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Proposed Hobie 18 Rule Changes

Dear IHCA members,

John Forbes, Australia, has submitted a package of Hobie Cat 18 class rule change proposals. The outset is the “Hobie Cat 18 Reimagined”-project John has been working on for years and as someone is acquainted with already.

John’s proposals are meant to make the boat easier to sail for a wider range of sailors and are as such hoped to stimulate participation at Hobie Cat 18 fleet racing events.

The proposals have been endorsed by the Hobie Cat Association of North America (HCANA) and the Australian National Hobie Class Association (ANHCA) and the proposals are as such considered to have merit. HCANA and ANHCA are the two entities of IHCA still having Hobie Cat 18 fleet racing activities.

Please review the PDF file which has a full description and photograph to explain all the changes.

This is your class and your opportunity to express your opinion.

Deadline: January 16th, 2024.

The proposed changes are expected to go into effect as soon as possible following approval of the IHCA Council. This is assumed to happen no later than April 1st, 2024.

Erik Olsen
IHCA Rules Committee Chair