Californian sailors Mike MONTAGUE (Santa Rosa, CA) and Kathy Ward (Carmichael, CA) are the new National Multihull Sailing Champions after four days of exciting round robin races on Long Island Sound.
Montague and Ward defeated 19 other teams to take home the US SAILING Hobie Alter Cup. This was the first time that Montague was able to attend the Championship after having qualified two times before, so for him the victory was especially sweet. Second place was won by the only all-female team of Annie NELSON (San Diego, CA) and Kathy KULKOSKI (Belford, NJ). Nelson was also awarded the first William H. Jolley Sportsmanship Trophy.
The event was hosted by Roton Point Sailing Association in Rowayton, CT, and sailed on brand-new Hobie 16's provided by the Hobie Cat Company. Rolex Watch U.S.A. sponsored the event, as it does with all US SAILING Adult Championships.
No wind and thunderstorms prevented racing on the first two days of the event. A lack of wind on the third day meant that only one race was completed on that day. Luckily, the winds cooperated on days four and five when the Race Committee was able to put on another 11 races. Next year's Championship will be held in Hobie Tigers at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, CA.
For complete results, daily reports, and photos of the U.S. Multihull Championship, visit the event website at the address below.