For 38 years, RI Hobie Cat Fleet 448 has been the premier sailing group for catamaran sailors in New England. Started in 1981 by a group of catamaran enthusiasts, Fleet 448 provides a unique, low cost approach to sailing that emphasizes camaraderie, good sportsmanship and fun.
All are invited! Whether you have a boat or not, whether you've ever sailed or not: we are so excited to meet you and share our passion for this sport together. If you're at all interested in Hobie Sailing, don't be a stranger!
The biggest asset of Hobie Fleet 448 is its members. The people of Fleet 448 come from many different backgrounds and walks of life. We have auto mechanics, retail clerks, welders, engineers, bankers, accountants, retired people, classical musicians, and college students. You would think that such a diverse group would have trouble finding common ground, but it has never been an issue. Our common ground is our love of catamaran sailing and a desire to be on the water. The people of Fleet 448 are always there to help out.
Our primary emphasis is on fun. When you look at our schedule you will notice that most of our events are centered around recreational sailing....and food! The fleet offers many opportunities for recreational sailors, hard core racers and everyone in between.
Our annual events include a Fourth of July beach party, long distance sails to Cuttyhunk, Martha’s Vineyard and Block Island, an annual weekend regatta, a learn to sail day and many other activities. Hardly a weekend goes by without some sort of official or unofficial Fleet event. For those who enjoy catamaran racing, you will see a healthy showing of Fleet 448 members at all North East Hobie Regattas!