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Beacon Group A-Class Catamaran World Championships at Houston Yacht Club - Day 3

by Gordon Upton 5 May 15:58 BST 1-6 May 2022

We knew that today was going to be hard going. Only the Classic fleet raced today in Houston at the Beacon Group 2022 A-Class Cat Worlds, and the planned 3 races were curtailed to 2. The building sea state started to become potentially boat breaking and the winds were building to 18+kts, so Billy Richnow decided discretion was the best policy so people would live to sail another day.

23 of the 31 boats ventured out into Galveston bay today. By now, they pretty much know what to expect. A short and vicious chop gets up in the shallow waters of the bay, and as the wind had been blowing most of the night, the waves hadn't died down much. Thus, the epic Classic fleet headed out to do battle. The classics are better suited to these conditions, but even they were finding it hard going towards the end. Survival mode was engaged by most of the fleet pretty early on. Very little downwind trapezing, other that on about 5 boats, the rest opting for caution in the washing machine conditions. The chance of stuffing into the back of a wave and pitch-polling was considered to great a risk. Even flying a hull and doing the Wild Thing was not common either.

The first race got off first time, as is usual in these fleets, and right away there was a right hand shift. The riders on the right hand end of the fleet soon spotted this and sailors such as Micky Todd ESP 7 and Ben Hall USA 99 started to overhaul the pin end starting boats like they were on an airport travellator. Plus being in clear air, they made hay whilst the sun shone. The wind say some 12kts, but the chop made this a hard slog uphill, even for these wave piercing designed boats. But, at the top mark it was yet again Andrew Landenberger AUS 308 showing the way, followed by his son Andreas AUS 300, with Micky chasing hard.

The left side of the course proved the most popular as very few boats gybed at the top, electing to reduce the chances of capsizing by reducing their risky maneuvers. Downwind, both the Landys were trapezing, and pulling out a decent lead, although Micky, who has never been seen trapezing downwind, tried to keep up, but in vain. If you can get out on the wire in these conditions, and get locked onto the boat's footstraps, you will probably go a third faster, and deeper. There is some great video from our videographer, Nick Bowers, showing this on the event website.

The race continued in a similar vein. The left was the way both up and downhill, but the wind was inching up, together with the waves. Lower down the fleet, quite a few has spills as they dug their noses into the backs of waves and got tripped up. You need to basically sit on the rear beam in these conditions, and if you slip forward, then it's Game Over.

Race 2 of the day was essentially a rerun, only with the wind getting up to 18tks. These boats can handle that with ease, but imagine driving over a ploughed field at 25mph in a sports car, then you get the picture. More boats went over, a rudder was lost and one unfortunate broke his mast as he may have had a mast seal fail and as he started to invert the boat, and the 9ft bay depth can't accommodate a 9m mast tragically. In the end, it was the Landy show again, with him getting his 6th straight bullet, totally dominating this division. 2nd was Micky, ahead of OH Rogers USA 73 who has been battling his old rival, Ken Marshack USA 192, throughout this series. Baby Landy was down in 7th.

At this point, the PRO Billy, and his highly experienced team of formidable women race officers keeping him on the straight and narrow, decided that too much material damage was potentially happening here, and cancelled the planned 3rd race, sending them all back to the beach. The planned Open division racing in the afternoon was postponed too. With 6 races run for the Classics, and 5 for the open, at least we have a Championship, and high race scored can be dropped.

Unfortunately is look rather unlikely that any racing will be possible on Thursday as conditions are forecast to be somewhat fruity again. Now we look forward to the final day's racing on Friday. The top 3 or 4 positions in the Classics are probably unlikely to change, barring breakages. However, with only 9 points separating to top 4 riders in the Open division, it is all still to play for there. We have everything crossed for a sailable Friday.

Event site, including some great drone video from Nick Bowers, at www.aclassworlds.com

Results after Day 3:

PosSail  NoBoat NameHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
Open Discipline
1  76    Ravi Parent   Alamitos Bay YC/Sarasota Sailing Squadron  [10]  1  1  1  2   5
2  USA 96  GLASER SAILS // eXploder boats  Riley Gibbs   St Francis Yacht Club / ABYC  2  [5]  2  2  1   7
3  Pol 41  Exploder / Bryt Sails  Jakub Surowiec   UKS Navigo  1  2  3  [4]  4   10
4  Aus 4  Harken forward  Steven Brewin   Kcc  [7]  3  5  3  3   14
5  AUS88  Ronstan  Darren Bundock   Saratoga SC  3  [6]  4  5  5   17
6  Esp 97  Boniek  Iago Lopez Marra   Real club nautico portosin  5  4  6  [7]  6   21
7  FRA 2    Emmanuel DODE   Société des Régates de Vannes  4  [8]  7  6  7   24
8  USA 311    Bruce Mahoney   Mahoney Projects  6  7  [8]  8  8   29
9  POL 1  Exploder AD3  Jacek Noetzel   UKS Navigo Sopot  [9]  9  9  9  9   36
10  USA 320    Bailey White   LLSC  8  12  12  [13]  11   43
11  usa 330    lars guck   bristol  [15]  10  13  12  10   45
12  USA 37  Ronstan  Michael Christensen   Sarasota Sail Squadron  11  G  [16]  11  12   46.5
13  CAN 44  A Cat  Larry Woods   BBCC  12  11  11  16  [DNF]   50
14  UAS180  Red Gear Racing  Robbie Daniel   Red gear racing  [20]  18  10  10  14   52
15  USA 426  Mr. Tommy  Cam Farrah   Fort Walton Yacht Club/ Southern Yacht Club  14  15  14  20  [22]   63
16  ISV 15    Chris Batchelor   STYC  [24]  13  19  21  13   66T
17  USA 113    Matthew Keenan   Sandy Hook Bay Catamaran Club  13  [DNF]  15  14  24   66T
18  712    Francisco Venetucci   YCR ‑ YCA  19  [27]  18  17  15   69
19  ARG 666  Devil  Ian Rodger   CUBA  [25]  17  21  18  16   72
20  USA 230  Hatfu  Bob Hodges   New Orleans/Pontchartrain  16  16  [24]  23  20   75
21  CAN 66  D  Todd Woods   BBSC  23  24  20  15  [DNC]   82
22  USA 414  Arete  Sam Carter   West River Sailing Club  [27]  20  22  22  21   85
23  Can 55  Usain boat  Andrew Woods   BBCC  17  [RET]  17  DNF  17   87
24  USA367  dilligafan  Ian Storer   Southwestern Y.C.  21  19  25  24  [DNF]   89
25  USA 234    Andrew Gaynor   Bristol YC  31  [DNC]  26  19  18   94
26  USA 9  Cloud 9  Jeffrey Brauch   TPYC  26  [DNF]  23  27  19   95
27  USA 349  Freccia II  Daniel Segraves   Alamitos Bay Yacht Club  22  21  30  [31]  28   101
28  USA 143  Real Estate INK Solutions.com  Mark Herendeen   Space Coast Catamaran Fleet  [28]  22  28  25  27   102
29  USA 294  Flying Circus  Richard Stevens   LLSC  18  [DNF]  DNF  26  23   103
30  0    Dustin Romey   Upper Keys Sailing Club  [34]  26  27  30  25   108T
31  CAN29  Outrageous 2  David Bradly   Nepean Sailing Club  [30]  25  29  28  26   108T
32  401  Blue angle  Daniel Paoli   CSA  29  14  [DNF]  DNC  DNC   115
33  ARG 03  chino  sergio armesto   Yacht Club Argentino  33  23  [NSC]  29  DNC   121
34  261  Veritas  Marty McKenna   West River Sailing Club  35  [DNF]  31  32  DNF   134
35  1023  DNA F1x  Dean Mayke   Burlington  32  [DNS]  DNF  DNC  DNC   140
Classic Discipline
1  AUS308  Andrew Landenberger  Andrew Landenberger   New England Sailing Club  [1]  1  1  1  1  1  5
2  ESP7  Hammer Sails /A Cat Kit  Micky Todd   C.A.R Murcia  3  2  [9]  2  3  2  12
3  USA73    O.H. Rodgers   Davis Island Yacht Club  4  3  4  5  [DNF]  3  19
4  USA192    Ken Marshack   Red Gear Racing/ Upper Keys Sailing Club  5  [6]  2  4  5  4  20
5  AUS300  Thirsty Turtle  Andreas Landenberger   New England Sailing Club  *  4  [DNC]  6  2  7  23
6  USA 99  Silver Bullet  Ben Hall   Bokeelia YC/Bristol YC  9  5  6  [12]  6  5  31
7  USA165  Apocalypse  Bob Webbon   Upper Keys Sailing Club  [DNF]  14  5  3  4  9  35
8  232  Jonezin2sail  Bill Kast   NOYC  [13]  9  7  7  8  8  39
9  SUI 65    Charles Bueche   CNB  [12]  7  3  11  11  12  44
10  449    Axel Issel   UKSC  [17]  10  8  8  9  11  46
11  USA 268  Kiwi Magic  Andrew Burdett   UKSC  10  12  12  9  [16]  13  56
12  USA 777  Little More Trim  Gilbert Macpherson   Palm Beach Sailing Club  6  [20]  17  16  12  10  61
13  USA 4  Mystery to Me  Bobby Orr   West River Sailing Club MD  7  [15]  13  15  13  14  62
14  USA 007  Goldfinger  Michael Krantz   Lake Lanier Sailing Club  21  8  15  [DNF]  7  15  66
15  148    Chris Bolton   PRSA  [18]  17  14  10  17  16  74
16  435  Thai Girl  John Cramer   FWYC  [22]  18  16  13  15  17  79
17  USA 356  Hot Tub on Fire  Mark Miller   Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club  19  [21]  10  14  19  18  80
18  193  amour de mer  Christopher Brown   OGYC  11  [DNF]  DNF  DNC  10  6  93
19  POL120    Valdek Kwasniewski   SSS  14  [DNF]  11  DNF  14  DNF  105
20  USA 79  HIGHWAY STAR  Patrick Stadt   West River Sailing Club  15  13  [DNF]  DNC  18  DNF  112
21  444    Greg Matthews   UKSC  24  23  20  17  [RET]  DNC  117
22  USA 279  Nacra A2  Jeremy Laundergan   Duluth  8  11  [DNF]  DNC  RET  DNC  118
23  395  puzzle box  Michael Love   Hobie Fleet 416  *  22  [DNF]  DNC  21  19  121
24  308    WARREN MITCHELL   Oak Hallow Sailing Club  [NSC]  24  18  DNF  22  DNF  130
25  USA74  Double Play  Scott Stevenson   Carlyle Sailing Assocation  16  19  [DNC]  DNC  DNC  DNC  134
26  430  Seth Herzon  Seth Herzon   Pettipaug Yacht Club  23  [DNF]  19  DNC  RET  DNC  141
27  USA 450  Strategery 12  Cliff Farrah   FWYC/SYC  25  [DNC]  DNC  DNC  20  DNS  144
28  17  Hawaiian Pride  Mark Batchelor   CRAM  [DNS]  16  DNC  DNC  DNC  DNC  148
29  USA 124  calypso 4  Chris Ford   Austin Yacht Club  20  [DNS]  DNC  DNC  DNF  DNC  152
30  ARG 399    Daniel Stein   El Aguila  [DNF]  DNF  DNC  DNC  23  DNF  155
31  usa 310    woody cope   gyc  [DNC]  DNF  DNC  DNC  DNC  DNC  165T
31  Us 57  Black and Blue  Tom Paoli   Carlyle Sailing Association  [DNF]  DNC  DNC  DNC  DNC  DNC  165T

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