Club News

Mischa Heemskerk Runs Away with A Cat North American Championship

By Emily Willhoft, Photos courtesy of Bob Betancourt | October 08, 2017
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Sunday was a short but exciting last day of the 2017 A-Cat North American Championship. Competitors completed the last two races of the series in beautiful chamber of commerce winds, for a total of 11 races throughout 4 days. 

San Diego saved it’s best breeze for Sunday, with the wind at 16 knots for the day’s first race which started at 11:30am. Race Committee started the first race earlier to allow competitors extra time to tune their boats for the breeze. Due to the faster wind speeds, Race Committee lengthened the course to 1.1 nm. At 12:30pm, the wind slowed to an average of 13 knots for Sunday’s second race, which was five legs. 

Mischa Heemskerk (WSV de Braassem) won both of Sunday’s races, making him the overall champion of the event. However, since Mischa is from the Netherlands, he became the Open North American Champion, and second place Bruce Mahoney (Houston YC) was named the 2017 A-Cat North American Champion. This is Mahoney’s second time winning this event. Four time A-Cat North American Champion Matt Struble (MBYC) finished second and Brandon Wallace (MBYC) finished third. The top three finishers in the Classic Division were Craig Yandow (DIYC), Rush Bird (Gulfport YC), and Ken Marshack (VLSC).

These A-Class sailors are a cohesive group that have some of the best sportsmanship in sailing. One spectator noted that the windward mark, a location where sailors are known to get vocal with one another, was "like a library" during this event. Additionally, there have been no protests during this event in its history, a statistic that remains true after this weekend.

Race organizers would like to thank the event sponsors: North Sails, Murray’s and Forward Whip, Hullspeed Coatings, Zhik, DP Sailcloth Technology, Harken, and CA State Parks.