What are the class membership requirements for the Hobie 16 Worlds?
All crew members shall be members in good standing of the International Hobie Class Association in accordance with the Class Rules of the International Hobie Class Association.
Rule 26. MEMBERSHIP
All crew members on board a competing boat at Class, World and Regional* championships shall be members in good standing of the International Hobie Class Association in accordance with the constitution of the International Hobie Class Association. At all other events at least one crew member on board a competing boat shall be a member of the International Hobie Class Association in accordance with the constitution of the International Hobie Class Association unless prescribed otherwise in notice of race.
Can I sail one up (one person) in the Hobie 16 Worlds?
The International Hobie Class Rules, Hobie 16 Class rule 7.4 state: At World Sailing, World, Regional and National championship events, the crew shall consist of 2 people. For other events see General Rule 17.4 (b).
I have a crew, however they are not 100% sure if they can go, is it possible for me to change my crew after I've entered?
Yes, it is recommended that you enter as soon as possible. The cut off date for crew changes is 60 days prior to the event and allows for visa processing time for your new crew. Please use the link “ADD CREW TO MY EVENT” contained in your entry notification to add crew at any time when you know who they are.
Can I enter Women and Youth Divisions?
It is not possible as the womens and youth classes may be on the water at the same time. A youth woman can either sail womens or youth, not both.
I'm a female crew in the Grand Master's or Great Grand Master's class. Can I also sail the Women's class?
It is not possible as the Women’s class and Grand Master’s class may be on the water at the same time.
Why have the entry fees increased?
When reviewing the financials many factors were considered. The most important was to balance the budget. Also when we looked at what other classes charge for their events the Hobie Worlds was very cheap. Every team gets a new worlds customised Hobie 16 to race upon. That is assembled for them so they just have to race. At the end of sailing the sailors don’t have disassemble the boats. The boat charter fee makes up a considerable part of the entry fee. Though it does save all sailors boat transport fees with less travel time to assemble and disassemble their boats for transport. Supplied also allows every sailor to race on identical boats. The fees also give sailors party with food, mementoes from the event. Plus the normal race management fees such as fuel that you pay for every sailing regatta you enter. When the prices were compared the Hobie 16 Worlds still remains one of the cheapest events with supplied charter boats.
We worked as hard as we could to keep the entry fee as low as possible while still giving our sailors the event. As more sponsors come on-board we can give the sailors even more benefits for what will be a truly memorable world championships.
If my birthday falls just outside the dates on the Notice of Race for an age category will you still accept my entry?
No, the IHCA age limits are defined by General Rule 17.7 and 17.8.
How do I get to the venue?
A list of options to get to the venue will be listed in the Getting Here link
What electricity plugs are used in the United States?
In the United States of America the power sockets are of type A and B. The standard voltage is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.
In the United States of America the power sockets are of type A and B. Check out the following pictures. When living in Australia you will need a power plug adapter for sockets type A and B.
Do I need a visa?
A foreign national or alien entering the U.S. is generally required to present a passport and valid visa issued by a U.S. Consular Official, unless they are a citizen of a country eligible for the Visa Waiver Program, or are a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. or a citizen of Canada.
Visa Waiver Program
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables most citizens or nationals of participating countries* to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Travelers must have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel and meet all requirements explained below. If you prefer to have a visa in your passport, you may still apply for a visitor (B) visa.
Requirements for Using the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
You must meet all of the following requirements to travel to the United States on the VWP:
Travel Purpose Must be Permitted on a Visitor (B) Visa
Must Be a Citizen or National of a VWP Designated Country*
You must be a citizen or national of the following countries* to be eligible to travel to the United States under the VWP.
**To be eligible to travel under the VWP, British citizens must have the unrestricted right of permanent abode in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man
Are there banks and ATMs at the venue so I can get US Dollars?
We would like to know if we register for the event, is there a cancellation period if for some reason we would not able to attend to get a refund?
Yes there is a cancellation period, the cut off period for cancellation will be annouced. This is typically 60 days prior to the event and allows for visa processing time for additional competitors to fill the slot. An administrative fee will apply.
Is there a minimum age for the crew member if I enter the the Master and/or Grand Master and/or Great Grand Masters class?
17.8 For the purpose of Master and/or Grand Master and/or Great Grand Masters and/or Double Grand Master 100 and/or Double Great Grand Master 120 events the following applies:
a) The helmsperson for Master series shall be 45 years or older on 31 December of the year the event starts. The age of crew members in Master series is open.
b) The helmsperson for Grand Master series shall be 55 years or older on 31 December of the year the event starts. The age of crew members in Grand Master series is open.
c) The helmsperson for Great Grand Master series shall be 65 years or older on 31 December of the year the event starts. The age of crew members in Great Grand Master series is open.
Can non-competitors and family members attend the Hobie 16 Worlds?
Non-competitors and family members are welcome to attend the Hobie 16 Worlds. Just fill out the Non Competitor & Family Entry Form.
How far away is the regatta beach from the South Seas Island Resort?
Within walking distance.
What are the [SP] [DP] and [NP] on the Notice of Race?
Clauses marked with those marking [SP], [DP], and [NP] mean there are special penalties [SP], discretionary penalties [DP], or not protestable [NP] by a competitor. Full explanations can be found on the IHCA web site: Discretionary Penalty Policies
Where do I find information about the resorts and accommodation?
Here is a useful link to assist you: https://www.southseas.com/hobie-worlds-2019/
We are under minimum class crew weight, will the organiser supply corrector crew weights?
No, it is the responsibility of the crew to bring their own corrector weights and maintain class crew weights during racing.
The IHCA Class rules can be found at http://hobieclass.com/class-rules/
When I arrive in Florida, how do I get to South Seas Island Resort?
There are many options you can use to get to South Seas Island Resort. From the nearest airport, Fort Myers, it is about 1 ½ drive to South Seas Island Resort during moderate traffic times. The road is well maintained and is a comfortable drive. There is a $6 fee to travel on the causeway to South Seas Island Resort. It is free to return to Fort Myers.
Uber and Lyft both operate in the area. The driver will collect you are the airport and drive you to your destination. If you download the app you can ask for a quote from your airport to South Seas Island Resort.
The following companies provide shuttle a service from Fort Myers to South Seas Resort. Please contact them directly for rates and pick-up times. If you are travelling in a large group, please provide them with all of the flight information.
- Ambassador Transportation – 239-204-0783 – ambassadortransportation.biz
- Dolphin Transportation – 239-530-0100 – dolphinnaples.com
Car rentals are another option. This will allow you the flexibility to travel and see some of the area around Fort Myers and Sanibel. There are many rental companies at Fort Myers airport. For those who are members of Costco; they have discounted rental car rates.
Unfortunately, South Seas Island Resort do not run a shuttle service between their location and the airport. Though the options above will allow you to enjoy your travel around the Fort Myers and Sanibel region.