A-Class North American Championship: The Secrets of Flight

Manteo, NC (June 12, 2014) – Stormy weather and highly variable wind conditions prevented many racing on the second day of the 2014 SailNC A-Class Catamaran North American Championship, but that didn’t keep regatta leader Bruce Mahoney (Houston, TX) from enjoying an early evening ‘flight session’ on a just-arrived set of daggerboard foils. “These foils use a new laminate layup to provide flexibility in specific areas, allowing the boat to more easily get up out of the water and fly,” Mahoney explained. Grounded competitors also made the most of their time with a behind-the-scenes tour of the local Gunboat factory, which not doubt yielded inspiration for the developmental class.

Racing tomorrow begins at 1300 EDT, with the area’s typically robust breeze forecast to return for the fleet’s final two days of racing. Racing concludes Saturday.

Results after Day One (Top 5 of 51)
1. USA 311, A Cat 18′, Bruce Mahoney , Houston, TX, USA – 1, 3, ; 4 points
2. none, A Class 18, Woody Cope , Tampa, FL, USA – 5, 1, ; 6
3. AUS 11, DNA 18, Ben Moon , St Petersburg, FL, USA – 4, 2, ; 6
4. Bas Clas, DNA 18, Bob Hodges , Covington, LA, USA – 3, 9, ; 12
5. el Presidente, DNA A Class 18, Bailey White , Atlanta, GA, USA – 11, 4, ; 15

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