Speaking of Cats…

race report

Speaking of Cats…

Race Report “Rund Um Bodensee” and first time sailing the new YSA Cat.

On  Friday,  June 12th we finished the new YSA Cat  one hour before the start of  the Rund Um Bodensee, the biggest race on Lake Constance, after having worked day and night the weeks before. We launched it directly in front of the shipyard with many friends around and Tom Ruegge , Cori Camenisch , Eckhard Kaller and myself ready to race . On our way down to the starting line we lost one of our centerboards in a gust of three beaufort wind. Fortunately we had a similar shorter one of our Australian 18 ft skiff in the shipyard and we were able to pass the starting line around 8 pm 30 minutes after the start.

After crossing the staring line we had to overtake most of the field in light wind and we had already lost the fast boats on the horizon.  In two beaufort wind we had troubles to drive the sails very tight because the rake of the mast was too far backwards and the mainsheet block on block. The jib of the prototype was too big and we could never drive the jib correctly. Therefore we were loosing a lot of height against the other fast boats.
The speed of the cat  was  great and a new experience for us monohull sailors! We did achieve a top speed of 17 knots in two beaufort with one hull in the water.

On the upwind mark we were already somewhere around place 30 to 40 and we still had the downwind before us. Downwind the cat was super fast and we passed one boat after the other in the early morning hours. Close to the finish line we passed the ancient German AC yachts of 1&1 and the only Extreme 40 cat and were on 7th position . At the end the Extreme 40 did overtake us at the finish line and was one minute ahead of us at the LSC in Lindau.

The winning boats this year were the Class Libra yachts- they did handle the light wind conditions best.

For us it was a great success to finish the regatta of 450 yachts as 8th with a brand new boat, sitting the first time on this machine as monohull sailors and using 50% of the performance of it!

We are sure it will look different next year when the sails and the other things fit right!

Besides that it was a very successful weekend because our two other YSA-10 yachts finished one and second in the ORC Racer class ahead of the other canting keel yachts as the new Farr 11s ,Psaros 42 and the Wilke 49.

Sven Akermann