The consensus from competitors today was that day 3 (Saturday) of the 2017 A-Cat North American Championship was the most challenging day yet due to lighter winds and kelp on the race course. Despite the obstacles, Race Committee was able to get races 7-9 of the series off, leaving 2 races for tomorrow until the North American champion is named.
With the wind at 4-5 knots at the scheduled start time, Race Committee raised the AP flag and wasn’t able to start the first race until 1:45pm. Once racing began, each race went rather quickly as the wind speed got up to about 10 knots. Race Committee ran course two all day, changing bearings for each race as the wind direction shifted.
For the third straight day, there were no changes between the top 3 spots. Bruce Mahoney (Houston YC) won the first race of the day by over a minute. Matt Struble (MBYC) finished second and Mischa Heemskerk (WSV de Braassem) was third. After that first race, Heemskerk bounced back fast and won the last two races of the day, meaning that with 9 races over 3 days and two throw-outs, Heemskerk is still leading followed by Mahoney and then Struble. Moving up several spots to 10th overall is Rush Bird (Gulfport YC) who is also first in the classic division.
SDYC and event organizers are grateful to CA State Parks for offering such an ideal race venue. With flat water, beautiful scenery, and warm temperatures, racers confirmed that it’s a dream to race each day of this event at the Crown Cove venue!