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24 May 2015 Racing Hobie 16s to Cuba from the USA
22 May 2015 Young Bermudian sailors race on Hobie Wave with Americas Cup sailors
20 May 2015 2015 Cinco de Mayo Regatta, Mexico video
19 May 2015 Tanzacat and Zanzibar Raid 18-26 September 2015
19 May 2015 Puerto Rican Pan Am Games Qualifier
19 May 2015 2015 Pan Am Canadian selection trials
15 May 2015 Hobie 14 resurgence.
14 May 2015 Philippine Hobie Challenge 2016 Preliminary Notice of Race
13 May 2015 2015 Hobie Cat 16 BSP Oceania Championship and the Total Fiji Hobie Challenge
12 May 2015 Austrian Hobie Championships 22-25 May
11 May 2015 Thai Hobie 16 Nationals
10 May 2015 2015 Hobie 14 & 16 Brazilian Championships 31 Oct to 7 Nov
6 May 2015 2015 Polynesian Hobie Dragoon Championships
30 Apr 2015 2015 South African Hobie Tiger and Ladies 16 Nationals
7 Apr 2015 Bad News Regatta Currumbin Beach, Queensland,
31 Mar 2015 IHCA Rules Book updated
27 Mar 2015 Philippine Hobie Challenge Story
12 Mar 2015 2015/16 Hobie Cat® Australian Championships
11 Mar 2015 2015 Hobie 18 & 20 North American Championships new venue annouced
31 Mar 2015 2015 Hobie North American Championships
25 Feb 2015 2015 EHCA Hobie regatta calendar
17 Feb 2015 2015 Hobie 16 North American Championships
9 Feb 2015 Italian Hobie Multiclass Nationals announced
2 Feb 2015 Hobie MultiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans NOR
7 Dec 2014 Hobie 16 Pre Europeans Clinic
15 Sep 2014 2014 Open Danish Hobie Cat 16 Nationals concluded

Racing Hobie 16s to Cuba from the USA

Hobie 16 race from USA to Cuba
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Sunday, 24 May 2015

Five 16-foot-long Hobie Cat sailboats depart Key West, Fla., Saturday, May 16, 2015, to begin a more than 90-mile race to Havana, Cuba. The Havana Challenge is believed to be the first U.S. government-sanctioned sailing race between Key West and Cuba in more than 50 years. - West-to-Cuba Sailing RaceBert Budde/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO
Forget about geopolitics: For sailors, the greatest aspect of improving U.S. relations with Cuba is the return to the Halcyon days of sailboat races from the mainland USA to this long-forbidden island nation. If this sounds like a pipedream, think again, as the three-part Havana Challenge unfolded from May 16-21 and brought a fleet of five Hobie 16s, supported by 14 chase and support vessels, from Key West, Florida to the Marina Hemingway in Cuba.

The event was the brainchild of Captain George Bellenger, who was supported in organizing the event by his wife, Captain Carla Bellenger and Captain Joe Weatherby, all of whom reside in Key West, Florida, and all of whom are highly experienced sailors and mariners. In fact, the Bellengers made this passage several times in the late 1990s and early 2000s aboard small Hobie catamarans, but this below-the-radar behavior was wisely curtained in 2001. Still, these pre-911 experiences allowed the Bellengers to befriend members of the Cuban sailing community, and to build the kind of relationships that would allow them to successfully organize this event. According to Weatherby, the trio applied for their permits in August of 2014 and were granted the necessary permissions by the Treasury Department, the Commerce Department, and the United States Coast Guard, making this the first U.S. Government-sanctioned race to Cuba in more than 50 years.

In order to ensure the fleet’s safety, the event started with the 30-mile Gulf Stream Shakedown, which gave teams a final chance to check their equipment and communications gear, before the offshore leg, which took place the next day. Once in Havana, the event also included The Malecon, which was a series of inshore races that pitted the Americans against talented Cuban nationals.

The Havana Leg started at 0730 hours on Saturday, May 16 and was wrapped up by evening, with the first boat—skippered by George Bellenger and a rotating crew—arriving at Marina Hemingway at roughly 1715 hours. En route, the competitors saw sustained winds of 18-20 knots, with puffs to 25-plus knots, and seas of up to 12 feet. According to Weatherby, two boats were destroyed, while another one was rendered inoperable upon arriving in Cuba. Fortunately, everyone arrived safely and, with the help of the racers and some Cuban locals, the boats were repaired in time for the The Malecon.

Here, the Cubans dominated, crushing their American friends and allowing sailors from both sides of the Gulf Stream to enjoy a friendly cross-cultural exchange.

According to Weatherby, the event was a huge success, and one that the organizers hope to turn into an annual affair. So, if the idea of adventure racing to a once-forbidden island nation, while negotiating 90 miles of offshore sailing-including the Gulf Stream-sounds like your kind of sailing fun, be sure to stay tuned for updates on next year’s race.

by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

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Young Bermudian sailors race on Hobie Wave with Americas Cup sailors

Hobie Wave youth sailors with AC sailors, Friday, 22 May 2015

America’s Cup sailors Jimmy Spithill, Tom Slingsby, Rome Kirby and Andrew Campbell from ORACLE TEAM USA were joined by newly appointed SoftBank Team Japan skipper Dean Barker, all of whom served as the crew on the Hobie Waves, with the youth sailors handling skippering duties.

Double Olympic gold-medalist Shirley Robertson, the host of the CNN Mainsail television program, took out another boat, as did five-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts.

“Today was a lot of fun for all of us,” said a soaked but smiling Jimmy Spithill afterwards. “Seeing this, I get a sense of what the Community Sailing Programme will mean when we have all of the boats on the island operating from the two sailing hubs in St. George’s and Dockyard later this summer.

“It’s such a great opportunity for the kids to get out on the water, to learn about sailing and all of the aspects that go into it, including the academic parts that are so important - the science, technology, engineering and math. But the learning comes in a fun environment and that’s what makes it so powerful.”

“We won the race!“ said Jada Philips, from Somerset, who beat all comers in the first contest, sailing with ORACLE TEAM USA’s Andrew Campbell. “It was really fun. It was cool getting to know Andrew and learning about the Hobie boat. It’s really exciting to have the America’s Cup in Bermuda and I can’t wait to see it.”

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Hobie Wave youth sailors with AC sailors

Hobie Wave youth sailors with AC sailors

2015 Cinco de Mayo Regatta, Mexico video

2015 Cinco de Mayo Mexico
event, Wednesday, 20 May 2015

A Hobie fun video of the 2015 Cinco de Mayo regatta, plenty of sun, wind and great friends. 

See you next year as this one looks good in your 2016 calendar.



Tanzacat and Zanzibar Raid 18-26 September 2015

Event, Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Tanzacat is a unique mix of competitive sailing and holiday fun in the warm tropical waters of Tanzania.

Tanzacat combines two events into one.  The Tanzacat Open is a race series around the bouys that is held over two weekends within Msasani Bay out of the Dar es Salaam Yacht Club. The Zanzibar Raid is a shortest elapsed time race from mainland Tanzania to Zanzibar and back over 4 days that visits tropical islands and sandbanks. Over the combined 8 days of sailing Tanzacat provides an amazing sailing experience that mixes the old with the new and fun with competition.

The objective of Tanzacat is to have serious fun, build friendships and share our little cat sailing treasure with the rest of the World.

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Puerto Rican Pan Am Games Qualifier

Enrique "Quique" Figueroa / Francheska Valdes
Photograph:Carlos G Lee/
David Brookes, Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The Puerto Rican Pan AM Games qualifier has been conducted by the Federación de Vela de Puerto Rico. A strong field of sailors competed with former Hobie World Champion Enrique "Quique" Figueroa taking the selection series with his crew Francheska Valdes.

There names will be put forward to the Puerto Rican Olympic Committee as the team to represent Puerto Rica at the 20165 Pan AM Games.

1st - Enrique "Quique" Figueroa / Francheska Valde
2nd - Enrique "Keki" Figueroa / Jose "Chepo" Perez
3rd - Francisco "Faccio" Figueroa / Jolliam Berrios
4th - Jorge Ramos / Julio Caceres
5th - Arnaldo Claudio (Retired) / Hiram

Puerto Rican Pan Am GAmes Quailifier 2015

Puerto Rican Pan Am GAmes Quailifier 2015

Puerto Rican Pan Am GAmes Quailifier 2015

Puerto Rican Pan Am GAmes Quailifier 2015

Puerto Rican Pan Am GAmes Quailifier 2015

Puerto Rican Pan Am GAmes Quailifier 2015

Puerto Rican Pan Am GAmes Quailifier 2015

Puerto Rican Pan Am GAmes Quailifier 2015

Puerto Rican Pan Am GAmes Quailifier 2015

Puerto Rican Pan Am GAmes Quailifier 2015

Puerto Rican Pan Am GAmes Quailifier 2015

Puerto Rican Pan Am GAmes Quailifier 2015

Puerto Rican Pan Am GAmes Quailifier 2015

Puerto Rican Pan Am GAmes Quailifier 2015

Puerto Rican Pan Am GAmes Quailifier 2015

Puerto Rican Pan Am GAmes Quailifier 2015

Puerto Rican Pan Am GAmes Quailifier 2015

Puerto Rican Pan Am GAmes Quailifier 2015

2015 Pan Am Canadian selection trials

Pachi the mascot for the 2015 Pan Am Games
David Brookes, Tuesday, 19 May 2015

With the 2015 Pan Am Games fast approaching the host country Canada held their selection for the Hobie 16 Team. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t kind to the sailors with no breeze on the first day. Saturday’s forecast shortened the regatta to a two-day qualifier putting the pressure on race management to load up the schedule for the following day.

Fortunately Sunday produced the best breeze of the event, enabling race management teams to execute multiple races across on all three courses. Day two in Toronto proved to be more fruitful with winds building midday ranging from 8-12kts across all three courses. Race management capitalized on the conditions pushing out 5 races. 

Heading into Monday of the May long weekend, the top boats in the fleet were only separated by a handful of points setting the scene for triumphs and upsets on the final day. The forecast was predicted to deliver some action yet mother nature changed her plans leaving sailors afloat all day. Only one race was completed on Monday. 

 Dan Borg and crew Liana Giovando secured their title with a 3-point advantage over 2nd placed team led by Nicholas Leibel.

Dan Borg and Liana Giovando won the selection and is now qualified to represent Canada at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada. Dan also represented Canada at the 2011 Pan AM Games.

Pachi the porcupine who is the official mascot for the Pan Games was on a Hobie 16 to lend their support.

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2015 Canadian Pan Am Trials

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Hobie 14 resurgence.

Gunpowder Regatta
Rich McVeigh, Friday, 15 May 2015

Sailing season is underway here in North America. Here in the mid-Atlantic USA region we have been noticing an interesting shift over the last few years. Hobie 14’s disappeared from the racing scene 20+ years ago but they are now making a resurgence. In recent years, the North American region has been hosting H14 championship events with respectable numbers but this was once a year and the participants have mostly been sailors that primarily sail in other classes. What we are seeing now is people switching to the 14 as their primary boat. The first regatta of the season in our area, saw nine Hobie 14’s on the start line.  It was quite impressive. We now have Hobie 14’s competing at all our events in the region.

The IHCA is hosting a Hobie 14 world championships this July at Lake Garda, Italy. Currently there are 39 boats registered from ten countries and five continents.


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Philippine Hobie Challenge 2016 Preliminary Notice of Race

Philippine Hobie Challenge 2016 Preliminary Notice of Race
David Brookes, Thursday, 14 May 2015

Southwestern Visayas Challenge | 20th February to 28th February 2016

Preliminary Notice of Race

The Philippine Hobie Challenge 2016
Southwestern Visayas Challenge | 20th February to 28th February 2016

Dear Sailors,

This serves as the Preliminary Notice of Race of the Philippine Hobie Challenge 2016. Hobie sailors can look forward to 5 new destinations in the Visayas for the 16th Challenge.

Day 1 begins in Mactan Island, Cebu, with numerous 5 star resorts and convenient international airport access.

Day 2 is in Cabilao Island, a popular diving destination with beautiful reefs, white sand beaches, and bird sanctuaries.

Day 3 is in Sumilon Island, known for its large shallow reef, a haven for clown fish, and its proximity to whale sharks.  Race start time is delayed for swimming and interacting with whale sharks in the morning.

Day 4, in Balicasag Island, a UNESCO heritage site, features great beaches and fine snorkeling.

Inshore races on Day 5 finish with lunch on Panglao Island, known for its beaches, nightlife, tarsiers and the famous Chocolate Hills.

The Challenge concludes in Siquijor, where a wonderful resort and mystic traditions await. Sailors round the white sand beaches of the 50nm coastline to reach the finish line.

Charter boats are available for participants and larger yachts are welcome to join the Rally, which accompanies the Challenge race. Direct international flights are available to Cebu, for the start of the race,  
and domestic flights from Dumaguete, after the finish.

If you are interested in this unique and unmatched experience please contact the PHC secretariat ( or visit . Please expect the NOR by July 2015 with possible
course adjustments.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Foundation


Philippine Hobie Challenge 2016 Preliminary Notice of Race

2015 Hobie Cat 16 BSP Oceania Championship and the Total Fiji Hobie Challenge

Hobie Fiji action
Photograph:Bella Zanesco
David Brookes, Wednesday, 13 May 2015

The 2015 Hobie Cat 16 BSP Oceania Championship and the Total Fiji Hobie Challenge will be held concurrently from Saturday, 1st August to Thursday, 13th August. The Total Fiji Challenge (expedition racing) will commence in Smugglers Cove, Nadi and continue in the waters in the Mananuca Islands Group. The BSP Oceania Championship (course racing) will take place in the waters of Mananuca Islands. There are special deals at the resorts for those attending the sailing. 

There are already entries from the Pacific and the USA. So please enter quickly or you may miss out on the accommodation and charter boats. 

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Austrian Hobie Championships 22-25 May

Austrian Hobie
David Brookes, Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The Austrian  Hobie Championships is being held at Burgenlandischer Yacht Club on Lake Neusiedler.

The Hobie 16 will be raced with the Hobie 16 with and without the spinnaker and the winner will be rated by the Texel Handicap rating.

The first Master and first Youth will be awarded a prize.

Beside excellent racing there will be a huge Hobie party.

Camping is available next to the club to keep the cost down and making travel to the venue very close. Wi-Fi is available at the club and restaurant close to the club were they offer breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Addition information can be found at the Burgenlandischer Yacht Club official site or by contacting Angela Guwak 


Thai Hobie 16 Nationals

2015 Thai Hobie 16 presentation
David Brookes, Monday, 11 May 2015

There is a changing of the guard in Thailand Hobie sailing. Kitsada “Aun” Vongtim winning his first National Championships as a skipper. Aun has been a regular crew for his older brother Damrongsak on the Hobie 6. Together they have won many of the Hobie events including the Hobie Asian Games Gold medal, Asian Sailing Championships and Hobie Asian Championships.

A strong fleet of Hobie 16 raced at Royal Varuna Yacht Club over two days in various wind conditions. 

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2015 Hobie 14 & 16 Brazilian Championships 31 Oct to 7 Nov

Brazilian Hobie action
David Brookes, Sunday, 10 May 2015

Racing is from Pier Turistico de Porto Belo Santa Catarina

Porto Belo is located in the Southern part of Brazil in the state of Santa Catarina. With well known excellent sailing conditions and tourist facilities the Brazilan Hobie class have chosen an great location for their Hobie National Championships.

Book between 1st May to 30th August to receive the maximum entry discount.

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2015 Polynesian Hobie Dragoon Championships

2015 Polynesian Hobie Dragoon Championships
Event, Wednesday, 6 May 2015

The Polynesian Hobie Dragoon Championships was  held from 1 to 3 May 2015, by the Arue Sailing School, in conjunction with the Tahitian Sailing Federation. Of the fourteen available teams, including two twelve teams entered the Raiatea Yacht Club, one of Moorea Sailing School, three of the Yacht Club of Tahiti and the rest of the Arue Sailing School.

Three different types of possible route, with a Triangle Tapazoid course with a downwind finish and with Raid Course (Pointe Venus lagoon Arue and Taaone).

In the championship program, after the preparation and verification of the equipment by the athletes and some officials, briefing is at 09:00 in the marquee of EVA. The first day they explained the courses, departure procedures, the draw of the boats, and especially respect for racing rules (ISAF RRS).

The sailors are sent out on the water to 9:45 to join the race area located in Matavai Bay, in front of the cliffs Tahara'a. 2-3 races in the morning. After a meal break taken on the beach at Pointe Venus (about 1 hour), the sailors have a briefing of the organization and are returned to the racing area for one to two races.

A total of eleven races run, including eight Olympic Triangle course, two Raids and downwind course.

Weather conditions are favorable for a smooth running of the regatta, averaging between 12 and 20 knots over the three days.

Of the twelve teams, the levels are quite happy  and there is a lot of fighting spirit and motivation from beginning to end. The weight of each crew is between 90 and 110 kg.

 In the end, the winner (Vigneron / Baffou 18 points) won the championship by one point on the second (Delvallet / Marsot with 19 points) and third (Poirrier / Guardia 19 points). The fourth and fifth also ends with a point difference.

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2015 South African Hobie Tiger and Ladies 16 Nationals

2015 South African Tigers Nationals
Photograph:Louise du Plessis Photography
Tracy Whitehead, Thursday, 30 April 2015

The 2015  South African Hobie Tiger and Ladies 16 Nationals took place this past weekend in Langebaan, Cape Town, with a great turn out of 21 Tigers but not such a great turn out of wind!
Only 5 races were run in total although the one afternoon of ‘extreme racing’ had perfect wind and more than made up for the rest of the time.
Here ceded groups faced off against each other in a knock out series through various rounds to eventually reach an overall winner and with 2 scores counting towards the overall events result.
The wind was ideal during this time (thankfully) and the spectacular sailing, held just in front of the yacht club with the lawn lined with spectators, delivered the excitement, thrills and spills we had hoped it would. Planned not only for the racing but also as an attempt to introduce non sailors to the sport, commentary was given through out these short and fast races which certainly had the desired effect and there was much excitement on and off the water.
For the rest of the weekend, sadly the wind was very light, the fog set in and not much racing was done. This didn’t take anything away from the event however and the Hobie families from all over South Africa who had travelled to participate, took the time to catch up and plan new events for the up coming season.
The ladies turnout was sadly lacking this year but those that were there loved being on the helm again and have all promised to build the fleet for next time.
As always the Hobie spirit was in top gear with great stories around the evening ‘braai’s’, lots of laughs, smiles, music and dancing ….. oh and a bit of rum!

Looking at the results, it is striking to note the following -
Winners of the Tiger fleet - father and son
Winners of the Ladies fleet - mother and daughter
Organising team for the event - husband and wife
and going through the entrants, the strength of the Hobie Family spirit, can be easily seen.
Until 2016…and wishing best of luck to all our teams heading for Lake Garda

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2015 South African Tigers Nationals

2015 South African Tigers Nationals

2015 South African Tigers Nationals


World Cat Prosail
Jens Hannemann, Monday, 20 April 2015

The Prosail Sail Event is hosting the annual world top class Hobie 16 event: Hobie World Cat! Located on the famous island of Sylt, Germany.

Every year Prosail Sail Events invites only the best 10 teams from each great Hobie nation, to race in front of thousands spectators daily at one of most spectacular sailing spots on the North Sea. Same spot as the world knows from the Surf World Cup for many, many years.

We ask representatives of national Class Association, to say which Hobie 16 team was  the most successful last season to come to Germany and match with the best of the best. Prosail Sail Events will provide sail, branded with your national flag and a fully equipped Hobie 16, equal for all competitors.

Prosail will be the host for the sailors from the arrival on Sylt to the end of the regatta with housing, food and drinks. The competitors will have to pay for trip to Westerland/Sylt. For example the flight to Hamburg and a 75 minutes trip with the train to Westerland/Sylt.

Invited sailors are special guests of Prosail Sail Events on Sylt for the whole time of the event!

The following countries are the most active ones to get an invitation:


Schedule World Cat 2015:

  • arrival at Westerland/Sylt in the  morning 12th August
  • training on the water
  • the Regatta will start on 13th August and finish on the 16th August
  • the departure of Westerland/Sylt is on the 17th August

Please send your request directly to: Detlef Mohr.
warm regards,

Detlef Mohr and Willy Trautmann
Prosail Sail Events
Have a Hobie Day!

For more information check out our website:


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Bad News Regatta Currumbin Beach, Queensland,

Currumbin Alley
David Brookes, Tuesday, 7 April 2015

The annual Bad News Regatta will be raced off Currumbin Beach, Queensland,  6,7 & 8 June 2015. Sailors are expected from many states in Australia as well as Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

The regatta is named after Bob ‘Bad News’ Hughes who was well known on the Hobie scene in Australia and Hobie 16 Worlds.  Who sadly passed away 15 years ago though his contribution to Hobie sailing is remembered at this regatta. 

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IHCA Rules Book updated

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David Brookes, Tuesday, 31 March 2015

After comment period from the Hobie sailors the IHCA Rules Committee and ISAF have approved the updating of the IHCA Class Rule Book. The Class Rules for the ISAF Hobie Classes can’t be overridden by any organisation without the approval from IHCA and ISAF.

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Philippine Hobie Challenge Story

Philippine Hobie Challenge leg 4
Photograph:Sylvain Liechti
Rapunzel Garcia, Friday, 27 March 2015

AboitizPower 15th PHC Combines World-Class Sailing and Outreach Programs in Batangas and Mindoro

The country’s premier extreme sailing race once again conquered seas and hearts in its latest edition, the AboitizPower 15th Philippine Hobie Challenge held last March 14 to 22, 2015. Thirteen of the world’s most daring sailors from the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, Tanzania, Canada, and the Netherlands tested their skills in the weeklong, 250 nautical-mile race on Hobie 16 sailboats.

Sailing from Laiya to Nasugbu, Batangas thru Verde Island, Puerto Galera, Ambil, and Corregidor, the AboitizPower 15th PHC continued its long tradition of mixing tough racing legs, breath-taking scenery, and a heart-tugging outreach program to small villages and indigenous communities—three ingredients that make this regatta unique and unforgettable to those who become a part of it.

Prior to the competition, festivities began with a welcome party at sports specialty store R.O.X. and an opening dinner hosted by the Department of Tourism (DOT) in La Luz Beach Resort, Laiya, Batangas the following night. Afterwards, each race day was punctuated either by music-filled nights or laidback socials under starry skies.

Playa Laiya Inshore Race

The competition warmed up with a short race from La Luz Beach Resort to the coast of Landco’s leisure development Playa Laiya in San Juan, Batangas. Light winds plagued the morning, thus prompting ISAF Race Officer Jerry Rollin to declare just one race, which was won by Andrew Locke and Rob Watson (AUS). They were followed by locals Eric Tomacruz and Andy Aguila in second place and by Challenge veterans Bruce Tardrew and Sarah Turnbull (AUS) in third place.

La Luz Beach Resort Leg 1: Laiya to Verde Island

The first off-shore leg sent sailors across Tayabas Bay halfway towards the direction of Marinduque before turning west into the coral-fringed Verde Island. Grade school students of Parang Elementary School, a beneficiary of the Challenge’s Outreach Program, welcomed the sailors as they came on shore. First among them were Geoff Rowdon and Rosie Phelan (AUS), followed by Andrew and Tony Boyd (AUS), and then by Tardrew and Turnbull.

Rayomarine Leg 2: Verde Island to Puerto Galera

The following day was a race that crisscrossed the busy sealanes surrounding Verde Island. PRO Rollin shortened the course, cutting off the mark at Chicken Feather Island, and sending the fleet straight to Boquete Island in Puerto Galera where ice-cold rum cokes awaited them. First served were Geoff and Rosie, who came in 2 minutes and 45 seconds ahead of Andrew Locke and Rob Watson to chalk up their second first place. Andrew and Tony Boyd sailed in third.

Standard Insurance Inshore Race

As Puerto Galera has a long history as a sailing destination—its name translates to ‘Port of Galleons’—it was only fitting that the fleet enjoy more of its fair winds. A series of four inshore races were conducted, and after all the scores were tallied, Locke and Watson won over Tardrew and Turnbull by a hairline, thus marking Locke’s first championship of the Inshore Series in nine years. Just one point away at third place were Andrew and Tony Boyd.

The afternoon was dedicated to a meaningful outreach program to two Iraya Mangyan communites, Ambang and Lapantay. Lack of road access and travel time prevented sailors from visiting their communities, so the pupils and teachers from Ambang and Lapantay were the ones who went to the sailors. They crossed three rivers and travelled mostly on foot for four hours to reach Boquete Island to receive school supplies, medicines, clinic equipment, and solar lamps.

Potato Corner Leg 3: Puerto Galera to Ambil Island

The resumption of the offshore legs saw the strongest finish of a Filipino team in the Challenge series as Eddie Legarda and Edwin Lucero (PH) sailed in third at the mark off Ambil Island in Occidental Mindoro. Top honors for the 43 nautical mile leg went to Andrew and Tony Boyd who beat Rowdon and Phelan by 17 minutes.
The Outreach Program of the Challenge was concluded in Ambil Island, wherein Mr. Conrado Capuno of Tabao Elementary School presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the participants, sponsors, and donors of the event for donating school supplies, medicines, and a solar panel to their school. Tabao rounds up the four beneficiaries of the Outreach Program. In addition to the donations mentioned, the event’s official emergency medical support team, Lifeline Rescue, also gave first aid kits to all the beneficiary communities.

GoPro Leg 4: Ambil Island to Fortune Island and Corregidor

The GoPro leg from Ambil to Corregidor provided exciting tracks for those following the race via the live GPS tracking of WRU.PH. However, when the first of the fleet arrived at the halfway mark at Fortune Island by noon, dying winds and concern for the sailors’ safety resulted in another shortened course. Nevertheless, the fleet continued to Corregidor to spend a night in the historical island, complete with a Malinta Tunnel Night Tour.
The day’s winners were Rowdon and Phelan, the Boyds, and Locke and Watson in first, second, and third, respectively. The champions of this leg received a GoPro Hero4 Silver as a special prize for the GoPro Leg.

Canyon de Boracay Leg 5: Corregidor to Canyon Cove, Nasugbu, Batangas

The final leg of the Challenge was held off the coast of Nasugbu, from Terrazas de Punta Fuego, Fuego Point, Twin Islands, and finally the home run to Canyon Cove Beach Resort.  Rowdon and Phelan finished again in first place, followed by Tardrew and Turnbull in second place, and the Boyds in third place.

At the Awards Dinner Party held that night, over-all top honors went to all-Australian teams, two of which were in the Challenge for the first time: Champions Geoff Rowdon and Rosie Phelan , Andrew and Tony Boyd in second place, while Challenge veterans Andrew Locke and Rob Watson in third place.

Fossil Cup

The Fossil Cup, an awards category founded by one of the most ardent supporters of the Challenge, and which uses a handicapping system that rewards sailors who improved the most during the week-long race, also had its share of the spotlight. Alex Chen and Awang Lin (TAIWAN), John and Rob Morton (AUS), and George Van Veen and Marielle Munniksma (NDL) won first, second, and third places respectively.

True to its roots, the AboitizPower 15th Philippine Hobie Challenge once again shined the spotlight on the country as a sailing paradise that can satisfy any sailor—be they casual weekend warriors or seasoned veterans.  It has stayed true to what its organizers, the Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Foundation, envisioned it—as an event that promotes sailing as an eco-friendly sport, takes the country’s beautiful spots on the world stage, and gives back to the remote and needy seaside communities in the race route.

The AboitizPower 15th Philippine Hobie Challenge was sponsored by La Luz Beach Resort, Rayomarine, Potato Corner, GoPro, Canyon de Boracay Premiere, Standard Insurance, Landco, and Blood Red Clothing. Emergency Medical Support was provided by Lifeline Rescue, while GPS Tracking was provided by WRU.PH. It was also supported by the Department of Tourism- Region IV-A, the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro, Taal Lake Yacht Club, Novellino Wines, Seahorse Marine, and R.O.X.



Philippine Hobie Challenge Leg 5

Philippine Hobie Challenge Leg 2

2015/16 Hobie Cat® Australian Championships

2015/16 Hobie Cat Australian Championships
David Brookes, Thursday, 12 March 2015

Salamander Bay - Port Stephens 29th Dec 15 - 3rd Jan 16

Hogs Breath Cafe and Hobie Cat® Australasia are proud to announce the 2015/16 Hobie Cat Australian Championships will be held at Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club, Soldiers Point, NSW, from the 29th December 2015 to 3rd January 2016.

Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club is located on Port Stephens with a sandy beach and grassy launching area. We will be sailing on Salamander Bay with predominately north easterly to south easterly sea breezes.

Ample camping and quality accommodation is closely situated in walking distance to the PSSAC, while the town centre of Nelson Bay is only a short 10 minute drive. Go to the EVENT WEB SITE to get a sneak preview of the perfect Port Stephens location.

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2015/16 Hobie Cat Australian Championships Salamander Bay

2015/16 Hobie Cat Australian Championships Salamander Bay

2015 Hobie 18 & 20 North American Championships new venue annouced

2015 Hobie 18 & 20 North American Championships
David Brookes, Wednesday, 11 March 2015

2015 Hobie 18 & 20 North American Championships have officially been rescheduled!
We've picked a venue guaranteed to have water!
August 3rd-7th At Avila Beach on the Central Coast of California.

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2015 Hobie North American Championships

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HCANA, Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Hobie 17 North Americans LINK
-  Clear Lake Yacht Club, Clear Lake, Iowa       
 June 8 – 12, 2015  
Hobie Youth Wave North Americans LINK
 Sail Sand Point, Seattle, Washington       
June 26 – 28, 2015           
Hobie Youth Hobie 16 North Americans LINK
  Lake Quinault, Quinault, Washington.       
July 26 – 29, 2015           
Hobie 18, 20, Tiger and Wildcat North American's LINK
Relocated to Avila Beach 
August 3rd-7th 2015
Hobie 14 North Americans
-     Mississauga Sailing Club, Ontario, Canada     
August 21 – 23, 2015       
Hobie 16 North Americans LINK
-     Pensacola Yacht Club,    
September 20 – 25, 2015

2015 EHCA Hobie regatta calendar

2015 European Calendar
David Brookes, Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The current 2015 EHCA Hobie regatta calendar has been updated with Hobie racing all throughout Europe allowing all the sailors some great regattas to attend

Other Links
 web site
 European Calendar PDF


2015 Hobie 16 North American Championships

2015 North American Hobie 16 Championship
David Brookes, Tuesday, 17 February 2015

September 20 to 25 at Pensacola Yacht Club

2015 Hobie 16 North American Championships September 20 to 25 at Pensacola Yacht Club.

19th September 14:00 to 17:00
20th September 10:00 to 17:00
21st September 08:00 to 09:00

Practice races
Tentative PM 20th September

21st to 23rd September
Round Robin (four groups, two starts per race)
24th to 25th September
Gold and Silver Fleet racing

Other Links
 Notice of Race
 Facebook page


Italian Hobie Multiclass Nationals announced

2015 Italian Hobie MultiClass Championships
David Brookes, Monday, 9 February 2015

The Italian Hobie Class Association is pleased to announce the Italian Hobie Championships for the Hobie 16, Tiger, Wild Cat and Dragoon classes Compagnia Della Vela Grosseto.

A perfect warm up for the Hobie MultiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans

Thursday 9th July registration and measurement
Friday 10th July registration and measurement and racing
Saturday 11th July racing
Sunday 12th July Racing and prize giving

Other Links
 Notice of Race
 Organazing Authority


Hobie MultiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans NOR

David Brookes, Monday, 2 February 2015

The 2015 Hobie MultiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans have released the Notice of Race.

The entry list is growing at what is shaping to be another great Hobie event with lots of boats and friends attending. So please enter to ensure your spot at the Hobie MultiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans. 

Please note that to have your entires confirmed you must transfer the money. 

Other Links
 Notice of Race web site
 Notice of Race PDF
 Entry List


Hobie 16 Pre Europeans Clinic

Hobie 16 Pre Europeans clinic
David Brookes, Sunday, 7 December 2014

Take the unique opportunity to take part at this international Hobie training camp on Lake Garda, Malcesine prior the 2015 Hobie Europeans trained by appointed Hobie coach Lamberto Cesari and Heinz Stickl Operating Manager of Stickl Sportcamp.

Hobie training camp will be organized from 29th March until 1st April 2015

Participants from all countries are very well welcomed
Location: Hobie Stickl Sportcamp in Malcesine (across Campione) on Lake Garda
Coaches: Lamberto Cesari and Heinz Stickl
Getting there: low cost airlines to Verona or Milano/Bergamo and transfers to the Sportcamp
Training on the waters of Campione for the 2015 HOBIE Europeans

Arriving on Saturday 28th March in Hotel Rosa right at the beach next to the Sportcamp

4 days Hotel including half-board
4 days fullday training with Lamberto and Heinz
9 available Hobie 16’s in perfect regatta shape ‘‘ready-to-go’’
Price: min. 670 € - max. 740 € depending on rooms

Reservation: deadline 15.02.2015

Stickl Sportcamp

37018 Malcesine

Via Gardesana 144 b


2014 Open Danish Hobie Cat 16 Nationals concluded

2014 Open Danish Nationals HC16 SPI winners
DHCA, Monday, 15 September 2014

Svendborg Sunds Sejlklub 13-14 September

This years Danish Nationals were held at picturesque Svendborg Sound. Saturday with lots of sun saw winds blowing 12-16 knots from a northeasterly direction increasing Sunday to 15-20 knots in a more gray weather setting.

A combination of land-effect, current and a shifty breeze provided the competitors quite challenging conditions in both tactics and boat handling.

The Nationals were held in HC16 Classic and HC16 SPI. Eight teams from Germany took the way up and gave the event a bit of interantional glory and not least very qualified competition to the Danes! :-)

Hobie Cat 16 Classic winners:
1. Christoph Beinlich / Felicitas Franke (GER)
2. Jens Reimers / Nina Reimers (GER)
3. Thorben Wolkowski / Neele  Wolkowski (GER)

Hobie Cat 16 SPI winners:
1. Daniel Bjørnholt / Josephine Frederiksen (DEN)
2. Nicolaj Bjørnholt / Nicklas Heide (DEN)
3. Kerstin Wichardt / Sarah Schütte (GER)

Hobie Cat 16 SPI - Danish Sailing medal winners:
Gold: Daniel Bjørnholt / Josephine Frederiksen 
Silver: Nicolaj Bjørnholt / Nicklas Heide 
Bronze: Benjamin Böhme / Martin Schwensen

Hobie Cat "Action" trophy winners:
Petra Jørs / Emilie Arntoft (DEN)

Please find full results and pics below.

Other Links
 Results HC16 SPI
 Results HC16 Classic
 Pictures (on FB)

2014 Open Danish Nationals HC16 Classic wiiners

2014 Open Danish Nationals HC16 SPI - Danish Sailing medal winners

2014 Open Danish Nationals HC16 - "Hobie Action Trophy" winners