Sometimes I ask myself why do I do this? Trying managing a one-design class, organizing a world championship, maintaining my real job and being involved with my family is a challenge. Why do I do it? For the love of Hobie sailing! I have never been the one to just stand around and complain; instead I try to fix it.
There are many assumptions about how the Hobie Class Association operates and most of them are not correct. Many years ago, the class was run by paid employees of the Hobie Cat Company. Today, the Hobie Class today is run by volunteers. The volunteers engage and work in cooperation with the manufacturer
With less than 7 months to the start of the 22nd Hobie 16 World Championships at Captiva Island, Florida we have started to attract some famous names from the past and stars of the future.
This month we look at the Great Grand Masters, as we have Steve Leo USA and John Dinsdale FRA. Steve and John competed in the very first Hobie 16 World Championships in 1976 at Honolulu, Hawaii. 43 years later to the day, 6th November 1976 was the last day of the 1st Hobie World Championships, 6th November 2019 will be the 1st day of the Great Grand Masters. These two will be back out on the water continuing their own Hobie 16 races for bragging rights which they started 43 years ago. What a great tribute to the Hobie Class to have sailors still competing in the same class for over 43 years.