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Hobie 18 Class Rule Changes Accepted

Dear class members, The process started last year and is related to the six proposed changes to the Hobie 18 Class Rules, which have now ended. This was achieved via two rounds of online questionnaires and subsequent review by the Rules Committee, resulting in recommendations being prepared and submitted to the Council. We are pleased…

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Hobie 18 Rule Change Questionnaire – Round Two Result

Dear class members, Following our first round of the Hobie 18 Rule Change questionnaire posted December 9th, 2023, the proposed new Hobie 18 Rule 3.2 and the change to Hobie 18 Rule 5.7 were, with outset in the received comments deferred for further consideration and clarification. The revised proposals were posted for an extra questionnaire…

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HOBIE CAT SAILING RETURNS TO THE HOBIE FAMILY

Hobie Cat Company and Starting Line Sailing have jointly decided to conclude their licensing agreement, marking a momentous occasion as Hobie Cat Sailing rejoins Hobie. Hobie expresses its sincere appreciation to the SLS family of companies for their recent stewardship of Hobie Sailboats. Leading the way in this thrilling resurgence is Steve Fields, the former…

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Proposed Hobie 18 Rule Changes

Dear IHCA members, John Forbes, Australia, has submitted a package of Hobie Cat 18 class rule change proposals. The outset is the “Hobie Cat 18 Reimagined”-project John has been working on for years and as someone is acquainted with already. John’s proposals are meant to make the boat easier to sail for a wider range…

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2024 Hobie Multi-Europeans | Lake Garda

Dear Hobie sailors, The EHCA and Univela Campione del Garda are delighted to announce the dates for the 2024 Hobie Multi-Europeans. The event will be held from the 16th to the 26th of July with the following race agenda: Hobie Dragoon: 17th-20th July Hobie 14: 17th-20th July Hobie Cat 16 Youth: 17th-20th July Hobie Cat…

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Results of the Hobie Cat 14 Minimum Crew Weight Survey

Dear class members, The Hobie Cat 14 minimum crew weight survey launched in September came to an end on October 19, 2023. We now have the result based on 198 valid responses. A great turnout which has exceeded our expectations and contributes significantly to producing the best possible image on how the hot Hobie Cat…

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Hobie 14 Mainsail & Jib – Expression of Interest

The Age of the Resurgence isn’t slowing down! The Australian Hobie Class is looking to gauge an understanding from our Hobie 14 sailors as to who would be interested in purchasing a BRAND NEW Hobie 14 mainsail and/or 14-Turbo jib manufactured by Starting Line Sailing (SLS). These sails would be the same as the mains…

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Entries Open & Notice of Race LIVE for the 51st Australian Championships

Entries are officially OPEN and the Notice of Race is LIVE for the 2023-2024 Australian Hobie Cat National Championships. Taking place in Manly, Brisbane out of the widely renowned Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, the Queensland Hobie Cat Association have been working tirelessly behind scenes, with Yacht Share, Sunstate Watersports, Cat Covers & Gill all jumping…

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SURVEY: Shall a minimum crew weight be reinstated for the Hobie Cat 14?

The question of whether the Hobie 14 shall have a minimum crew weight reinstated, or maintain no minimum crew weight, has been discussed extensively with the revival of the class around the world. Up till sometime in the 90s, the Hobie Cat 14 had a minimum crew weight of 150 lbs. (68.1 kg). This was…

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Hobie Wave, Hobie 17, Hobie 18 & Hobie 20 Class Rule Changes Accepted

Dear class members, We are pleased to announce the votes cast on the eight proposals published on 09-08-2023 have all been supported by a majority of 85% or more. A clear signal. Good comments were received as well. Based on this result and the comments the IHCA Rules Committee prepared and submitted a recommendation to the IHCA…