Oceanside, California – January 20, 2015 - Hobie® sailing - fun, familiar places, new places, old friends, new friends, and memories - of fun times with people who share a love of the class. The International Hobie Class Association, the Hobie Class Association of North America and Hobie Cat® World Wide announce the release of two videos produced by Gary Jobson that document Hobie sailing and the “Hobie Way of Life”. http://www.hobiecat.com/hobie-cat-racing/
“Defining a Hobie Cat sailor is easy. These are passionate sailors who know how to work hard, and play hard. Our film crew was invited to the recent North American Championship to document this enduring class. Sailors from across North America spent five days racing in a wide variety of wind conditions, spending their precious vacation time socializing and racing hard. Many sailors referred to the class as “family.” I find the culture in the class to be uplifting. The veteran sailors were always available to help the less experienced. One sailor remarked, “The stronger the competition, the better the sailor I become.” The list of competitors ranged in age from 15 to 75. The interviews with the sailors tell the story of why so many are attached to the Hobie way of life. The Hobie Cat is a boat that was first introduced in 1968 and continues to provide great racing and great events. We hope our videos inspires many new sailors to join one of the Hobie Classes.” Gary Jobson
Gary Jobson is a former All-American collegiate sailor. He won the America's Cup in 1977, as tactician for Ted Turner. Also a broadcaster/producer, ESPN's Sailing Analyst, lecturer, writer and Editor at Large for Sailing World and Cruising World magazines. Jobson is the pre-eminent ambassador for sailing in the U.S. He is a former President of US Sailing and current Vice President of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). http://www.jobsonsailing.com
The International Hobie Class Association (IHCA) is the governing class association for all the Hobie Classes. The IHCA ensures fairness of racing by having the same class rules for all competitors around the world. The one design class rules allow very limited changes to the boat so the best sailor not the best equipment wins.
Since 1950, Hobie has been in the business of shaping a unique lifestyle based around fun, water, and innovative quality products. From their headquarters in Oceanside, California, Hobie Cat Company manufactures, distributes, and markets an impressive collection of eco-sensitive watercraft worldwide, with subsidiaries; Hobie Cat Australasia, in Huskisson, NSW, Australia and Hobie Cat Europe, in Toulon, France and independent distributors; Hobie Kayak Europe and Hobie Cat Brazil. These products include an ever-expanding line of recreation and racing sailboats, pedal-driven and paddle sit-on-top recreation and fishing kayaks, inflatable kayaks, fishing boats and stand-up paddleboards, plus a complementary array of parts and accessories. http://www.hobiecat.com