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Aug 08, 2017, 08:07 PM
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My old school A boat. Just registered her with the AMYA and the class was shut down. Never got to race her but she is almost as big as a J boat.
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Aug 13, 2017, 09:20 AM
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Is there a set of plans for the mako?
John
Yesterday, 01:58 PM
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Hi All,

just another drive by from fleetwood, we've just posted up a video of the recent A Class Championships we're not on youtubes so I can't embed the video. hopefully its worth a watch. there's plenty of pictures and reports up relating to the A Class
Yesterday, 05:15 PM
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Wow people still sail with vanes??? That looks interesting, but like way too much work... Very cool!
Yesterday, 07:42 PM
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sfmyc races vane M, 36R, and X boats regularly. There is also a group in San Diego that sails 36R about 1x per month. There is a group going to England next month to race vane 36R. The closest we have to the A's is the X class in sf.

There are a few people who still make vanes if you need one.

Less stress than radio sailing.
Today, 06:42 AM
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Originally Posted by slotracer577
Less stress than radio sailing.
But strenuous. Kneeling, running, jumping in the water to keep your boat from smacking the wall. Plus the fact that when boats touch, the race must be restarted. Lot's of time is spent setting the proper trim, re-configuring the boat for a spinnaker run, etc. When the air gets heavy, it can be a foot race to keep up with your boat. I admire these guys who free sail, especially the larger A Class.

I think I'd still rather put the boat in the water and steer it around the course.
Today, 11:22 AM
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Watching the video, the boats seem to be struggling going to weather. To me they were pinching up and going quite slowly in the sloppy waves.

Q. Do RC A boats go faster upwind as they can be driven off and powered up? Has anyone sailed an RC A against a Vane boat to weather?

John


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