Hobie 17 Cats to Race on Biloxi Bay at 2017 U.S. Multihull Championship

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (April 5, 2017) – Spring sailing is upon us, as the 2017 US Sailing National Championship season gets underway on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. The Ocean Springs Yacht Club, located just two miles east of Biloxi, will host the 2017 U.S. Multihull Championship this Thursday through Sunday, April 6-9.

For the first time in event history, this four-day national championship will be raced in Hobie 17 catamarans. Sixteen sailors, representing nine U.S. states and one from Canada, will compete for the Hobie Alter Trophy on Biloxi Bay. Competitors List

A week of April sailing on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi is a great way to shake off the cobwebs and winter doldrums in preparation for the coming sailing season. In conjunction with the U.S. Multihull Championship, the Ocean Springs Yacht Club will be hosting the Hobie Class Association Mid-winters East/North this week, a Hobie Class Association sanctioned event. Most of the fleets in competition for this regatta will be Hobie 16s and Hobie Waves. This event will take place over three days, this Friday through Sunday, April 7-9. The club typically hosts five to six catamaran regattas each year.

Results and Coverage

  • For social media coverage, results and standings, photos, and more information from the 2017 U.S. Multihull Championship, please visit the event website.
  • For breaking news and real-time results from the water, follow @USSailing on Twitter or use #Alter17.

Racing Schedule

  • Wednesday: Registration and practice day
  • Thursday: Racing signal scheduled for 11:00 am CDT
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Racing signal scheduled for 10:30 am CDT
  • Sunday: No warning signal made after 2:00 pm CDT
  • Sailors will race on Biloxi Bay in front of the Ocean Springs Yacht Club and to the east of the Biloxi Bridge.

Championship Facts

  • The U.S. Multihull Championship was conceived by the Multihull Council in the spring of 1985 as a service to the multihull racing community.
  • 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.
  • World champions from numerous classes, Olympic medalists and several national champions from the multihull ranks have raced for the Hobie Alter Trophy.
  • The championship rotates in discipline each year to showcase the depth of classes in multihull racing in the United States.

US Sailing Media Contact: Jake Fish, Communications Manager, communications@ussailing.org

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