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12 Jul 2014 Hobie 14, 16 Youth and Wave North Americans:
11 Jul 2014 Super Sail Tour 2014 next stop Kellenhusen
6 Jul 2014 2014 MultiHobieEuropeans Hobie 16 Gold, Wild Cat, Tiger and FX-One final day
5 Jul 2014 2014 MultiHobieEuropeans Hobie 16 Gold, Wild Cat and FXOne day 3
4 Jul 2014 2014 MultiHobieEuropeans Hobie 16 Gold, Wild Cat and FXOne day 2
3 Jul 2014 2014 MULTI EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS CASTELLDEFELS, SPAIN
3 Jul 2014 2014 MultiHobieEuropeans Hobie 16 Gold, Wild Cat and FXOne day 1
2 Jul 2014 2014 MultiHobieEuropeans Hobie 16 SPI Youth and Hobie 14 concluded
1 Jul 2014 MultiHobieEuropeans Hobie 16 Women, Masters, Grand Masters and Spi Cup concluded
1 Jul 2014 2014 Hobie 18 Womens North Americans & 2014 Hobie 16 Trapseat North Americans
19 Jun 2014 2014 Hobie 17 North Americans Day 3 Report
18 Jun 2014 2014 Hobie 17 North Americans Day 2 Report
17 Jun 2014 2014 Hobie 17 North Americans
11 Jun 2014 German Super Sail Tour 2014 underway
28 May 2014 General Class Rule 17.7 & 17.8, HC16 Rule 9 & new HC16 Rule 7.5 proposals
25 May 2014 2014 Australian Hobie Cat Nationals
20 May 2014 2014 Hobie North American Championships updated
9 May 2014 Tanzacat 12th to 20th of September 2014
15 Mar 2014 3rd South American Hobie 16 Championships and Brazil Hobie 14 & 16 Nationals
 

Hobie 14, 16 Youth and Wave North Americans:


2014 Hobie Youth, Wave and 14 North American Championships
Photograph:Wendy Rice-Larson
Signal Boat, Saturday, 12 July 2014

Day 1

After and long and arduous wait to start the first race...we sent them off in very light air but at a slack tide, anticipating the wind filling in. Kept us on our toes the entire race. The wind filled in around the course but stayed very light. The H14's finished in 47 minutes, the H16Y in 37 minutes and the Waves in 41 minutes. 

In the second race the wind gave us more fits staring in the 130 direction and moving to 90 and then back to 130 all within the race. We set the change mark but did not have to use it. The H14's finished in 36 minutes, Waves in 20 minutes and the H16Y in 31 minutes all sailing a course one. The wind not only changed direction 2X but went from 3 knots or so to 8 knots. The increase in pressure took us by surprise and therefore the relatively short elapsed times. 

In race three the wind was as consistent as it's been, steady at 7-8 knots from 130. We decided to send the H14's and H16Y on a course 2 and the Waves still on a course 1 with a longer weather leg. Wind continued to build to 9-11knots, nice fresh sea breeze. Waves finished in 30 minutes, h14's in 48 minutes and the H16Y in 42 minutes. 

In the fourth and final race of the day the wind held steady as she goes from 130 at 9-11 knots...all classes sailing a course 2. Hobie 14's in 43 minutes, the H16Y in 34 minutes and the Waves in 37 minutes. 

It was a very trying day for all...the RC team did a GREAT job handling, what seemed to be mayhem at times and it was a successful day putting the sailors back on the beach just around 5 pm as planned. Now for some showers, burgers and dogs and then off to the high speed commuter catamaran for an evening site seeing tour of the New York Harbor!  

 

Day 2

Race 5 started much better than yesterday...8-9 knots from 050 but it continued to diminish until it got to 2-3 as the right shift came in. Sent the fleet to the beach for a lunch break while we wait for the new breeze to fill. Finish times were roughly 1 hour for the H14's, 55 min for the Youth and 50 min for the Waves. 


After a nice lunch break the wind filled in from 130 at 9 knots. We moved the course a little further offshore to get away from the East Point hillside affect. For Race 6 we sent all classes on a course 1 with the outer weather mark at 0.7 nm and the inside mark at 0.5 nm. The Youth finished in 38 min, the H14's in 43 min, and the Waves in 35 min.

In Race 7 the wind is steady as she goes from 130 at 9 knots...no changes in the course configuration. H14's finished in 43 min, the Youth in 39 min and the Waves in 34 min.

Race 8 had the win Again steady as she goes. We ran all classes on a Course 1. H14's finished in 42 min, Youth in 37 min and the Waves in 32 min. 

Last race of the day, Race 9 we sent the Youth out first on a Course 2 and the H14's and Waves on a Course 1. Finish times were 34 min for the Waves, 42 min for the H14's and 58 for the Youth.

LONG day but what a great day. The RC Team has been great and the competition is pretty fierce. 

Day 3

The day started out sparkling, bright sunshine, light breeze out of the ESE creating a glittery affect on the water...set the weather marks at 0.7 and 0.5 nm at 110. Race 10 saw the wind move to the right and, with the incoming tide the competitors we having a bit of trouble staying behind the line. We had 5 OCS boats with only to returning to restart. The others took the chance and, as it turned out, would have a major impact on the final result...more on that after the awards ceremony. In any event, we adjusted the line for the Youth, moved the inside weather mark to the new wind direction and got the change mark ready for the outside course...all fleets were off, a change was signaled at the gate for the H14's and Youth. H14's finished in 46 min, the Youth in 40 and the Waves in 37.

All the same for Race 11....the Youth finished in 38 min, H14's in 39 min and the Waves in 30 min.

In Race 12 the Wind seemed to be freshening with the breeze coming over the Signal Boat at 11-12 knots so we stretched the weather marks to 0.85 and 0.65 nm. Sent the Youth out first on a course 2 and the other fleets on a course 1. The wind did not stay in the 11-12 knot range and dropped to 9 knots and the Waves finished in 37 min, H14's in 43 min and the Youth in 53 min...

We were hoping to pull off 2 more races before our 1400 time limit but an unexpected wind shift to 150 and the subsequent course adjustment did not allow for it. We adjusted the course moving the weather marks to 140 keeping them a bit down current and bit to 0.7 nm and 0.55 nm. So in Race 13 the Waves finished in 36 min, Youth in 41min and the H14's in 48 min.  


 

 

 

 

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Super Sail Tour 2014 next stop Kellenhusen


Super Sail Tour 2014
Photograph:Event
Jens Hannemann, Friday, 11 July 2014

(Eckernförde) Super Sail Tour 2014 is coming back to Kellenhusen. One week after the German Championships, highly motivated Hobie teams and of course hopefully with the new German Champion in the colorful, fast and spectacular catamaran class. According to previously very difficult conditions for all sailors on the Baltic Sea in Grömitz and Scharbeutz, it relies completely on Kellenhusen and exciting regattas. The Sailing Club Kellenhusen, where most of catamaran sailors are located in their club and often referred to as the fastest sailing club in the world, is prepared perfectly.

Master in Hobie 16 Jens Goritz / Katrin Wiese-Dohse and record European Champion Detlef Mohr with Karen Wichardt won Hobie 16 regatta in Scharbeutz but especially as all the sailors arriving directly from the German Championship and of the European Championship in Spain to Kellenhusen, they will be very well in training.

The central attraction for all visitors is the experience-sea bridge - 350 meters long, it stretches like a bow on the fine sandy beach and the water. The races are held in close distance to the bridge-head, best views and proximity to the catamarans is guaranteed.

The organizers expect about 70 catamarans in the classes Hobie 14, Hobie 16, Hobie Tiger and Hobie Wild Cat. The first of 6 scheduled races will start on Saturday at 12 clock. The pirce giving ceremony is scheduled for Sunday at 4pm on the stage at the South Beach.

The land program in Kellenhusen is excellent. On Friday evening, with the big WELCOME PARTY and CONCERT OF THE MONTH with the "Salt Peanuts," the big band of Lübeck university. On Saturday, the legendary AFTER PARTY with SAIL HOME FIELD FOUR - Rock Hits of the 70s.

All information in the web: www.Prosail.de

Next tour stop:

Super Sail Tour Kellenhusen 18.07.14 to 20.07.14

Super Sail Tour Final Race Westerland/ Sylt 08.08.14 to 17.08.14


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2014 MultiHobieEuropeans Hobie 16 Gold, Wild Cat, Tiger and FX-One final day


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Erik Olsen, Sunday, 6 July 2014

The wind turned out to be a lot lighter on the final day than what we had been used to the previous days. The sea breeze settled in around 1400H. By competent race management the Race Committee succeeded to squeeze a second race in for the Hobie 16s with only a very few minutes to the time limit at 1530H. The Wild Cat, Tiger and FX-Ones got one race.

France ruled the waves at this event taking the majority of podium positions:

Hobie Cat 16

1. CEDRIC BADER/LAURENT BADER (FRA)

2. ORION MARTIN/CHARLOTTE HILLIARD (FRA)

3. JEROME LE GAL/MARCO IAZZETTA (FRA/ITA)

Hobie Wild Cat

1. JULIEN FERAUD/CHARLES GATE (FRA)

2. GERARD LOOS/ANDY DINSDALE (NED/FRA)

3. CLEMENT PEDUZZI MAXIME BLONDEAU (FRA)

Hobie Tiger

GAEL JOSSE CHARLOTTE MATMIOT (FRA)

Hobie FX-One

ALFREDO BERNAD (ESP)

Hobie FX-One Double

JACOPO SALVEMINI/MICHELLE MEDIEL BOJORGE (ESP)

Congratulations to all the winners. In addition, a huge thank you to Juan Antonio Llabrés and Sergio Cadenas and their team for putting this excellent event together with the overwhelming friendliness and hospitality extended all of us. This will for sure be an event to remember for not only the great wind and outstanding race management! 

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Photograph:Cristayn Fletcher
Erik Olsen, Saturday, 5 July 2014

Another rather animated day on the water. The forecasted winds the last couple of days have proved to be slightly more moderate than what actually became the case….……..at least on the waters here outside Castelldefels.

Today it meant the wind again increased to about 30 kts. Two races were accomplished before the sailors were sent back to the beach and pasta in the Hobie Village.

The Bader brothers (FRA) consolidated their lead in the HC16 class with a first and a second. The positions 2-5 are a lot more open before entering the final day.

In the Wild Cat class, Julien Feraud/Charles Gate (FRA) consolidated their lead as well, with Gerard Loos/Andy Dinsdale (NED/FRA) in a strong second.

Tomas Testor (ESP) had a great day on in the FX-One class with two firsts. He is now leading the fleet with the same score as previous frontrunner Alfredo Bernad (ESP) setting up the stage for an exciting finish tomorrow.

Acopo Salvemini/Michelle Mediel Bojorg (ESP) took over the lead in the FX-One Double.

We have said it before……… the weather forecast for tomorrow, last day of the championship, looks bit more peaceful. We might be able to tell for sure after the racing! 

 

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Photograph:Cristayn Fletcher
Erk Olsen, Friday, 4 July 2014

Lots of photos and a video

Strong winds, steep sea and a real hefty day at the office describes very well the setting for today’s action on the water. About the time where the sailors headed out for the first race, there was a good 15-17 knots breeze with the waves already being quite bumpy. Following the first start, the wind gradually increased up to the 25 kts. ++ with the waves getting more and more intense. After two races, the race committee sent the sailors back to be the beach. Pasta was served in the Hobie Village with the ordeals of the day being subject for quite animated sharing and discussions! ;-)

The leaders (pending protests) after day 2 are:

Hobie 16

CEDRIC BADER/LAURENT BADER (FRA) consolidated their lead with another two bullets.

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JULIEN FERAUD/CHARLES GATE (FRA). About 2/3 of the fleet stayed on shore.  

Hobie FX-One

ALFREDO BERNAD (ESP). The class stayed on shore.

Hobie FX-One Double

CARLES VICENS/IGNASI SITGES (ESP). The class stayed on shore.

The weather forecast for tomorrow indicates a bit more peaceful conditions.

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2014 MULTI EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS CASTELLDEFELS, SPAIN


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Hobie Cat Europe, Thursday, 3 July 2014

First day of the Hobie 16 Open finals with the brand new European Sails bearing Spain colours supplied by Hobie Cat Europe. You can easily spot the defending champions in the fleet of 62 Hobie 16s. Why ? Find out in today’s video....

At the end of the day, the Bader brothers (FRA) are leading the fleet.

Also, first races for the Hobie Fx-One, Hobie Tiger, and Hobie Wild Cat.

 

 

 

 

2014 MultiHobieEuropeans Hobie 16 Gold, Wild Cat and FXOne day 1


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Photograph:Erik Olsen
Erik Olsen, Thursday, 3 July 2014

When the sailors went on the water around noon it was in about 15 knots of wind. Wind increased in periods up 20 knots gusting up to about 25. This in combination with a pretty rough sea. Perfect and genuine Hobie 16 conditions as more exited and tired sailors claimed after the four races of the day. Nevertheless, the tough conditions took their toll in the Hobie 16 class with capsizes and retreats to the beach.

The high aspect square top sails of the Wild Cats and FX-Ones in combination with the prevailing conditions left the sailors of these classes even less margin for mistakes.  To put it differently the distance between success and swimming proved subtle! ;-)

The leaders after day 1 and four races are:

Hobie 16

CEDRIC BADER/LAURENT BADER (FRA)

Hobie Wild Cat

JULIEN FERAUD/CHARLES GATE (FRA)

Hobie FX-One

ALFREDO BERNAD (ESP)

Hobie FX-One Double

CARLES VICENS/IGNASI SITGES (ESP)

 

 

2014 MultiHobieEuropeans Hobie 16 SPI Youth and Hobie 14 concluded


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Erik Olsen, Wednesday, 2 July 2014

After three days of racing and one waiting for wind the Hobie 16 SPI Youth and Hobie 14 concluded today. The youth got eleven races and the Hobie 14s nine. These in quite varied conditions with everything from light and reasonably flat up to about twenty knots and more rough wave conditions.

The Danish Bjoernholt brothers ruled the youth discipline far and away almost from the beginning. Their main challenges were an OCS and making it in time for the prize giving! ;-) A bi-cycle gave up.

Hobie 14 winner:

Wolfgang Ehrich (GER)

 

Hobie 16 SPI Youth winners:

1. Daniel & Nicolaj Bjoernholt (DEN)

2. Thomas Tiffon/Maureen McGrogan (FRA)

3. Alexandre Molina/Vianney Salvi (FRA)

 

The Hobie 16 Cut Party went into full swing following the celebration of the HC14 and HC16 Youth winners. Pretty sure some are still partying! 

 

 

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MultiHobieEuropeans Hobie 16 Women, Masters, Grand Masters and Spi Cup concluded


EHCA HC16 Open Spi Cup:
Photograph:Erik Olsen
Erik Olsen, Tuesday, 1 July 2014

After eight exiting races in very varied wind and wave conditions the Hobie 16 Women, Masters, Grand Masters and Spi Cup disciplines have come to the end.

With the lighter part on day one and the more animated part on day two with up about 20 knots and more bumpy rides the podium positions went to:

EHCA HC16 Open Spi Cup:

1. Cedric & Laurent Bader (FRA)

2. Orion Martin/Charlotte Hilliard (FRA)

3. Fletcher & Georgia Warren-Myers (AUS)

EHCA Masters discipline:

1. JACQUES & MICHELE HUBLET (FRA)

2. TORSTEN & IMKE HENGSTMANN (GER)

3. THOMAS WALLER/ANGELA GUWAK (AUT)

EHCA Womens discipline:

1. Krystal Weir/Sarah Newman (AUS)

EHCA Grand Masters discipline:

1. SERAFIN SANZ CUEVAS/ANA TOMAS MIRALLE (ESP)

 

Following the prize giving the party continued in a nearby beach-bar with live rockabilly music, dancing and maybe a drink or two! ;-) Great fun for sure! J

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2014 Hobie 18 Womens North Americans & 2014 Hobie 16 Trapseat North Americans


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Event, Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Central Okanagan Sailing Association members made the podium in both fleets of racers at the Hobie 18 women's and Hobie 16 Trapseat North American Championships last weekend.

The Championships were held at the Central Okanagan Sailing Association.

The Hobie 18 event was won by Chris Bradshaw and Serenity Taha of Kansas, who earned several first place finishes over the three day event.

Gillian Thomson and Ruth Branscombe of COSA were a close second and remained the best finishers in the class for Canada.

The battle for third place was intense, with a tie going into the third day between Kelly Havig and Valerie Pioszak of Oregon, and Bryana Van Leuuwen of Ontario and her sailing partner Heather Halperin of Kelowna.  

Van Leeuwen and Halperin, who are both sailing and race coaches at COSA, struggled in the heavy winds on the final day of racing to earn fourth place in the class.

The fourth place finish of Van Leeuwen and Halperin was made even more impressive as their boat de-masted during the first day of racing.

Other notable finishes were COSA coaches Brishen Holmes-Slattery and Zoe Roberts in 9th, and COSA coach Elizabeth Hardy with Tawnya-Dhaun Fox of Vancouver taking 7th.

The Hobie 16 Trapseat, which is sailed by a disabled skipper and an able bodied crew, was won by Paralympain Danny McCoy and his COSA crew Larry Robinson.

McCoy  barely edged out another Paralympian, Ken Kelly, who was sailing with current COSA President Alan Wright. Third place was claimed by Americans Bob Jones from Washington, and Bob Johnson of Texas.

The huge range of weather conditions experienced over the three day event made setting courses challenging for race officers, Ron Rubadeau and Steve Brunsden.

Winds gusted to over 25 knots at various times during the event, while sudden wind shifts made setting and sailing courses difficult.

Varying weather conditions also made sailing more interesting, as crews had to demonstrate skills in both light and heavy winds.

The third and final day of sailing was the most dramatic, with heavy winds throughout the day. A capsize in the fourth race by ninth place finishers Holmes-Slattery and Roberts cost the team several positions in the overall standings.

The Thomson/Branscombe team traded first and second place finishes with overall winners Bradshaw/Taha.

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2014 Hobie 17 North Americans Day 3 Report


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Photograph:Matt Bounds
Matt Bounds, Thursday, 19 June 2014

Thunder and lightning greeted the competitors early on the morning of day three of the Hobie 17 North Americans.  At daybreak, the rain had stopped, but an impressive shelf cloud lowered over the venue – a vivid reminder of the threat of tornadoes.

Despite the threatening weather (the bulk of it stayed to the north) the fleet headed out in a 9 knot sou’easterly and a nasty 3 foot chop left over from the passing storms after a 40 minute on-shore postponement.  The chop made starboard tack difficult – the 17 is an underpowered boat, and there was a lot of hobby-horsing going on.

The first attempt at a start resulted in a crush at the pin and a last-second postponement.  The second attempt resulted in a clean start, with John Bauldry taking the pin.  The wind went persistently left during the race, making that side pay off on every weather leg.  Halfway up the first weather leg, the wind built to trapezing, which made the chop less of an issue.  Matt Bounds led around almost every mark, but Canadian Dan Borg ground him down on the offwind legs, taking the race by a boatlength.

The second race was similar to the first, with the left side paying off and Matt Bounds leading around every mark – except the finish, when Dan Borg had slipped in to take the win.  Former NA Champion Phil Collins was 4th in the first race (his throwout) and 3rd in the second.

 At the conclusion of the second race, the wind had softened considerably, and with a line of thunderstorms marching across Michigan, PRO Steve Harris sent the fleet to the beach to hunker down under the beach canopy and put a dent in the beer cooler contents.

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2014 Hobie 17 North Americans Day 2
Matt Bounds, Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Day two for the Hobie 17 North Americans dawned hot and muggy, with a chance of severe storms in the afternoon.  A fresh sou’westerly kept the mayflies out over Lake Erie and promised a heavy air day on the water.  The High Performance Fat Boys were salivating at the opportunity to show their stuff.

The signal boat set up over a mile offshore, and the 18 competitors left the beach for a quick six minute reach out for the first warning at 10 AM.  The first race started right on time in about 15kts, but the wind quickly built up to the mid-20s with gust above 30 kts.  The wheels started to come off – at one time, a third of the fleet was not pointy-side up.  Former North American champion Matt Bounds led around the course to take what turned out to be the only race of the day.  The RC wisely sent the fleet to the beach to see if the wind would lie down before the predicted storms in the late afternoon.  It didn’t, and AP over A (done for the day) was displayed at 1 PM.

With four races completed, the fleet now gets to throw out their worst score.  Dan Borg leads the event with 5 points; Phil Collins is second with 6 points; Matt Bounds is third with 11 points.

The competitors spent the afternoon anchoring their boats down in preparation for the coming storms and gathered around the cooler to sample the large selection of Michigan craft beers provided by the event organizer.   

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Day 1 Report – Monday, June 16, 2014

The International Hobie 17 isn’t as sexy as the A-Class Cats, but they had wings long before the A-Cats began to fly.  The first production one-design, high performance single-handed catamaran is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year at its North American Championship in LaSalle, Michigan at North Cape Yacht Club.

Yesterday saw practice racing in a 15 kt easterly on Lake Erie that kicked up a short period, five foot chop, testing racers upwind and making downwind legs a surf-fest.  Former North American champion Matt Bounds “won” the first two races, but being superstitious, did not actually cross the finish line (it’s bad luck to win practice races).  Current North American champion Phil Collins was a close second in both races, and won the third race when Matt went to the beach.  The start line was only a couple hundred yards off the beach and many other competitors chose to watch the show from the safety of North Cape YC’s extensive beach, rather than brave the onshore wind and surf.

Storms were predicted overnight and into this morning, but the weatherman was wrong in a good way – the day dawned clear, sunny – and humid.  We went from spring to summer in one day.  Not only was it hot and humid, but the mayfly hatch is in full swing – and there were millions of them this morning.  The east wind kept them mostly away yesterday, but the light southwesterly this morning allowed them to collect in piles around every streetlight, and they were stuck to nearly every surface in the lee of the wind.  A gas-powered leaf blower was used to clear them away from the club entrance.

After a brief postponement, the 18 boat fleet was underway in their first race at 11:35 in an eight-knot westerly.  Three races were completed today in fluky, variable winds of mostly less than 10 kts that had most sailors pulling out what hair they had.  Each race had a different winner, including John Bauldry, who is returning to the class after a 12-year absence.  However, today was the “Phil and Dan Show” as Phil Collins and former North American champion Dan Borg each won the other two races and are tied for first place with 6 points.  Stephen Acquart is in third and Bart Beck in fourth.  

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Jens Hannemann, Wednesday, 11 June 2014

An excellent start in the last race for Ingo Delius / Sabine Delius-Wenig in Hobie 16

A perfect port start for skipper Ingo Delius in the 5th and last race of the Hobie 16 Regatta in Grömitz safed him the final overall victory in a very strong field before Kerstin Wichardt / Sarah Schütte second place and the Youth World Champions Nicolaj Björnholt / Nicklas Heide from Denmark. „We know that we have to try something special to win,“ said Ingo Delius after the race. „We saw the line to pin end, the wind was fine and the field was not fast enough to come down right in time. That was an amazing start for us,“ Ingo Delius smiling.

Former champion Detlef Mohr with his long year crew Karen Wichardt, sailed two first places and finished one time second, but with two OCS it was not possible to get in the top rankings after 5 races.

„Due to the wind conditions it was not possible to sail more than 5 races, so we only could take out one OCS. If you sail like this you cannot expect more,“ said Detlef Mohr after his 16th place overall.

The beautiful and warm weather in Grömitz at the sunny side of the Baltic Sea made it difficult. The weak winds in the forecast, the likelihood of thunderstorms, and a 180° windshift on Sunday had to be overcome. "Fortunately Grömitz has shown us once again that even if other places in Schleswig-Holstein due to the weather conditions can not be sailed, we get our regattas," said Jens Hannemann by the organizer Prosail. "We almost get these nice stable thermal conditions we need to perform very close to the pier and our sepctators."

In other classes Hobie 14 was won by Andreas Martens (7 points), Tanja Rindt (9 points) and Jörg Stoltenberg (10 points), as well Hobie Tiger by Fritz Klocke with 5 daily first places in front of Reiner Gehrmann / Martin Gehrmann (9 points) and Ole Schönherr / Nis Carstensen (16 points).

All information: www.Prosail.de

Next dates for Super Sail Tour 2014:

Super Sail Tour Scharbeutz vom 04.07.14 bis 06.07.14

Super Sail Tour Kellenhusen vom 18.07.14 bis 20.07.14

Super Sail Tour Final Race Westerland/ Sylt vom 08.08.14 bis 17.08.14

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General Class Rule 17.7 & 17.8, HC16 Rule 9 & new HC16 Rule 7.5 proposals


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IHCA Rules Committee, Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The IHCA Rules Committee wish to distribute the following Class Rules changes for your consideration and comment. The comment period closes 31st July 2014. If accepted they will come into  effect 1st October 2014.
 

General Rule 17.7 & 17.8 PROPOSAL

PROPOSAL

17.7

For the purpose of Youth and/or Junior Events, the following applies unless otherwise prescribed in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions:

  1. a)  Competitors for Youth series shall be under the age of 21 years of age on 31 December of the year at the commencement of the event.

  2. b)  Competitors for Junior series shall be under the age of 16 years of age on 31 December of the year at the commencement of the event.

  3. c)  For ISAF Events and qualification series up to ISAF Events (or events using the ISAF age definition) all competitors shall be under the age of 19 years on 31 December of the year of the event. 

17.8 

For the purpose of Master and/or Grand Master and/or Great Grand Masters Events the following applies:

  1. a)  The helmsperson for Master series shall be 45 years or older on 31 December of the year at the commencement of the event. The age of crewmembers in Master series is open.

  2. b)  The helmsperson for Grand Master series shall be 55 years or older on 31 December of the year at the commencement of the event. The age of crewmembers in Grand Master series shall not be less than 40 years on 31 December of the year at the commencement of the event.

  3. c)  The helmsperson for Great Grand Master series shall be 65 years or older on 31 December of the year at the commencement of the event. The age of crewmembers in Great Grand Master series shall not be less than 40 years on 31 December of the year at the commencement of the event. 

CURRENT POSITION

17.7 

For the purpose of Youth and/or Junior Events, the following apply unless otherwise prescribed in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions:

         a) Competitors for Youth series shall be under the age of 21 years of age on 31 December of the year of the event. 

  1. b)  Competitors for Junior series shall be under the age of 16 years of age on 31 December of the year of the event.

  2. c)  For ISAF Events and qualification series up to ISAF Events (or events using the ISAF age definition) all competitors shall be under the age of 19 years on 31 December of the year of the event.

17.8 For the purpose of Master and/or Grand Master Events following apply:

  1. a)  The helmsperson for Master series shall be 45 years or older on 31 December of the year of the event. The age of crewmembers in Master series is open.

  2. b)  The helmsperson for Grand Master series shall be 55 years or older on 31 December of the year of the event. The age of crewmembers in Grand Master series shall not be less than 40 years on 31 December of the year of the event.

REASON

Clarification and a wish to add a category of the Great Grand Masters class to acknowledge older sailors. 

 

Hobie Cat 16 rule 9

PROPOSAL

A maximum of two trapeze wires are allowed on each side of the boat. Trapeze wires shall be of stainless steel wire of not less than 2.38 mm diameter. The minimum length of the trapeze wire, including shackles, shall be from the bearing point on the mast tang to a point 760 mm above the base of the mast extrusion. Adjustable systems may be attached to the trapeze wire shackled to the mast tang.

CURRENT POSITION

A maximum of two trapeze wires are allowed on each side of the boat. Supplied wires may be shortened, lengthened and have adjustable systems installed.

REASON

Clarification 

 

 

New Hobie Cat 16 rule 7.5

PROPOSAL

For the purpose of Grand Master and Great Grand Masters Events, the minimum weight shall be 140 kg.

CURRENT POSITION

N/A.

REASON

Statistics from the Grand Master events at recent Worlds indicates the need of raising the min. crew weight in order to ensure competition on more equal terms.

The proposals are hereby distributed for comments according to the provisions of General Class Rule 24.
Comments to be sent to:
rules@hobieclass.com with copy to david.brookes@hobieclass.com. Please state your full name and the Hobie Association/Fleet you are a paid up member of when making your comment. Deadline: July 31, 2014.

The proposed changes are supposed to go into effect as of October 1, 2014 if accepted.

Erik Olsen

IHCA Rules Committee Chair 

Other Links
 Document

 

2014 Australian Hobie Cat Nationals


2014 Australian Hobie Cat Nationals
event, Sunday, 25 May 2014

Bunbury WA - 31st Dec 2014 to 4th Jan 2015

2014 Hobie Cat Nationals
Koombana Bay - Bunbury, Western Australia


Hogs Breath Cafe and Hobie Cat Australasia are proud to announce the 2014/15 Hobie Class Australian National Championships will be held at Koombana Bay Sailing Club, Bunbury, Western Australia

Koombana Bay Sailing Club is the centre of sailing in the South West of Western Australia - Located on Anchorage Cove in Bunbury, the club overlooks Koombana Bay, and is an established catamaran and dingy club. KBSC is passionate in promoting sailing and takes pride in welcoming the 2014/15 Hobie Nationals.

Ample camping and quality accommodation is closely situated in walking distance to the KBSC , while the town centre is only a short 5 minute drive.

January will be guaranteed blue skies, warm weather, kick arse strong winds and flat water to be the perfect Hobie racing venue.

The KBSC is already working closely with the HCAWA to ensure these titles are the best ever, and are definitely worth the trip over from the eastern and southern states.

Other Links
 Offical web site

 

2014 Hobie North American Championships updated


HCANA logo
David Brookes, Tuesday, 20 May 2014

2014 Hobie North American Championships 

 

Hobie 17 North American's
North Cape Yacht Club, Michigan
June 15-20, 2014
 
Hobie 18 Women's and Hobie 16 Trapseat North American's
COSA, BC Canada
June 26-29, 2014
NOR        website
 
Hobie 14, Wave and Hobie 16 Youth North American's
Sandy Hook Bay Catamaran Club
Atlantic Highlands, NJ
July 10-12, 2014
 
POSTPONED  Hobie 18, 20, Tiger and Wildcat North American's
Huntington Lake, CA
August 4-8, 2014
Scott Erwin wscotterwin@yahoo.com  or (805) 610-7812
 
Hobie 18, 20, Tiger and Wildcat North American's
Cascade Locks, OR
August 4-8, 2014
Paul Evenden (604) 816-3043 or pevenden@telus.net
 
 
Hobie 16 North American's & Pan AM qualifier
Lewes Yacht Club, Lewes, DE
September 22-26, 2014
NOR  Register on-line
Charter boats contact Wally Myers and Rob Jerry both will have some boats available
 
 
2015 Hobie North American Championships 
 
Hobie 18, 20, Tiger and Wildcat North American's
Huntington Lake, CA
Aug 3-7, 2015
Scott Erwin wscotterwin@yahoo.com  or (805) 610-7812
 

Tanzacat 12th to 20th of September 2014


Tanzacat 2014
David Brookes, Friday, 9 May 2014

Dar es Salaam Yacht Club (DYC) is pleased to host Tanzacat 2014 - Karibu / Welcome

Following from last year's successful Racing & Zanzibar Raid the event this year is 8 days of racing in the waters of the Msasani Bay and the Zanzibar Channel from the 12th to 20th of September.

  • Lunches on sand bars and holiday getaway destinations
  • places are limited to 50 cats

if you are interested then please register your interest now


See you at Tanzacat '14

Other Links
 Official Web site

 

3rd South American Hobie 16 Championships and Brazil Hobie 14 & 16 Nationals


Maria Farinha
David Brookes, Saturday, 15 March 2014

Pan Am Games Qualifier for the Hobie 16

The 3rd South American Championship Hobie Cat 16 will take place from 6 -9 November  2014. The races take place in  Maria Farinha, north coast of the state of Pernambuco, Brazil. The event will be the qualifying event to the appropriate countries for the Hobie 16 to compete in the upcoming Pan American Games.

The Brazil Hobie 14 and 16 National Champiosnhsips will be held at Maria Farinha, north coast of the state of Pernambuco, Brazil 1-5 November 2014

Other Links
 Web site
 Notice of Race
 Notice of Race with English
 Notice of Race for Brazil H14 &16