Top Multihull Sailors to Race A-Cats on Narragansett Bay

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (September 17, 2014) – For the first time in U.S. Multihull Championship history, the Hobie Alter Trophy will be decided in A-Class Catamarans, popularly known as A-Cats. This Friday through Sunday (September 19-21), the Bristol Yacht Club (R.I.) will serve as host to this US Sailing National Championship for three action-packed days of multihull racing and festivities.

2012_us_multihull_logoThis championship rotates in discipline each year to showcase the depth of classes in multihull racing. The A-Cat is a light weight, high performance catamaran built for speed and the competing sailors are eager to take on the challenge this week on Narragansett Bay.

The U.S. Multihull Championship is sponsored by Old Pulteney, Hobie Polarized and Gill North America. Gill will be providing shirts for the sailors, Hobie Polarized will be providing the winners with sunglasses and Old Pulteney will host a whiskey tasting for participants (21 and older) on Saturday night. This championship is a Sailors for the Sea – Clean Regattas certified event. Learn more about the U.S. Multihull Championship.

Media & Coverage

  • For results, standings, video highlights from Chris Love, photos, Twitter updates, and more information on the 2014 U.S. Multihull Championship, please visit the event website.
  • For breaking news and race results, follow us on Twitter @USSailing. Use Twitter hashtag – #MultihullChamps14 – to participate in the conversation throughout the championship.

Schedule & Race Course

  • First warning is scheduled for 11:00 am EDT, Friday through Sunday
  • On Sunday, no warning signal will be made after 2:00 pm EDT
  • Practice racing is scheduled for Thursday
  • Courses will be windward/leeward with drop marks

Scoring Format

  • Three races must be completed to constitute a US Sailing Championship.
  • When fewer than seven races have been completed, a boat’s series score shall be the total of her race scores.
  • When seven or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score shall be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

Prizes on the Line

  • US Sailing medals will be awarded to the first, second and third place competitors.
  • The winning competitor will have his or her name placed on the Hobie Alter Trophy. 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 highest ranking U.S. competitor will be named the 2014 United States Multihull Champion.

Championship Notes

  • Rules expert Dave Perry will serve as Chief Judge. Perry has led hundreds of US Sailing instructional seminars in over 50 one-design classes and is the author of Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing through 2016.

US Sailing Media Contact: Jake Fish

About US Sailing
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. For more information, please visit

About Hobie Polarized
Hobie Polarized is a leading designer, developer, marketer and distributor of polarized eyewear. The brand’s innovative lens technology allows total glare reduction, 100% UV protection, enhances contrast and provides optimum visual acuity. The company’s products are sold worldwide and are used by watermen at all skill and lifestyle levels. The Hobie Polarized headquarters is located in Plainview, New York. For further information, please visit the company’s website at

About Gill North America
Gill NA, with headquarters near Atlanta, GA is the exclusive importer and distributor of Gill-brand foul weather gear in North America including Caribbean, US and Canada. Gill is a worldwide apparel and accessories brand serving the marine industry with over three decades of experience. Gill specializes in high tech, breathable waterproof clothing. The company develops and markets a variety of performance-oriented, award-winning apparel and accessories for virtually every type of boating activity with product lines that include foul weather gear; interactive layering systems; footwear; gloves; bags; junior gear; scholastic gear and team wear. Gill products are available through hundreds of independent dealers and select West Marine Stores. For further information, please contact: Gary Barker at 941-505-2111 or

About Old Pulteney
Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky is strongly rooted in the whisky’s nautical heritage and is commonly referred to as ‘The Maritime Malt.’ Old Pulteney is the Official Scotch of US Sailing and recently released a limited-edition ‘Navigator’ expression, commemorating the brand’s sponsorship of the 2013-2014 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Crafted in Pulteney Distillery in Wick, Scotland, the distillery was founded in 1826 by James Henderson in the heart of “Pulteneytown,” one of the largest fishing ports in Europe. Each Old Pulteney expression is carefully crafted and carries the windswept and rugged character of the North and the salty, fresh air of the North Sea. It is distributed by International Beverage, Inc. Visit Old Pulteney on Facebook or at for more information.