Day two of the 2017 A-Cat North American Championship was characterized by lighter winds and consistent competition. The 32 competitors completed races 4-6 of the series, with 3 races scheduled for Saturday and 2 for Sunday.
Race Committee described Friday as a “righty day” with the wind direction at 300+ for most of the day. The forecasted wind was around 10-15 knots, but unfortunately the wind didn’t fill in like it was supposed to and was more in the 6-9 knot range all day. Regardless, the day was sunny, the water was flat, and the foiling boats foiled.
In terms of consistency, the top 3 finishing order remained the same from day one to day two. Mischa Heemskerk (WSV de Braassem), the foiling catamaran expert, leads with 5 points and Bruce Mahoney (Houston YC) is behind him with 9 points. Matt Struble (MBYC) is third with 14 points. Woody Cope (Gulfport YC) leads the Classic division with 59 points, just one point between him and friend Rush Bird (Gulfport YC) with 60 points.
Heemskerk, Mahoney, and Struble have been battling each other in A-Cats for years and have many title wins between them. Heemskerk, a fanatic sailor and engineer from the Netherlands, has won two prior A-Cat World Championships (2012 and 2016) and is also a Formula 18 World Champion (2017). Mahoney, who finished 8th in the 2017 A-Cat Worlds in Poland, was the top US finisher at that event. Mahoney won the 2014 A-Cat North Americans, and was second in the 2015 championship which Struble won. We will see who takes the 2017 A-Cat North American Champion title in just two days!