Sailors Gearing Up For U.S. National Multihull Sailing Championship
The country's top multihull sailing competitors will gather in Rowayton, Connecticut next week to race in US SAILING's U.S. Multihull Championship for the Hobie Alter Cup.
Hosted by the Roton Point Sailing Association, the event will be sailed June 16-20 in Long Island Sound on new Hobie 16s provided by the Hobie Cat Company. The event is the first of this year's U.S. Championships series and is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A.
Teams competing for the prestigious U.S. Multihull Champion title have qualified for the event by winning qualifying events at local and regional levels. Competitors include Hobie P. ALTER (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), husband-and-wife team and Hobie 16 class champions Paul and Mary-Ann HESS (Napa, Calif.), as well as champions from other multihull classes such as Kirk NEWKIRK (Hobie 20 champion from Pensacola Beach, Fl.), Hobie Wave champion Dan KULKOSKI (Belford, NJ) and Chris SAWYER (Nacra Inter 17 champion from Pensacola, Fl.).
For a complete list of competitors and for more information on the event, please visit www.ussailing.org/alter
About the U.S. Multihull Championship
The US SAILING Multihull Council created the U.S. Multihull Championship in the spring of 1985 as a service to the multihull racing members. The event determines the U.S. National Multihull Champion and is sailed annually in various types of Multihull at various venues. Originally based on area eliminations, the committee decided to reinvigorate the championship by allocating spots to the major multihull classes in addition to the teams that won qualifying events. The Hobie Alter Cup, presented in 1986 as a perpetual trophy, honours Hobie Alter, Sr. for his extraordinary promotion of one-design Multihull sailing and racing programs. Randy Smyth has won the event four times, while Carlton Tucker is a three-time winner.
The U.S. Multihull Championship is part of US SAILING's National Adult Championships series, all sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. For more information about US SAILING's National Championships, visit the website below.