cheaper? really, whats the final cost to get one to america?I have a feeling that the new Nacra 17 just might put it there, its gunna end up cheaper than the F18 and its faster also olympic class, why buy a f18 when the 17 out does it?So you think the A class is the Flagship of cat sailing?Just read a post abut an 18 boat east coast F-18 event on catsailingnews.com written by Jeff Dusek, the east coast F-18 class chairman.
Jeff states that while he might like to try an A-Class, it's not the "flagship" of multihull racing like the F-18 class is. He also states that the F-18 class is THE place for high performance small boat racing on the east coast.
Jeff, we are all a community. Making statements like that fractures the community. The A-Class is a singlehanded class. You are doublehanded. I recommend not making statements that one is better than the other. We don't do that about your class.
Some facts this year that tend to at least question Jeff's perspective:
Arguably one of the best F-18 sailors in the world finished 18th of 99 boats at the recent European Championship. That sailor is an incredible talent and I expect he has the potential to be a top five finisher at the 2012 A-Class WC but it shows the depth of the A-Class at any major event.
Arguably one of the best F-18 sailors in the US struggled to finish in the top ten at a US A-Class midwinter event this spring, same argument and points.
We had 28-36 boats at each of three midwinter circuit events this spring and 46 boats in Houston at a regional event that was called the Nationals as our North Americans was not held this year due to the October WC.
The class just approved making the WC an open event (it has always been limited to 100 boats). We are hoping for +100 boats this fall in Islamorada at the 2012 WC.
I wish Jeff and the F-18 class the best. I hope the September WC is the best ever. I hope the class continues to prosper and I always try to push new or interested sailors towards the class if they tell me they want to get into a high performance doublehanded cat.
We should minimize one class is better than the other banter on the internet. Some folks still love to race their Hobie 16 and I guarantee you that the best A-Cat and F-18 talent would probably not be able to place in the top ten at a Hobie 16 WC unless they committed a lot of time to the class. Strength and diversity in a lot of classes will continue to grow multihull sailing. We should all work together on that goal.
I know we post a lot on this forum about the A-class and some people might get tired of it but we want the SA community to know what is going on in our class as we believe the SA community is a great source to attract and recruit new sailors. Likewise, I'd love to read about the latest and greatest in the F-18 and F-16 classes on this forum as they still might be in my future, look forward to that.