As everyone prepares to watch the America’s Cup, a bunch of Americans have been getting out on their small cats. 50 A-Class boats sailed in the annual Florida Winter Series with the series finishing at an event at St Andrews Bay YC in Panama City.
The US A-Class hired Nick Bowers of Kettle Cinema, just back from leading video analytics for Emirates Team New Zealand for their development phase, to provide technical analysis for the sailors at the regatta. This is a short clip of his work.
This event is one of the those unknown but excellent regattas, with a perfect venue and incredible Southern hospitality. It even raised about $10K for Next Generation USA, America’s all-American youth team going to Bermuda.
M32 skippers and crew, GC32 and America’s Cup Youth Team members, ex Olympians, Volvo 65 sailors, but mostly a bunch of amateurs that want to have fun and go fast all get together to sail here every year.
The regatta gave $3500 in cash prizes as trophies, donated by B&C Technologies. At least one sailor took home $500 and we are guessing that is one trophy that won’t sit on the shelf and collect dust.
The A-Class put together a short brief to answer questions about the fleet here. Pegasus Racing is big into the A and now the Devos family is getting two.
Worlds in 2020 for the A-Class will be in Florida and is forecasted to have 20 countries and 200 boats attending. The US and Canadian fleet is already scheming for how to dominate it.