Dear Hobie sailors, 

The It is with great sadness I report the passing of IHCA and EHCA Life Member Shirley Palmer. Shirley with her husband Ron formed as the Executive Director of the IHCA. Shirley was the Executive Director of the EHCA. With Ron they shared the former North American Hobie Class Association Membership Chair and Tucson Hobie Fleet #514. Though more importantly she was just a lovely lady who always had smile and time for any Hobie sailor.

The Shirley passed away in a rafting accident with her friends doing what she liked doing, living life to the fullest. Shirley is loved and survived by her husband of 48 years, Ron Palmer; daughters, Karen Sue Palmer (granddaughters, Marcia and Autumn) and Kristen Lynn Candito (Craig) (grandchildren, Tyler and Alexandra), all of whom reside in Tucson, Arizona. Hobie sailors can leave tributes to Shirley on the IHCA Facebook page In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Susan G Komen Foundation in honour of Shirley, who was a breast cancer survivor. Donations may be made online: or sent to 4574 E. Broadway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85711. The Hobie Community extends our deepest sympathy to Ron and his family.

The Hobie Wave, 14, 17, and 18,Hobie 16 Women, Hobie 16 Youth and Hobie Wave Junior North American Championships have been completed. It sounds like a great Hobie Championships and well done to all that competed and organized. The Hobie Europeans web site has the Notice of Race, online entry form, accommodation and lots more information. As always the Hobie Europeans is a high quality Hobie event and it should not be missed.

Hobie 16 Asian Championships is announced for Weihai, China, September 6th to 14th. There are large range FREE boats available that are in excellent condition. The Weihai Government is putting a big effort into increasing Hobie sailing in China. It will be another spectacular event. The new host hotel is is offering rooms from 60USD per person per day. Everyone is invited from Asia and around the world. This will also be the first Chinese Hobie National Championships. So there will be great pride in having your name on the trophy first. 

2011 Fiji Hobie Challenge and Oceanic Challenge web site with news, Notice of Race has been updated. You will need to enter and send money quickly as there are very few charter boats left.

XXXV Brazilian Hobie Cat 16 Championship and XXXIX Brazilian Hobie Cat 14 Championship have been announced October 29 --- November 05, 2011. The host location Buzios, has been nominated as one of the top-10 most beautiful places in the world only 2 hours from Rio de Janeiro.

2011 North American Championships Hobie 16 and Hobie 20 North American Championships Ft. Walton Beach, FL November 7-11, 2011

The Australian Hobie Championship at Mooloolaba, on Queensland's famous Sunshine Coast. A world famous beach and holiday resort. One of the best sailing locations in the world with lots of accommodation and prices. This is one location the whole family can enjoy as a complete holiday.

Have you thought about a Port Start? if so you can watch former Grand Master World Hobie 16 Champion attempt this (and fail) here Caution some of the Pin Boat language may offend some people.

The IHCA web site has all the latest Hobie news around the world.