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Multihull race planners expecting 100 catamarans

The quiet beach at Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside on Plantation Key, Fla., will come alive when world-class sailors navigate their fast boats during the North American Multihull Sailing Association North American Championships and 2009 Tradewinds Midwinter Nationals.

The national series event for the 13-foot Hobie Waves, like this one, will take place Jan. 17-18

The racing action is set for Jan. 17-18, and will include the North American F16 Midwinters, F18 Midwinters and Shark Series, as well as the National Series event for the 13-foot Hobie Waves. Registration is set for 5-7 p.m. Jan. 16 at Founders Park. Final registrations are to be accepted from 8-10 a.m. Jan. 17. A skippers meeting is scheduled at 11 a.m., with the first flag set for noon. Races are to be held back-to-back both days, with festivities to follow. The entry fee is $45 for two-handed boats and $40 for single-handed boats.

For information, contact Mary Wells or Rick White at (305) 451-3287 or

e-mail rick@catsailor.com.

Online registration for Rolex Miami OCR

Mandatory online registration for U.S. Sailing’s 2009 Rolex Miami OCR is open at www.rolexmiamiocr.org before Jan. 19. There will be no on-site registration.

The event, scheduled for Jan. 25-31, is one of seven events chosen by the International Sailing Federation for the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup.

The Miami OCR is open to the classes chosen by ISAF for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions, except for the equipment used for women’s match racing. ISAF announced in November that the three-person Elliott 6 would be the equipment used for the Women’s Match Racing Event for the 2012 Olympic Games, replacing Women’s Fleet Racing. Because that boat is not available in time for this event, the regatta will use the SB3 Laser Standard with an asymmetrical spinnaker.

The Olympic classes competing at the Rolex Miami OCR are: Laser Radial, Laser, Finn, RS:X Men, RS:X Women, 49ers, 470 Men, 470 Women, Star and SB3 Laser Standard with asymmetrical spinnaker. The three Paralympic classes are: 2.4mR, SKUD-18 and Sonar. The event will also be the only ranking regatta for American athletes who aspire to make the 2009 U.S. Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and U.S. Disabled Sailing Team AlphaGraphics.

This story originally appeared in the February 2009 issue.