Summer 2015 Update
Multihull Racing Update – Summer 2015
The past few months have been very active for the Multihull Racing Committee and its member classes.
A very successful US Sailing Try it Out clinic was held at the West River Sailing Club in MD. Sixteen youth, including four girls, attended the Formula 16 Catamaran clinic and were coached by US Sailing coaches. One goal of these programs is to identify future Olympic prospects for the various classes.
In August, the US Multihull Championship for the Hobie Alter Trophy was held at the Buzzard’s Bay Regatta in MA, and raced on Formula 18 catamarans. Mike Easton and Tipp Burd dominated the fleet. This was a great event, despite turnout that was significantly lower than anticipated. One of the crews was reportedly the product of a prior Try it Out clinic!
Many of our classes have already completed North American championships for 2015. Most significantly for the future of our sport, the Hobie Class Association held two Youth North Americans this year. Will Nelson won the Hobie Wave Youth NAs (24 boats, Seattle, WA). Ben Brown and Casey Larson won the Hobie 16 Youth NAs (12 boats, Lake Quinault, WA).
Matt Struble won the A Class NAs (41 boats, Panama City, FL). Mark Modderman was the top finishing US sailor (2nd overall) at the Hobie 14 NAs (15 boats, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada). Phil Collins won another Hobie 17 NAs (24 boats, Clear Lake, IA). Ken Marshack and Valerie Proszac won the Hobie 18 NAs (20 boats, Avila Beach, CA). John Holmberg and Teri McKenna won the Hobie 20 NAs (8 boats, also at Avila Beach, CA).
Fueled by US Sailing-provided coaching, Mark and (daughter) Grace Modderman earned a silver medal in the Hobie 16 class at the PanAm Games (5 boats, Toronto, Ontario, Canada). US sailors finished well at the Formula 18 Worlds and several Nacra 17 international events.
Upcoming major events include the Formula 16 US Nationals and Formula 18 Americas. Registration for the Hobie 16 North Americans is approaching 100 boats!
We continue to work on documents and programs regarding safety training and recommendations, youth events and seminars; and are always looking for new volunteers.