MORE INVADERS…. IN CATAMARANS THIS TIME!
No sooner did we send Derusha and Co. back to Wisconsin than we fine folks in NE were subjected to another onslaught of iceboaters from out west (and down south).
The A-Class catamaran North American Champs were held in Newport and drew a few DN sailors from around the country.
NJ DN stalwart Dave Clapp got tired of looking for crew to sail doublehanded cats with him so he picked up an A-Class at the last minute and made it to Race 1 just in time. See first photo….
John Harper is another veteran DN campaigner who does the A-Cat thing in the summer. He was in from Detroit and was all smiles as usual- Second photo, hull #24, big grin….
Matt Struble was in from California, sailing a slick looking silver boat. Matt has sailed DNs for years and has had a bit of success on the DN regatta circuit…. by which I mean a pair of World Champs, a few NA champs, and at least one European Championship to his credit. Knows how to sail an A-Cat too it seems, he took this regatta as well. See photos 3,4, 5, sail # 183.
Bora Gulari just did the Olympics in the multihull class and (I think) has a bunch of Moth titles (including a Worlds or two?) to his credit. He hails from the Detroit area as well and sails a DN every now and then so we will claim him too! Hope to see him delve deeper into the DN world… Come on dude! Soft water is over-rated! See photo four, sail # 83, black hulls.
Great to see all of these guys buzzing around the course in one of the few soft-water craft that can deliver DN-type thrills…. Looking forward to seeing all of them at the Western Challenge in (Holy Smokes!!) about two months or so….
To see results click here http://www.acatnorthamericans.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Race1-9overallfinal.pdf