Until a week ago, we never heard of a “Hobie”….
We’ve come to find out that a Hobie Cat is a small sailing catamaran manufactured by the Hobie Cat Company, whose line of products ranges from surfboards to catamaran sailboats to kayaks and stand-up paddle boards, though the Hobie Cat Company is most famous around the world for its catamarans. The company founder, Hobart Alter, began as a surfboard manufacturer in the late 1950s; the first Hobie Cat was built in 1965. Today there are racing classes all around the world for a variety of Hobie Sailboats. Some are competitive and some are recreational.
1st Annual Tanauan Sailing Festival incorporating the 2014 Philippine Hobie National Championship: Feb 22-23 2014
Recently, the Taal Lake Yacht Club, along with the Philippine Sailing Association, the Philippine Windsurfing Association, the Philippine Inter Island Sailing Foundation (PHINSAF) and the City of Tanauan, organized a weekend sailing festival that included music, food, and racing by Hobies, Homebuilts and Windsurfers in Taal Lake fronting the infamous Taal Volcano in the city of Tanauan and its barangays: Mahabang Buhangin, Boot, Wawa, Gonzales, Banadero, and Ambulong.
The Philippine Hobie National Championships is a gathering of professional, amateur, and beginner sailors from all over Asia and the Pacific. Several of the local sailors are members of the Taal Lake Yacht Club, whose fleet of about 30 privately-owned and club-owned Hobie cats is based in Talisay, Batangas. They call themselves the “Sunday sailors” who come from different backgrounds and all share a passion for sailing and organize small races every second Sunday of the month. They encourage people, young and old, experienced and inexperienced, members and non-members, to learn and sail with them. The main objective of the Philippine Hobie Challenge Foundation (PHCF) in organizing the regatta is to raise funds for their community outreach projects and various sailing events, all of which are geared towards promoting the sport of sailing and gaining recognition for the Philippines as a sailing haven.