Narragansett Bay proved to be the perfect match for the speedy, stealth A-Cats on Day 1 of the U.S. Multihull Championship, hosted by the Bristol Yacht Club. The conditions on the Bay were nothing short of spectacular on Friday. The weather featured sunny skies, breezes exceeding 15 knots at times, and temperatures in the high 50s/low 60s.
A-Cat expert Lars Guck (Barrington, R.I.) wasted no time in asserting himself in the fleet. Guck won each of the four races with ease. He capsized in Race 4, yet still managed to recover and win the final race of the day. He leads Philip Kinder (Portsmouth, R.I.) by five and Chris Museler (Portsmouth, R.I.) by seven. Guck, Kinder, and Museler placed first, second and third respectively in three of the four races. Guck is a multi-time winner of the A-Cat North American Championship.
About the Championships
The U.S. Multihull Championship is one of several prestigious championships hosted by US Sailing and sailed in selected one-design class boats. The perpetual trophy was presented and named the Alter Trophy in 1986 in honor of Hobie Alter, Sr. and his extraordinary promotion of one-design multihull sailing and racing programs. The U.S. Multihull Championship for the Hobie Alter Trophy has become one of the nation’s major sailing championships, having featured world champions from numerous classes, Olympic medalists and several national champions from the multihull ranks.
The U.S. Multihull Championship was conceived by the Multihull Council in the spring of 1985 as a service to multihull racing sailors. It is intended to determine a U.S. national multihull champion and is sailed annually in various types of multihulls.
Originally the championship had the good fortune of having manufacturers provide new boats including Hobie, Inter, Nacra, Prindle, Mystere and Bimare classes but in 2013, the decision was made to rotate it each year through the various classes of catamarans to better represent the depth of multihull sailing in the United States.
Championship Facts & Features
- A Cat
- The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the
International A-Class Catamaran class rules, the U.S. Multihull Championship Conditions and the US
- Membership in US Sailing is required at all levels of competition for US citizens and resident aliens
entries. A-Class membership has been waived as a requirement for this event. Other nationalities
must be members of their National Governing Body
- Event sailed in the Narragansett Bay, RI.
Hobie Alter Trophy