We now have three Division 9 Hobie Class Association Points Regattas on the calendar for this year! The participating regattas are:Bare What You Dare, May 10 – 11
, Keowee Sailing Club, Seneca, SC, http://www.keoweesailingclub.com
, contact: Rick Harper, firstname.lastname@example.orgJames Island Yacht Club Annual Regatta
(One-Design classes only), June 14-15, Charleston Harbor, SC, http://www.jiyc.org
, contact: Nick Bostic, email@example.comIndian Summer Regatta
, October 11 – 12, Lake Waccamaw Sailing Club, Lake Waccamaw, NC, http://www.waccamawsailing.com
, contact: Philippe Laurent, firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to earning points towards Hobie’s national competitor rankings, these regattas will also constitute the Division 9 Championship Points Series
. Based on the results of these regattas, we’ll tally series standings and ultimately determine a series champion. If you have a Hobie 16 or 18, or if you can borrow or steal one, try to make it to one or more of these regattas. The intent is to focus Hobie competition on these regattas so we’ll have big turnouts and enjoy one-design Hobie racing with our own starts – no handicapping. One-Design racing is the most pure form of sailboat racing there is. The numbers of boats in the Hobie classes afford us the unique opportunity to compete boat for boat in relatively large classes. So drag out somebody’s old Hobie and come out and join us!
Regarding class rules – there will not be any formal boat inspections. Competitors are expected to make reasonable attempts to comply with class rules. Unless someone blatantly violates a rule to the extent that they gain an unfair advantage, I doubt anyone will protest another boat over equipment or crew issues. If it comes down to it, however, the RRS and class rules will apply. Non-conforming boats will be offered the opportunity to either sail with their respective Hobie fleet but not be scored or, if available, an opportunity to race in an open class. We’d rather have a non-class legal boat/crew show up than not.
I look forward to seeing you (in my rear view mirror) on the water.