While most of the catsailing in Holland takes place on the North Sea coast, the Dutch Dragoon Cup is hosted by the Cat Club Zeeland on the Veerse Meer (Veere Lake). The water is shallow and relatively protected so conditions are fairly well each year. The event is open to Hobie Dragoons and C3 (on handicap). This year 35 (!) youth teams from Holland and Belgium among them 21 Hobie Dragoon teams, fought a fierce battle over 2 days, October 10 & 11.
The Dutch Dragoon Cup is suited for less experienced youth as well ; CCZ arranges a certified trainer to coordinate the program of races and practices. Coaches were allowed to give feedback during racing as well. Weather was very good again this year, though a little bit cold. Saturday 2 races were sailed and after lunch a long distance race around the island in front of the club. The youngsters stayed at a camping farm close to the club where the volunteers of CCZ arranged a meal and at night a fun program lead to very enthusiastic cross-club teams competing in a quiz.
2015 Hobie MultiWorlds & Hobie 16 Europeans
Rule stuff Q & A
Q: What are the class membership requirements for the event?
A: All competitors must be paid-up members of a National/Regional Hobie Class Association or Hobie Fleet in good standing with the IHCA in accordance with the Class Rules of the International Hobie Class Association. Membership status will be subject to check for all competitors.
IDENTIFICATION ON SAILS
Q: What are the requirements for identification on sails?
A: National letters, class insignia and sail number shall be displayed on the mainsail. RRS Appendix G applies, however Hobie Cat classes do not need to have national letters in their spinnakers. Chartered and loaned boats are not required to have national letters in their mainsail. The same applies for the Hobie 16 Gold Fleet sails.
HC14 CLASS SPECIFIC
Q: Is the Hobie 14 “Power ST” mainsail legal for the Worlds (class racing)?
A: No, the “Power ST” mainsail has never been approved by ISAF and IHCA as International Hobie Cat 14 class equipment.
HC TIGER / WILDCAT CLASS SPECIFIC
Q: As some competitors are also using their boats for F18 racing, what should be kept in mind?
A: Only Hobie Cat Co. sails, dagger boards, rudder blades, trampolines etc. are class legal. See www.hobieclass.com for full details of the Class Rules.
If questions please let us know. See you on Lake Garda! J
IHCA Rules Committee Chair
Mobile: +45 2577 8801