2017 U.S. Multihull Championship
Published on April 9th, 2017
Phil Collins won the 2017 U.S. Multihull Championship, topping a field of fifteen Hobie 17 teams on Biloxi Bay in Ocean Springs, MS. Fifteen races were completed on April 6-9, with the competition representing eight U.S. states and Canada.
Collins led from start to finish to win the Hobie Alter Trophy by seven points over Daniel Borg (Mississauga, Ontario, CAN).
Collins had a 10 point lead through 12 races entering the final day. Borg made a strong run at Collins by winning three of the final four races of the regatta. However, Collins’ consistent top results over four days helped him seal the win.
Conditions on day one saw winds of 13-20 knots with gusts exceeding 30 in the afternoon. Day two conditions were mostly light while day three racing got off to a late start due to light wind. The breeze picked up to 15 knots in the afternoon. Day four saw 2-3 foot waves and breeze up to 15 knots with gusts at nearly 20.
Collins is no stranger to success in the Hobie 17. He has won multiple Hobie 17 North American Championships. He also has multiple Hobie 20 North American titles. Collins has finished as the number one ranked Hobie 17 sailor in North America over the past several years.