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Pensacola Yacht Club to Host 2023 U.S. Multihull Championship

Photography Credit: Leon Kanopka

The Pensacola Yacht Club and US Sailing are proud to present this year’s 2023 U.S. Multihull Championship sailing event.

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About the Event

The U.S. Multihull Championship is one of several prestigious championships hosted by U.S. Sailing and sailed in selected one-design class boats. The perpetual trophy was presented and named the Alter Trophy in 1986 in honor of Hobie Alter, Sr., and his extraordinary promotion of one-design multihull sailing and racing programs.

Photography Credit: Leon Kanopka

Championship History

The U.S. Multihull Championship for the Hobie Alter Trophy has become one of the nation’s major sailing championships, having featured world champions from numerous classes, Olympic medalists, and several national champions from the multihull ranks.

The U.S. Multihull Championship was conceived by the Multihull Council in the spring of 1985 as a service to multihull racing sailors. It is intended to determine a U.S. national multihull champion and is sailed annually in various types of multihulls.

Originally the championship had the good fortune of having manufacturers provide new boats including Hobie, Inter, Nacra, Prindle, Mystere, and Bimare classes. In 2013, the decision was made to rotate it each year through the various classes of catamarans to better represent the depth of multihull sailing in the United States.

Championship Facts

  • The event is sailed in a different multihull class each year.
  • The 2023 event will be sailed in traditional A Class Catamarans.
  • This is a bring-your-own-boat event.
  • Crew size: Skipper 1.
  • The championship is an open event (there is no selection process).
  • Membership in US Sailing is required at all levels of competition for U.S. citizens and resident- aliens.
  • Other nationalities must be members of their National Governing Body.
  • All competitors must be members of their national A Class Catamaran Association.
  • Open to all traditional A Class Catamarans conforming to the A Class Catamaran Class Rules.
Photography Credit – Leon Kanopka

A Class Catamaran – Skipper Line Up

  1. Ian Storer – San Diego, CA
  2. Bruce Mahoney – La Porte, TX
  3. Bobby Orr – Shady Side, MD
  4. Ben Hall – Bokeelia, FL
  5. Bob Webbon – Tavernier, FL
  6. Patrick Stadt – Melbourne, FL
  7. Richard Stevens – Hoschton, GA
  8.  Michael Christensen – Alexandria, VA
  9. Tony Vandenoever – Port Charlotte, FL
  10. Chris Bolton – Lorton, VA
  11. Christopher Brown – Annville, PA
  12. Jeff Brauch – Bokeelia, FL
  13. Michael Love – Wyncote, PA
  14. Scott Stevenson – St. Charles, MO
  15. Axel Issel – Weston, FL
  16. Valek Kwanieski – Osprey, FL
  17. Leon Pinson – Redkey, IN
  18. Bill Kast – Nazareth, PA
  19. Dustin Romey – Key Largo, FL
  20. Gilbert Macpherson – Riviera Beach, FL
  21. Bob Hodges – Covington, LA
  22. Warren Mitchell – Winston-Salem, NC
  23. John Cramer – Covington, La
  24. Cesar Santana – Hudsonville, MI
  25. Greg Matthews – Key Largo, FL
  26. Mark Henendeen – Melbourne, FL

Event Details:

When: October 4 – 8, 2023

Where: Pensacola Yacht Club (1897 Cypress St, Pensacola, FL 32502)

Sign up to participate here: Link to register

More information on the event and happenings at the PYC can be found here on their website, https://www.pensacolayachtclub.org/.

Happy sailing!

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