Hobie Cat 16 Rule 7.3 – raising of the minimum youth crew weight – result of the voting/comment period

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Dear IHCA members,

Voting and commenting on the proposed change to Hobie Cat 16 Rule 7.3 raising the minimum youth crew weight to 118,2 kg was closed on 15-11-2022 as announced.

Result of the voting:

YES: 64,9%

NO: 35,1%


It is well-known discussions on crew weight have always been sensitive and controversial. The received comments pros and cons of the proposal confirm this fact, which makes the clear result even more important.

Based on the outcome the Rules Committee will now start to prepare a recommendation for the IHCA Council to decide on. If accepted by the Council, the proposal must be submitted to World Sailing (WS) for their approval as well as the HC16 is a WS international class. The whole process will take a while, and the changed rule may at the earliest be expected to go into effect on 01-04-2023.

Finally, on behalf of the Rules Committee, I would like to thank the members who took the time to comment and vote. Helpful, and much appreciated!

Erik Olsen

IHCA Rules Committee Chair

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