The Hobie Cat Association of Victoria is excited to announce that they will be holding their 2019 Sailing State Championships at Ballarat Yacht Club on Lake Wendouree from 9-11 March 2019.
After an extensive search, the association has selected Ballarat as the host city for the championships. The association recognises the city as a thriving regional hub which offers optimal sailing conditions and all the infrastructure to support both the competitors, their families and spectators.
The Association is anticipating a strong attendance at this event in the face of the sport’s growing popularity. Campbell Weddell, President of the Hobie Cat Association of Victoria says that the “key to the Hobie Catamaran’s popularity is a focus on fun, family, performance and quality racing. It’s an accessible sport that attracts a wide variety of ages with teenagers through to people in their 70’s regularly sailing”.
Hobie Cat racing has a long and proud history of sailing in Victoria for many decades. The state has produced many World and National champions and currently holds the World Hobie 14 Championship and Women’s Hobie 16 World Championship.
Originally from Ballarat, the current women’s world champion, Georgia Warren-Myers says that “The opportunity to sail on Lake Wendouree again is fantastic. I grew up in Ballarat and learnt to sail there when I was a kid. The wonderful shoreline around the lake provides a great viewing vantage to showcase our fast and colourful sport. I expect the winds to be tricky and the racing to be very close.”
Lake Wendouree will also provide a solid training ground for several of the competitors who are training for the world championships in Florida, USA in November 2019. Georgia will be sailing with her husband Fletcher. The couple currently hold 2 World Championships with Fletcher the current Hobie 14 World Champion.
The Hobie Cat State Championships are being hosted by the Ballarat Yacht Club on the 9th, 10th & 11th of March 2019. The racing is easily viewed from the shoreline.