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Trip to TX SPI or CC in Early Oct
by Banzilla. 07/05/21 11:17 AM
Trip to TX SPI or CC in Early Oct
by Banzilla / 07/05/21 04:17 PM

Hello everybody,

So a few of us NM sailors are planing a trip to the Corpus Christi or South Padre Islands area in early to mid October, and would love to find an RV park that has easy beach access and hopefully Mast us storage. There will be at least 3 RVs and boats, no extra cars that we know of at this time.

We normally would be heading to the Fleet 514 Pinata Regatta but the park filled up much faster then expected.

Any Ideas would be very much appreciated.
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Suggestions light wind big chop?
by fa1321 / 05/08/21 12:26 PM

What is a good catamaran for light winds and big chop from heavy boat traffic? Would a bigger cat like a Supercat or Hobie 20 or 21 smooth out the ride and keep moving?
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by allthewayne / 09/06/20 08:08 PM

Anyone know how to get ahold of Mike (username Tornado), or know whether or not he sold his Tornado?

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Broken daggerboard Hobie Wildcat 2010
by Arjan13 / 08/10/20 10:34 PM

Recently we have bought a 2010 Wildat. Last weekend we took it out for sailing for the third time. When we were using the spinnaker with 12 knots of wind, we met a rather large wave, which completely broke off our daggerboard, directly below the hull.

We were sailing the board like 40cm up, while the tuning guide even states to pull it only 20cm up. In the meantime I've heard similar stories from other sailors.

Is this normal? If the boards cannot handle these conditions why put it in a tuning guide like this? Does anybody know which heights are save? Otherwise it becomes an expensive "Hobie"
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Dumb question ?
by DaleYoung / 07/11/20 04:46 AM

Don't judge me. I'm completely new to this. This is just a thought.
I'm refurbishing a Supercat 17 , and prepping the mast so that water cannot get into it. Would it be a stupid idea to fill it full of foam packing peanuts so as to displace any water that could possibly get in if it did? They weigh almost nothing and would allow drainage.
Dumb idea?
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Shipping Masts?
by Tornado / 05/11/20 04:48 PM

Anyone have a good solution for shipping masts/beams etc (for H16,18, Tornado; see AD over on across North America?

My Dad's got a load of new old stock masts/beams sitting in his barn I'd like to see go to a decent home rather than ulitmately melted down to become recycled.

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Tornado Forum
by Tornado / 05/11/20 04:44 PM

Hi there. This is just an FYI that the old TornadoCat forum on Yahoo Groups has been migrated to a new venue on (
Please check it out and register if you are keen on Tornado's.

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Worrell 1000 Ground Crew Finder
by John Williams / 02/19/20 12:50 AM

hi folks -

i've received a few inquiries, seen some requests and gotten some facebook messages and calls about ground crew for the 2021. i'd like to try and consolidate that information here in order to connect people as efficiently as possible.

post in this thread if you are looking for an opportunity to be ground crew, or if you're a team that needs a manager, pusher, sailor or psychiatrist. there will be a link to this thread on the Worrell website and on the Worrell Facebook page.

as of today, there are only five team slots left. i know of four more teams that are planning to sign up.

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Bringing back the cat
by dave mosley / 02/03/20 02:12 PM

Remember the days of 150-200 boat Catamaran events? The Hobie lifestyle? Spring Fever Regattas?
These were huge events, and in many ways those days have passed us by, but.....
We have a chance to make a comeback. We have a chance to get new sailors on the water. We have a chance to get old sailors back on their boats, and we have the chance of seeing our friends and competitors from now and days gone by back on the water and back on their boats again.
The opportunity to revel in the sport and the boats we love is fast approaching. The opportunity to camp, reminisce, and build our sport again is as easy as a $25-30 registration fee and a little packing.

First let me tell you about Tommy Whiteside. Tommy sailed Hobies for many years and was instrumental in reviving the abandoned Hobie Fleet 141 here in South Carolina.
Along with several other key players they formed the SEACATS to help bring all cat sailors into the sport. We met monthly and planned our events, mostly camping and pleasure sailing as a group, but we also loved to race.
This was a weird time where Hobie was pretty strict about “Hobie only” events, but we had many different boats actively sailing so we planned all inclusive events.
The local fleet was strong, around 25 members actively attending monthly meetings and as many sailing events as we could plan.
When Tommy died in 1998 we carried on his passion for catsailing and created the Tommy Whitesides Memorial Classic.
This will be the 22nd annual event if my math is correct! This event is always a fundraiser for a worthy cause, whether its raising money for a fellow cat sailor who had open heart surgery(who btw still owns Tommys Hobie 20), or raising money for youth sailing programs and the building of a children’s hospital. This event had raised over $20,000 over the years!

Now, what can you do to support catsailing?
Get your old boat out of the shed. Call your old buddy and get his boat out too! If they need a little work we will be there to help on Thursday and Friday!
Get your new fast boat out from underneath the snow and come south!
In April the average air temp is 72 degrees and lows in the 50’s.
Camping is plentiful but hookups are sparse and available on first come basis.
If you’re doing a midwinters further south and want to drop your boat off before the event safe spaces are available
Columbia Sailing Club welcomes all but we are a private club and have a locked gate and caretaker on site. We also do not allow pets, so please plan accordingly.
Food will be provided from lunch on Friday through lunch on Sunday. Saturday nights dinner is included but all other meals except breakfast will be cash only.
Each participant will receive one beer bracelet (21 yo) and other bracelets will be sold for $10 each and will be food for the weekend or until the kegs run dry.
CSC is located within minutes of I26, and many hotels are within 5 minutes as well as many restaurants and bars.
If you’re site seeing Charleston is a quick 2 hour drive.
Lake Murray has over 600 miles of shoreline and has always provided cats a great place to sail and stretch their legs.

Don’t forget, music Friday night with the Matt Hallman band and spaghetti and meatballs from our resident Italian and fellow catsailor Rich Boyle Saturday evening.

Also rigging help, a “green Fleet”, and a race/sailing instructional by our sailing director Dave Van Cleef on Friday.
There is truly something for everyone so pack it up and come play!

Tommy Whitesides Memorial Regatta 2020
Multihull Regatta April 3-5, 2020

2020 The year of The Cat

David Mosley
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Tommy Whiteside Memorial 2020
by dave mosley / 01/13/20 03:09 PM

April 3-5th 2020 Columbia Sailing Club Lake Murray South Carolina

This years event will be a little different, we will open the gates on Thursday afternoon for anyone wanting to come early and work on boats, practice, hang out, whatever, we want to make it a long weekend of sailing and comradery.

On Friday we will be having a "green fleet clinic" for people who are new to racing, new to cats, or just need help rigging your boat. We also will have "experts" to help you with minor repairs, rigging tips, and simple maintenance issues. We want to offerthis for all of those sailors who have boats that need a little help, and/or need someone to help them get it back together.

After assembly and fixes, we will have a classroom session on racing and sailing by Columbia Sailing Clubs sailing director David Van Cleef. David has taught sailing at the worlds level and manages some very large racing syndicates and has a world of knowledgewhich he is happy to share with us all.

Jon Britt from Norbanks Sailing Center will be bringing two Weta Trimarans for demo rides, and the Weta fleet will be represented as well, so if you are interested in seeing these boats and/or racing one this will be great opportunity!

We want boats on the water, whether you're an avid racer or a first timer, we will have something for everyone. Racing on Saturday and Sunday will have several fleets, and a "green fleet" for those not quite ready to mix it up with the high tech boats on the circuit.

Camping at CSC is first come first serve and we now have power at 5 sites. Our beachhouse has endless hot water and 6 showers. The campground and beachhouse is right beside the beach which can accommodate about 25 cats.

Friday evening we will either have a low key meal or a food truck, this depends on number of participants. Saturday evenings dinner will be prepared by our resident Italian and fellow cat sailor(Rich Boyle)and will feature his famous meatballs and pasta. Kegswill be tapped on Friday at 6pm and a cash bar will be open all weekend.

We will also have live music on the front porch by the Matt Hallman band, if you didn't catch them last year, you are in for a treat! We call them the "boy band", but really they are all about 15 years old and play the classics from Rush, black Sabbath, TheEagles, and many other songs you will know, and they play them pretty much note for note(savants!)

Registration is on Regatta Network or cash at the event, but we strongly encourage pre-registration!

Invite your buddies who have been out of the loop for awhile, invite any new sailors you know, invite your fiercest rival, this is the reunion tour of catsailors!

2020 The year of The Cat

David Mosley

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