Kites vs Skiffs and Catamarans:
Canadian Race Officer Martin Rheaume is in charge of the protest committee for an event in which there is a possibility that foiling kites will be added alongside several classes of skiffs and catamarans. Having never worked with kites, he asked on the Racing Rules of Sailing forum:
1. Is it a good idea?
2. What would happen if there is an encounter (converging course, mark room, etc…) between a boat and kite which rules (part 2 vs Appendix K) would take precedence?
Golden anniversary of a legend:
Fifty years ago, Hobie Alter designed his first sailboat – the Hobie 14. He wanted a simple boat that he and his friends could sail off the beach when there wasn’t enough waves to surf.
Hobie was also the inventor of the fiberglass surfboard, and legend is that the Hobie 14 was designed with a drawing in the sand. What followed was a phenomenon that lead to the birth of an international company and worldwide racing on many boat designs that would follow.
In recent years, the Hobie 14 has enjoyed a resurgence internationally and in the USA. New Hobie 14s are still manufactured in France and distributed worldwide through the Hobie Cat Co. dealer network.
To celebrate …
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Golden anniversary of a legend, Editor