One year until C-Class racing returns to the UK


International C-Class Catamaran Championship dates moved to avoid 34th AC clash
It is now just a year until C-Class catamaran racing returns to British shores for the first time since 1969... The C-Class came into being in 1956 when the predecessor to ISAF, the International Yacht Racing Union, established four catamaran classes to basic box rules governing length, beam and overall sail area. The C-Class was the second biggest of these (the B Class ending up as the Tornado) defined by LOA 25ft, beam 14ft and sail area of 300sqft. The International Catamaran Challenge Trophy came into being over a simple dust-up to determine who had the faster boat after the gauntlet was thrown down by the Sea Cliff Yacht Club in Long Island. The challenge was picked up by catamaran designer Rod McAlpine-Downey and John Fisk, Commodore of the Chapman Sands Yacht Club in the UK. The first ICCT was held on Long Island Sound with the British Hellcat II prevailing over the American Wildcat. From then on the ICCT was held almost every year until the early 1980s. The Brits held on to the ICCT thanks to successful defences skippered by Reg White, subsequently the 1976 Tornado gold medallist, with famous boats including Emma Hamilton and Lady Helmsman. They were beaten by a Danish team in 1969, with successful future challenges coming from Australia and the USA. Thanks to the maximum sail area limitation, C-Class catamarans evolved to having unarigs, using wingmasts and then to the full wingsail rigs that have become their defining feature ever since. The ICCT was finally won in 1996 by American Steve Clark's Cogito over the Australian Yellow Pages The Edge III. But after this the event fell into a hiatus and in an attempt to rectify this, the Trustees of the ICCT, the Sea Cliff Yacht Club chose to rewrite their trophy's Deed of Gift deeming that future events would

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