From the IHCA President — Rich McVeigh

Hi

The planning  for our next two Hobie 16 world championships is proceeding well. We hope to be in a position to announce the next event in a few months.

I sent notice of this previously but we thought a reminder was appropriate and we need your help to get the word out.

One change to the format is the elimination of the on-site qualifying series for the open. The path to the Hobie 16 world championships is through sailors prequalifying in their home region. We want to push the participation theme. The intent is to stimulate regional participation by requiring the sailors to earn a prequalified spot.

We will be modifying the prequalified spot allocations for each region as the spots that were previously saved for on-site qualifying will be distributed to all the regions.

Rich

Annual General Meeting & Survey Results

On Saturday, Nov. 19th, Hobie Division 4 hosted its annual general meeting at the home of Peter & Ruth Nelson.  The AGM historically has been the time when the division puts together its sailing schedule for the next season, as well as take care of other division business.  This year the AGM was decidedly different.

Partially owing to a huge emotional bonding from Jerry’s memorial, the AGM attracted over 20 excited sailors and friends.  But unlike business meetings, this AGM was full of laughter, fun, frolic, and food — proving once again that sometimes the best path to success is sometimes the one not ordinarily traveled.

Sec./Treas. Paul Carter took notes and has put together full meeting minutes of the AGM.  You should read these as much for the completeness and organization as the content.  I mean, I can’t recall ever seeing meeting minutes so well done!

Survey Results

Meanwhile, back at the yacht club, a 2017 sailing survey was emailed to sailors prior to the AGM to get feedback on various topics.  There were 23 respondents to the survey, which was an all-time high.  Of the 22 answering, 13 said they would attend 5 or more regattas.

The three regattas gaining the most interest were no surprise — Quinault (21), Harrison (16), & Skamokawa (15).  But the fourth highest site was the Splash regatta on Lake Washington (13).  Too bad the division did not try to schedule that one.

Four respondents are looking to upgrade their sails while 2 are looking for new or newer boats.  When asked what events would help their racing, respondents were pretty evenly in support of a rules clinic, tuning clinic, guest expert, and/or practice session.

When asked how they can give back the overwhelming majority responded with regatta organization.  A surprising number (9/22) said they could help the division by introducing a friend to a regatta.  So look for new faces next year and when you see them, go up to them and introduce yourself!  Finally 3 of the respondents said they knew a youth currently not sailing who would be interested in trying out Hobies next season.

The big takeaway from both the AGM and the survey was the incredible amount of excitement in the Division.  It was clear to everyone in attendance that the camaraderie and love shared overshadows everything else.  The AGM was truly an uplifting event.

H-16/18 NACs — Puerto Penasco

Ten Div. 4 teams and shore crew extended their sailing season with a trip down to the Sea of Cortez at Puerto Penasco in October. for the H-16 and 2016 Hobie 16 North American Championships18 North American Championships.  The winds were light and allowed our teams to post some great results and gain valuable big-fleet experience.

What was particularly exciting were the four youths that came down and competed — some in their first open Championship.  JJ Hoag crewed for dad, John, while Kaylie Jones completed the father-daughter duo with Al..  Josh Markovich crewed for Paul Carter while sister Jessie caught a ride crewing for J Rosenbach.

The sheer size of the Div. 4 entourage was fun and exciting.  Seeing mexico-and-stuff-217everyone on the beach and sharing victories and challenges; going out to dinner with friends, and hanging together at the parties was all really exhilarating.

The wind was mostly light.  Only one race was run on Monday and Wednesday.  Tuesday was the only trapping day.  We got 4 races in on that day in mostly double and some single-trap conditions.  mexico-and-stuff-165Monday and Tuesday had the biggest swell.  On  Tuesday boats were flying off the tops of waves double-trapped!

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Farmer J enjoying the high life!!

The venue worked out real well with everyone very close.  The RV park was right between two large hotels, so everyone was close.  You could get tamales or burritos in the morning, and there was beer under the tent at race central most days.  The beach was soft and hot, and the only real issue were navigating the rocky reefs with beach wheels at low tide.

And the division played the numbers game.  Peter & Laura scored their mexico-and-stuff-216first win of a NAC race, leading wire-to-wire.  John & JJ started the regatta off with a 2nd in the first race of the event!  Paul/Josh and J/Jessie followed up a couple of days later with a 3rd and 4th, respectively…in the same race!!  Martin Hollinsworth, sailing with Brit Jez Bull, finished 5th overall in the 18s — not bad for a couple of lardos who had never sailed an 18 before!  Carter got a 6th, Peter/Laura a 7th, and you get the idea.  Div. 4 sailors sailed well and everyone had a great time!!

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