20 cats qualify for Alter Cup

Tough competition expected at US Sailing's National Multihull Championship

Friday March 28th 2003, Author: US Sailing, Location: United States
Twenty boats have qualified for the National Multihull Championship, which will be held April 5-11 and hosted by the Clearwater Community Sailing Center and the Clearwater Yacht Club in Clearwater, Florida. The regatta is organized by US Sailing and is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A.

The U.S. Multihull Championship, also known as the Alter Cup, has become one of the premier events in catamaran racing. This year promises to be another exciting event with top talent from across the country and ten brand-new, factory-supplied Bimare Javelin 2 F18HT catamarans. The 18 ft Javelin 2 is a racing boat, equipped with an ultra-high aspect mainsail, a carbon fiber mast, an asymmetrical spinnaker, and weighing in at only 286 lbs. The Javelin 2 represents the leading edge of small 2-men catamaran design.

Among the racers are defending champion Matt Struble, sailing with W.F. Oliver, Worrell 1000 Champions Brian Lambert and Jamie Livingston, Hobie 18 National Champion Ken Marshack, and Tommy Bahama Sailing Team Nigel Pitt and Alex Shafer. Ten of the U.S. Multihull Championship teams have been selected by competition in their US Sailing Area qualification events. Six more teams are attending as national champions in the top catamaran classes including the Olympic catamaran. The defending national champion along with three teams chosen based on resume round out the field of 20.

The US Sailing Multihull Council conceived the Multihull Championship in the spring of 1985 as a service to the Multihull racing members. It is intended to determine a U.S. National Multihull Champion and is sailed annually in various types of Multihull at various venues. Originally based on open Area eliminations, the committee decided to reinvigorate the championship by allocating spots to the major Multihull classes in addition to the Area entries. The Alter Cup, presented in 1986 as a perpetual trophy, honors Hobie Alter, Sr. for his extraordinary promotion of one-design Multihull sailing and racing programs. Randy Smyth has won four times, while Carlton Tucker is a three-time winner. US Sailing chair of the Alter Cup is Jamie Diamond and this year’s event is co-chaired by Chip and Barb Short.

The host team of Clearwater Community Sailing Center (CCSC) and Clearwater Yacht Club (CYC) is showing their partnership and capabilities to host high-caliber regattas. CCSC is located on Sand Key, Clearwater, Florida. CYC has built a reputation for hosting premiere regattas and producing world-class competitive sailors. For more information about either of these organizations, visit their websites at www.clearwatercommunitysailing.org and www.clwyc.org.

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