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The third round of the Endurance Series is October 29-30, 2011. Hiram's Haul is a 30 mile catamaran sprint down the Intercoastal waterway to the quaint, old Florida town of Sebastian and Capt. Hiram's for the first party. Spend the night and enjoy Capt. Hirams or any of the other cozy watering holes. Return the next day with another 30 mile sprint to Performance Sail and Sport for the 2nd leg and overall trophy presentation and party.
WingZ Sailboats announces a brand new line of performance and cruising sailboats.
La Costa, CA — August 20, 2010 — The amazing and affordable Z-21 is truly a unique value proposition. WingZ purchased the original hull and deck tooling of the R21 catamaran designed by Randy Reynolds. Then John Slattebo, the design engineer at WingZ, went to work on updating and re-designing many aspect of the Reynolds 21. The new Z-21 is now faster and simply a better all-around boat.
“We have designed the Z-21 to be affordable for the average family,” said Arthur Kelly, President of WingZ Sailboats. “The Z-21 includes a host of standard features including the trailer and sails.” “In fact, the last time I checked, we only had seven options and none were necessary to enjoy using the boat the day it is purchased.”
The Z-21 is hands down the best value on the market at a price point of just $17,495.00 WingZ didn’t cut any corners either. She comes standard with Ronstan deck hardware, Schaefer furling systems, Z-Spars spar mast and boom, Loos standing rigging and New England Ropes Sta-Set and Sta-Set X running rigging. These companies are known for producing top shelf products with innovative designs. WingZ is offering an additional buyer incentive of $500 if a Z-21 is purchased from inventory or ordered by December 31, 2010.
The Islander Reef Run is Saturday, April 24, 2010. The 80 mile race kicks off the Endurance Series for the second year in a row. The race starts at the Islander Resort in Islamorada, Florida and ends at Smathers Beach in Key West. The event is hosted by Islander Watersports at the Islander Resort on mile marker 82.1.
Formerly the Hogsbreath 100, the race has changed from a two day 100 mile race to a one day 80 mile race. The entire race is done on the Atlantic Ocean side of the Keys and boasts spectacular sailing in warm waters teaming with wildlife. This is a "Must Do" race for endurance sailors and truly tests sailors’ skill and stamina.
Hobie will make a run of Hobie 18 Hulls if we can get hard commitment from at least 10 buyers.
Ok folks, after some lengthy discussions with Hobie Cat Company, we finally have some hard numbers. Hobie will make a run of Hobie 18 Hulls if we can get hard commitment from at least 10 buyers. At this point we are looking at a price for two hulls of $6950.00 plus shipping. As a one time deal, you can order anything else you may feed for the boat, Tramp, Sails, Standing rigging, Rudders, Daggers, whatever, at a 20% discount. This is a unique opportunity to freshen up your tired old Hobie 18, or to dig one out of a storage yard somewhere and essentially "build" your own "new" Hobie 18. If you are interested in participating in this unique program/opportunity.
Speak Up NOW.
We need commitments from at least 10 people by the end of the first week in January if we are to get this pulled together in time for a May/June Delivery. Now that we have hard numbers, we can quantify the true level of interest. I would imagine that at some point, we will need a deposit so that Hobie Cat Company can be assured that they will not end up with a bunch of hulls sitting in the warehouse.
For the time being, I have volunteered to be the liaison between Hobie 18 Owners and Hobie Cat Company as we build interest.
In the interest of keeping inaccurate rumors to a minimum, please direct your questions and interest to me, although, I am sure that at some point you will need to get in touch with a dealer to place an order and make your deposit. Once we have all the details worked out, and before you actually part with any money, you will all get good accurate and reliable information on how to proceed.
NO part of ANY financial transaction will be handled by me. This will all be handled through authorized Hobie Dealers Only.
The Keys 100 Reef Run will start Saturday morning April 25, 2009 from the Islander Resort in Islamorada (MM 82, US 1, Florida Keys). This race replaces the Hogs Breath race of years past. Several boats are already in position at the resort, to start on this forecasted 80 mile sled ride to Key West.
Starboard Marine, Panama City, FL, April 19th, 2009
A 1989 Yellow Hulled Hobie 16 was reported stolen from Starboard Marine, Back Beach Raod, Panama City, Florda. If you see this boat or have any info, please contact Pat at (850) 235-4805, Starboard Marine. Download pictures and PDF Flyer
Latest test sail and pictures of the new Hobie F18 Wild Cat
Hyeres/France, April 3 april 2009 - Team Zwitserleven Booth/Nieuwenhuis (NED) had the chance to test sail the new Hobie Wild Cat in preparation for the 2009 season. The Wild Cat is nearing completion after a long winter development program and is expected to debut in Carnac, France during the Eurocat regatta at the end of April. The new Hobie is a state of the art F18, created to race at the highest level in the ever-expanding Formula 18 class. Booth and Nieuwenhuis will contest Eurocat, Zwitserleven Race Week (including the Round Texel Race), Duc D'Albe and Formula 18 World Championships in Belgium.
Mitch Booth and Pim Nieuwenhuis were excited about the performance of the new machine and looking forward to the race season to kick off. Nieuwenhuis commented on returning to the beach: 'This boat feels great to sail and very responsive in the gusty conditions we had today." Booth added: "The helm on this boat is a dream and feels like you are gliding on ice. We have put the Wild Cat through some tough testing conditions and she has come out with full marks.'
The Wild Cat, designed by Hobie Cat Europe in conjunction with Martin Fischer (AUS), is along similar lines to the other current F18's with its wave piecing shape and reverse bow stem giving it a very distinctive look. The hulls are the most visible update for the new Hobie, but when looking closely every component has been developed to the latest and highest quality. The extreme high aspect centerboards and the super slick wing mast section just all add to the whole package of a great race boat, which is built by Hobie Cat Europe in Toulon/France.
Delta Sailing center is pleased to announce to have the first and so far only HOBIE FLEET 888 in China mainland.
http://www.ShenzhenSailing.com is where you find futher information about our private members club.
The club is located outside the City of Shenzhen and has ideal sailing conditions in the south China sea.
Full membership or short term membership is available for the beginner or advanced sailors.
For further information about available membership, available boats and general information, please visit www.ShenzhenSailing.com
The disapointing news came today that the Spring Fever Regatta, held each year on Lake Hartwell during Easter Weekend, has been cancelled. The main reason for the cancellation is that the Corps of Engineers will not allow the organizers (Nigel Pitt and "Mr. Ernie") to use the Milltown Campground on the dates neeeded due to budget cutbacks.
After efforts to convince the Corps to allow the even failed, alternative sites were investigated. The most promising appeared to be a sailing club on the North end of the lake named Western Carolina Sailing Club www.wcsc-sailing.org
, but the board of that club refused to allow the catamarans on board.
This is a very disapointing development, the Spring Fever Regatta has been a well attended regatta for 10 years and is always a good time. (Spring Fever Regatta Pictures
Read More to see the annoucement and more details from Mr. Ernie.
Just in time for "Black Friday" shopping, I am pleased to announce the launch of "Shopping At TheBeachcats.com".
The plan for the new store is to offer catamaran sailors unique and usefull items related to our sport that are not available everywhere. In keeping with the gift giving season, the first items available are beautiful watercolor prints of catamarans, lighthouses, and nautical scenes. These have been created by the Maryland Watercolor Artist, William C. Gardner.
So if you happen to know any catamaran sailors who have been very very good this year (wink/wink) please let santa know that these are available, you will be sure to make that sailor happy, and support this site at the same time.
Catamaran classes build confidence for racing, improve sailors' safety on the water and get new sailors ready for racing. Community classes are great for people thinking about crewing, interested in buying their first boat and looking for social activities. Schools not only provide the boats, schools provide lockers, showers, wetsuits, lifejackets and harnesses are part of the class.
Two California based sailing schools have been successfully teaching community catamaran sailing for years, the University of California Los Angeles and in Mission Bay the University of California San Diego/San Diego State University. Students, faculty and staff at California State University Long Beach can access classes that are not yet open to the general public. Contact information is provided at the bottom of this article.
Classes range in price from $145 per class to $185 per class. An additional one-time fee for membership in the community program may be required. The membership is usually part of the school's insurance requirements. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are often eligible for discounted class fees.
A week prior to the start of the 30th Zwitserleven Round Texel Race, the organization has received 482 pre-entries. Among them the overall winners of 2006, Remco Kenbeek and Paul Brouwer with their F18 Capricorn (NED). The Swedish M20 duo Marström/Persson that took last year’s line honours after an exciting battle, will be back as well. The golden fleet is at full strength with over two hundred top teams from the Netherlands, Australia, France, Belgium, Germany and the UK. On Saturday June 23rd 2007 at 12:30 hours pm local time, hundreds of catamarans will start their race against the clock. From Wednesday June 20 until Friday June 22, golden fleet competitors have the opportunity to warm up by participating in the Texel Dutch Open, the official Dutch Championship Catamarans Sailing. 98 Teams have registrated so far.
A strong representation of home country the Netherlands will line up for world’s biggest catrace. Double former winner Mischa Heemskerk and his new crew Bastiaan Tentij are at full speed this season. Earlier this year, the Yamaha and Boskalis sponsored duo won Eurocat in Carnac (FRA) and the North Sea Regatta in Scheveningen (NED). They are part of the first one season Nacra Master Class ever, in which the 19-year old Tentij is supposed to learn as much as possible from his master Heemskerk. Tentij’s actual skipper Stefan Dubbeldam (19) will be coached and trained by Gunnar Larsen, who won the Round Texel Race in 1999. Team Zwitserleven Booth/Nieuwenhuis will be hard to beat in heavier conditions. At the F18 Worlds in Queensland (AUS) in February 2007, the Dutchmen showed their strength by winning silver with only one point deficit to Gold. Booth won the Zwitserleven Round Texel Race 2004 with crew Herbert Dercksen. Almost a year after their split, the two former mates will compete against each other, but this time both as skipper.
Prototype Volvo Extreme 20
Herbert Dercksen takes the helm of the prototype Volvo Extreme 20, with Aaron Mcintosh (NZL) crewing for him. Dercksen about his latest project, enabled by Zwitserleven: “This carbon cat is based on the M20, but has a different sail plan. You can consider it as a possible successor of the Tornado. Is carries a Tornado mast, the jib is smaller and the main a bit bigger. The VX 20 weighs 125 kilograms, which is 45kg less than the Tornado. I have learned a lot over the past years, so it is very exciting to helm by myself now. I look forward to the race.” At the moment, Dercksen is skippering the Extreme 40 in the Swiss Bol d’Or on Lake Geneva.
US SAILING, national governing for the sport, and Performance Catamaran, one of the top multihull boat builders in the U.S., have signed a two-year agreement to provide Nacra SL16s at the U.S. Youth Multihull Championship in 2007 and 2008. The selection of the SL16 is in line with the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), which has named the SL16 the multihull boat for its Youth World Championship. The 2007 U.S. Youth Multihull Championship will be held March 29 - April 1 and hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, Calif.
Under the new partnership, Performance Catamaran will provide ten new SL16s at the 2007 and 2008 U.S. Youth Multihull Championship for use by the competitors at the events. Registration for the 2007 U.S. Youth Multihull Championship will open by February 1, 2007. The U.S. Youth Multihull Championship, established in 2001, is an open event (no pre-qualification required) for young men and women who do not turn 19 in the year of competition. Winners of the event are presented with the Arthur J. Stevens Trophy. For more information on the Championship, please visit www.ussailing.org/championships/youth/multihull.
The Fort Worth Boat Club (FWBC) is pleased to announce that it is starting a beachcat race series on Eagle Mountain Lake, located northwest of Fort Worth, TX.
The racing will begin on April 15th and run through Dec. 9th. The season will consist of 5, six race series which run every Sunday at the FWBC (see calender for exact dates; http://www.fwbc.com ), first gun is at 2:00 pm. Fleet membership is required to participate in the series. For more information contact me at fwbccatsailor(AT)hotmail.com. I look forward to seeing all of you on the line in April.
FWBC Multihull Fleet Captain
The Hobie 16 Youth and Women's North Americans will be hosted by Fleet 250
in Sandy Hook, NJ on July 21-23. The event begins with a GEP clinic for
participants on Thursday followed by three days of racing. National Hull Flying
Championships Saturday after the racing. Fleet 250 web
Come race at one of the largest catamaran clubs in the world. Enjoy our hospitality
with free camping and dinner on the beach every night. No pre-registration
NOR in the Calendar.
Hans Geissler introduces his new G-Cat F16 at the Tradewinds Regatta.
There are Catamarans and then there is the G-Cat. Designed and built by Hans Geissler, this catamaran is known as a vessel of unique, if not revolutionary design. The hulls, being its most unusual features, are symmetric and use no dagger-boards. Leeway is resisted by a its deep-V lateral surface coupled to deep rudder blades which prevents leeward drift and actually causes lift via their low profile and hydrodynamic shape below the waters surface.
And now, after nearly ten years, Hans Geissler has resurrected his legendary G-Cat Catamarans. After 2000 G-Cats he built until 1994 this is the first boat not built by himself but by Vectorworks Marine in Titusville, Fl. The new line takes the form of the Formula 16 High Tech racing version, with a 28’ mast and spinnaker, and a family and rental fleet version with 24’ boomless mast for casual sailing. In addition, the new and improved G-Cat 36 will be introduced, with the first model being a Power Cat that will sleep 5-6 comfortably, and a sailing model with similar accommodations. There will be a full line of options available for your comfort and safety. This represents the resurrection of the G-Cat Catamarans the first production in almost 10 years.
The Hobie HOTLINE, the original publication for Hobie
Cat news, has returned.
The Hobie HOTLINE started in
1971 as a little newsletter for Hobie Cat owners but
grew into a full-fledged magazine thought the 80's and
early 90's. In the mid-80's, the HOTLINE began to
loose its way. It became more of a marketing tool for
the Coleman Company, promoting Alpha sailboards, Hobie
Power Skiffs and other Coleman products. The Hobie
Class Association started the NAHCA News newsletter in
1992 in part because the HOTLINE was trying to serve
too many masters. Eventually the HOTLINE became a
financial burden on the Hobie Cat Company (now
independent of Coleman), who ceased publication in
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
Ellen MacArthur, Fernando Echavarri Erasun & Anton Paz Blanco flying high
November 8, 2005 The International Sailing Federation and Rolex have announced Dame Ellen MACARTHUR of Great Britain and Tornado World Champions Fernando ECHAVARRI ERASUN and Antón PAZ BLANCO of Spain as winners of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2005.
At an Awards Ceremony tonight in Singapore, the three sailors were honoured for their outstanding sailing achievements between 1 September 2004 and 31 August 2005, when MacArthur completed her record-breaking solo sprint around the world in her maxi-trimaran B&Q and Echavarri and Paz were crowned Tornado World and European Champions after a string of outstanding results.
Tornado sailors Fernando Echavarri Erasun and Antón Paz Blanco continued in 2005 where they left off the previous year and have enjoyed an extraordinary 12 months, starting with victory at the ISAF Grade 2 Barcelona Olympic Sailing Week in March where they won five of the nine races. In May, they took the gold medal at the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta then followed it up the following month by winning the ISAF Grade W Tornado World Championship.
In August, they reinforced their credentials as the most exciting talent on the Tornado circuit by adding the European Championship title to their portfolio and as a result accumulated more points to boost their ISAF World Ranking position. Through the nomination period they climbed steadily to the top spot, making it theirs on 29 June.
It appears that rumors of a new, possibly experimental, carbon Hobie are true. The boat appears to be based on the Hobie Fox and is manufactured by Hobie Europe. The first example was at the Texel race but, (like over half the participants) wasn't able to make it out through the surf. We'll have to wait for another event to see what the black boat can do. Pictures of the Carbon Hobie Cat
Thanks to Tony Mels, we have these first pictures of the new boat.
From Heather Morrison, HCA Women's Representative.
The first WOW workshop of the year is coming up! Below you will find some information. Deb and Kathleen ran a very successful workshop last year and they have an even better one planned for this year!
The workshop is proudly sponsored by Division 5 and HCA of North America. Don't miss out! See you on the start line.
Please join Deb Olsen and Kathleen Tracy for this season’s WOW, hands on sailing clinic. It will be held Saturday, June 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Union Reservoir just east of Longmont. See www.ci.longmont.co.us/parks/
for map and lake info. There is a $5 entry fee per car at the gate.
We’ll talk safety, sailing gear, sailing terms and why-fors, and then practice sail trim, boat attitude and maybe even racing tactics. Come learn how to be the best pro-active crew your skipper has ever had and find out if the view from the skipper’s seat is for you.
This is a day of Stress Free and Fun Sailing.
4-13-05 Titusville, FL - We are extremely pleased to announce the Vectorworks Marine Inc has entered in to an agreement with Bimare of Italy to be the licensed builder in the United States of their A-class catamaran, the XJ (Extreme Javelin).
This year, 2005, Bimare is celebrating their 30th year of producing catamarans. In 1978, with the introduction of the Bim A, they were one of the first companies to build a production A-class catamaran. This model sailed to multiple World, European and national titles. The A-class being a developmental class, has often helped lead the way in advancing "beach catamaran" design. Sail design, canting hulls and what is commonly referred to as "wave piercing" hull shapes, are all examples of features refined in the A-class and now being used in many of the new generation of production catamarans being manufactured. Bimare's long history of staying in the forefront of technology is represented in their Javelin hull shape. The XJ is a third iteration of this hull shape, building on the strengths of that concept. Early race results, from around the globe, are proving this design is going to make this the boat to beat.
Vectorworks Marine's history of quality tooling and contract manufacturing ties in perfectly with Bimare's concept of creating a US based manufacturer of their design. The growth in A-class participation in particular, has been severely hampered by not having a production builder located in the US. The majority of boats have typically come from Europe or Australia. The problems associated with pricing, exchange rates, shipping and customer support have made the commitment to own an A-cat beyond what most people are willing to put forth. Recently VMI has successfully transformed the Phill Brander designed Blade F16 in to composites and introduced it into the US market. The tendency towards performance and the detail involved in the F16 and A-cat designs makes them fit very well on the manufacturing floor.
VMI and Bimare look forward to helping catamaran sailing in the US expand by making models more readily available than has been typical in the past.
NACRA catamaran racers worldwide are coming together to celebrate NACRA¹s 30th Anniversary for an action-packed week of class racing. Traverse City, Michigan on Lake Michigan has been chosen as this year¹s championship location having been the the site of the very successful 1991 NACRA North American Championships. For 2005, from September 12th through 16th, an even bigger turn out is expected because of the combined championships for all NACRA Catamarans:
NACRA F18 World Championships; NACRA F17 North American Championships; NACRA 20 U. S. National Championships; and the NACRA Open Championships for NACRA 5.0 to 6.0 as well as the Beach Series Catamarans 500 to 580 models -- all to be held in 5 days of excitement.
This year, the Round Texel organization introduces an annual prize for the best performing sailing club. On Saturday June 11th 2005, world’s biggest catamaran race around the wadden island of Texel will start for the 28th time. About 600 teams are expected to challenge the elements and to test the endurance of their equipment and themselves. Since March 1st, 123 teams subscribed for the Zwitserleven Round Texel Race 2005.
Club members often travel together to Texel. Sometimes even in short laps over the North Sea. Round Texel co-ordinator Edwin Lodder: “We want to encourage these initiatives with a spezial prize, a red Zwitserleven couch for their club house. Hopefully, the Round Texel Race will become an annual trip for more sailing associations.” Last year’s promo area on the beach will return in 2005. Catamaran fans will find the newest developments there and they can get into contact with top sailors.
Province of Rimini to feature catamaran match-racing as part of BLURimini
SEA CLIFF, N.Y. - The Trustees of the International Catamaran
Challenge Trophy, in conjunction with defender Southern Yacht Club, have
accepted the bid submitted by Rimini, Italy, to host the celebratory 25th
anniversary regatta. The event is scheduled May 26-June 1, 2005.
The Province of Rimini, located northeast of San Marino on Italy's upper
Adriatic coast, is the host. The BLURimini organization and the Vela Viva
Sailing Club will coordinate the event. The regatta will be a featured part
of the 7th annual BLURimini Festival, a celebration of music, entertainment
"We think that Rimini and its popular festival will make a wonderful host
for the silver anniversary of the ICCT," said John B. Dawson, Chairman of
the ICCT Trustees. "Multihull racing is popular in Europe, and we anticipate
a fleet of 10 to 15 defenders and challengers."
The event will be sailed in F18HTs, an 18-foot, high-performance catamaran.
The two-person cats are being provided by the host city and Bimare Marine,
the Italian builder. They carry a 20-square-meter (215-square-foot) mainsail
Nacra turns 30.
This speedy little catamaran, which Tom Roland initially
designed, built and first sailed in Santa Barbara, California in 1975 has
come of age -- from the agile 17-foot Nacra 5.2 that quickly attracted
fellow sailors to the state-of-the-art models offered by the current builder
Performance Catamarans, Inc. And, Nacra has proven time and time again to be
OAlways One Step Ahead.¹
The popularity of the first Nacra geared the staff towards introducing more
catamaran designs including the 18 sq, 5.0, 5.7 and 5.8 models. Over the
years, it was necessary for Nacra to move from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria
then to the Catalina Yachts facility in Woodland Hills in 1985. In 1988,
Performance Catamarans was created combining Nacra with the Prindle
catamaran line and moved to Santa Ana, California where it still exists
After a second design, the 18 sq., was released in 1978, new Nacra designs
were released beginning in the early 80's-, the Nacra 5.0 (16'), 5.7
(18.5')and 5.8 (19¹) designs became the new standards following the Nacra
5.2 in multihull racing. Most open class regattas welcomed the Nacras until
their own One-Design race circuit was formed and then Nacra fleets began
sprouting up all over the United States, (with the help of the European and
Australian distributors) Europe and Australia.