans le menu « REGATE »….
Pour tous ceux qui avaient répondu au sondage, merci et bonne utilisation à tous de ce nouveau service.


Pour les longues soirĂ©es d’hiver…

Profitons en pour réviser les règles de course avec ce petit jeu bien sympa.

Les passages de bouĂ©es et les engagements n’auront bientĂ´t plus de secrets pour vous !


Adhésions 2011 : records en vue !


Au train ou vont les inscriptions depuis ces dernières semaines, le nombre de cotisants devrait faire un bon en avant significatif par rapport à 2010 qui était déjà une très bonne année.

Verrons nous 70 bateaux au National Ă  Port Camargue ? Ce n’est pas impossible !

Effet America ? Tassement des autres sĂ©ries ? Sans doute un mĂ©lange de tout ça, quoiqu’il en soit, l’augmentation de la flotte observĂ©e dans tous les pays est bien prĂ©sente aussi en France

Petit rappel pour les « anciens » : pensez Ă  envoyer votre adhĂ©sion 2011 avant le 1er mars…

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