While many of us are relaxing after Christmas and New Year holidays a group of Hobie sailors are racing in the The Hogs Breath Cafe / Hobie Cat Australasia Hobie Cat National Championships which is underway with a start studded field. The current Hobie 16 World Champion, plus past Hobie 16 World Champions, current Hobie 16 Youth World Champion and Master and Grand Masters Champions will make some great racing on the water.

2012 has started with a very generous offer from the South African Hobie Class Association to the Hobie Tiger sailors.Together with their local dealer, they would like to offer any Tiger sailor who would like to join South African Hobie Class to sail in their National championships to be held in Langebaan, near Cape Town on the 2-4 March 2012.They will provide a charter boat free of charge provided the guest will bring their own sails and boards. The hosts will even try to provide free accommodation. All you would have to do is get here, and pay your entry fee.

The Puerto Rico Hobie Cat Association, has run their National Championships with results and photos posted.Another fantastic regatta from the Puerto Rican sailors who have some of the best Hobie sailors that know how to enjoy themselves after racing hard.

The IHCA Rules Committee in consultation with some ISAF Judges has put forward to the sailors a recommendation to modify racing Rule 42 in our class racing. Rule 42 is about the use of propulsion and a very subjective rule. ISAF agrees the rule is subjective and allows Classes to make their own modifications. There are a number of ISAF Classes that have taken this step and modified Rule 42. It should be clear the proposed Rule does not allow people to cheat as there are other Rules that will enforce this. By approving this rule change it will remove a lot of the subjective protests.

The 20th Qatar International Regatta (Sail the Gulf -2012) will be held from 11th --- 15th February 2012 at Doha Sailing Club, Ras Abu Aboud, Doha --- Qatar.

Qatar Sailing & Rowing Federation
P.O. Box 23515
Doha --- Qatar.
Tel: + 974 4420 305
Fax: + 974 4420 308
The hosts are expecting over 250 sailors to attend this great event. There are Hobie 16 for charter to overseas sailors.

The 12th Philippine Hobie Challenge 10th to 18th March, 2012 is the country's premier extreme sailing event. Over the course of a week during the Amihan season, a fleet of up to 25 Hobie 16 catamarans sail up to 250 nautical miles through many unspoiled beaches of the archipelago.

North American Championships dates
Hobie 16 and Hobie 20 North American Championships
Sausalito Yacht Club, Sausalito, CA
June 18-22, 2012
Yacht club site | travel info | NOR | Website

Hobie 17 and Hobie 18 North American Championships
Cottonwood Cove Resort, Lake Mohave, NV
October 20-26, 2012
Website | NOR

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.

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