Both events will be combined into one championship series in 2021; this year’s events were to be held Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 in San Diego.
BRISTOL, Rhode Island—The broken record that is 2020 continues to repeat itself. This time it’s the U.S. Multihull Championship coming off the calendar. Also taken off calendar this year: the 2020 F18 Americas. US Sailing and the United States Formula 18 Association – or USF18 – jointly announced the postponement.
Both events – the F18 Americas and U.S. Multihull Championship – were originally scheduled to take place Sept. 26 to Oct. 2. San Diego Yacht Club and Mission Bay Yacht Club were the hosting organizations. The events will return in 2021, though dates have yet to be announced.
“After weeks of discussion, we have decided to postpone the 2020 U.S. Multihull Championship to next year,” U.S. Multihull Championship Committee Chair Ashley Enders said. “I want to thank Steve Stroebel, the USF18 Executive Board, US Sailing, Mission Bay Yacht Club and San Diego Yacht Club for trying everything in their power to find a way to run this event in 2020. Unfortunately, due to the high risk of the coronavirus pandemic there was just too much uncertainty this year. We hope everyone stays safe and we look forward to seeing you on the water at this same championship in 2021.”
The U.S. Multihull Championship was founded in 1985 by the Multihull Council; winners of the championship are awarded a perpetual Hobie Alter Trophy (named in 1986 in honor of Hobie Alter, Sr.).
“World Champions from numerous classes, Olympic medalists and several National Champions from the multihull ranks have raced for the Hobie Alter Trophy,” US Sailing staff said in a released statement. “The championship rotates in discipline each year to showcase the depth of classes in multihull racing in the United States.”
Last year’s U.S. Multihull Championship winner was Matt Bounds of Commerce Township, Michigan. He won the championship aboard a Hobie 14. The 2019 U.S. Multihull Championship was hosted by Spray Beach Yacht Club in Beach Haven, New Jersey.
Still staying on calendar – for now – is the 2021 Hobie Formula Wave and U.S. Multihull Championship, which is hosted by Corpus Christie Yacht Club, Nov. 1-5, 2021.
The U.S. Multihull Championship is a US Sailing National Championship regatta.