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Publication resurrects

Hobie Hotline name

The Hobie Hotline, the original publication for Hobie Cat news, has returned. The Hobie Hotline started in 1971 as a little newsletter for Hobie Cat owners, but grew into a full-fledged magazine.

In the mid-’80s, the Hotline began to lose its way and became more of a marketing tool for the Coleman Company, promoting Alpha sailboards, Hobie Power Skiffs and other Coleman products.

The Hobie Class Association started the HCA News newsletter in 1992 in part because, association leaders say, the Hotline was trying to serve too many masters. The Hotline publication ceased in 1995.

In the last 10 years the HCA News has grown into a professionally produced magazine, comparable to the original Hotline. So, the Hobie Class Association has changed the name of its bi-monthly publication to the Hobie Class Association Hotline.

The volume number of the first issue of the “new” Hotline, 35, is what the original Hotline volume would have been in continuous publication since the first issue in March 1971. Read the electronic version of the Hotline at www.hobiecat.com/hobieclass.

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Youth sailing event

adds 29er

The 2006 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship, the country’s top event for young sailors, will take place June 22-29 at the Grosse Point Yacht Club in Grosse Point, Mich.

Originally scheduled to be hosted by Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans, which received significant damage during Hurricane Katrina, the event location was moved to Grosse Point to allow Southern Yacht Club the time to rebuild and host the event in 2007.

Applications for the event will be accepted through March 15. The event is sponsored by Vanguard Sailboats and Nautica.

Traditionally sailed in Club 420s, Lasers and Laser Radials, a fourth class has been added for this year’s event: the 29er. A double-handed skiff much like the Olympic 49er class, the 29er is being introduced as part of U.S. Sailing’s Olympic development program.

The U.S. Youth Championship every year brings together up to 150 of the country’s top youth sailors, and features two days of advanced racing clinics and three days of high level racing. Competitors are selected based on sailing resumes, which must be submitted online at www.ussailing.org/championships/youth/youthchamp.