from Ken Urquhart
Firstly congratulations to the
Kerikeri Cruising Club for a well run, successful
Very gratifying to see some new
members at the nationals. A big welcome to juniors,
Blair Tuke and Daniel Philpott, also Geoff Woolley
and Bruce Curson and internationals Philippe Presti
and Luc Du Bois.
Membership for the 2010/11 season
remains healthy with 36 financial members.
A huge vote of thanks to Hamish
Drummond for his continued involvement in the class
through maintaining our world class website.
Significant new interest in the class
has been noticed due to the exposure received from
the Americas Cup Teams based in Auckland while
trialling the new AC45ís and many of these sailors
up-skilling in A-class cats. There have been a few
high profile additions to our membership and a
number of new boats have come into the country as a
result. This will inevitably lead to a raising of
standards throughout the whole national fleet both
in sailing technique and ability as well as
technology and hopefully to an increase in
membership and numbers on the water at regattas.
Long may it continue.
NZADCA was well represented at the
Cesenatico A-class Worlds in Italy, June 2010, by
Murray Philpott and Mike Drummond. Both put in
creditable performances in what proved to be a very
challenging light airs regatta.
We continue to distinguish ourselves
internationally by being the only country in the
world where most of the boats are home built. This
trend continues with at least 3 new boats currently
under construction with different designs.
The Takapuna Clubís proposal to host
the A-class Worlds in 2013/14 was presented at the
world AGM by Murray in Cesenatico and was accepted.
Timing is likely to be for January 2014.
So, the future looks bright for
A-class sailors over the next couple of years,
despite recessions and earthquakes so donít keep it
a secret. Get out there and sail, be seen, be
impressive, rock on!