"Talk about fun, at 75 kg (165 lb) with a 9 m (30 ft) mast, the A Cat is one of the most amazing boats on this planet. This is the result of a very simple box rule that only measures four things; length, width, weight and sail area. They are so slippery; you fly up wind silently and can tack through 70 degrees. Downwind they are fast, lively, and loose. Above 9 knots downwind you sit on centerline, fly a hull and send it.
The A Cat may be easy to sail, but very hard to sail well. It is an apparent wind game. Being so light it accelerates/decelerates quickly. The good guys are trimmed right and going; make one mistake and they are gone. I have a very high regard for the cat sailors here and foster no false illusions of how challenging this regatta will be. It will make me a better sailor, I know that much. This reminds me of learning how to sail and race 18-footers ten years ago; we thought we'd never learn. It is going to be fun watching all the cat legends perform: Pete Melvin, Glenn Ashby, Randy Smyth, Lars Guck, Scott Anderson, Mike Drummond, Luc du Bois, Mitch Booth, Charlie Ogletree, Jay Glaser, Pease Glaser and more."
Minimum weight: 75 kg (165 lb)
Maximum boat length: 5.49 m (18 ft)
Maximum width: 2.30 m (7.5 ft)
Maximum sail area including mast: 13.94 sq. m (150 sq ft)