The question of how important Oracle’s come from behind win in the recent America’s Cup has been obvious from the end of the final day’s racing. Behind 8-1, Oracle won eight consecutive victories against Emirates Team Zealand to capture the Cup. Called the greatest comeback in racing history, the victory set wheels in motion all over the world.
The most recent development was announced today at the Paris Boat Show. Hobie (designer and builder of the popular Hobie cats) and the American Sailing Association will be pairing up to create a new design Hobie and couple it with a new sail training program focusing on catamarans.
The new boats and the new sailing program will be available early in 2014. The programs are designed to capitalize on the current wave of enthusiasm generated by the Oracle victory.
The new designs (and is believed there will several different sizes) will combine speed with easy sailing. Watchers of the recent Cup Finals were amazed to see the AC72’s sailing at speeds approaching 50 miles per hour. While the new Hobie’s will not approach that speed, they will be one of the faster vessels on the water. Speed freaks will quickly be drawn to the fast cats.
According to ASA President Cindy Shabes, the goal is to bring a new generation of sailors into the sport. Check with your local ASA sailing school or Hobie Catamarans for more details.