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30 Jul 2015 Day 7 of the Hobie MultiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans.
30 Jul 2015 5th Hobie Dragoon World Championships and Hobie 16 European Youth with Spi presentation
29 Jul 2015 5th Hobie Dragoon World Championships & Day 6 Hobie MultiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans
28 Jul 2015 Hobie 14 World Championship, European Hobie 16 women, Spi Open, Master, GM and GGM video
27 Jul 2015 2015 Hobie MultiWorlds and Europeans Day 4 + video
26 Jul 2015 Hobie MultiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans Day 3 Video
25 Jul 2015 Hobie 14 Worlds Day 2
24 Jul 2015 Day 1 2015 Hobie 14 Worlds
23 Jul 2015 Hobie MultiWorlds DAY 0 CHARTER BOATS UP !
22 Jul 2015 2015 Pan Am Games
15 Jul 2015 How to raise a Hobie 18 mast
12 Jul 2015 2015 Pacific Games conclude
2 Jul 2015 Hobie Wildcat proposed changes for comment
21 Jun 2015 2016 Philippine Hobie Challenge Notice of Race and entry form released
5 Jun 2015 Tanzacat update
4 Jun 2015 3rd Italian Hobie National Multiclass - Cagliari - May 31 / June 2
2 Jun 2015 IHCA Rules Committee Q&A for Hobie MultiWorlds
2 Jun 2015 2015 Austrain Hobie Championships
29 May 2015 Tanzacat Latest News
29 May 2015 2015 French Hobie Championships
26 May 2015 Madcatter Regatta 39
25 May 2015 2 Class rule changes for comment
19 May 2015 Tanzacat and Zanzibar Raid 18-26 September 2015
10 May 2015 2015 Hobie 14 & 16 Brazilian Championships 31 Oct to 7 Nov
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
17 Feb 2015 2015 Hobie 16 North American Championships
15 Sep 2014 2014 Open Danish Hobie Cat 16 Nationals concluded
 

Day 7 of the Hobie MultiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans.

David Brookes, Thursday, 30 July 2015

Father and son lead Hobie Tiger and Wild Cat World Championships.

The race committee sent the Hobie Tiger and Wild Cats off the beach this morning for four races. In 6-11 knots of breeze the World Championships was off to a flying start.

In the Wild Cat Fleet the top two places are tied with Mitch and Ruben Booth ESP with a 1,3,2,1 scorecard and Elia Mazzucchi ITA who scored 3,1,1,2.

The Tigers have William and Douglas Edwards RSA have the lead with 5,3,2,1 scorecard. William said ‘it was much easier to just hit one of the corners and take your chances.’

Former Hobie 16 world champion Shaun Ferry, ‘we had two seconds and should have a third. We did one lap less and then had to unwind ourselves and then chase the fleet.’

The Hobie 16 Gold and Silver Fleet had a long day on the racecourse. Four races were sailed but there were some general recall and black flag starts. A black flag requires sailors to stay behind the starting line a minute before the start. If they cross the line then they will be disqualified.

Great Grand Master winner, Kerli Corlette said ‘the racing was very intense but the wind conditions of 6-11 knots was quite good.’

Racing was intense with mixed results mixed. Daniel Bjornholt DEN current Hobie 16 Youth World Champion 28,1,4,4. After four races Daniel can drp his worst race a 28th to lead the championships. Cedric and Laurent Bader FRA sailed consistently with a 5,5,3,3 scorecard to be in second place. Though their drop race is much better with only discarding a 5th place.

In the Silver fleet  Peter Gentschand Doris Gauthier GER have sailed consistently to score an impressive 1,1,10,2 scorecard to lead the field.

 

 

5th Hobie Dragoon World Championships and Hobie 16 European Youth with Spi presentation


5th Hobie Dragoon World Champions
David Brookes, Thursday, 30 July 2015


5th Dragoon World Champions

2015 Hobie 16 European Youth Champions with Spi
 

5th Hobie Dragoon World Championships & Day 6 Hobie MultiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans


Lou and Swan Berthomieu 5th Hobie Dragoon WORLD CHAMPIONS
David Brookes, Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Day 6 of the Hobie MutliWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans was the last day for the Hobie Dragoon World Champions. The last day for the Hobie 16 qualifiers and Hobie 16 Youth with Spinnakers to qualifier for the Hobie 16 Gold fleet. Sailors from each European country Hobie class have already had their top sailors qualify in their own country.

The sailors in Hobie 16 Gold Fleet will have a new sail provided by Hobie Cat Europe to race. Silver fleet will also continue racing with their own sails in a separate fleet.

In the morning the race committee sent the sailors out. Unfortunately storms to the north caused an unstable wind pattern. The race committee sent the sailors back to shore for lunch while the wind increased and stabilised.

After a break onshore the sailors headed back out to the race course in a 5-8 knot southerly breeze.

5th Dragoon World Championships had two races today. The Swetenham sisters from Jersey Island had a successful day with two 2nd places. They echoed on the beach ‘we started the worlds well, had a bad middle section and came back at the end. We are so excited and pleased to sail so well. ‘

Nothing could stop Lou and Swan Berthomieu FRA with their  consistency from winning the world championships. Going into the last day with a five point lead she did more than enough to secure the world championships. The young sister sailed consistently during the World Championships. They were so excited to win the 5th Hobie World Championships. Lou said ‘this is Swan’s first regatta and we won the Hobie Dragoon World Championships.  Swan, was equally excited ‘we won the worlds at our first time together’.  After speaking to these two young talented sailors it is very clear the have a very long and exciting time in sailing. They remained very calm during the sailing and also after the racing. The sport of Hobie Cat sailing has a long way to do with all these young sailors who are as professional both an off the water.

The Hobie 16 Youth with Spinnaker Nicklas Heide and Martin Holm from Denmark won with a 17 point advantage over Alessandro Cesarini from Italy. The top 4 all progress to the Gold Fleet.

The top Hobie 16 sailors from the qualifier will move into the Gold Fleet and race with sailors prequalified from their own country. There was a series of recalls on the Hobie 16 fleet . Didier Arnould, and Vitrac Mateata from Tahiti won the qualifiers, All will start their points from zero again tomorrow.

The Hobie Wild Cats and Hobie Tigers start their World Championships. With sailors from around the world turning their skills in these two classes. 

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Lou and Swan Berthomieu 5th Hobie Dragoon WORLD CHAMPIONS
 

Hobie 14 World Championship, European Hobie 16 women, Spi Open, Master, GM and GGM video

David Brookes, Tuesday, 28 July 2015

 

2015 Hobie MultiWorlds and Europeans Day 4 + video


2015 Hobie MultiWorlds and Europeans
David Brookes, Monday, 27 July 2015

Day 4 Video

 


2015 Hobie MultiWorlds and Europeans

2015 Hobie MultiWorlds and Europeans
 

Hobie MultiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans Day 3 Video


Hobie 14 Thorin Zelmeiker
David Brookes, Sunday, 26 July 2015

Hobie MulitiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans Day 3 Video 

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Hobie 14 Worlds Day 2

David Brookes, Saturday, 25 July 2015

Two races have been held today at the 15th Hobie 14 World Championships at Gargnano, Lago Di Garda Italy.

The sailors awoke to a thunderstorm and lightning show. With the northerly wind pushing the storm away. That also bought a relief to the high temperatures.

The first race of the day (race 4 of the series) was started in a gusty 12-17 knots of breeze. Stefan Griesmeyer from Italy won the race with Fletcher Warren-Myers from New Zealand a close second. With championship leader Blaine Dodds from South Africa in 9th place after touching another boat and having to a penalty turn.

In the second race of the day Fletcher Warren-Myers won the race. With Blaine Dodds in second and former Hobie 14 World Champion Thorin Zeilmaker from the Netherlands in third.

The race committee postponed the racing allowing the southerly wind to arrive.

With the new breeze the Australian ladies showed the way.  Georgia Warren-Myers was first followed by Mia Hordern was second. Blaine Dodds (first male) was third to keep is overall championships lead.

In the seventh race of the series Georgia Warren-Myers lead from start to finish to make a wonderful sailing day for the Warren-Myers. The Warren-Myers won 3 out of the four races sailed today. Fletcher Warren-Myers said he had some luck in the race.’I fouled a boat and had to a penalty turn. As I did my turns the other tacked off and I found a windshift and gained all the paces I lost doing the penalty turn’

Blaine Dodds, ‘I had  bad start and then whatever I did I couldn’t get back into the race leaders’.

 

 

Day 1 2015 Hobie 14 Worlds


Blaine Doods just passing Fletcher Warren-Myers at the finish
David Brookes, Friday, 24 July 2015

18 knots from the North greeted the sailors for the 15th Hobie 14 World Championships at Gargnano, Lago Di Garda Italy. 36 sailors from 11 countries and five continents are in attendance.

The first race started in 18 knots gusting up 23 knots and slightly choppy waters.  The choppy water caused some problems for some of the sailors. The defending Hobie 14 champions Arnaud Thieme defense could not have started worse for him. Arnaud capsized .With a lot of races ahead Arnaud will have his work cut out for him.

Race one was won by Broder Diedrichsen from Germany followed by Blaine Dodds of South Africa. Third was former Hobie 14 World champion Thorin Zeilmaker from the Netherlands. Blaine had the lead but capsized on the downwind leg.

Blaine said ‘ I was going downwind and I capsized. The bow just buried itself and it was all over. When I righted the boat I was n fourth pace and managed to just past Fletcher Warren-Myers on the finish line’

In the second race the wind eased to 10 knots with Blaine Dodds winning with Arnaud Thieme in second  and Stefan Griesmeyer from Italy in third. 

The race committee started a third race but with the wind decreasing the race was shortened. Blaine won the race in shifty conditions to take the lead of the championships.

 

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Hobie MultiWorlds DAY 0 CHARTER BOATS UP !


Hobie 14 Worlds Day 0
HCE, Thursday, 23 July 2015

200 TEAMS, 400 COMPETITORS, 26 COUNTRIES FROM 5 CONTINENTS
The Hobie trailer has arrived in this magnificent place of Gargnano, Lago di Garda, where tomorrow the 2015 Hobie MultiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans will start. The preparation of the charter boats are well under way and competitors coming from all over the world continue to gather in the Club Nautico Gargnano.
Record Entry List
Over 200 teams, coming from 26 countries from all over the world, have entered this prestigious Hobie Event. The most represented countries in Europe are Germany with 50 teams, France with 42 and Italy with 40. For the other continents, 15 South African teams have entered and they arrived with a container full of boats, especially 8 Hobie Tiger representing half of the Hobie Tiger Worlds fleet. Australia is represented with 12 teams, nearly all using charter boats from Hobie Cat Europe or from other local source. South America is represented by 4 teams from Brazil and 1 team from Venezuela and the North America is represented by 1 team from USA and one team from Canada.
 
We are all looking forward to an amazing high level competition in this gorgeous area of Italy that is Lake Garda !
 
Stay in touch !
 
For race results, photos and videos, head to hobie16europeans.com to check out all the action!


Hobie 14 Worlds Day 0

Hobie 14 Worlds Day 0

Hobie 14 Worlds Day 0

Hobie 14 Worlds Day 0
 

2015 Pan Am Games


2015 Pan Am Games Hobie sailors
David Brookes, Wednesday, 22 July 2015

The 2015 Pan Am Games sailed on Lake Ontario Toronto, Canada. This was the 17th Pan Am Games. Held every four years in the year before the Olympic Games, the Pan American Games are the third largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games. The history of the Pan American Games dates back to 1951 when the Games were first hosted by Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 2015 Pan American Games mark the 17th celebration of the Pan American Sports Organization event.

Racing was tight with each country only allowed one Hobie 16 team the best of the Pan Am countries Hobie 16 sailors attended. With winds light it was always going to be tough racing.  With four different teams on top of scoreboard on different occasions.  On the medal race which is the last race only the top 5 teams were allowed to compete.

The eventual medalists after 12 tough races were.

Gold
Jason Hess and Irene Abascal Van Blerk from Guatemala

Silver
Mark and Grace Modderman from the USA

Bronze
Enrique Figueroa and Franchesca and Valdes Ortega Puerto Rico

The 2015 Pan Am Games sailed on Lake Ontario Toronto, Canada. This was the 17th Pan Am Games. Held every four years in the year before the Olympic Games, the Pan American Games are the third largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games. The history of the Pan American Games dates back to 1951 when the Games were first hosted by Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 2015 Pan American Games mark the 17th celebration of the Pan American Sports Organization event.

 

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2015 Pan Am Games Medalists

2015 Pan Am Games Medalists

2015 Pan Am Games

2015 Pan Am Games

2015 Pan Am Games
 

How to raise a Hobie 18 mast


How to raise a Hobie 18 mast
David Brookes, Wednesday, 15 July 2015

A new video loaded onto the IHCA Youtube web site showing ways to raise a Hobie 18 mast.

 

 

2015 Pacific Games conclude


The winners in action
David Brookes, Sunday, 12 July 2015

The 2015 Pacific Games was raced in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Raced every 4 years this is the pinnacle of sailing for most of the island nations With a closed entry list only the best sailors form the Pacific Islands attended with a quality Hobie fleet. This included Former World and European Champion Jerome Le Gal sailing with a young New Caledonian Leo Belouard  as his new crew.

12 races were conducted in Fairfax harbor with winds varying from 7-22 knots. When the trades winds blow they wind is very consistent in direction and strength.

Overall winners were

 GOLD Jerome LeGall/Leo Bellouard New Caledonia
SILVER Thomas Dupont/Jeremy Picot New Caledonia
BRONZE Shayne Brodie/Taleilisi Brodie FIJi

In the teams medals

GOLD
Jerome LeGall/Leo Bellouard
Dupont/Jeremy Picot New Caledonia

SILVER
Shayne Brodie/Taleilisi Brodie
Epeli Lulusago FIJi

Bronze
Gwenaelle Janicaud/ Tuiterai Salmon
Arnaud Teva Bourdelon/ Emmanuel Rousseau Tahiti

Well done to all the sailors

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Jerome Le Gal

2015 Pacific Games

2015 Pacific Games

2015 Pacific Games

2015 Pacific Games

2015 Pacific Games

2015 Pacific Games

2015 Pacific Games

2015 Pacific Games

Gold medlaists
 

Hobie Wildcat proposed changes for comment


IHCA logo
IHCA Rules Committee, Thursday, 2 July 2015

Hobie Cat Europe (HCE) has proposed fourteen upgrades and modifications to the Hobie Wildcat. ISAF has now reviewed and accepted all.

The proposed upgrades and modifications have made necessary the addition of two class rule amendments for your review and comment. 

Comments to be concluded by 15th August 2015

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2016 Philippine Hobie Challenge Notice of Race and entry form released


Philippine Hobie Challenge
Angelo Hicban, Sunday, 21 June 2015

The Notice Of Race and Entry Form for the 2016 Philippine Hobie Challenge is now available .

This time, we are set to conquer Southwestern Visayas with five breathtaking and enchanting island destinations to explore from February 20 to 28, 2016. Get ready to walk in white sand beaches, swim with whale sharks, interact with endangered wildlife and climb tiny chocolate hills!

Race Itinerary

Friday 19th February 2016

1830 Arrival party in Mactan

Saturday 20th February 2016

0900 Start of Challenge

1100 Registration at Mactan Resort

1400 Boat Tuning, Scrutineering and Safety Inspections, Compulsory Competitors’ Briefing at Race Control

1830 Welcome Party

Sunday 21st February 2016

0900 In-Shore Races

1600 Sailing Clinic

Monday 22nd February 2016

0800 Leg 1 – Mactan Island to Cabilao Island

1600 Cabilao Island Outreach

Tuesday 23rd February 2016

0800 Leg 2 – Cabilao Island to Sumilon Island

Wednesday 24th February 2016

0730 Swimming with whale sharks

0930 Leg 3 – Sumilon Island to Balicasag Island

1700 Balicasag Island Outreach

Thursday 25th February 2016

0800 In-Shore Races

1100 Lunch at Panglao

1300 Tarsier/Chocolate Hills Tour

1430 Sail back to Balicasag

Friday 26th February 2015

0800 Leg 4 – Balicasag Island to San Juan, Siquijor

Saturday 27th February 2016

0800 Leg 5 – Siquijor Island – End of Challenge

1800 Awards Dinner

Sunday 28th February 2016

1000 Transfer – San Juan, Siquijor to Dumaguete Airport

Note: Itinerary and locations are still subject to change.

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Tanzacat update


Tanzacat
Event, Friday, 5 June 2015

Organisation of the 2015 Tanzacat Open Catamaran Bay Racing and Zanzibar Raid is steaming ahead!

Hobie France have agreed with Hobie SA to supply 10 new Hobie 16s and 5 new Hobie 14s for this years Tanzacat event and the manufacture of these boats is underway at speed. Hobie SA are also making available a limited number of Hobie Tigers. The specific arrangements for charter have been published on the event website www.tanzacat.com. Shipping date from France is early July to ensure an early arrival in Dar es Salaam. Shipping arrangements of this container and a container of competing boats from South Africa are at an advanced stage. There is a strong demand for these boats so an early reservation of charter boats and entry of the event is recommended.

Event entries are now officially open and the Notice of race is available on the website. Those sailors entering and making payment before the 14th of June will receive a 10% discount for both the Raid and the Bay racing entry fee. Payment details have been posted on the website. Once payment has been made proof of payment should be emailed to our event email address tanzacat@daryachtclub.com.

Finally the Masika long rains along the East African coastline have abated and the fresh steady south easterly monsoon wind known as the Kusi has set in with clear skies and great sailing conditions. Time for the Dar sailors to shake  the moisture off their sails and get on the water to prepare for the challenge of racing against some world class sailors.

Block bookings have been for accommodation on Zanzibar at Zanzibar Beach Resort and at Karamba Beach Resort for the event. Your confirmation of booking requirements should be sent through to Emily at Authentic Tanzania to ensure you get a bed. Your family and friend visitors bookings should be made at the same time. Authentic Tanzania will also take care of your bookings in Dar es Salaam. Refer to the website for contact details and accommodation choices. The azure and turquoise blue waters and exotic spice aromas of the island beckon.

A new addition to the program this year will be a warm up Prologue time trial format race to be held off the DYC beach on the Friday afternoon for a selected group of Tanzacat teams. Non-sailing club members and those sailors not sailing the Prologue will enjoy a spectator friendly race from a purpose built grandstand (courtesy of the Castle Lite sponsors TBL) to be followed by the opening ceremony and a BBQ dinner and party on the beach.

The Zanzibar Raid this year will follow a slightly modified course. A Google earth set of images with important coordinates has been posted with this update on the website. If any changes to the course are made these will be notified. The Raid will as always include sandbar and beach lunches and long windward and leeward legs along this amazing coastline.

We are looking forward to hosting you and sharing our east African sailing paradise with you, and making new sailing friends.

 

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3rd Italian Hobie National Multiclass - Cagliari - May 31 / June 2


3rd Italian National Hobie Multiclass - Cagliari
David Brookes, Thursday, 4 June 2015

Piero and Roberto Gessa Dessy (HC16 Open),

 Gianluigi Maria Ugolini and Jubilees (HC16 Spi),

Alessandro Serra and Alessandro Pileri (Dragoon):

Winners of the Hobie  National multiclass regatta held at Poetto, organized by the Windsurfing Club Cagliari. The third and final day even with light winds the leaders were not overtaken (7-10 knots from the south).

Andrea Martinelli and Ilaria Church tried to put pressure Gessa-Dessy with two first places, but the crew Cagliari - after 9th unwrapped – up the series  clearly winning the last race.

No real risk for the Spi-Ugolini Jubilees (3-1-1): finished with 7 points ahead of Cesarini-Rogge. Tied for third place Budroni-Beghetti and Barbera-Fagg (with an OCS on the second day), front-Gessa Pessola.

The real surprise of the race comes from the very young Dragoon: Serra-Pileri dominated in all three days, after winning from the  Italian champion in 2014, Luca Di Nisio. A good preparation for the World Championships to be held in July at the Lake Garda

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IHCA Rules Committee Q&A for Hobie MultiWorlds


MultiWorlds
IHCA Rules Committee, Tuesday, 2 June 2015

2015 Hobie MultiWorlds & Hobie 16 Europeans

Rule stuff Q & A

CLASS MEMBERSHIP

Q: What are the class membership requirements for the event?

A: All competitors must be paid-up members of a National/Regional Hobie Class Association or Hobie Fleet in good standing with the IHCA in accordance with the Class Rules of the International Hobie Class Association. Membership status will be subject to check for all competitors.

IDENTIFICATION ON SAILS

Q: What are the requirements for identification on sails?

A: National letters, class insignia and sail number shall be displayed on the mainsail. RRS Appendix G applies, however Hobie Cat classes do not need to have national letters in their spinnakers. Chartered and loaned boats are not required to have national letters in their mainsail. The same applies for the Hobie 16 Gold Fleet sails.

HC14 CLASS SPECIFIC

Q:  Is the Hobie 14 “Power ST” mainsail legal for the Worlds (class racing)?

A: No, the “Power ST” mainsail has never been approved by ISAF and IHCA as International Hobie Cat 14 class equipment.

HC TIGER / WILDCAT CLASS SPECIFIC

Q:  As some competitors are also using their boats for F18 racing, what should be kept in mind?

A: Only Hobie Cat Co. sails, dagger boards, rudder blades, trampolines etc. are class legal. See www.hobieclass.com for full details of the Class Rules.

If questions please let us know. See you on Lake Garda! J

Erik Olsen

IHCA Rules Committee Chair

E-mail: erik.olsen@hobieclass.com

Mobile: +45 2577 8801

SKYPE: e.olsen

 

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2015 Austrain Hobie Championships


2015 Austrian Hobie Championships
Angela Guwak, Tuesday, 2 June 2015

In Austria at least 15 boats have to compete for a regular national championship - at the end 3 boats were missing. So the AHCA and the club decided to sail a class championship as major event. 8 races, 3 days sailing with a weather forecast looking not very motivating: 12-15 degrees and strong wind forecast including heavy rain. After the first races it was clear, that Klemens Kitzmüller, Hanno Hardt (our German competitor) and Thomas Waller will fight for the titles. It was open to decide for the event to sail with/without spi (7 boats with spi/5 boats without) and the winner was rated by Yardstick Handicap rating.
1. Klemens Kitzmüller/Gundela Kitzmüller (with Spi)
2. Hanno Hardt/Franziska Petters (without Spi)
3. Thomas Waller/Angela Guwak (with Spi)

 Youth (< 25 years):
Karger Maximilian/Karger Gabriel (without Spi)

Masters:
Thomas Waller/Angela Guwak

To motivate the sailors the AHCA was serving hot wine punch after the races.


2015 Austrian Hobie Championships

2015 Austrian Hobie Championships

2015 Austrian Hobie Championships
 

Tanzacat Latest News


Tanzacat
David Scott, Friday, 29 May 2015

The 2015 Tanzacat Open Catamaran Bay Racing and Zanzibar Raid is on track to be another amazing event! The event runs in the warm water off Dar es Salaam city in east Africa and races between the continent and the Zanzibar spice islands.  Over 35 (so far) registered boats from 12 countries will be experiencing the new Zanzibar Raid route this year which is visiting islands and locations never before visited by the event. Sandbar lunches and barbeques on tropical islands with great sailing in between.
 
New Hobie 16s and 14s straight out of the French Factory are available for charter. Pristine boats in pristine water!  Charter details have been published on the event website www.tanzacat.com. There is a strong demand for these boats so an early reservation of charter boats and entry of the event is a must.
 
Entries are now officially open and can be done on the website by registering and completing payments. The Notice of Race is also now available on the website. Those sailors entering and making payment before the 14th of June will receive a 10% discount for both the Raid and the Bay racing entry fee. Payment details have been posted on the website. Once payment has been made proof of payment should be emailed to tanzacat@daryachtclub.com.
 
We are looking forward to hosting you and sharing our east African sailing paradise with you, and making new sailing friends.

 

 

2015 French Hobie Championships


2015 French Hobie Championships
Dominique and Francoise, Friday, 29 May 2015

A total of 76 crews (HC 14, HC 15, HC 16, HC Tiger and Wild Cat) sailed at Toulon , on the French Riviera, from May 23rd to 25th.
Very nice weather and generally light wind conditions.
On the shore side, a typical Hobie way of life, including a performing local DJ, to the delight of the young generation, and others as well.
HC14: a nice fight between Escarret, Bériou and Pfeiffer (twice world champion on HC16).

HC16: a champions’ fight between Cédric and Laurent Bader (3 times European champions) and Orion Martin / Charlotte Hilliard ( 2014 European champions and top ranking of world championship), Swann Estévane and Antoine Mayet , and Arnaud Thiémé (HC14 world champion who will defend his title in July in Garda),  and Ludovic Siguret (youth world champion in 1998).

The first Youths are Alexandre Rouxel and Mattéo Vergy (5th position), followed by ALexandre Molina and Vianney Salvi. These two crews will participate to the Red Bull Cup in Flying Phantom.

The first women are in 9th position Laetitia LEFEVRE et Fiona CAUVIN, and the first “classic” (without spi) are in 11th position (Sylvain Chanteloup and Adélie Pomade). The first masters (European champions) are Jacques and Michèle Hublet in 17th position.

Other series were as lively with Clément Pedduzi / Maxime Blondeau winning in Wild Cat, Jean François Bauler / Bernard Salarino in Tiger and James Cameron / Hugo Flory in HC 15.


The next important French Hobie Cat event will be held in Carnac end of August (French Championships, including the Alter Cup for the HC 14 and the Youths Spi championships).

 


2015 French Hobie Championships podium

2015 French Hobie Championships podium

2015 French Hobie Championships podium

2015 French Hobie Championships podium

2015 French Hobie Championships podium

2015 French Hobie Championships podium

2015 French Hobie Championships podium

2015 French Hobie Championships podium

2015 French Hobie Championships
 

Madcatter Regatta 39


Madcatter 39
Rich McVeigh, Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Fleet 204 of Syracuse, NY hosted the 39th Madcatter. No one seems to recall the exact derivation of the name but it’s preceded by an event called the Madhatter. It seems some crazy Alice in Wonderland theme to me.

Over the years, the Madcatter has grown to be one of the largest Hobie regattas in the North Eastern part of the USA. The event attracts sailors from all over the region and often includes a substantial contingent from Puerto Rico. This might seem odd when you consider it’s held on a lake in upstate New York at a time of year when the weather is very unpredictable but the enthusiasm of Fleet 204 makes it happen. Fleet 204 has grown to be one of the most active Hobie fleets in the USA and their weekly activities demonstrate this. They race every Thursday evening in the summer and regularly see 15+ boats out for the evening. The fleet also runs a learn-to sail Hobie program on Tuesday nights called Newbie Tuesday. This has been highly successful and they are growing their fleet and growing Hobie sailing. The active participation of their local dealer (Boatworkds Ltd.) is an integral component in their success.

This year’s regatta was warm and sunny but with light winds. Five buoy races were completed over two days with a long distance race on Friday.  The variety of racing give everyone a chance to experience different challenges.  Short courses and large fleets made for some tight and challenging racing.

Next year is will be the 40th anniversary of the Madcatter and plans are underway for a huge celebration.  This will be one of the biggest Hobie Cat events of 2016  in the USA.  Put it in your calendar now as you will not want to miss the 40th Madcatter. 

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Madcatter 39

Madcatter 39
 

2 Class rule changes for comment


IHCA logo
David Brookes, Monday, 25 May 2015

Full wording in the links below

General Rule 16.3

PROPOSAL

16.3 Compasses with brackets or electronic devices that provide timing and heading memory but which do not transmit, transfer or receive data are permitted. The use of navigation and speed metering equipment is illegal unless specifically allowed in the individual boat rules or by the Notice of Race for the particular event or regatta. Radios may be used for weather information and for emergencies under the following conditions:

  1. a)  On board radios shall be turned OFF and stored from 1/2 hour prior to the boat’s Class warning signal of the first race of the day until after the finish of the last race of the day unless there is an emergency, or unless specified otherwise in the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions.

  2. b)  If an on board radio is turned ON to any channel during the time restriction in 16.3 a) other than for an emergency, the competitor shall retire immediately and notify the race committee of its action. Improper use of an on board radio is a protestable action under Fair Sailing RRS 2 and may result in disqualification from the race or entire series.

REASON
Deletion of the text related to the use of radios is based in a wish to leave regulation of this area up to the RRS, NOR and SI rather than having it in the class rules. 

Plus associated rule changes for Hobie 20 and 21

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General Rule 13.3 a) has been subject to discussions between ISAF and IHCA. The result is hereby distributed for comments according to the provisions of General Class Rule 24. Changes to the current rule are in red italic.

 

General Rule 13.3 a)

PROPOSAL

A COMPTIP shall be mandatory for the North American Region with the exception of the Hobie Dragoon, Hobie FX-One and Hobie Fox, which shall be raced worldwide with an aluminium mast. All sailors will be allowed one exemption to this rule. After the one exemption is granted, the onus is on the individual to prove that an attempt has been made to obtain a COMPTIP. In the case of factory back orders on COMPTIPs, temporary exemption will be granted upon proof of such back order and only until back order is filled.

 

REASON

The intention of the “one exemption” clause in Gen. Rule 13.3 a) originally was to allow for a smooth mast transition in the North American Region after the Comptip became mandatory and the supply was short. This is no longer the situation, for which reason the “one exemption” clause is no longer relevant.

 

 

 

Other Links
 General Rule 16.316.3
 General Rule 13.3 a)

 

Tanzacat and Zanzibar Raid 18-26 September 2015


Tanzacat
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.

Other Links
 Web site
 Notice of Race
 Poster

 

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.

Other Links
 Web site
 Notice of Race
 Entry

 

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.
 

Other Links
 Web site
 Notice of Race


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.

Other Links
 Facebook page

 

2015 Hobie North American Championships


HCANA logo
HCANA, Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Hobie 17 North Americans LINK
-  Clear Lake Yacht Club, Clear Lake, Iowa       
 June 8 – 12, 2015  
Facebook      
 
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 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.

Registration
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

Racing
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
 Registration

 

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