The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) will conduct the Multihull Evaluation Trials for the 2016 Olympics 17 to 25 March 2012 at Prince Felipe High Performance Sailing Centre, Santander, Spain. The Hobie Cat Manufacturers have put forward two excellent choices, the Hobie 16 with a third sail which could be a spinnaker or furling gennaker (the Olympics must be sailed with a 3rd sail) and the Hobie Tiger. The Evaluation Committee will need to decide if they will follow the extensive Olympic Commission Report that was approved by the ISAF Council. The number one issue in the report was ‘increasing universality’.Or will they recommend a class that is new and doesn't meet the universality that a Hobie class will bring to the Olympics therefore ignoring the Olympic Commission Report.

The Hobie 16 is by far the largest multihull class in the world with active racing in all parts of the world. ISAF have chosen to use the Hobie 16 in all ISAF World Games. It is the multihull that is used in all Regional Games where a multihull is selected. As Regional Games are under the authority of the areas National Olympic Committee the National Olympic Committees have already invested in a Hobie 16 with equipment and training. It is also the current ISAF Youth World boat. All making the Hobie 16 in many areas the logical choice for an easy transition into the Olympics with many countries not already participating able to make the step into the Olympic arena.

As the second largest one-design racing multihull, the Hobie Tiger would also make an excellent selection if chosen by ISAF. The Hobie Tiger was chosen by ISAF at their last ISAF World Sailing Games. The Hobie Tiger again fits perfectly with the ISAF Olympic Commission with their 'universality'. It is raced in most countries and lot of the countries ISAF would like to develop further.

A report from the trials will be going to the ISAF Mid-Year Meeting in May. It is important that Hobie sailors ask their sailing National Authority to support the Hobie bid for the inclusion of a Hobie Cat at the 2016 Olympics.

The South African Hobie Class Association to the Hobie Tiger sailors.Together with their local dealer, 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 following month at Port Elizabeth is the Hobie 16.

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) was held in Doha. While most of Europe was having a cold spell. The warm weather in Doha attracted a large group of European sailors from different classes. With the Hobie 16 making its debut at this regatta with top quality charter boats. The Oman Hobie 16 Team took out the top spots. As Oman was practicing for the Asian Sailing Championships they sent their national team and some youth sailors to gain international experience.

The 15th Asian Sailing Championship has concluded in Langkawi, Malaysia. The multihull raced was the Hobie 16. Congratulations to Thailand, Hong Kong and Oman who took out the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.

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

Hobie 17 and Hobie 18 North American Championships
Cottonwood Cove Resort, Lake Mohave, NV
October 20-26, 2012
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The European Hobie Class Association has announced the Hobie Europeans,27th July to 4th August, Arzon, France. Notice of Race is available on the official web site with a lot of information about accommodation and assisting you to attend website. There are limited charter boats available from Hobie Cat Europe. Please contact Hobie Cat Europe directly for charter boat information. The racing calendar for the European Hobie racing has been released.

Fiji Challenge Fiji Youth Challenge and the Oceanic Championships 2012

  • Wed 1st Aug ..Prep day
  • 2nd Racing Oceanic's
  • 3rd Racing Oceanic's
  • 4th Racing Oceanic's
  • Sun 5th Rest and prep for Challenge
  • Mon 6th to Friday 10th Fiji Challenge
  • Sat 11th Prize giving

The Fiji Youth Challenge: Will be held immediately prior to the Oceanic' Championships, Friday 27th, Sat 28th and Sunday 29th giving the option to any youth team to join in the Oceanic Championship the following week, or indeed the Challenge as well.

The Oceanic Championship and the Fiji Youth Challenge Will be held in Laucala Bay, the venue of the 07 World Championships....Good wind, good sailing.

The Challenge Will be held this year to the East (not West as has been the two past years) A few of you have done the Eastern Islands and will remember the beautiful screaming reaches inside the reefs on the way home. The course will take us all the way on the first day inside the main reef and finish at the Island of Alluvia.Some of you will know Leluvia from times before, but many of you will not have seen this beautiful part of Fiji.

2012 Asian & Pacific Hobie16 Championships August 22nd to August 31st has been announced to be held in Weihai, China. Good quality Hobie 16 available so no need to worry about your boat just pack your trap harness and life jacket and enjoy a lovely beach and good Hobie friends. More details to announced soon.

Australian Hobie Nationals are at Port Melbourne, racing 29-30-31 December, New Years Eve Party, 1st Jan rest day, Racing 2-3 Jan. More details to follow.

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.

The Hobie Facebook page has had more updates added.
The IHCA web site has all the latest Hobie news around the world.