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18 Dec 2014 Commodore's Cup Ft. Lauderdale Beach
15 Dec 2014 2014 Australian Hobie Cat Nationals
11 Dec 2014 Hobie Cat Europe Charter boat program 2015 Multi-Worlds & H16 Europeans
11 Dec 2014 Fantastic Racing at the Tali Regatta Rounds up Cleanergy Sailing 2014
9 Dec 2014 Hobie Class Association's Communications Survey
7 Dec 2014 Hobie 16 Pre Europeans Clinic
3 Dec 2014 Comments on proposed General Class Rule 17.8, HC16 Rule 7 and HC14 3.6
2 Dec 2014 Philippines Travelers Series 14-15 Starts Off at the Round Taal Volcano Regatta
18 Nov 2014 New Zealand Hobie nationals 5-8 February 2015
12 Nov 2014 Brazilian and South American Championships
4 Nov 2014 2014 Australian Hobie Cat Nationals
24 Oct 2014 Worlds best cat sailors race at Hobie Asian Championship in Hong Kong and join clubs 20th anniversary celebration
15 Sep 2014 2014 Open Danish Hobie Cat 16 Nationals concluded
 

Commodore's Cup Ft. Lauderdale Beach


Commodore's Cup Ft. Lauderdale Beach
Photograph:Terri Lusk
Terri Lusk, Thursday, 18 December 2014

The Commodore's Cup race held on a beautiful, sunny day in December on Ft. Lauderdale Beach. We had 10 Hobie 16s competing for the Cup and it was Greg Minnaar & his crew Carolyn House who came in 1st by a huge margin with Fred Weidig & Kristi Voeller coming in 2nd. The closest race was for 3rd with Doug & Deb Russell just edging out Dick Russel and Bill Stolberg.

A big thank you to Steve & Janis Maffetone for hosting the after race party!


Commodore's Cup Ft. Lauderdale Beach

Commodore's Cup Ft. Lauderdale Beach

Commodore's Cup Ft. Lauderdale Beach

Commodore's Cup Ft. Lauderdale Beach

Commodore's Cup Ft. Lauderdale Beach
 

2014 Australian Hobie Cat Nationals


2014 Australian Hobie Cat Nationals
David Brookes, Monday, 15 December 2014

The 2014 Australian Hobie Cat Nationals 31st December to 4th January

Koombana Bay Sailing Club - Bunbury, Western Australia has attracted entries  from the Pacific, Asia and Africa. This plus a strong Australian contingent ensures this will be one of the toughest Australian Championships in years. With Western Australian known for their strong and consistant afternoon sea breeze it will also be a series of endurance. The sailors will not have long after their Christmas dinners to get back out on the water.

To assist them current Hobie 16 World Champion Gavin Colby has assisted with knowledge of the racing area with a short video. 

2014 Australian Hobie Cat Nationals is Proudly sponsored by Hogs Breath Cafe & Hobie Cat® Australasia. 

Other Links
 Gavin Colby tips on Hobie National course
 Event web site
 Entry list
 Notice of Race

 

Hobie Cat Europe Charter boat program 2015 Multi-Worlds & H16 Europeans


MultiWorlds
Hobie Cat Europe, Thursday, 11 December 2014

Important notice

The charter boats are reserved in priority to overseas competitors, members of a national Hobie Class Association, who will send their application form with full payment (charter fee+transport) before the 31st of April 2015. No charter boat will be confirmed without full payment of the fees.

Charter fees per boat (prices include VAT 22 %)

  •  Hobie16/16Spi=1075Euros
  • Hobie 14 = 690 Euros

  •  Hobie Wild Cat without spinnaker = 1 480 Euros
  •  Hobie Wild Cat with spinnaker = 1 660 Euros

The prices are per boat, and valid for the whole duration of the event.
Transport costs to the site and back to the factory to be added : 210 Euros per boat

Delivery of the boats

  •    The boats will be delivered on the 25th of July at the Hobie Sport on the beach.
  •   The competitors will have to assemble and disassemble the boats.
  •   Special arrangements will have to be made with Hobie Cat Europe in case the assembly is not possible.
  •   At the end of the event, each boat will be rinsed with fresh water, the sails taken off and rinsed, the mast will be disassemble. The whole equipment will be checked by Hobie Cat Europe before it is completely disassembled and packed for the return. After the packing the deposit will be refunded by Hobie Cat Europe. 

How to book a boat ?

  •   Payment by credit card of bank transfer. Fill in the charter form and send before the 31 of April 2015 either by fax at +33 4 94081399 or per e-mail at hobiecat@hobie-cat.net
  •  Payment by cheque : Fill in the charter form, join the cheque and send both per post before 31 of April 2015, to Hobie Cat Europe, ZI Toulon Est, CS60250, 83078 Toulon cedex 9 (for the attention of Regatta Department).

  • An order confirmation will be sent by Hobie Cat Europe upon receipt of the charter form, but no confirmation will be sent until full payment is received. 

  •  Deposit for damage or loss 
  •  A refundable deposit of 700 Euros per boat will have to be paid on site either in cash or traveler cheque before the regatta.
  •  This deposit will be paid to the Hobie Cat representative on site before the delivery of the boat and will be refunded after the regatta and after a full checking.ï‚· Only Euros will be accepted.
  •  No payment by credit card will be accepted for the deposit
  •  In case of damage or loss, the amount for repair will be taken from the deposit and the competitor will have to restore the initial amount of the deposit before starting the next race. 

Insurance

  • The sailor who charter the boat will have to give evidence of his third liability insurance before he is allowed to use the charter boat.
  • The sailor will be responsible of the boat and its equipment during the whole event. The sailor and his crew will assemble the boat before the regatta and will disassemble it after the regatta. This include to remove all stickers that will have been applied on the hulls and sails for the regatta.

  •  In case of thief, a declaration will be to be filled with the local police and signed both by the sailor or his representant and Hobie Cat representative. In this case, a forfeit of 700 Euros will be supported by the sailors (amount of the deposit).

  • Many thanks to Hobie Cat Europe for the ongoing support in making the charter boats available. 

Other Links
 Application form

 

Fantastic Racing at the Tali Regatta Rounds up Cleanergy Sailing 2014


Tali Regatta
Photograph:Sylvain Leichti
Rap Garcia, Thursday, 11 December 2014

Blessed with blowing winds and flat water, the recently held Tali Regatta was an exciting finish for the AboitizPower Cleanergy Travelers Series 2014, organized by the Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Foundation and sponsored by Regatta to promote the eco-friendly sport of sailing all over the country.

With excellent racing conditions, the Tali Regatta served as early Christmas gift, giving the local fleet up to seven races just on day one—a first in the recent history of the long-running regatta series, and followed by three more races on day two. Up to 14 Hobie cats in two classes competed, with top teams racing closely for podium finishes, and a couple focusing instead on the beautiful sailing weather than their score.

But what really sets this particular event from the five or six others in the AboitizPower Cleanergy Travelers Series, is that, in the words of its chairman Monchu Garcia, “it is the friendliest regatta in the series!”

That is because this sailing weekend brings together the Hobie 16 fleet from Taal Lake and the Hobie Getaway Squadron of Nasugbu, with their families and friends even joining in the fun.

For the first time this year, the Tali Regatta was also held in cooperation with the Punta Fuego Yacht Club, which has its own PFYC Sailing Championships every last Saturday of the month. By merging the two events, sailors saw more action on the water and get-togethers in both Punta Fuego’s Barracuda Bar (on Saturday) and at Tali, catered by Edgy Veggy (on Sunday).

More regattas under the AboitizPower Cleanergy Travelers Series are lined up for 2015. For schedules, full results, and more information, please visit www.phinsailing.ph.

Results:

Hobie 16 Class

1st Mike Ngu and Lindo Pahayahay – 3,1,1,(3),1,2,1,2,1,(8) Total: 12

2nd Monchu Garcia and Bianca Garcia – 1,4,(8),2,4,1,(5),1,2,3 Total: 18

3rd Maria Vidoeira-Hagedorn and Joe Hagedorn – 2,2,(8),1,3,3,3,3,(3),1 Total: 18

Hobie Getaway Class

1st Jojo Silverio and Santi Picornell – 1,1,2,2,2,1 Total: 9

2nd Philip Hagedorn and Con Castaneda, Danny Flores – 2,2,1,1,3,3 Total: 12

3rd Bruno Vergnes and Delphine Vaudiau – 3,4,4,3,1,6 Total: 21


Tali Regatta

Tali Regatta

Tali Regatta
 

Hobie Class Association's Communications Survey


IHCA logo
Matt Bounds and team, Tuesday, 9 December 2014
The Hobie Class Association is looking at how our members and others use our on-line communication tools - websites, forums and social networking sites.  By participating in this survey, you will help us understand what channels are most appropriate to provide you with meaningful, timely, and appropriate information about your Hobie Cat and the Hobie Way of Life.
 
The information collected will be used by the Hobie Class to tailor our on-line presence - what information is most important to you and what the best tools are to present it.  The data is tagged by IP address to a particular computer to help prevent multiple submissions, but is otherwise confidential and not personally identifiable. 
 
The survey is only 14 questions long and should take less than ten minutes to complete.
 
Thanks, and Have a Hobie Day!

Other Links
 Survey

 

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
 Program:

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

info@stickl.com
www.stickl.com

 

Comments on proposed General Class Rule 17.8, HC16 Rule 7 and HC14 3.6


IHCA logo
IHCA Rule Committee, Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The IHCA Rules Committee have been busy with new proposals to General Rule 17.8 (Masters and Grand Master), Hobie 16 Rule 7 (Women and youth racing in Open maintain Open weight limits) and Hobie 14 new 3.7 allowing a mast rotation control kit. For full wording see the article below. The IHCA Rules Committee will only approve the change with the sailors support and approval.

Other Links
 General Rule 17.8, HC16 Rule 7 and HC Rule 3.6

 

Philippines Travelers Series 14-15 Starts Off at the Round Taal Volcano Regatta


Round Taal Volcano Regatta
Photograph:Ms. Jazz Perez.
Rap Garcia, Tuesday, 2 December 2014

PHINSAF and AboitizPower Cleanergy has officially launched this season’s Traveler Series through the Round Taal Volcano Regatta (RTV) organized by the Taal Lake Yacht Club on 22nd to 23rd of November.

Now on its 17th year, the RTV proved to still be a much-awaited favorite, with Hobie 16s, Bravos,. This year’s RTV also had two firsts– the 1st Noel Lim Memorial Race, held in honor of Noel Lim who conceptualized the RTV and donated its first trophy.

Racing went off with not much action on the first day due to light winds, and the Governor’s Cup was reformatted to round an island instead of the Taal Volcano. The second day made up for it though, with 15 knots of wind (gusting 20) to finally propel the fleet all the way around the volcano.

The RTV is also much-awaited not only for the fantastic racing, but also because of its socials, which bring sailors and their families and friends together. There was a short awarding ceremony on Saturday night at Club Balai Isabel, the top resort in Taal Lake, followed by an after-party cocktails back at TLYC, complete with an impromptu bag-pipe performance from sailor Roy Espiritu. The sausage barbecue lunch the following day, sponsored by Broadwater Marine, also proved to be a hit.

Prizes and freebies from Potato Corner, Regatta clothing, and TLYC made sure each sailor didn’t go empty-handed, no matter their rank in the scoresheets. A complete list of the standings and winners is posted below, led by Regatta over-all winner for the Hobie16 Class, Dennis Cruz.

The AboitizPower Cleanergy Travelers Series is a six-regatta series that gives local sailors a chance to sail in different part of the Philippines. It is now on its fifth year, and AboitizPower has always been its major supporter. The next event is the Tali Regatta, scheduled for the 29th to 30th of November. The event series is sponsored by Regatta (www.regatta.com.ph).

Photographs courtesy of  Ms. Jazz Perez. 

NOEL LIM MEMORIAL RACE
1ST PLACE – Mike Ngu/ Lindo Pahayahay

2nd PLACE – Eric Tomacruz/ Carl Pena

3rd PLACE – Eddie Legarda/ Edwin Lucero

GOVERNORS CUP
Hobie 16

1ST PLACE – Eric Tomacruz/ Carl Pena

2nd PLACE – Dennis Cruz/Arnel Ornales

3rd PLACE – Maria Vidoeira- Hagedorn/ Joe Hagedorn

Hobie 16 Masters

1ST PLACE – Dennis Cruz/Arnel Ornales

2nd PLACE – Maria Vidoeira- Hagedorn/ Joe Hagedorn

3rd PLACE – Mike Ngu/ Lindo Pahayahay

Hobie Bravo

1ST PLACE – Martin Marty

2nd PLACE – Karlo Panahon

3rd PLACE – Tommy Lim

REGATTA OVER-ALL
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obie 16

1ST PLACE – Dennis Cruz/ Arnel Ornales

2nd PLACE – Mike Ngu/ Lindo Pahayahay

3rd PLACE – Eric Tomacruz/ Carl Pena

Hobie 16 Masters

1ST PLACE – Dennis Cruz/ Arnel Ornales

2nd PLACE – Mike Ngu/ Lindo Pahayahay

3rd PLACE – Maria Vidoeira-Hagedorn/ Joe Hagedorn

Hobie Bravo

1ST PLACE – Martin Marty

2nd PLACE – Karlo Panahon

3rd PLACE – Tammy Lim

Rapunzel Garcia

PHINSAF Secretariat

 


Round Taal Volcano Regatta

Round Taal Volcano Regatta

Round Taal Volcano Regatta
 

New Zealand Hobie nationals 5-8 February 2015


New Zealand Hobies
Zane Blomfield, Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Date: Waitangi weekend 2015   Thursday 5th February - Sunday 8th February
Location: Manly sailing club Whangaparaoa

Additions to the program:
Group dinner evening
Huge prize pool for all categories
Shore based entertainment
Celebrity appearances
Loads of media coverage
Professional photo and video coverage

Other Links
 Expression of interest

 

Brazilian and South American Championships


2014 South American Championships
South American Hobie Class, Wednesday, 12 November 2014

PANAM Games qualifier for South America

BRASCAT
With 8 of the 9 planned races completed, the Brasilian Hobie Cat 14 and Hobie Cat 16 National Championship ended today.
The contest occurred on the course in Maria Farinha on the north coast of the State of Pernambuco, hosted by the Cabanga Yacht Club of Pernambuco.
On the first day, with rain and no wind, the race committee cancelled the races, leaving the sailors, the technical committee, and the general public frustrated. We suffered with conditions totally atypical for this season of the year in Pernambuco. But, on the second and third days, the wind returned and the race course filled with fierce competition.

RESULTS

HOBIE CAT 16
1st - Bernard Arndt/Diogo Zabeu (Ilhabela/SP) - 11 Points
2nd: José Roberto de Jesus/Otávio Cardoso (Ilhabela/SP) - 17 Points
3rd André Montenegro Henriques/Isabelle Crispim (João Pessoa/PB) - 20 Points

HOBIE CAT 14
1st: Diego Monteiro (João Pessoa/PB) - 8 Points
2nd: Fábio Espinar (João Pessoa/PB) - 11 Points
3rd: Adam Mayerle (Joinville/SC) - 15 Points

3rd South American Hobie Cat 16 National Championship
With the Brasilian National Championship behind us, we can now focus on the Hobie Cat 16 South American Championship that will occur from the 07 to the 09 of November.
The event is a qualifier for the 2015 Pan American games in Toronto, Canada.. Sailors from the top three countries in this regatta will guarantee the opportunity for their country to participate in the Games with the United States, Canada, Guatamala and Porto Rico.
The countries fighting for their spots at the South American championship are Brasil, Cuba, Mexico, Argentina, and Venezuela.

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SULAMERICANO Hobie Cat 16

With the final two races held today, the results of the 3rd Hobie Cat 16 South American Championship were decided. As requested by the the International Hobie Class Association and the Pan American Sailing Federation, the Brasilian Hobie Class Association organized the event in partnership with the Cabanga Yacht Club of Pernambuco and Hobie Cat Fleet 81 of Recife. The top three teams in the Open class earned the opportunity for their country to participate in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.
The Brasilian Sailing Association (CBVela) supported the event, providing race committee, protest judges and their technical teams, which ensured international standards during the event.
Karoline da Silva Bauermann, who competed in one of the Brasilian female teams with Maria Ines Vera, both from Rio Grande do Sul, commented that "counting the races of the Brasilian National Championship (held immediately before the South American Championship), we had seven days of high pressure, great racing, 17 races, all in one week, that literally left us "knocked-out"". And, Karoline continued, "We invite more female team to join us, innovators in the Hobie Cat Class in Brasil, so that more female teams can represent Brasil in the next Hobie Cat 16 World Championships".
The South American Championship was held over three days of great racing between many teams with high levels of skill and experience.

The top teams in the Open Class were:

1st: Armando Noriega/Andrea Dutton - Mexico - 21 Points
2nd: André Montenegro Henriques/Isabelle Crispim - Brasil - 22 Points
3rd: Bernardo Arndt/Diogo Zabeu - Brasil - 24 Points
4th: Yamil Saba/Gonzalo Ceudra - Venezuela - 27 Points


With these results, Mexico, Brasil, and Venezuela will join the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Guatemala in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.


The Hobie Cat Class, and, specifically, the Brasilian Hobie Cat Association, understands that the class will remain alive if the class rejuvenates with new and young sailors. For this reason, the Brasilian Hobie Class Association unconditionally supports the participation of both young and female sailors, who are the seeds of the future of our class.
The South American championship was open to all sailors of all countries in this region of the Pan American Sailing Federation. Young and female sailors, who traveled across Brasil to participate, showed their enthusiasm and skill and contributed to a healthy and fun event.
Women of strength - with the capital letter W by intention - make the competitions more beautiful and demonstrate that the idea of a "fragile sex" is a myth of the past. When we speak of Women of strength, we can not forget to mention the strength of a beautiful woman with light colored eyes and curly hair who showed us that challenges make us stronger. Without doubt, her limited sight is overcome by her internal force and joy of life, without mentioning her external beauty. Thais Frota Ribeiro is a warrior. It is a shame that her skipper, the champion Cezar Fiuza of Ceara, was forced to leave the regatta on the last day. Thais was ready to fight until the end and expressed enthusiastically that she can not wait until the next Hobie Cat regatta.
To all, congratulations!

Results:
JUNIOR
1st - Ricardo Lis/Victor Moura Dubeux (Brasil)
2nd - Rino de la Guardia Marrero/Alejandro de La Guardia Perez (Cuba)
3rd - Ícaro Pinheiro Carneiro/Rafael Feijó (Brasil)
FEMALE:
1st - Michelle Pandolfo Oliveira/Marilia Pinto Gomes Bassoa (Brasil)
2nd - Karoline da Silva Bauermann/Maria Inês Vera (Brasil)
3rd - Luciene Ferreira da Cunha/Davina Cade Moura (Brasil)

Class Assembly and Elections
At the Class Assembly, the members decided to confirm that the next Hobie Cat 14 e Hobie Cat 16 National Championship will be held on the 31 October to the 01 November in Porto Belo in the State of Santa Catarina.
The members of the Class also approved the accounting report from the leadership counsel of the association (period from October 2013 through October 2014), with the recognition of the professional and organized manner in which the accounting report was prepared and presented, including on the site of the Association.
Finally, Luiz Gonzaga Machado of Espirito Santo and Adam Mayerle of Santa Catarina were elected President and Vice President, respectively, of the Class Association for the period 2015-2016. Both Luiz and Adam presented their belief that that class today is organized and prepared to elevate the class to the next level with the support and participation of all members and always strive to improve the management of the class from one year to the next. The members of the class joined together to deliberate the issues and the majority demonstrated their support for the leadership of the next two years.


 


2014 South American Championships

2014 South American Championships

2014 South American Championships

2014 South American Championships

2014 South American Championships

2014 South American Championships

2014 South American Championships
 

2014 Australian Hobie Cat Nationals


2014 Australian Hobie Cat Nationals
HCAWA Nationals Organising Committee, Tuesday, 4 November 2014

2014 Australian  Hobie Cat Nationals Bunbury, Western Australia
The Hobie ® Class Association of WA is excited to confirm the ENTRY FORM for the Hobie Class Nationals has gone live.
The HCAWA is also pleased to announce that Hobie Cat Australasia and Hogs Breath Café are once more major sponsors to this great event.
Club Marine has offered a $250 Insurance voucher to be raffled off as an early entry incentive.  To participate your entry must have been received by the 14th of November
Koombana Bay Sailing Club is located in Bunbury, and is enthusiastic about hosting the Hobie Nationals, and offers a venue of blue skies, flat water and reliable 15-25 knots Southwesters.
The host Club and HCAWA are arranging a new years eve gig, with a classy band and extended trading hours, as well as other social activities so sailing will only be part of your experience!
Bunbury is the second largest city in WA and is on the doorstep of the fantastic SW surfing beaches, wineries and tourism activities. In addition, the Hobie 16 is an official boat in the Australian Youth Nationals, held in Fremantle two days after the Hobie nationals conclude, so consider making the most of your visit to WA.  Information to this series is also accessed on the Nationals website.
The HCAWA will keep you regularly updated on Nationals progress and attach some photos and links.
See you soon
HCAWA Nationals Organising Committee

Thanks to the ongoing support from Hobiecat Australasia and Hogs Breath Cafe, Bunbury will be yet another awesome event!

After 25 years, Hoggies are still cooking the best steaks, and supportng the best cat class.

Hobie Cat Australasia continues to provide the Hobie class with unparalleled manufacturer support, making us the envy of our peers.
 

Other Links
 entry form
 Australain Youth Championships
 Aus Nationals web site

 

Worlds best cat sailors race at Hobie Asian Championship in Hong Kong and join clubs 20th anniversary celebration


Winner and Asian Champion 2014 Damrongsak Vongtim
Peter Frauchiger, Friday, 24 October 2014

Many top international catamaran sailors competed in the Vistra Hobie Asian Championship (HAC) 2014 held on 18 -19 October in Hong Kong in strong winds that often exceeded 20 knots.

Winning all races on both days was Damrongsak Vongtim and Kitsada Vongtim from Thailand who recently came second in this year’s Asian Games.  The current Hobie Asian Champion 2014, Damrongsak is a two-times Asian Games winner, Asian Sailing Champion 2014 as well as multiple Thai national champion.

In hot pursuit securing second place were Hong Kong stalwarts Tong Shing and Kit Tong who came third in the recent Asian Games.

Third place went to 2007 Hobie 16 world champion and 2011 Australian champion Mick Butler. Local girl Kate Lai was his crew for the two days.

A total of 27 teams competed in the HAC including entrants from Thailand, Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines, together with Hong Kong’s own Hobie 16 regulars.

As the 20th year that such an international event has been organized by the Hong Kong Hobie Club (HKHC), this was an important anniversary for Hong Kong’s thriving catamaran scene.

Says Mick Butler, “the standard of racing, the water and the wind conditions were all fantastic. It was a real honour for me to compete and help support the Hong Kong Hobie 16 scene.”

Running in tandem with Vistra HAC on both days was the IAE Open Catamaran Cup which – as the name suggests – was open to all other sports catamarans, mainly spinnaker-flying F18s and F17s.

All races on both days were won by Michael Scantlebury and David Harris sailing a Hobie Wildcat.

Held near Tai Tam Bay, the event featured a series of geometric courses. A full program of social events including beachside barbeques was laid on for sailors and guests.

Says Hong Kong Hobie Club Commodore

Many top international catamaran sailors competed in the Vistra Hobie Asian Championship (HAC) 2014 held on 18 -19 October in Hong Kong in strong winds that often exceeded 20 knots.

Winning all races on both days was Damrongsak Vongtim and Kitsada Vongtim from Thailand who recently came second in this year’s Asian Games.  The current Hobie Asian Champion 2014, Damrongsak is a two-times Asian Games winner, Asian Sailing Champion 2014 as well as multiple Thai national champion.

In hot pursuit securing second place were Hong Kong stalwarts Tong Shing and Kit Tong who came third in the recent Asian Games.

Third place went to 2007 Hobie 16 world champion and 2011 Australian champion Mick Butler. Local girl Kate Lai was his crew for the two days.

A total of 27 teams competed in the HAC including entrants from Thailand, Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines, together with Hong Kong’s own Hobie 16 regulars.

As the 20th year that such an international event has been organized by the Hong Kong Hobie Club (HKHC), this was an important anniversary for Hong Kong’s thriving catamaran scene.

Says Mick Butler, “the standard of racing, the water and the wind conditions were all fantastic. It was a real honour for me to compete and help support the Hong Kong Hobie 16 scene.”

Running in tandem with Vistra HAC on both days was the IAE Open Catamaran Cup which – as the name suggests – was open to all other sports catamarans, mainly spinnaker-flying F18s and F17s.

All races on both days were won by Michael Scantlebury and David Harris sailing a Hobie Wildcat.

Held near Tai Tam Bay, the event featured a series of geometric courses. A full program of social events including beachside barbeques was laid on for sailors and guests.

Says Hong Kong Hobie Club Commodore Peter Frauchiger, “ it was a fantastic event. The wind, and the weather played along real well, and sailors had to be constantly on guard with huge gusts that could capsize boats and dash dreams of winning in an instant! All participants had a fanatastic time on and off the water – greatly enjoying each other's company. The international crowd from all over Asia really spiced up the event."

High quality photos are available to all news media wishing to feature the event.

This exciting competition was made possible thanks to our two main sponsors Vistra Hong Kong – provider of trust, fiduciary, corporate and fund services – and the Institute of Accountants Exchange (IAE).

Located on To Tei Wan Beach in Tai Tam Bay, the Hong Kong Hobie Club has a diverse membership of local and expat sailors of all ages. Open to anyone who wants to sail Hobie Cats, the club offers a low-cost, grass roots approach to sailing and a welcoming community of enthusiastic sailors who race regularly.

For more information, please contact HKHC Commodore Peter Frauchiger on peter@customproducts.cn or call +852 6022 5406

, “ it was a fantastic event. The wind, and the weather played along real well, and sailors had to be constantly on guard with huge gusts that could capsize boats and dash dreams of winning in an instant! All participants had a fanatastic time on and off the water – greatly enjoying each other's company. The international crowd from all over Asia really spiced up the event."

High quality photos are available to all news media wishing to feature the event.

This exciting competition was made possible thanks to our two main sponsors Vistra Hong Kong – provider of trust, fiduciary, corporate and fund services – and the Institute of Accountants Exchange (IAE).

Located on To Tei Wan Beach in Tai Tam Bay, the Hong Kong Hobie Club has a diverse membership of local and expat sailors of all ages. Open to anyone who wants to sail Hobie Cats, the club offers a low-cost, grass roots approach to sailing and a welcoming community of enthusiastic sailors who race regularly.

 


Tom Nunan and Gabriel Kicks one of the strongest local teams had to retire after a bad whipeout (2)

Tom Nunan and Gabriel Kicks one of the strongest local teams had to retire after a bad whipeout (1)

Pre race impression at Hobie Cat Beach

Local stalwart and 2nd place Tong Shing and Kit Tong

Impression at the starting line

3rd ranked former Hobie Worlds Champion Mick Butler
 

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