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Little America’s Cup?

Little America’s Cup?

A-Scow sailor and erstwhile boat designer Brad Robinson is taking a page
out of the playbook of modern America’s Cup teams with his filing of a seemingly ridiculous
lawsuit
against the Inland Lakes Yachting Association on Monday. While
the story is a confusing one, the meat of it is that Robinson designed
a new A-Scow called "Victory" a few years back that was faster
than the rest of the fleet, comprised largely of Melges-built boats. The
other owners and Melges objected to the new boat despite it fitting into
the A-Scow measurement "box," and they refused to sail against
Victory, preferring to start their own independent fleet, called the NCASA
– which would remove any arms race toward the kind of developmental boats
that Robinson envisioned. After a season or two, the NCASA petitioned
the ILYA for acceptance as an official fleet. In the meantime, the "Open
A" fleet struggled to get more than a few boats at all its events,
while the NCASA "A-Scow One Design" class has seen more growth
and bigger events than ever before since the breakaway from the Open class
of A-Scows.