IHCA April News

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The IHCA is pleased to announce the 20th Hobie 16 Worlds will be at Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia. The world championship event will take place in Australia in 2014 with the opening ceremony on January 31 and competition continuing through to the open finals and closing ceremony on February 15. The web site www.hobieworlds.com has all the information for accommodation and additional information. Accommodation is filling up fast with the Huskisson Beach Resort and White Sands Park already near capacity with very few units left. There are still many locations available from 5 star, renting houses and units still available. For those sailors enquiring about the youth, masters and grand masters the age requirments are in the IHCA Class Rules.

Hobie Cat Australasia has been able to secure the world championships for the region with the support of the New South Wales state government through its events promotion arm Destination New South Wales and the Shoalhaven City Council via Shoalhaven Water and Shoalhaven Holidays.

In more exciting news and show of strength of the largest multihull class in the world. Hobie Cat Worldwide will announce an additional two more Hobie 16 World Championships in the next five years. That is a total of three Hobie in five years . Again showing the strength of the Hobie Class and the great support by Hobie Cat Worldwide.

A Notice of Race for the Hobie 14, Dragoon, Tiger and Wild Cat World Championships at Travemuende, Germany has been released by our hosts. The online entry is also availabe on the offical web site and here
20 & 21July 2013 measurement with practice race in the afternoon (21st) and opening ceremony on 21st evening.
22-27 July 2013 racing for the Hobie 14 and Dragoon with the prize giving on the evening on the 27th
20-22 July 2013 measurement for the Hobie Tiger and Wild Cat
23-28 July racing for the Hobie Tiger and Wild Cat prize giving on the evening on the 28th The Hobie Tiger and Wild Cat have had their world championships moved one day later They have had a warm up regatta added immediately prior to the world champions commencing. The EHCA is also planning a training session prior to the worlds. As details become available we shall publish them.

These World Championships would be a bring-your-own-boat world championships. We have created a message board so that sailors can request information. Also people that are not attending the worlds may wish to make their boats available for charter.

EHCA has announced the 2013 Hobie 16 Europeans.The Europeans will be hosted by the Windsurfing Club Cagliari/ Italy from 11 to 20 October 2013.These days have been chosen as they are outside of the European national events and a cheap season in Cagliari with steady and great sailing conditions.

Hobie Fleet 252 in Fiji is planning GREAT FIJI WARMUP REGATTA at Pacific Harbour the site of the 1986 Hobie 16 Worlds. The Notice of Race ad entry form is now on our web site.The format 25 / 30 ex Fiji Worlds H16s fully refurbished maximum of two teams sharing a boat.50/ 60 teams. Bring your own sails and main blocks if you wish, or use the ones supplied.
This event will be immediately followed by a lay day and the 5-day; long distance FIJI CHALLENGE, entries in this event will be limited to 30.

A big thank you to Matt Bounds who has been scanning some of the Hobie Hotlines with world championships results. www.hobieworlds.com then click on Past Worlds and you will see of the legends of the Class racing at the first Hobie World Championships. We eventually hope that all the world championships gaps will be filled. Some of our past champions have seen the updates and have reminisced on their Hobie youth.

We note the sad passing of IHCA Life Member John Ross-Duggan who placed a credible sixth place at the very first Hobie 14 Worlds. Ross went on to win the Hobie 16 North Americans. After a car accident John was a C-7 Quadriplegic , though he continued to keep racing at the highest level. John won a Hobie Trapseat Worlds also winning two Paralympic Bronze Medals. John tragically passed away in a sailing accident and our thoughts go to his family and friends for their loss.

The Hobie Facebook page has had more updates added.
The IHCA web site www.hobieclass.com has all the latest Hobie news around the world.

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