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2011 Ronstan A-Cat Worlds #236226
08/12/11 11:19 AM
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The 2011 Ronstan A-Cat Worlds begins 8-13-2011 and runs through 8-20-2011 in Aarhus, Denmark. There are 100 entrants with a waiting list of 10-12 other sailors. The information for the regatta is posted on the A-Cat Worlds website http://2011ronstanacatworlds.sailing-aarhus.dk/. This should be a great regatta featuring some of the top sailors around the world. While at the moment current World Champion Glenn Ashby is not planning to attend, the field is full of great competitors. This will additionally be a showcase of design, with some new platforms, sails and masts attending. Once everyone is registered there should be a list of who is sailing on what design. Of note will be the newer mast designs in which the mast is stiffer laterally and allows greater fore and aft bend. The WingFoX Nano http://wingfox.pl/ is pushing new boudries in the lifting foil interpretations, The DNA has shown some great speed and consistency, Lars Guck is believed to be sailing a modified Guck-A3 and these are just a few of the field. There are supposed to be 2-4 new platforms showing there as well. On the water though, it will be more the best and most consistent sailor who wins this regatta. Stay tuned to the website for updates. I will try to post them as I see them posted.


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Re: 2011 Ronstan A-Cat Worlds [Re: windswept] #236237
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Four US sailors are racing: Lars Guck, Ben Hall, Matt Struble, and Ben Moon. I believe Lars, Ben, and Matt will be racing the new Peter Cogan EVO II and Ben Moon will be racing a 2006 Nikita that he purchased. Matt and Lars have been working closely with Ben Hall and Jay Glaser on a new mast and sail combination that optimizes the curved daggerboards and broadens the window for trapezing downwind.




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Is the EVO II the same as the Barracuda? If not are there any pics and info anywhere?


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Who needs a spin when you can trap downwind. Hell, if Brett Moss can do it it's gotta be easy.


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Re: 2011 Ronstan A-Cat Worlds [Re: David Ingram] #236249
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Originally Posted by David Ingram
Who needs a spin when you can trap downwind. Hell, if Brett Moss can do it it's gotta be easy.


Has he broke out his elevator shoes w/ the goldfish in the heels yet?


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Is the EVO 2 for sale? I see no mention of it on the BSBW website, and am also wondering if it is the same as the Barracuda?


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The Barracuda is Ben Hall's new boat. It is a custom build designed by Peter Cogan. There is a photo here. http://www.sailinganarchy.com/article.php?get=6772


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Re: 2011 Ronstan A-Cat Worlds [Re: Acat230] #236276
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Originally Posted by Acat230
Four US sailors are racing: Lars Guck, Ben Hall, Matt Struble, and Ben Moon. I believe Lars, Ben, and Matt will be racing the new Peter Cogan EVO II and Ben Moon will be racing a 2006 Nikita that he purchased. Matt and Lars have been working closely with Ben Hall and Jay Glaser on a new mast and sail combination that optimizes the curved daggerboards and broadens the window for trapezing downwind.

Thanks for clearing this up!


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Re: 2011 Ronstan A-Cat Worlds [Re: windswept] #236278
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I have heard that the EVO II is being built in England. I have not seen a picture yet or know this as a fact.

Last edited by Mark Schneider; 08/13/11 09:09 AM.

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Here are some posts from Bob Hodges about what is going on in the A-Class as far as development. It details the work that Ben Hall and Peter Cogan are doing with the Barracuda and how that effects the developmentof the EVO II.
http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=118809


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Re: 2011 Ronstan A-Cat Worlds [Re: windswept] #236286
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Originally Posted by windswept
The Barracuda is Ben Hall's new boat. It is a custom build designed by Peter Cogan. There is a photo here. http://www.sailinganarchy.com/article.php?get=6772


There are 3 barracudas ,each a progression of the last. I guess my question was is the last rendition of the Barracuda (The black beauty) going to be what the Evo II is?


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Just saw pictures of the Mayfly at http://acatsailing.blogspot.com/. This is Martin Fisher's new project. Hot looking ride and very interesting foils.


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The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea
Isak Dinesen
If a man is to be obsessed by something.... I suppose a boat is as good as anything... perhaps a bit better than most.
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Tried to follow the race tracker, just gave up after a while.
Can't get the results to expand either.

Fred

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Originally Posted by fredsmith
Tried to follow the race tracker, just gave up after a while.
Can't get the results to expand either.

Fred


Yeah it's kind of got a mind of it's own.
You going to be at Hopatcong?


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The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea
Isak Dinesen
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Thinking about it. Have a few family issue at present and I am
planning on going to the N,A,s so it's going to touch and go.

Fred

Re: 2011 Ronstan A-Cat Worlds [Re: Team_Cat_Fever] #236456
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The big difference in Ben's boat is that he's autoclaved the hulls and used a high temp epoxy, like he uses in his mast layups. Thats how he can get a away with clear coating the carbon.

Most other layups are done with room temp epoxy, and if you clear coated room temp epoxy hulls, the epoxy would get soft in the sun, and that would be bad. Thats why they are most often white, it keeps the hull surface cool.

The evo2 layup is more traditional, so its going to be gelcoated finish as opposed to a clear coat.

Ben and Peter worked closely on the EVO and EVO2 shapes, so I bet that the Baracuda is a close relative in terms of shape.


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Originally Posted by bvining
The big difference in Ben's boat is that he's autoclaved the hulls and used a high temp epoxy, like he uses in his mast layups. Thats how he can get a away with clear coating the carbon.

Most other layups are done with room temp epoxy, and if you clear coated room temp epoxy hulls, the epoxy would get soft in the sun, and that would be bad. Thats why they are most often white, it keeps the hull surface cool.

The evo2 layup is more traditional, so its going to be gelcoated finish as opposed to a clear coat.

Ben and Peter worked closely on the EVO and EVO2 shapes, so I bet that the Baracuda is a close relative in terms of shape.



Unfortunately, it seems to be struggling.


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Moon is having a hot regatta and I'm a little surprised to see Struble that far down the leaderboard (but, he hasn't been putting in killer a-cat time like some of the other guys recently though)...that BCD hurts Ben though - hopefully he can overcome it and stay on the podium.

How much a-cat experience does Mischa Heemskerk have? I would think that he could be a real threat if he continues racing a's in the future. His result is getting better and better in this regatta.


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The timelapse thing on the website is pretty cool, unless you're the poor dude who put up the L-flag, upside down, at 1:44...

Mike

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