Big turnout for US Multihull Champs
Published on November 1st, 2021
The 2021 U.S. Multihull Championship will see 80 sailors from across the country vie for the title on November 2-5 in Corpus Christi, TX. Sailed in Formula Wave Class boats, it will be the largest U.S. Multihull Championship in the last 20 years competing for the Hobie Alter Trophy, with more than half over sixty years old.
“This is maybe the biggest Wave regatta in the last 10,” says event Co-Chair Ben Wells. “We have many sailors competing that have been successful both on the Wave and on other catamarans, and this regatta will prove to be a good challenge for all.”
“It’s an all-world fleet,” says John Nekus, the incoming U.S. Multihull Championship Committee Chair for the event. “There are some world-class sailors coming into town and some folks who are just day sailors, and that’s the beauty of competition at this level and the beauty of US Sailing. We attract the top competitors but also are open to folks who want to join us out on the water and want to participate.
“In that regard, in any competition when you have that many boats, it shows the organization and planning have been super. It’s an active multihull fleet so they’re to be commended for that, bringing people together from across the US and from different parts of the world is something great to see. Particularly when you consider we didn’t have the event last year and travel has been difficult. It’ll be very exciting and fun to have this group of folks together after a long period that we’ve gone through.”
Founded in 1985, the U.S. Multihull Championships has become one of the nation’s major sailing championships, counting world champions from numerous classes, Olympic medalists, and several national champions from the multihull ranks as past and present competitors. The perpetual trophy is named the Alter Trophy in 1986 in honor of Hobie Alter, Sr. and his extraordinary promotion of one-design multihull sailing and racing programs.