Thanks for the recommendation. I looked back at the post a little too late to see the race but I will be sure to keep an eye out for regattas in the area. I would definitely like to got into the social aspects of the hobie lifestyle.
I know my Hobie is not class legal (no comp-tip, 3rd party parts, etc) but do they tend to offer an open class or unranked class that I could sail in? or is it not that strict?
Technically at at Hobie one-design regatta, your boat is supposed to have OEM parts. Also, the rules allow for a one regatta exemption from the comptip requirement. That having been said, as someone who's raced in Division 11 for over two decades, I can say with a good deal of confidence that at this stage in the game, it is very unlikely that anyone will bother a newbie racing on an old boat which isn't totally rules compliant. We just need some fresh blood in the group, so come on out. Twenty years ago, it might have been a different story, but these days unless you're finishing at the top of the fleet, I really don't think anyone will care if your boat isn't 100% rules compliant.
Next regatta is Sandy Hook- another great venue. Come check it out.