In the past twelve years, the Hobie catamarans made a guest appearance with their European Championships on cruising grounds in the Mediterranean, Atlantic and North Sea. Now the Multi Europeans are returning to Germany. The Travemünder Woche (July 23-31) has been awarded to determine the European title holders in the Hobie Dragoon (junior), Hobie 14 (one-person cat) and Hobie 16 (two-person cat) classes.
In 2021, the European championships for the Hobies were somewhat smaller due to the pandemic, but now the European championships in the open class, the youth, the masters and the spi class in the 16s, as well as the Hobie 14 and the Dragoon are to be sailed again in large fields. Travemünde is a well-known area for the Hobie classes. In 2010, the 16s were guests in the Lübeck Bay with their Multi Europeans, in 2013 the Hobie Tiger, Wildcat, Dragoon and Hobie 14 were at the TW with their Worlds. However, everything is new for the Hobies at their latest appearance. Instead of Grünstrand and Mövenstein, they will now line up at Priwall. After the reconstruction of the beach promenade on the Travemünde side and the Priwall area, the move to the other side of the Trave is perfect for the European Championship participants.
In a video call, TW sports director Jens Kath explained the infrastructure on the beach and around the Passat harbor to the board of the European class association, class president Caterina Degli Uberti (Italy) and vice president Nina Martinussen (Denmark), as well as the vice chairman of the German Hobie class Christoph Beinlich.
The extensive sandy area at the mouth of the river Trave has already proven its worth at the last TW when organizing the mammoth field of the ILCA 4 European Championship with almost 400 boats. For the Hobies, the casting off and landing in the shallow water as well as the parking of the boats on the beach is a big plus compared to the green beach area. In addition, the nearby harbor area offers a variety of evening entertainment options, and the camping area is within walking distance.
Class president Uberti was impressed by the changed face of Travemünde, which she had last seen in 2010: "The area on Priwall was not very attractive back then. I am surprised how it looks now. I think that will be nice days in Travemünde to the Multi Europeans."
The same goes for the audience. The Hobies will provide a colorful picture on the Priwall on all days for the 133rd Travemünde Week. The colorful sails on the beach as well as the sailing in and out of the harbor can be watched from the Priwall and Travemünde side. And if the pandemic regulations allow it, the Trave-Races should run again - the show races in the Trave, where the Hobies can also show themselves in front of an audience.
The European Championship schedule:
July 23-25: European Championship Hobie 14 (Course Charlie)
23rd to 25th July: European Championship Hobie 16 Youth (course Bravo)
July 24 to 25: European Championship Hobie 16 Masters (lane Bravo)
July 24-25: European Championship Hobie 16 Open Spi (Bravo lane)
July 26th to 27th: Qualification Hobie 16 Open (lane Bravo)
28 to 31 July: European Championship Hobie 16 Open (Bravo course)
28 to 31 July: European Championship Hobie Dragoon (Golf course)