Though 'Mixed Cats' is the fleet class, Geraldton Yacht Club currently only has 3 Hobie 16s that race regularly. There are a few old windrush sailors hanging around, but since they don't like to get wet, we've dedicated this page to our dedicated sailors...
The Hobie 16
(H16) is a popular catamaran manufactured by the Hobie Cat Company for racing and day sailing. Introduced in 1972, the Hobie 16 is the second largest boat fleet in the world, with over 109,000 boats built to date. But enough of the boring stuff (like facts)...
Geraldton Yacht Club hosts a small, yet very dedicated, fleet of Hobie 16s. Their colourful sails can often be seen in Champion Bay as they scream along the coastline (yes, they do like to go quick).
The Hobie Cat is not for the faint hearted, just ask any of the members who sail in this class. They will tell you just how fast, furious and insane these boats can be. Then they’ll tell you it’s the most fun you’ll ever have swinging off a mast with nothing but fibreglass and trampoline mat to stand on.
The writer of this page may be a little biased perhaps, in that she crews on one of the Hobies, however she is fairly sure that in itself makes these boats the most awesome fleet of them all. She is living proof of the fact anyone can sail (and enjoy) one of these catamarans, as before taking up sailing really fast, her physical prowess could be likened to a sloth falling out of a tree with an umbrella as a parachute. Now she's a sloth falling out of a tree in a wetsuit who gets up and shouts 'Let's do that again - faster!!'.
All ages can tackle these fiesty felines, with the other regular female Hobie sailor being 14 years of age. That in no way makes her less competitive or competant. She sails with her Dad, who can barely keep up with her in his old age.
Taking a morning to crew on one of these is well worth the time, and adrenaline, and may just lead to a new obsession for you. The Skippers of these Catamarans are usually more than happy to take you out, string you up, and scare the hell out of you, all for the feel of the wind in their hair, and the sound of ‘YeeeaaaahhhhaaaaaarrrrRGH!!!’.
Last Modified on 15/11/2016 14:11