Several Beachcat members in this string have suggested that you may be able
to participate in local Hobie regattas without being ejected/disqualified
for noncompliance with comp tip, factory tramps and other requirements that
probably don't have any substantial impact on how fast a cat goes.
So if Hobie really wants to attract new people to its regattas and the
"Hobie Way," why don't they simply support a "common sense" relaxation of
some of the race rules for local regattas??? Just apply the stricter rules
once you get past the local regattas. If someone gets that far, they'll be
committed enough to get a new boat or new parts to continue. I am very
dubious about making the commitment of time and effort to participate in
local regattas without some reasonable assurance that I won't get jerked
This would be a win-win for Hobie. More Hobies participating in regattas
means more Hobie parts being purchased, even is all the parts being
purchased aren't from Hobie. Supposedly, that's where they make their
money, anyway. Getting more used Hobies back in service means more parts
money for Hobie. Bigger regattas means more expose for Hobie. The more
people participating, ultimately, the more new boats will be purchased.
Hereford, MD 21102
From: Damon [mailto:damon@...
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2004 1:19 PM
Subject: Re: [beachcats] Re: Hobie Class Racing means Hobie Cat Only (again)
>I sail a
> modified Hobie 17, and can't race unless in an Open Class. Now I
> won't have that option
I think this is becoming a common misconception. This ruling/agreement
doesn't have anything to do with your modified Hobie 17, if a Hobie
Regatta wants to have a "catch all" open class for non-class Hobie
Brand boats it free to do so (or not). In fact, at the Broken Mast
Regatta (June 5-6 at Arkabutla Lake, Hernando, MS) our "open class"
has always consisted mostly of Hobies that couldn't make a fleet (less
than five boats), or things like single handed 16/18/20's, boats with
spins, etc. For things like non-factory tramps, no comptip, after
market sails, that is up to the local Race Committee to enforce (or
not), I think most local regattas take a common sense approach to this
kind of thing.
Commodore, Fleet 134
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