Meet the South Seas Island Resort that will host the 22nd Hobie 16 World Championship in 2019!

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Meet the South Seas Island Resort  that will host the 22nd Hobie 16 World Championship in 2019!


The IHCA will announce the promo-code to be used for booking your accommodation with South Seas Island Resort after Sept. 7, 2018 EDT.

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South Seas Island Resort is not your standard resort, it’s a self-contained destination resort so there are some special considerations to keep in mind.

South Seas Island Resort FAQ

The IHCA, in conjunction with the South Seas Island Resort, has put together a special resort package which offers a reduced accommodation cost, reduced resort fees, and many other extras to make your Hobie 16 Worlds an event to remember.

Do I make my reservation directly with the resort?

Yes, starting September 7, 2018 AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) Use this date time converter to find out when these hours occur in your timezone. Receive discounted rates on your room and resort fees by using the event promo-code (when announced). A credit card will be required to reserve your stay. Deposits are 100% refundable, up to 14 days prior to your first day of arrival. Please refer to South Seas Island Resort for full details regarding fees, deposits, refunds, and billing.

Benefits of booking at the resort using the Promo-Code:

  • Using the promo-code, the resort fee is reduced to $19 (plus tax) per room (1BR $19/2BR $38/3BR $57) per night. Instead of the normal $19 (plus tax) per person per day resort fee.
  • Using the promo-code, a room credit (not a discount) of $25/day (1BR-Hotel Room), $50/day (2BR), $75/day (3BR). Your room credit may be used for any onsite meals, beverages, activities, etc. Your room credit will be added from your final bill upon check out based on the number of days you stay at the resort.

Can I stay off-site?

Yes – but it is not the preferred way. Captiva Island is a very small area and very isolated. Most homes nearby are private and if you rent one you WILL NOT have access to all of the resort amenities.

If you stay off site, totally, you will be charged a daily resort fee to be able to get to the event. If you stay on the mainland in Ft. Myers it is at least a 1 hour drive time to the island and a bridge fee every time you go over it.

Additional costs incurred by booking elsewhere:
  1. Resort Access/Parking Fee for Hobie Racers NOT staying on South Seas Island Resort complex:  $15.00 (plus tax) per car, per day.
  2. Resort Access/Parking Fee for Spectators/Non Race Hobie guest – $25.00 (plus tax) per car, per day.
  1. For Hobie 16 Worlds attendees who book rooms outside the contract and utilise AirBnB, or others, but still remain inside the South Seas Island Resort complex: should you want access to anything other than Sunset Beach Race Activities you will be charged an additional $150.00 (plus tax) per person, per day additional fee.

ADVICE – STAY at the resort

You will be hard pressed to find anything more reasonable or convenient. Look into a 2 or 3 bedroom condo and share with friends – this is the most economical and you will have a full kitchen to cook in. Again if you stay off site you will be charged a daily entry fee to the resort.

South Seas Island Resort Accommodation

ROOM Group Room Rate
Harborside Guestroom $179 USD per/day
1 Bedroom Tennis Villa $179 USD per/day
1 Bedroom Bayside Villa $179 USD per/day
1 Bedroom Beach Villa $189 USD per/day
2 Bedroom Tennis Villa $229 USD per/day
2 Bedroom Beach Villa $249 USD per/day
2 Bedroom Marina Villa $289 USD per/day
3 Bedroom Bayside Villa $299 USD per/day
3 Bedroom Beach Villa $324 USD per/day

Taxes are NOT regulated by the hotel.Federal/State/City/Local taxes are 11%. Prices listed are exclusive of tax. Taxes are added to your final bill.

In summary a (simplified) final bill will include the following:

  • The daily room rate of your accommodation,
  • Plus $19 per bedroom per day,
  • Plus 11% taxes.

Upon arrival you will be asked for a credit card to be on file.  South Seas Island Resort is a CASHLESS resort and all items will be charged to your credit card. At check-out the credit card, or deposit, you provided will be charged.  If you do not have a credit card, or wish to have one used, a deposit will needed to be made upon check-in. If your deposit was not fully used it will be fully refunded upon check-out.

Resort Lay-out

The closest rooms to the sailing venue are the Harborside Guestrooms and the 2 Bedroom Marina Villas. These are within walking distance of the sailing venue. The hotel rooms only have a mini-fridge and do not have cooking facilities.

There are also Beachside Cottages and Houses of Distinction. The pricing for the Beachside Cottages and Houses of Distinction needs to be requested ASAP as they are VERY limited. Please contact Lori Mohney at for details of the Beachside Cottages and Houses of Distinction.

The 1/2/3 bedroom Condos (Bayside/Beachside/Tennis) are on other parts of the resort. It is a short walk and there is a trolley (lots of room) that loops around the resort continually. They will have an extra trolley in the mornings and afternoons of the event so your wait will not be long. There are stops marked all over the resorts – all convenient to whatever condo you choose to stay in. The walk one way is around 3/4 of a mile from the furthest point away from the beach.

There are bikes and golf carts also available for rental for your entire stay (or bring your own bikes). Many local vendors will deliver bikes to your door for your stay for a very reasonable fee.

Hobie banquets/parties will be held on both sides of the resort.

22nd Hobie 16 World Championship Announced

The International Hobie® Class Association (IHCA), is excited to announce the 22nd Hobie 16 World Championship, 1st November – 16th November 2019, in Captiva Island, Florida, USA. Sailors from around the world will be competing in three world championship disciplines: Women’s, Youth and Open and three additional disciplines; Masters Cup, Grand Masters Cup and Great Grand Masters Cup.

A sponsorship agreement between The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel Island in Lee County, Florida and the IHCA has been signed. The IHCA has also concluded an agreement with the host hotel, South Seas Islands Resort, Captiva Island, Florida.

The IHCA has expended considerable effort to secure the event and is proud to announce a Hobie 16 World Championships is returning to the USA, after 35 years of events being held in other beautiful locations worldwide.

The Hobie 16 World Championships is the only sailboat class in the world to supply brand-new identical boats, for all competitors to race. Hobie Cat Company will provide the boats that will be used exclusively on the race course 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.

“We are sure when the Hobie sailors from around the world visit Fort Myers, their beaches and Captiva Island, they will be impressed and keep coming back for their holidays for many years, said Rich McVeigh, IHCA president.

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 sandy 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 information regarding the 22nd Hobie 16 World Championships please visit our website

We’d like to thank the following sponsors and contributors; The Beaches of Fort Walton & Sanibel, South Seas Island Resort, Offshore Sailing School, Liros Unlimited Rope Solutions, Allied Portables, Captiva Cruises, Sunny Island Adventures, Wicked Dolphin Distillery, Sanibel & Captiva Chamber of Commerce. Others interested in becoming a sponsor, please email

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The International Hobie Class Association (IHCA), exemplifies the “Hobie Way of Life”, a tradition that Hobie Alter started over 50 years ago. It organizes championships and promotes numerous Hobie catamarans events worldwide for all ages. As well as, maintaining a worldwide standard for their one-design class rules, communicates, encourage and fosters the enjoyment of the sporting, competitive and recreational aspects of all Hobie sailing.

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