This is the spring regatta,” Gulfport Yacht Club’s Multi-Hull Regatta organizer Beth Hesselton explained. “It’s an invitational and we ask as many multi-hulls in the area and put it out to the catamaran organizations.”
Hesselton said that there are several different classes of boats that participate in the races held last weekend.
“The Hobie 16s are in their own class and will race boat for boat,” she said. Other classes included falcons and F16s race as well, which are generally lighter, faster, and more modern as they were introduced in 2001. They have different shaped hulls compared to the Hobie’s “banana-shaped” hulls, which were introduced in 1971.
Conditions for the regatta were good, according to Hesselton. “It’s kind of calm, and winds are about 10 or 12 miles per hour.”
According to Hesselton, the race course is about three-and-a-half miles total, depending on the wind.