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Deutsche Hobie Cat Klassenvereinigung eV

Am Wulfkamp 80, 46342 Velen-Ramsdorf

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boot 2022 hall map (Hall 15): stand G21

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boot 2022 fairground map: Hall 15

Our range of products

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  • 01  Boats and Yachts
  • 01.01  Sailing Boats & Yachts
  • 01.01.05  Open Catamarans

Our products

Product category: Open Catamarans

Youth work

Entry and change
You are too big for your current boat class and want to change to the most common catamaran of the regatta scene?
The German Hobie Cat Class Association unites several Hobie catamarans. Depending on your age and sailing experience, a different boat is the right one for you. Whether you want to sail alone or in pairs, there is a boat for you.

For newcomers and those making the transition, the Class Association has several Hobie Cat 16s available for rent. If you are unsure whether the Hobie is right for you, you can apply to borrow one for a season.

Feel free to contact our youth chairman. She will help you with the transition and organize a mentor in your area who will familiarize you with the boat and the Hobie scene.

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Product category: Open Catamarans

Become a member

Come to us!
We represent the interests of all Hobie Cat sailors and are always available for you.
We organize beginner courses, trim trips, training camps, fleet and regional meetings.
We offer the possibility of trial sailing and more, also via our foreship exchange.
We offer support programmes for young people and regatta beginners, e.g. sailing in "B-fleets".
Together with the clubs of the German Sailing Association (DSV) we organize many regattas, with a great social program also for the relatives and children (child care).
We help with Hobie holiday planning
Every member receives our yearbook RAUMSCHOTS every year. Here you will find about 100 pages of tips for beginners and holidays, information about technique, regattas, rules, trim, tactics, leisure activities and class politics. All of this is loosely packed with adventure reports, fringe stories, photos and sketches.
Every member has access to the member portal via the website "", where current messages, forum, picture galleries, regatta announcements and much more is available.
We arrange the contact to all Hobie fleets in Germany
In short: We maintain the "HOBIE WAY OF LIFE" and you are welcome and in good hands with us. No club clash, but fun for the whole family.

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Product category: Open Catamarans

Training camp 2020

Successful youth training in NiendorfAt the weekend 26 youngsters got together in Niendorf to go on the water together. Under the guidance of Detlef, Knud, Andreas and Carsten, familiar as well as many new faces were able to prove their light wind skills in the best summer weather.
Many thanks to the organizing team - especially Carsten and Ulrike - , the coaches and all the helpers who were involved in this successful event.
I am glad to see many of you again at the regatta this weekend in Niendorf!

Cancellation youth training at the DümmerHello dear Hobie friends,

unfortunately we have to cancel the youth training at Dümmer and the training in Holland due to Corona. We hope that some events will still be possible this year. The recreational sailing in Holland will probably not take place either.

We will inform you about every change of date here.

Hopefully we will see each other again soon.

Greetings from Clemens Dieckmann
TIWI Training F18 and the Katpokal are cancelled due to CoronaThe Pandemic has again destroyed all hopes. The planned training with the Sach brothers at Whitsun as well as the Cat Cup planned one week later unfortunately have to be cancelled by the TSV Lindau-Zech water sports department. The high values unfortunately do not allow the events. The club and also we regret that there was no other possibility and hope for an improvement of the conditions next year. Stay healthy!
Youth training camp NiendorfThe preparations for the new season are in full swing. For the youth a great event is planned in Niendorf with trainer Detlef Mohr on 25.06-27.06.. In addition to training for all levels of experience, we are looking forward to finally being together again, just like the Hobie Way of Life. Official training starts on Saturday, but if you are interested, Friday can be used as another day of sailing together.
We hope for participants from all regions!
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Carsten Schermer.
We are already looking forward to the summer!

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About us

Company portrait

The Hobie Cat success story

In the beginning there was a dream and a few drawings in the sand of California. In 1968 Hobart "Hobie" Alter sketched the first beach catamaran - the Hobie Cat 14.
So it begins, the Hobie story as we know it. But was it like that? Wasn't there also the wave that flitted over the drawing in the sand and made the straight, neatly structured lines into a banana shape? That's probably how many put it together the first time they drove a plug. Or was the banana shape of the hulls after all planned to surf waves better in practice, or in theory to make the wetted area smaller with increasing speed? Details about this are unfortunately not known. The only thing that is certain is that Hobart took his cue from the Polynesian double-hulled boats in order to build an easy-to-handle beach catamaran. Even before that, he and his friends Wayne Schafer, Sandy Banks, Dick Barrymore and Bobby Patterson sailed catamarans like those offered by other manufacturers. In 1966, the five friends decided to build their own boat that would sail particularly well in surf and near the beach. He devised a rudder system that folds up automatically when the boat touches the ground, replaced centerboards functionally with asymmetrical shaping of the hulls, which presumably got the famous banana shape because of said wave. In 1968 he built the first prototype from the plastics he knew. He benefited from his vast experience in surfboard production, which he had been doing since 1950. The 14 foot long prototype hit the sailing and surfing scene like a bomb. The 14 rode easy and fast, was fun, and whether you were skidding on a surfboard or plugging along with the 14, it was part of the fun. The Hobie 14 became very successful with the public right away. Wayne Schafer organized a regatta in Newport Beach (California) in the very first year. The press was enthusiastic, and an article in the US magazine Life entitled The Catamaran That Can Fly made the Hobie 14, its creator Hobart Alter and the Hobie Way of Life socially acceptable. The Hobie 14 obviously embodied a mix of holiday spirit and serious sport and fun for all. At the same time, the Hobie 14 was not exactly inexpensive by German standards: it cost $999, the equivalent of just under DM 4,000.00. At that time you could almost get a new VW Beetle for that.

Surfing on the wave of success, Hobart Alter 1970 enlarged hulls, trampoline and rig, gave the boat jib and 2 harnesses - ready was the 16er. Flying over the water in a double trapeze - what an experience. The world had to experience that: In 1971, the first Hobie 14s came from USA to Europe. In the same year, the US shipyard subsidiary Coast Catamaran France in Hyeres (France) began production of Hobie 14 and 16 for Europe. Importers to Germany were quickly found. Carlo Backhaus, Ernst Bartling, Harald Pohlmann and others supplied the German market and satisfied an ever increasing demand for the colourful boats with the coloured sails, which were of course also available in white. But yellow hulls, yellow trampoline and a sail with panels in different colours - that was so blatantly different from the one that was recognised as a sailing boat in Germany that resistance arose: Clubs objected to bringing Hobie Cat boats onto club grounds, counties issued bans on sailing lakes. The resistance crumbled, the Hobie Cats prevailed and grew to become the largest catamaran community in Germany.

In the meantime, many more models have been added, so that a wide range of needs and interests from young to old can be catered for, not only for the sake of the sailors, but also to assert themselves in a market that many other manufacturers have discovered for themselves. While in the first 20 years it was certainly the sales figures that shaped the success story of Hobie Cat, it is now the consistency with which Hobie Cat is present on the sailing scene. Behind all this is the longing for freedom, which each of us sailors may define for himself and individually. And this longing lives on - Hobie Cat forever

Have a hobie day

Ingo Delius