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Christmas Shopping at TheBeachcats.com

Added by damonAdmin on Nov 20, 2007 - 06:17 PM

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 Sailing Classes in California

Added by damonAdmin on Jul 02, 2007 - 10:11 AM

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.

Footnote: Class times can be found in the events calendar.

482 Enter the Round Texel Race, Netherlands

Added by damonAdmin on Jun 21, 2007 - 11:31 AM

2007 Round TexelA 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.

Performance Catamaran to Supply Youth Multihulls Catamarans

Added by damonAdmin on Mar 05, 2007 - 01:18 PM

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.  

Beachcat Sailing Series at Fort Worth Boat Club, Fort Worth, TX

Added by kyeoman on Feb 12, 2007 - 01:29 PM

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.

Kevin Yeoman
FWBC Multihull Fleet Captain

Footnote: Good Luck with the series, and thanks for letting us know!

Hobie 16 Youth-Women North American Championship in New York

Added by damonAdmin on Jun 20, 2006 - 02:04 PM

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 site

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 needed. See NOR in the Calendar.

New F16 Class Catamaran from G-Cat

Added by Anonymous on Feb 13, 2006 - 11:10 AM
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.

Hobie Hotline Returns as Official Hobie Cat Magazine

Added by damonAdmin on Dec 24, 2005 - 02:04 AM
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 mid-1995.

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.

Catamaran Sailors Win ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards

Added by damonAdmin on Nov 08, 2005 - 12:14 PM
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.

Footnote: Congratulations! Note that all three winners sailed multihulls this year!

First Pictures of New Carbon Hobie Cat

Added by damonAdmin on Jun 13, 2005 - 03:08 PM
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.

Footnote: Thanks Tony!

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