U.S. Multihull Championship to berRaced in Hobie 16s on San Francisco Bay

Thursday, 29 August 2013


Top doublehanded teams in the country and several international teams will be competing in Hobie 16 catamarans next week for a chance to win the historic Hobie Alter Trophy, as the 2013 U.S. Multihull Championship adds to the excitement this summer on San Francisco Bay. This year’s U.S. Multihull Championship coincides with the America’s Cup Finals. This US Sailing National Championship will be hosted by the Sausalito Yacht Club. Racing takes place Thursday, September 5 through Saturday, September 7 and a special guest expert clinic for participants and welcome party will be held on Wednesday, September 4.

The Hobie 16 is iconic to the world of multihull sailing and one of the largest classes in the world. America’s Cup spectators will have a special opportunity to watch additional multihull racing as teams competing at the U.S. Multihull Championship will race on the America’s Cup course on September 7, as the opening act to the first race of the America’s Cup Finals.

Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) made history at last year’s U.S. Multihull Championship in Pensacola, Fla. by becoming the first woman skipper to claim the Hobie Alter Trophy. Newberry and Kenny Pierce won the title in impressive fashion by winning all 14 races on Santa Rosa Sound in the Formula 16. Newberry is currently running an Olympic campaign in the Nacra 17 and won the gold medal at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami in February with John Casey. In 2012, Newberry won the F16 National Championship in Panama City, Fla. She will sail next week with Emmett Moore (Miami, Fla.) as crew.

One of the headline competitors this year will be five-time Hobie 16 National Champion Hobie Alter Jr. (San Juan, Calif.), who will be sailing with son Scott Alter (San Juan, Calif.) as crew.

Enrique Figueroa and crew Carla Malatrasi of San Juan, Puerto Rico won the 2012 Hobie 16 North American Championship and has represented Puerto Rico in four Olympic Games. He is the only Puerto Rican sailor to win four gold medals in the Central American Caribbean Games. They finished fourth at the 2013 ISAF World Cup Miami.

Patrick Porter (Garden Valley, Calif.) finished second at 2013 Midwinter West event in April. He is sailing with experienced crew John Williams (Long Beach, Calif.) who has participated in 10 U.S. Multihull Championships, winning as crew in 2009 and 2007.

Mike Montague (Santa Rosa, Calif.) and Kathy Ward (Sacramento, Calif.) will make a bid at their second Hobie Alter Trophy. They won the 2004 event, also sailed in Hobie 16s. In July, they won the Summer Multihull Regatta in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Youth multihull sailors have been a part of this championship for many years. Ben Brown (Los Altos, Calif.) placed third at the 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds Qualifier and won the 2011 Hobie 16 Youth North American Championship. He will be sailing with crew Andrew Wilkinson (Woodside, Calif.).

Visit the official event website throughout next week’s championship for a full roster, standings, Notice of Race, video highlights courtesy of Chris Love Productions, real-time Twitter updates, daily recaps, photos, and more.

The U.S. Multihull Championship is a US Sailing National Championship regatta and sponsored by Hobie Polarized, Gill North America and Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whiskey. The championship is a Sailors for the Sea – Clean Regattas certification event.

Championship Notes:
- The anticipated course is a windward/leeward with drop marks.
- Racing tentatively scheduled to begin at approximately 11:00 am each day.
- When seven or more races have been completed, a team’s series score will be the total of its race scores excluding its worst score. Three races must be completed to constitute a Championship.
- US Sailing medals will be awarded to the first, second, and third place finishers. The winning team will have their names placed on the Hobie Alter Trophy. The highest ranking U.S. Team will be named the United States Multihull Champions.

Championship Personnel
U.S. Multihull Championship National Chair - Laura Sullivan
Sausalito Yacht Club Regatta Chair - Kathie Forte
US Sailing Championship Director - Liz Walker

Jake Fish, US Sailing Communications Manager

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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 www.ussailing.org.

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 gary.barker@gillna.com.

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 www.hobiepolarized.com.

About Old Pulteney
Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky is crafted at Pulteney Distillery in Wick, Scotland. The distillery was founded in 1826 by James Henderson at the height of Wick’s herring boom. The distillery lies in the heart of “Pulteneytown,” which was one of the largest and most important herring fishing ports in Europe. Old Pulteney has a long standing association with the sea and is the official scotch of US Sailing. Its carefully crafted taste carries the windswept and rugged character of the North, the salty and fresh air of the North Sea, and the distillery’s rich maritime heritage runs through every drop of this fine malt.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 August 2013 )