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Hobie Cat – The Pet I Love
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Hobie Cat – The Pet I Love

My Hobie 16, the pet I own, does not exceed the love I have for my wife, daughter or dogs, but she has a special place in my life. She is the Hobie Cat, the toy to entertain, to keep me fit, to enjoy with my whole family, even the dogs. Many a weekend spent camping at the dam, with the family, has been a relaxation second to none, I also enjoy fishing and this helps when the wind subsides.

The Hobie Cat designer and creator, Hobart Alter, began with the surf board, and I believe it started in a garage in 1950. I was not born then, hell I don't think my father was born then, but good on Hobart because today the Hobie is probably the best known catamaran in the world. Research tells me his sons continue the designs today and Hobart retired. Well good on him, his creations from surf boards to catamarans have given thousands throughout the world pleasure and entertainment.

The Hobie world championships, held all over the world, 19 times I think, highly publicised and televised have made this franchise a sought after catamaran. The worlds include championships for women, juniors, masters and grand masters indicating the broad spectrum of sailors the Hobie attracts. The winners list show the diverse countries entering the regattas, from all the continents in the southern hemisphere to all in the northern. Some competitors must brave very cold conditions to practice their sport in the winter. Suffice it to say that all the countries, well-known for their entry in the international Americas Cup, are well represented in the Hobie Worlds.

As much as I would love to enter and compete in these regattas, work and golf keep me too busy, but when I was younger I partook in a few local races as crew for my father. These considered more fun than competition, never lacked the degree of serious rivalry experienced when sailing. The set up of the catamaran, precision of timing for the start and the jostling among the rivals for a good starting place, a hard-fought battle, and the race had not yet even begun. My Dad, loved these competitions, his competitive spirit, contagious, and as a youngster my heart would pump harder with the excitement expressed by his body language. “Get ready Boy” he would always say “This is where the Men separated from the Boys.” We never won any of these regattas, but the excitement and fun, tremendous. I never ask him if we had become men or still remained boys, knowing him, the answer would probably have been “It's not the winning that counts, but the finishing.” His way of convincing himself.

I intend to attempt to put these experiences down as articles, as a testimonial to my enjoyment of the sport, the lessons learnt and the camaraderie built by like-minded sailors of the Hobie 16.


Street Talk

I agree with you. The best sailing ever is on a Hobie especially in the sea.Love it.

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  about 9 years ago

Wow, now you are on a run.

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  about 9 years ago
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