For ten years after the demise of the HOTLINE, the NAHCA News/HCA News kept plugging along, filling the void. In the last ten years, the HCA News has grown into a professionally produced magazine, comparable to the original HOTLINE. So, the Hobie Class Association has changed the name of its bi-monthly publication to the Hobie Class Association HOTLINE. For many the name change will bring back memories of "the good old days." Not to mention the fact that Hobie HOTLINE rolls off the tongue more easily than Hobie Class Association News.
Favorites: Most olympic teams will not be present on Texel, since the Tornado Worlds 2005 start on Monday June 13th in France. However, Mitch Booth and Herbert Dercksen will participate and they go for the line honours on a Hobie Fox Extreme Concept Boat. Booth about their special project: "We are using high-tech technology from the olympic sport for a beach cat. With this boat, we should be able to stay ahead of a Tornado." They have to race against Hans Bouscholte and Ruurd van Wieren on an eagle 20 carbon, but also against Wouter Samama and Jeroen van Leeuwen, a new Dutch Tornado team. Richard Allen and Simon Farren from Great-Britain are feared competitors on a Tornado as well.
There are several other favourites, sailing on different F18 catamarans, for the victory on handicap. The German Sach brothers and Kenbeek/Brouwer (NED) on a new Capricorn and the French Boulogne brothers, second overall in 2004 and F18 World Champions 2003, on a Cirrus. The Nissan Hobie Pro Team participates with two Hobie Tiger crews: Mourniac/Citeau (FRA) and Heemskerk/De Boer (NED). Paralympic sailor Thierry Schmitter (NED) will start in the Dart 18 class. He won a bronze medal in the 2.4mR at the Paralymic Games in Athens. Schmitter received a spinal cord lesion during a climbing accident in 1998 and sails the Dart 18 since the beginning of this season. Round Texel Co-ordinator Edwin Lodder: "Despite the lack of many olympic sailors, the fleet is of a high level again. It promises to be a strong competition and hopefully with an exciting final."