The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) have voted on the Olympic Multihull Class for the 2016 Olympics. In a surprising move ISAF supported a boat that has only two (2) boats in the world. The IHCA had been asked by members of the ISAF Council, National Sailing Authorities to put a Hobie forward and we submitted two boats to be evaluated. The H-16 with furling gennaker and the Hobie Tiger. Despite being asked to submit boats that were considered to have "universality" (worldwide availability) ISAF decided not to support the universality they agreed to with the Olympic Commission Report. One ISAF Council member said that the Olympics is for the elite not one to achieve universality. ISAF seem to be sending out two messages that are opposite.
The IHCA wishes to thank the Hobie manufacturers for putting forward the Hobie for the Olympic Trials. The Hobie manufacturers fully funded and conducted the Olympic selection process openly and honestly with the best intention for the multihull community. They offered the universality that ISAF said they wanted in the their reports but in the end, ISAF chose to deny their own criteria.
North American Championships dates
Hobie 16 and Hobie 20 North American Championships
Sausalito Yacht Club, Sausalito, CA
June 18-22, 2012
The European Hobie Class Association has announced the Hobie Europeans, 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 check the website for all updates. There are limited charter boats available from Hobie Cat Europe. Please contact Hobie Cat Europe directly for charter boat information. The racing calendar for the European Hobie racing has been released. After June 15th the entry fees will increase so please enter now and save some money.
Fiji Challenge Fiji Youth Challenge and the Oceanic Championships 2012 has released their Notice of Race. The Youth Challenge has again attracted many young sailors from the Pacific Islands.
2012 Asian & Pacific Hobie16 Championships August has a date change to the 14th to August 23rd and will still be held in Weihai, China. Good quality Hobie 16 are available with NO CHARTER FEE so no need to worry about your boat just pack your trap harness and life jacket. Enjoy a lovely beach and good Hobie friends with some great racing. There are more hotels and restaurants that have recently opened for you to choose from to make your Hobie stay even more enjoyable. The race venue for the first day is Gate of Happiness Bay with the rest of the racing from Weihai Beach.
Australian Hobie Nationals are at Port Melbourne, racing 29-30-31 December, New Years Eve Party, 1st Jan rest day, Racing 2-3 Jan. Their web site is online. Don't forget to subscribe to their newsletter to get all the latest news.
The South African Hobie 16 Nationals were held and a quality fleet raced. It become a family racing on the podimum. Winner Allan Lawrence (former Hobie 14 World Champion) sailing with his son Daniel. Blaine Dodds (former Hobie 16 World Champion) sailing with his daughter second. With husband and wife team of William and Lucinda Edwards (multiple South African Champions) taking third. Well done to all the teams.
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.