It is with deep regret that the IHCA Executive announces there will not be a Hobie 16 World Championship in 2009. The IHCA Executive, proposed hosts and manufacturers have worked diligently on several different sites but were not able to finalize any of the bids. Most recently a possible bid for Italy was being worked on but unfortunately the world economic downturn has made it impossible for the IHCA to guarantee a world class event that our sailors expect.
While there will not be a Hobie 16 Worlds for 2009 already we have received inquiries for hosting a 2010 Hobie 16 World Championship. The IHCA has also received a very strong bid for the Hobie Tiger and Dragoon Worlds for 2010. When more information has been formalised we shall let the members know on the IHCA web site www.hobieclass.com
Please let me know if there is any further interest in your area as we are now taking bids for 2010.
The European Hobie Class Association has now announced that they will incorporate the Hobie 16 in their European Championships. The Hobie Europeans will be from 1 until 8 August 2009 at Lake Como in Italy . We would like to thank the European Hobie Class Association for now including the full Hobie 16 racing in their championships. For full information on the European Hobie Championships will be found at their web site http://www.ehca.hobieclass.com
For overseas participants a limited number of charter boats will be available.
An announcement will go on the IHCA web site in 24 hours as well as the next newsletter.
International Hobie Class Association