Please select your home edition
Edition
C-Tech 2021 America's Cup 728x90 TOP

Tom Whitehurst wins 2021 U.S. Multihull Championship

by US Sailing 5 Nov 2021 22:27 PDT November 1-5, 2021
2021 U.S. Multihull Championship © Gary Turman / Triple Tack

Tom Whitehurst (Pensacola, FL) won the 2021 U.S. Multihull Championship, sailed from November 1-5, and hosted by the Formula Wave Class and Corpus Christi Yacht Club. According to event Co-Chair Ben Wells, the Formula Wave fleet of 77 competitors was the largest U.S. Multihull Championship in recent history, with sailors representing 28 states and three countries.

Race organizers created four fleets for the preliminary races, which happened over the event's first two days. After six races, sailors were split into gold and silver fleets for the final two days of racing. By midday on Friday, Whitehurst had four bullets and one third-place finish in the gold fleet, vaulting him to the top spot and securing the Hobie Alter Trophy. Tyler Myers (Marmora, NJ) finished second place, with Jim West (Celina, OH) rounding out the top three.

"The competition was tough," said Whitehurst after racing concluded. "It was a little lighter and a lot of chop [today], so it's a little challenging when it gets that way. Corpus is a nice place, and we knew ahead of time that the wind would be moderate to heavy, and we expected some chop."

"Over the series, we had all kinds of conditions, from light wind to heavy air with boats tipping over yesterday, and lots of great stories," says Becky Ashburn, Deputy Race Officer for the event. Tuesday, the first day of racing, saw a light air start to the day, though moderate conditions filled in. The wind had filled in slightly by Wednesday, but a front that blew through Wednesday night brought consistently sporty conditions above 15 knots on Thursday. Conditions lightened again on Friday for the final day of racing, with 9-10 knots early in the day slowly fading to the end of racing time.

"We were able to get two races in before the wind started dying out, and we didn't feel like it was fair racing anymore," said Mark Foster, Principal Race Officer for the Championship. "But they got a throw-out in the championship series because of the five [completed] races."

"The most challenging part for me was the light air stuff," says Myers. "I'm much more comfortable in the heavier air on these boats, so today, when it got light and shifty, it was a bit more challenging for me."

"The competition was great," continued Myer. "It's some of the top guys in the country. You can't get a better crowd to race against and test your skills. From the events we had off the water to the racing on the water, everything was great. This is not an event I'm going to forget."

Tom Sinnickson (Carpinteria, CA) topped the silver fleet, followed by Gustavo Pinto (Greensboro, NC) and Roger Taha (Des Moines, IA). "This regatta had really good, and really tough, competition," said Taha. "Yesterday, when it was windy, was the most challenging but also the most fun."

Competitors enjoyed the festivities off the water as well, from a competitors' meeting at a local craft brewery to an ice cream social hosted by CCYC at event venue, the Emerald Beach Hotel. "Thank you to all of the people who came and all the support, energy, and effort that went into making this event happen here in Corpus Christi," said Foster.

Founded in 1985, the U.S. Multihull Championships has become one of the nation's major sailing championships, counting world champions from numerous classes, Olympic medalists, and several national champions from the multihull ranks as past and present competitors. The perpetual trophy was named the Hobie Alter Trophy in 1986 in honor of Hobie Alter, Sr., and his extraordinary promotion of one-design multihull sailing and racing programs. The event is sponsored by Regatta Craft Mixers.

Related Articles

2023 Youth World Championship selection procedures
US Youth Championships announced by US Sailing as the selection event US Sailing is excited to announce selection procedures for the 2023 Youth Sailing World Championship. Posted on 22 Nov
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year Award
US Sailing is seeking nominees who have demonstrated on-the-water excellence at events US Sailing has opened nominations for the 2022 US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year, widely acknowledged as the premiere individual sailing honors in the nation. Posted on 18 Nov
The Valhalla Sailing Project
Supporting veterans through sailing The modern sailing community is a wonderfully diverse, eclectic mixture of sailing groups, classes, and competitions. However, no one sailing organization stewards the supportive nature of the sailing community quite like The Valhalla Sailing Project. Posted on 17 Nov
US Sailing One Design Award update
Nominations closing soon for Outstanding One Design Leaders, Clubs, Regattas One Design Sailing Award for the John H. Gardiner Jr. Trophy for Service and Leadership is presented to an individual for recognition of distinguished service and leadership in the promotion of one design sailing and class organization. Posted on 13 Nov
Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy nominations open
US Sailing's most prestigious award It was donated in 1957 by the National Marine Manufacturer's Association, and is awarded annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing in this country in any associated activity. Posted on 12 Nov
Blueberry Faygo win first Hinman Title
A nail biting 3-2 final series in the U.S. Team Racing Championship After three days of intense racing, culminating in a nail biting 3-2 final series, Team Blueberry Faygo have won their first U.S. Team Racing Championship. Posted on 7 Nov
US Open Florida Series 2023 announced
Providing a domestic regatta schedule for athletes racing Olympic class boats Beginning in 2021 but inspired by historically popular Miami Olympic Class Regattas (OCRs), the West Marine US Open Sailing Series provides a domestic regatta schedule for athletes racing Olympic class boats. Posted on 3 Nov
2022 U.S. Adult Sailing Championships
Nine teams representing Regional Sailing Associations across the country took part Nine teams representing Regional Sailing Associations across the country were challenged with conditions from light and shifty to big breeze and storms over four days of racing on Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. Posted on 31 Oct
US Sailing launches Youth Performance Pathway
The pathway is the culmination of a year-long review by a task force of experts As part of its mission to increase sailing participation and excellence, US Sailing has released a new Youth Performance Pathway to connect youth racing sailors to "What's Next" in the sport. Posted on 20 Oct
US Sailing name additions to Board of Directors
Five new members were officially elected on Friday US Sailing has named five new members of the US Sailing's Board of Directors who were officially elected on Friday, October 14, 2022 at US Sailing's Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Posted on 18 Oct
Selden 2020 - FOOTERArmstrong-Logo-Only-728x90 gif BOTTOMLloyd Stevenson - Artnautica60 728x90px BOTTOM