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Jervis Bay, New South Wales Australia
31st January – 15th February 2014



Venue & Dates
The 2014 Hobie® 16 World Championships will be held 31st January – 15th February 2014 and sailed at Jervis Bay, New South Wales in three (3) world championships disciplines: Women’s, Youth, Open with two (2) additional disciplines Masters Cup and Grand Masters Cup.

Organising Authority
The Organizing Authority is Hobie Cat® Australasia in conjunction with the Vincentia Sailing Club.

The 2014 Hobie 16 World Championships will be governed by will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing, the International Hobie Class Association Rules, and this Notice of Race except when any of these are altered by the Sailing Instructions. Alternative penalties according to ISAF RR 44.1 and 44.2 will apply, except that the IHCA One-Turn Penalty Rule replaces the Two-Turn Penalty. The English text of this Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions will prevail.

The ISAF Competitors' Eligibility Code applies.
All competing skippers and crew members shall be paid- up members of a National Hobie Class Association or Hobie Fleet in good standing with the IHCA.

Advertising Category
The boats shall display advertising of the event sponsor(s) as required by the Organising Committee. Individual sponsorship conflicting with the event sponsor's business category shall not be allowed. For more information, please contact the IHCA.

Entries shall be made on the Official Entry form.

Pre-Registration – Early Entry Now Closed
Entries and non-refundable registration fees shall be received by 2nd January 2014. Payment must be received within 24 hours of entry for entry to be valid. An early entry discount applies. Dates and times are Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) and Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) when applicable (See Race Fees).


There will be three rounds in the Open Worlds: qualifier, semi-finals and finals. Quotas for the seeded teams for the semi-finals are as follows:



European (EHCA)


North American (HCA)


North Pacific


South American


South Pacific


Host Region


Host Country


IHCA Wild Cards


2010 World Champion


2014 Master’s Champion


2014 Grand Master’s Champion


2014 Women's Champion


2014 Youth Champion


Minimum guaranteed places from qualifier


Entries will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Payment must be received within 24 hours of entry for entry to be valid.

Registration fees are non refundable and will be paid in

$AUD. The registration fees are payable to the Organizing Authority only by one of these three options:

  1. Fax/Email your credit card details
  2. Direct deposit into Hobie Cat Australasia's Hobie16 Worlds Bank Account
  3. PayPal (Secure online payment system)

Full details of payment options are provided after submitting the online form.

Special Note: Entry fee includes 3rd party Insurance and is inclusive of the Australian GST (Tax). Payments shall be received by 2nd January 2014 (close of entries) and shall include the details of entry. Payment must be received within 24 hours of entry for entry to be valid. Late entries, if accepted, shall pay a non-refundable late entry fee.


Enter by 31 Aug

Enter after 31 Aug

After Dec 1

















Grand Masters




Women & Open




Youth & Open




Masters & Open




Grand Masters & Masters




Masters +

Grand Masters + Open




(All prices are in Australian Dollars $AUD)

The Organisers, Hobie Cat Australasia will supply boats free of charge to all teams. No other boats, sails or battens may be used during the event. A refundable boat deposit of AUD $500.00 or USD $500.00 will be required on site by every team. Damage deposits must be paid in cash in AUD (Australian dollars) / USD (USA dollars). No other Currencies will be accepted. No credit card payments will be accepted for damage deposits. Any damage to the boat will be the responsibility of the team using the boat unless otherwise determined by the decision of a jury in a protest hearing. In the event of damage to the boat the official beach crew will evaluate the damage and determine the cost to repair or replace damaged goods. The competitor’s damage deposit will be debited to cover the damage to the boat. If damage is valued at more than the AUD/USD $500 damage deposit, the AUD/USD $500 damage deposit will be debited and it will be the responsibility of the team that caused the damage to pay any additional charges over the AUD/USD $500 damage deposit. In addition, to continue sailing in the event, any damage deposit that has been debited will need to be paid up so that AUD/USD $500 remains with the Hobie Cat Australasia beach committee. In the event that damage is the result of a collision and there is a protest decision; the team that is held responsible for the collision is responsible for paying any damage as a result of the collision to all damaged boats. Any damage deposit unused at the end of the event will be returned to the competitor. The damage deposit is not an insurance policy. The only allowable equipment additions to the boats shall be: additional non-permanent tell tails; wind indicators, compass and class legal tiller extension. Competitors shall supply their own life jackets and trapeze harnesses.

Qualifier Series

Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis for the Qualifier Series. There will be a maximum of 3:1 ratio of teams to boats accepted in the Qualifier Series. Pre-qualified competitors are not permitted to register or compete in the Qualifier Series.

Opening Ceremony 31st January 2014 all sailors welcome

The registration office will be open as follows:

31st January 10:00 - 16:00

Grand Masters, Women’s and Youth
4th February 10:00 - 16:00

Open: Qualifier
7th February 10:00 - 16:00

Teams seeded for Semi-Finals
10th February 10:00 - 14:00

Teams must register on site during the times indicated. Failure to do so will result in the entry being awarded to another team.

Schedule of 2014 Championship Races

1st February Masters 2nd February Masters 3rd February Masters

4th February Masters finals

5th February Grand Masters, Women’s and Youth 6th February Grand Masters, Women’s and Youth 7th February Grand Masters, Women’s and Youth

8th February Open Qualifier 9th February Open Qualifier 10th February Open Qualifier

11th February Semi-Finals, 112 teams

12th February Semi-Finals

13th February Semi-Finals

14th February Finals, 56 teams

15th February Finals

On all racing days the first start of the day will be 10:00 hour’s local time (wind permitting).

Scoring System:
The low point scoring system will apply. ISAF RR Appendix A.

Women's World Championship:
Skipper and crew shall be female. (Subject to a minimum participation of 12 teams to grant World Champion status).

Youth World Championship:
To qualify for the Youth Championship all members of the crew shall be under the age of 21 years of age on 31 December 2014. (Subject to a minimum participation of 12 teams to grant World Champion status).

Master’s International Cup:
To qualify for the Master’s Championship, the skipper shall be 45 years or over on 31 December 2014. (Subject to a minimum participation of 12 teams to grant International Cup status).

Grand Master’s International Cup:
To qualify for the Grand Master’s Championship, the skipper shall be 55 years or over on 31 December 2014, the crew shall not be less than 40 years on 31 December 2014. (Subject to a minimum participation of 8 teams to grant International Cup status).

International Jury:
An International Jury shall be appointed by the IHCA for the Open event, and may be appointed for the Women’s, Masters, Grand Masters and Youth events.

Sailing Instructions:
The sailing instructions will be made available at registration.

All finalists will receive awards. The first 3 teams in the Youth, Women’s, Masters, Grand Masters will receive trophies; the first 10 teams in the Open event will receive special awards. The overall winner in the Open event will be declared the 2014 Hobie Cat 16 World Champion.

Competitors' Insurance

All competitors entering the race will be covered by third party liability insurance as part of their entry fee.

Private Boats & Exclusion Zone
Private Hobie 16s will not be permitted to sail on or near the course area during competition hours.

From the 17th January - 31st January 2014 no competitor or coach may enter the exclusion zone. From the 1st February - 15th February 2014 no entrant to the competition may enter the exclusion zone without the permission of the race committee. No coach boats will be allowed in the exclusion zone during this period. Failure to comply may have the entry or team removed from the competition (See map for details).

Accommodation information will be available from http://www.hobieworlds.com and the host will assist in organising the accommodation needs for all competitors and friends. Enquiries for accommodation, domestic travel and rental cars should be made through the host website.

Weather information
Average maximum air temperature: 24˚ C 75˚ F Average minimum air temperature: 18˚ C 64˚ F

For Air Fares and Transportation:
The sailing venue at Huskisson, Jervis Bay is approximately 200km south of Sydney International Airport. Shuttle bus and hire cars are available at the airport. The hire car option is highly recommended to enhance your “Shoalhaven Experience”. The shuttle bus is approximately AUD $150 return (bookings required) and is approximately a three- hour drive along the picturesque New South Wales coastline.

Championship Information
Hobie Cat Australasia 11 Erina Rd
Huskisson NSW Australia 2540
Telephone: + 61 2 4441 8400
Email: hobie16worlds@hobiecat.com.au

Exclusion Zone



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