The focus of the club from the beginning, has been the creation of a
single strong fleet. The Hobie 16 was chosen as the primary class,
but it was felt that eventually, another class would develop, which
would find its own niche.
As of this writing, that hasnt
really happened yet, but there are classes that are slowly developing.
These classes seem to fall into 2 categories, "Homebuilts", and new
"easy to sail" designs produced by Hobie.
TLYC is proud to be the venue for the PHBYC, or the Philippine
Home Builders Yacht Club. New classes are being built, and
as of tis writing, September 2011, the most successful of these, in terms
of developing a class that will stand the test of time, seems to
be the CR13.
Having said that, the PHBYC is an amazing group with considerable
talent, and it surprises me when I come to see the creations. On one hand,
we have a group of people eager to teach others how to build simple
boatsout of simple materials, and they even have classes for the public.
On the other hand, the craftsmanship on some of the boats is superb, and
the boats that the active members produce, are getting bigger and
The Hobie fleet has been lucky enough to have had
Hobie dealers who are passionate about the sport, and have dedicated
themselves to growing the sport, rather than trying to sponge off the
existing fleet. Monchu Garcia is the current dealer, and he has pushed for
the easier to sail varirties of sailboats, which is a tactic the club
supports. The Hobie lineup now has groeing classes of Hobie Getaways,
and Hobie Bravos. Both are excellent introductory boats, with a
strong dealer commitment for parts and maintenance.
MORE TRADITIONAL CLASSES THAT YOU WOULD EXPECT TO SEE
I would have
to include classeslike the Optimist, Laser, 420, 470, etc. Very few, with
little or no class support.
OTHER CATAMARAN CLASSES
You would think that we would
have development classes, or larger cats, but other than the odd boat here
and there, we dont.