The next Little America's Cup for the C-Class catamaran, which will take place at Falmouth in 2013, has really set-off a building frenzy. Franck Cammas of Groupama and Michel Desjoyeaux of Mer Forte have both confirmed their participation in the C-Class. And the announcement of a new event in France, the C-Class Cup, in May 2013 has added to the hype. Here Willy Clarke over on his website Clarksail.com has pulled together the latest news on who is building what.
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The United States - The Cogito Project - The standard bearer of American C-Class sailing since 1996, Steve Clark’s team has USA 105 “Aethon” fully functional while USA 104 “Cogito” is moving toward the water. The 104 spar that was destroyed in 2010 has been stitched back together and is currently being detailed at Guck Inc. Meanwhile Clark is also considering altering the surfaces on the 105 wing during the winter. Barring setbacks both boats will compete in Falmouth in 2013.
Canada - Team Canada - Fred Eaton’s squad, having sold CAN 4 “Alpha” to France still has the defending champion CAN 6 “Canaan” fully functional and prepared for Falmouth. The platform for CAN 7 “Fill Your Hands” is finished as are designs for a new wing. The team is contemplating building a new wing over the winter.
Switzerland - Hydros - The swiss team is currently in the midst of two builds, one of which will be a foiler built using L’Hydroptere technology. The first set of hulls are already out of the mold at least one of the swiss boats will be sailed in Quiberon, France in May at the 2013 C-Class Cup. The team plans to race both boats in Falmouth and expects to be in England as early as July for training.
Italy - Challenge Italia -Roberto Grippi’s group based in Palermo, Sicily intend to build four platforms with the first hitting the water in January and the second in March. At least two of the Italian boats will be sailed in Falmouth, one by Luna Rossa’s Francesca Bruni, with a third possibly sailed by another Italian group that are high on enthusiasm but currently low on funding.
France - Challenge France - Sponsored by ABM Manutention Benjamin Muyl’s program Challenge France has been sailing “Patient Lady VI” for the past two summers and are pursuing sponsorship for their next generation C-Class build.
Franck Cammas Racing - Partially backed by Groupama, Frank Cammas Racing has acquired CAN 6 “Alpha” from the Canadians and plans to race in both Quiberon and Falmouth. Construction of their own design is currently under way and Cammas expects to be ready for the water in plenty of time for Quiberon.
Mer Agitee - Michel Desjoyeaux’s squad has also announced it’s entry into the class. Having already developed their wing prototype and tested them aboard Nacra 18's the build is already well in progress. Desjoyeaux has not committed to the Quiberon event but expects to be ready in more than enough time for Falmouth.
England - Team Invictus - The longest standing C-Class team outside of the United States, the British are currently having their new wing constructed at a Portuguese shop in Cascais in exchange for their wing design. The team plans to use their existing Invictus platform in Falmouth with a new wing and foil set. - Clarksail.com
The C-Class Cup is to be held in May 22 to 26, in Quiberon, France, with confirmed challenges from Switzerland’s Hydros, Italy’s Challenge Italia, and France’s own Challenge France.
Swiss C-Class catamarans prepare for Little America's Cup
17 December 2012 18:42 GMT