IHCA February News

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The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has announced the boats for the Multihull Evaluation Trials for the 2016 Olympics. The Hobie Cat Manufacturers have put forward two excellent choices, the Hobie 16 with spinnaker (the Olympics must be sailed with a spinnaker) and the Hobie Tiger.

The Hobie 16 is by far the largest multihull class in the world with active racing in all parts of the world. As the ISAF Olympic Commission report recommends that ISAF needs 'universality' to continue at the Olympics, the Hobie 16 is the only multihull at present that fills that criteria. ISAF have chosen to use the Hobie 16 in all ISAF World Games. It is the multihull that is used in all Regional Games where a multihull is selected. As Regional Games are under the authority of the areas National Olympic Committee the National Olympic Committees have already invested in a Hobie 16 with equipment and training. It is also the current ISAF Youth World boat. All making the Hobie 16 in many areas the logical choice for an easy transition into the Olympics with many countries not already participating able to make the step into the Olympic arena.

As the second largest one-design racing multihull, the Hobie Tiger would also make an excellent selection if chosen by ISAF. The Hobie Tiger was chosen by ISAF at their last ISAF World Sailing Games. The Hobie Tiger again fits perfectly with the ISAF Olympic Commission with their 'universality'. It is raced in most countries and lot of the countries ISAF would like to develop further.

The evaluation will be held from 17 to 25 March 2012 at Prince Felipe High Performance Sailing Centre, Santander, Spain. A report from the trials will be going to the ISAF Mid-Year Meeting in May. It is important that Hobie sailors ask their sailing National Authority to support the Hobie bid.

The Hogs Breath Cafe / Hobie Cat Australasia Hobie Cat National Championships at Mooloolaba, concluded. The current Hobie 16 World showing his class by winning with the immediate past Hobie 16 World Champion finishing second. A former Australian Champion and top 10 at the worlds finishing third. Current Hobie 16 World Championships Youth Team finishing 4th. It was a world class field that attended and the racing was tough. See the web site for all the stories, photos and full results.

The South African Hobie Class Association to the Hobie Tiger sailors.Together with their local dealer, would like to offer any Tiger sailor who would like to join South African Hobie Class to sail in their National championships to be held in Langebaan, near Cape Town on the 2-4 March 2012. They will provide a charter boat free of charge provided the guest will bring their own sails and boards. The hosts will even try to provide free accommodation. All you would have to do is get here, and pay your entry fee. The following month at Port Elizabeth is the Hobie 16.

The IHCA Rules Committee in consultation with some ISAF Judges has put forward to the sailors a recommendation to modify racing Rule 42 in our class racing. Rule 42 is about the use of propulsion and a very subjective rule. ISAF agrees the rule is subjective and allows Classes to make their own modifications. There are a number of ISAF Classes that have taken this step and modified Rule 42. It should be clear the proposed Rule does not allow people to cheat as there are other Rules that will enforce this. By approving this rule change it will remove a lot of the subjective protests.

Hobie Cat Europe have submitted some changes to the Hobie Wild Cat for the sailors to comment on.

The 20th Qatar International Regatta (Sail the Gulf -2012) will be held from 11th --- 15th February 2012 at Doha Sailing Club, Ras Abu Aboud, Doha --- Qatar.

Qatar Sailing & Rowing Federation
P.O. Box 23515
Doha --- Qatar.
Tel: + 974 4420 305
Fax: + 974 4420 308
E-mail: qatarsailing@yahoo.com

The hosts are expecting over 250 sailors to attend this great event. There are Hobie 16 for charter to overseas sailors.

The 12th Philippine Hobie Challenge 10th to 18th March, 2012 is the country's premier extreme sailing event. Over the course of a week during the Amihan season, a fleet of up to 25 Hobie 16 catamarans sail up to 250 nautical miles through many unspoiled beaches of the archipelago.

North American Championships dates
Hobie 16 and Hobie 20 North American Championships
Sausalito Yacht Club, Sausalito, CA
June 18-22, 2012

Hobie 17 and Hobie 18 North American Championships
Cottonwood Cove Resort, Lake Mohave, NV
October 20-26, 2012
Website NOR

The Hobie Europeans has been announced, 27th July to 4th August, Arzon, France. Notice of Race is available on the official web site with a lot of information about accommodation and assisting you to attend. The racing calendar for the European Hobie racing has been released.

The universality of the Hobie Class shows the popularity of the Hobie world wide. Hobie sailing just keeps getting stronger. The Hobie 16 remains the undisputed largest multihull class in the world.

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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