Rich McVeigh, Friday, 15 May 2015
Sailing season is underway here in North America. Here in the mid-Atlantic USA region we have been noticing an interesting shift over the last few years. Hobie 14’s disappeared from the racing scene 20+ years ago but they are now making a resurgence. In recent years, the North American region has been hosting H14 championship events with respectable numbers but this was once a year and the participants have mostly been sailors that primarily sail in other classes. What we are seeing now is people switching to the 14 as their primary boat. The first regatta of the season in our area, saw nine Hobie 14’s on the start line. It was quite impressive. We now have Hobie 14’s competing at all our events in the region.
The IHCA is hosting a Hobie 14 world championships this July at Lake Garda, Italy. Currently there are 39 boats registered from ten countries and five continents.