Our sailing as a couple began around 2010 with me wanting to teach Kathy how to sail. Reflecting back on my college days, I gravitated back to Hobie Cats. While I wasn’t very competitive on Hobie 16s in the 1990s, Kathy and I soon learned to sail and be competitive on Hobie 18s and 20s. Now in 2019, Kathy and I have raced and competed in over 65 Regattas, 6 national Championships, and have supported Fleets, Division and youth Sailing. We have raced in 4 states and 2 countries. We have sailed in lakes, rivers, oceans and bays.
What we started was to teach Kathy how to sail, where we have traveled has included so much more…..life……
-Buying and selling over 50 beach cats (illness and obsession really)
-Learned how to splice line,repair fiberglass, apply gelcoat and make rigging.
-Learned how to sponsor and organize regattas and events.
-Work at a national level managing one design fleets
-Work with local Yacht Clubs to support racing, youth sailing and local outreach to increase sailing programs.
-Learned about managing sail shape, boat speed, on coarse racing rules and safety.
-Heavy weather sailing on small boats. (We have seen crazy wind and seas on these small cats).
As far as a community, the Hobie Way of life has been a wonderful family experience. We hope to share many events on this blog over the next two years.