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We’ve Been Named the Official Host Hotel of Hobie 16 World Championship!

August 6, 2018

We’re excited to share that we’ve been named the Official Host Hotel of Hobie 16 World Championship! From Nov. 1-16, 2019, the International Hobie® Class Association (IHCA) will bring its prestigious sailing event to South Seas Island Resort, marking the first time in 35 years that Hobie will host a World Championship in the U.S.

“We’re proud to serve as a home-away-from-home for the world-class athletes and their families who will travel to Captiva Island from around the globe,” said Bob Walter, Regional Managing Director of South Seas Island Resort. Walter continued, “Our iconic resort has captured the hearts of sailing enthusiasts for decades, and our superior location and pristine natural surroundings coupled with a multitude of dining and recreational options offer the ideal setting for the Hobie 16 World Championship.”

Throughout the Championship, we’ll play host to more than 1,000 athletes and 336 teams on 60 new Hobie Cat racing catamaran sailboats. Sailors from 30 countries are expected to attend. In past world events, as many as 7,000 people have attended the championships.

“South Seas Island Resort is honored to be the designated location of this exciting upcoming championship event,” said Interstate Hotels & Resorts Senior Vice President of Operations, Elie Khoury. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host these talented athletes and showcase our property’s renowned location as a destination rich in recreation.”

The race course will be located just off Sunset Beach, affording spectators a picturesque setting in which to watch exhilarating races. Sailors from around the world will compete in three world championship disciplines: Women’s, Youth and Open, and three additional disciplines; Masters Cup, Grand Masters Cup, and Great Grand Masters Cup.

We’ll continue sharing information about this exciting event as November 2019 nears. For information regarding the 22nd Hobie 16 World Championships visit