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Catamaran Racing in Mississippi, Laid Back Distance Racing?

Added by damonAdmin on Apr 24, 2004 - 01:05 PM
When you hear the term Catamaran Distance Racing you probably think of the "ironman" events like the former Worrell 1000 or the new Tybee 500, Great Texas Catamaran Race, Outer Banks 500, or the combined Atlantic 1000. These are events only available to the very best catamaran sailors who are also well funded and blessed with plenty of free time.

But what about the rest of us who love to get a chance to sail our cats in open water? There is an event in Ocean Springs Mississippi, organized by the Coast Catamaran Club (CCC) and hosted by the Ocean Springs Yacht Club (OSYC), that allows us to get a taste of sailing "out there" with just the dolphins for company, without breaking the bank or our boat. It's the Slip To Ship Regatta, May 29-30, Memorial Day weekend. Racing in an informal atmosphere from OSYC to Ship Island, a low barrier island about 14 miles offshore. The format gives you the feeling of a much longer race since it can be difficult to spot Ship Island until you have sailed straight out into the Gulf of Mexico 8 or 9 miles, but the reward of eating the "best chicken ever" will be waiting on the island as you swap stories about your crossing.

You probably will not find a regatta with the diversity of catamaran sailboats in one race, of course the latest cats and hotshots will be there, the I20's, 18HT's, I17's and FX-1's will be represented, but a lot of us will be there in our old Prindles and Hobies joining in the fun. It's also one of the best regattas to convince your non-sailing "significant other" to join you for the weekend, accommodations within 1/2 mile include everything from free camping on the grounds to 4 star hotels across the bridge at the Biloxi Casinos.

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, International Rolex Regatta

Added by damonAdmin on Jan 28, 2004 - 01:06 PM
ST. THOMAS, USVI (January 27, 2004)--When it’s "off" season in other spots around the world, Caribbean racing will be in full swing at the start of the 31st International Rolex Regatta, hosted by St. Thomas Yacht Club in the U.S. Virgin Islands. From March 26-28, the three-day regatta is compact yet large in terms of offering dependable tropical trade winds, warm water and serious competition for everything from over-50 foot "Sleds" right down to beach catamarans.

Footnote: This race includes a Beachcat class! If you ever wanted to prove your small catamaran was faster than the 50 footers, now is your chance.

Hobie Cat North American Continentals, Hobie 14 and 16 Catamarans.

Added by damonAdmin on Sep 26, 2003 - 04:06 PM
Rehoboth Bay Sailing Association and Division 11, to host the 2003 Hobie North American Continental Championship September’s warm breezes will welcome the 2003 Hobie Cat North American Championship Regatta to Dewey Beach and the Rehoboth Bay Sailing Association. The event will kick off on September 26th with a three-day regatta to name the Women’s, Youth’s and Hobie 14 Champions.

The five day Hobie 16 Open event, beginning on Monday the 29th, will attract over 150 of the best catamaran sailors from the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. Racers will compete for one of 10 slots to qualify for the 2004 Hobie 16 World Championship, to be held next May in Cancun Mexico.

Footnote: Championship catamaran sailing starts today, over 90 Hobie 14 and 16 catamarans are registered.

Formula 18 fleet joins Performance Race Week National Championships

Added by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2003 - 04:35 PM
The 2003 National Championship event for Nacra, Prindle and Inter and now Formula 18 catamarans is scheduled for October 13th through 16th in Pensacola Beach, Florida, according to Jack Young of Performance Catamarans. Columbus Day starts the racing, however registration will begin Sunday evening, followed by a Welcome Party and Skippers meeting, sponsored by Performance Catamarans. Racing will begin Monday morning, October 13th and continue through October 16th, weather permitting.


Added by Anonymous on May 21, 2003 - 10:35 AM


The registration deadline for US SAILING’s 2003 U.S. Youth Multihull Championship for the Hoyt-Jolley Cup is around the corner. Youth teams (girls, boys and mixed) who are less than 19 years old in this calendar year have until June 30 to apply. The event will be held July 10-13 and hosted by the Fort Walton Yacht Club in Florida.

International Catamaran Challenge Trophy Update

Added by damonAdmin on May 02, 2003 - 08:39 PM
SEA CLIFF, N.Y. (April 30, 2003)--The Trustees for the International Catamaran Challenge Trophy (ICCT) announced today that the 2001, 2002, & 2003 Alter Cup champion, Matt Struble, and his crew in the 2003 event, W.F. Oliver, will compete for one of the 10 U.S. defender spots for the ICCT this September in Newport, RI. From Italy, two-time A-Class World Champion Egidio Babbi with crew Daniele Saragoni have posted a bid to secure the opportunity to challenge for the trophy.

Slip to Ship Regatta, Ocean Springs Mississippi

Added by Commodore_CCC on Apr 23, 2003 - 01:11 PM
2-day distance race for multihulls May 24-25, 2003 at Ocean Springs Yacht Club, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Come one, come all to the 18th annual Slip to Ship Regatta! Held at Ocean Springs Yacht Club, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Footnote: I'll be there! Ocean Springs Yacht Club is a great place for beachcat sailing.

Scotland & North of England Catamaran Series

Added by Cats_in_Scotland on Apr 09, 2003 - 09:49 AM
Typhoon International sponsored SNECCA circuit covers whole of Scotland and the North East of England.

The Tybee 500, "An Affordable Challenge"

Added by damonAdmin on Apr 01, 2003 - 10:35 PM
Tybee 500

There is a new kid on the block when it comes to beachcat adventure. The first annual Tybee 500 distance race, to be sailed May 12-17, starts in the Florida Keys and ends up over 500 miles north at Tybee Island, Georgia. The six leg event is designed, in the words of the founder Chuck Bargeron,

"To give beachcat sailors a chance to find out what long distance racing is all about."

Footnote: Information for this article was obtained by telephone interview with the race owner, Chuck Bargeron.

Worrell 1000 cancelled for 2003

Added by damonAdmin on Mar 29, 2003 - 04:44 PM
*** Press Release from the Worrell 1000 ***

The management of the Worrell 1000 regrets to announce that the 2003 Worrell 1000 is cancelled. A key investor defaulted on his financial commitment to fund the acquisition of charter boats and subsequent efforts for alternate financing simply ran out of time. Neither Bimare Catamarans, the North American Bimare Distributor, W.F. Oliver, nor the F-18HT class share any responsibility in this matter.

Footnote: This is quite a shock to me, I was looking forward to following the race.

Regatta Dates for 2003

Added by damonAdmin on Dec 02, 2002 - 04:56 PM
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