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Vale Hobie Alter

So glad Hobie Alter finally got some recognition in the MSM, albeit in his death.

In the multihull world, three names stand out, IMHO – Charlie Cunningham downunder with his Quickcat and a string of Little America’s Cup challenges and victories, James Wharram with his immensely practical seagoing cats and Hobie Alter, the biggest name of the three, who developed the Hobiecat and brought sailing to the masses.


I met him at his garage one day in Mordialloc, Victoria and he was the loveliest man, with a deep love for cat sailing. He was Australia’s pioneer.



Revolutionized oceangoing cruising cats with simple, low-tech designs which were affordable for people.   He also revolutionized two-girl crews, something I’m planning to do too on my humble craft.


Hobie Alter

His Hobiecats, virtually indestructible GRP cats, could be bounced around by huge Hawaiian waves, crashed onto rocks and still survive.


I don’t like them, being garish and ugly but one has to concede they brought fun sailing to the masses.…

Blockbuster on Easter Monday


There’s a massive game coming up downunder on Easter Monday, one which football fans in general will tune into and enjoy.   For many reasons, it is being seen as the blockbuster of the season.

1.  In 2008, Hawthorn upset reigning premier Geelong’s applecart and took the flag.   Some of the team vowed they’d never lose to Hawthorn again and for the next 11 meetings, it was so.   Once it was via a single miraculous point after the siren.

2.  Last year, Hawthorn won in the preliminary final, denying Geelong a grand final spot, which Hawthorn went on to win.

3.  This year, a rampant Hawthorn at its peak as a team and as reigning premier from last year, takes on Geelong, a team in a rebuilding phase but with a big game mentality – it relishes the intense heat of battle with a top drawer foe and sometimes struggles against lesser opposition.…