LEE COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) is excited to welcome the 22nd Hobie 16 World Championship next year. This is the first time in 35 years that Hobie will host a World Championship in the U.S. The International Hobie® Class Association (IHCA) will bring its world class sailing event to South Seas Island Resort on Captiva, Nov. 1-16, 2019. “Lee County looks forward to hosting the 22nd Hobie World Championship in 2019,” said Lee Board of County Commissioners and Tourist Development Council Chairman Cecil Pendergrass. “Our destination provides the perfect setting for to compete and for spectators to experience this prestigious event.” Governor Rick Scott is also excited about welcoming this renowned event to Florida. “I’m thrilled that Southwest Florida was selected to host the thousands of participants, families and spectators from around the world for the Hobie 16 World Championship,” Scott said. “In 2017, we welcomed a record-breaking 116.5 million visitors to our state and I look forward to a successful competition in Florida.” The Hobie 16 World Championships is the only sailboat class in the world to supply 60 brand-new identical Hobie Cats, 16-foot catamaran sailboats, for all competitors to race. Hobie Cat Company will provide the boats that will be used exclusively on the racecourse located just off Sunset Beach at the north end of Captiva Island. This ensures that the world champions are the best sailors, not just the sailors with the most expensive equipment. Doug Skidmore, CEO of Hobie Cat Company, whose team supply and maintain all the boats to ensure the fairest competition for the sailors, is looking forward to bringing the championship back to the U.S. – especially Southwest Florida. “Fort Myers and the South Seas Island Resort are a perfect location for the Hobie 16 World Championships,” Skidmore said. “The water, white-sand beaches, weather, people and location offer some of the best sailing conditions I have seen. As a company, we are proud to be a major part of these world championships.” The event information will be accessible on the International Hobie Class Association and the Hobie 16 Worlds websites and will include dates, locations, host accommodations and other relevant details of the event. For all details regarding the 22nd Hobie 16 World Championships visit www.hobieworlds.com.