Philippine Hobie Challenge leg 4 Photograph:Sylvain Liechti
Rapunzel Garcia, Friday, 27 March 2015
AboitizPower 15th PHC Combines World-Class Sailing and Outreach Programs in Batangas and Mindoro
The country’s premier extreme sailing race once again conquered seas and hearts in its latest edition, the AboitizPower 15th Philippine Hobie Challenge held last March 14 to 22, 2015. Thirteen of the world’s most daring sailors from the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, Tanzania, Canada, and the Netherlands tested their skills in the weeklong, 250 nautical-mile race on Hobie 16 sailboats.
Sailing from Laiya to Nasugbu, Batangas thru Verde Island, Puerto Galera, Ambil, and Corregidor, the AboitizPower 15th PHC continued its long tradition of mixing tough racing legs, breath-taking scenery, and a heart-tugging outreach program to small villages and indigenous communities—three ingredients that make this regatta unique and unforgettable to those who become a part of it.
Prior to the competition, festivities began with a welcome party at sports specialty store R.O.X. and an opening dinner hosted by the Department of Tourism (DOT) in La Luz Beach Resort, Laiya, Batangas the following night. Afterwards, each race day was punctuated either by music-filled nights or laidback socials under starry skies.
Playa Laiya Inshore Race
The competition warmed up with a short race from La Luz Beach Resort to the coast of Landco’s leisure development Playa Laiya in San Juan, Batangas. Light winds plagued the morning, thus prompting ISAF Race Officer Jerry Rollin to declare just one race, which was won by Andrew Locke and Rob Watson (AUS). They were followed by locals Eric Tomacruz and Andy Aguila in second place and by Challenge veterans Bruce Tardrew and Sarah Turnbull (AUS) in third place.
La Luz Beach Resort Leg 1: Laiya to Verde Island
The first off-shore leg sent sailors across Tayabas Bay halfway towards the direction of Marinduque before turning west into the coral-fringed Verde Island. Grade school students of Parang Elementary School, a beneficiary of the Challenge’s Outreach Program, welcomed the sailors as they came on shore. First among them were Geoff Rowdon and Rosie Phelan (AUS), followed by Andrew and Tony Boyd (AUS), and then by Tardrew and Turnbull.
Rayomarine Leg 2: Verde Island to Puerto Galera
The following day was a race that crisscrossed the busy sealanes surrounding Verde Island. PRO Rollin shortened the course, cutting off the mark at Chicken Feather Island, and sending the fleet straight to Boquete Island in Puerto Galera where ice-cold rum cokes awaited them. First served were Geoff and Rosie, who came in 2 minutes and 45 seconds ahead of Andrew Locke and Rob Watson to chalk up their second first place. Andrew and Tony Boyd sailed in third.
Standard Insurance Inshore Race
As Puerto Galera has a long history as a sailing destination—its name translates to ‘Port of Galleons’—it was only fitting that the fleet enjoy more of its fair winds. A series of four inshore races were conducted, and after all the scores were tallied, Locke and Watson won over Tardrew and Turnbull by a hairline, thus marking Locke’s first championship of the Inshore Series in nine years. Just one point away at third place were Andrew and Tony Boyd.
The afternoon was dedicated to a meaningful outreach program to two Iraya Mangyan communites, Ambang and Lapantay. Lack of road access and travel time prevented sailors from visiting their communities, so the pupils and teachers from Ambang and Lapantay were the ones who went to the sailors. They crossed three rivers and travelled mostly on foot for four hours to reach Boquete Island to receive school supplies, medicines, clinic equipment, and solar lamps.
Potato Corner Leg 3: Puerto Galera to Ambil Island
The resumption of the offshore legs saw the strongest finish of a Filipino team in the Challenge series as Eddie Legarda and Edwin Lucero (PH) sailed in third at the mark off Ambil Island in Occidental Mindoro. Top honors for the 43 nautical mile leg went to Andrew and Tony Boyd who beat Rowdon and Phelan by 17 minutes.
The Outreach Program of the Challenge was concluded in Ambil Island, wherein Mr. Conrado Capuno of Tabao Elementary School presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the participants, sponsors, and donors of the event for donating school supplies, medicines, and a solar panel to their school. Tabao rounds up the four beneficiaries of the Outreach Program. In addition to the donations mentioned, the event’s official emergency medical support team, Lifeline Rescue, also gave first aid kits to all the beneficiary communities.
GoPro Leg 4: Ambil Island to Fortune Island and Corregidor
The GoPro leg from Ambil to Corregidor provided exciting tracks for those following the race via the live GPS tracking of WRU.PH. However, when the first of the fleet arrived at the halfway mark at Fortune Island by noon, dying winds and concern for the sailors’ safety resulted in another shortened course. Nevertheless, the fleet continued to Corregidor to spend a night in the historical island, complete with a Malinta Tunnel Night Tour.
The day’s winners were Rowdon and Phelan, the Boyds, and Locke and Watson in first, second, and third, respectively. The champions of this leg received a GoPro Hero4 Silver as a special prize for the GoPro Leg.
Canyon de Boracay Leg 5: Corregidor to Canyon Cove, Nasugbu, Batangas
The final leg of the Challenge was held off the coast of Nasugbu, from Terrazas de Punta Fuego, Fuego Point, Twin Islands, and finally the home run to Canyon Cove Beach Resort. Rowdon and Phelan finished again in first place, followed by Tardrew and Turnbull in second place, and the Boyds in third place.
At the Awards Dinner Party held that night, over-all top honors went to all-Australian teams, two of which were in the Challenge for the first time: Champions Geoff Rowdon and Rosie Phelan , Andrew and Tony Boyd in second place, while Challenge veterans Andrew Locke and Rob Watson in third place.
The Fossil Cup, an awards category founded by one of the most ardent supporters of the Challenge, and which uses a handicapping system that rewards sailors who improved the most during the week-long race, also had its share of the spotlight. Alex Chen and Awang Lin (TAIWAN), John and Rob Morton (AUS), and George Van Veen and Marielle Munniksma (NDL) won first, second, and third places respectively.
True to its roots, the AboitizPower 15th Philippine Hobie Challenge once again shined the spotlight on the country as a sailing paradise that can satisfy any sailor—be they casual weekend warriors or seasoned veterans. It has stayed true to what its organizers, the Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Foundation, envisioned it—as an event that promotes sailing as an eco-friendly sport, takes the country’s beautiful spots on the world stage, and gives back to the remote and needy seaside communities in the race route.
The AboitizPower 15th Philippine Hobie Challenge was sponsored by La Luz Beach Resort, Rayomarine, Potato Corner, GoPro, Canyon de Boracay Premiere, Standard Insurance, Landco, and Blood Red Clothing. Emergency Medical Support was provided by Lifeline Rescue, while GPS Tracking was provided by WRU.PH. It was also supported by the Department of Tourism- Region IV-A, the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro, Taal Lake Yacht Club, Novellino Wines, Seahorse Marine, and R.O.X.
Philippine Hobie Challenge Leg 5
Philippine Hobie Challenge Leg 2
The sad passing of IHCA Life Member Rich Jefferies
David Brookes, Friday, 27 March 2015
It is with a heavy heart to announce the passing of Rich Jeffries.
Rich was the first Executive Director of the Hobie Class and a Life Member of the International Hobie Class Association.
The Hobie world and the world of sailing is truly a sadder place with the passing of Richard Jack Jeffries.
The IHCA and the Hobie sailors wish to pass on our most sincere condolences to Rich’s family.
Name: Richard Jack Jeffries
Place: Torrance, CA
Mother’s Name: Lavera Jack Jeffries
Father’s Name: Willard Joseph Jeffries
Education: San Diego State University
Veterans Info: Retired Veteran SP4 (T) Army 12/24/1969
Decorations: Purple Heart, Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal “V” Device, Army Commendation Medal
Rich Jeffries, a resident of Tybee Island, GA, died on March 24, 2015, after a series of strokes, at the Oceanside Nursing Home on Tybee Island, surrounded by his family.
Born 1948 in Torrance, CA, Rich grew up in Manhattan Beach, CA, where he learn to surf and was a member of swim and water polo teams at Aviation High. Rich was drafted in the Vietnam War in 1968 where he received numerous decorations including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and The Army Commendation Medal, to name a few. After the service he attended San Diego State University, which was the perfect place for his favorite sports, surfing, sailing his Hobie Cat and flying his Hobie Hawk. In 1974 Rich became involved with the operation of regattas for the Hobie Cat Company, whereas he arranged Hobie regattas local, nationally and worldwide. Because of his experience in running large international regattas he was invited in 1981 to be the venue coordinator for the 1984 Olympic yachting in Los Angeles. He continued to be involved in several sports management teams worldwide, including numerous US Sailing committees and Board of Directors, plus ISAF and Pan Am Games. He is best known in the Savannah Area for being the venue manager of the Olympic Games in 1996. He always loved to read and enjoy dinners with family and friends.
He is survived by his daughter Jennifer Jeffries Phillips of Boerne, TX (Mark) and a daughter Makenzie Jeffries of Savannah, Grandsons: Cole, Zachary and Landon. He is preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Lavera Jeffries as well as his sister Carol.
Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 from 5:00PM-7:00PM at 90 Shipwatch Road, Savannah, GA 31410.
2015 Hobie Cat 16 BSP Oceania Championship and the Total Fiji Hobie Challenge
David Brookes, Wednesday, 18 March 2015
The 2015 Hobie Cat 16 BSP Oceania Championship and the Total Fiji Hobie Challenge will be held concurrently from Saturday, 1st August to Thursday, 13th August. The Total Fiji Challenge (expedition racing) will commence in Smugglers Cove, Nadi and continue in the waters in the Mananuca Islands Group. The BSP Oceania Championship (course racing) will take place in the waters of Mananuca Islands.
The following programme of events is indicative only and subject to change based on wind conditions and other relevant considerations at the discretion of the Organising Committee. The start and end dates are not subject to change.
Day and Date
Saturday, 1 August
Registration, boat preparations and practice race
Sunday, 2 August
Leg 1: Total Fiji Hobie Challenge. Smugglers Cove, Nadi to Beachcomber Island
Monday, 3 August
Day 1: BSP Oceania Championships
Tuesday, 4 August
Day 2: BSP Oceania Championships
Wednesday, 5 Aug
Leg 2: Total Fiji Hobie Challenge
Thursday, 6 August
Leg 3: Total Fiji Hobie Challenge. Beachcomber Is to Funky Fish
Friday, 7 August
Saturday, 8 August
Leg 4: Total Fiji Hobie Challenge
Sunday, 9 August
Day 3: BSP Oceania Championships
Monday, 10 August
Day 4: BSP Oceania Championships (optional)
Tuesday, 11 August
Leg 5: Total Fiji Hobie Challenge. Funky Fish to Beachcomber Is
Wednesday, 12 Aug
Thursday, 13 August
Leg 6: Total Fiji Challenge. Beachcomber Is to Smugglers Cove.
2015 Brazilian and South American Hobie Championships
2015 South American-Brazilian Championship Photograph:Ricardo Pedebos
ABCHC, Tuesday, 17 March 2015
With an overwhelming performance (Claudio Teixeira and Bruno Oliveira) won the South American Hobie 16 Championships also stamping their passports to Canada for the Pan Am Games.They will represent Brazil in the Pan American Games 2015, in Toronto. The pair won the Brazilian and the South American Championships sailed at Porto Alegre / RS, event hosted by South Sailboats Club. In total nine races and all with good winds were played, except the last which was raced in light winds, but served to confirm that the double champion is really prepared to defend themselves in any wind condition .
The Brazilian Championships of the Hobie 14, which in strong presence of sailors from Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, and the championship was won by Adam Marx Mayerle (Joinville) that with his undeniable performance did not have to compete in the last race of the series.
HOBIE CAT 14
1 Adam Max Mayerle (SC)
2 Márcio Tozzi (RS)
3 John Carlos Lindau (RS)
CHAMPIONS BY CATEGORIES ·
Rookie: Vinicius Dall'Agnol (RS) ·
Grand Master: Márcio Tozzi ·
Master: Klaus Mueller ·
Junior: Richard Klafke
HOBIE CAT 16
1 Claudio Teixeira and Bruno Oliveira (SP)
2 José Roberto de Jesus and Octavio Cardoso (SP)
3 Bernardo Arndt and Adriana Overgoor (SP)
4 André Montenegro Henriques and Isabelle Crispin (PB)
5 Mark Ferrari and Caroline P. Sylvestre (SP)
CATEGORY CHAMPIONS ·
Newcomers: Allan Godoy and Elisha da Silva (PR) ·
Junior: Ricardo Lis and Gustavo Azambuja (VDS-RS) ·
National Boat: Allan Godoy and Elisha da Silva (PR) ·
Super Grand Master: Luiz Gonzaga Machado and Eluisio Biancarde (ES) ·
Grand Master: Carlos Afonso Sodré and Liane Sodré (RJ) ·
Master: Claudio Teixeira and Bruno Oliveira (SP)
Com uma performance avassaladora a dupla “só Love” C&B (Claudinho e Bruno) desbancaram pelo menos outras três duplas igualmente favoritas e acabam de carimbar os passaportes para o Canadá. Será o Brasil nos Jogos Pan-americanos de 2015, em Toronto.
E a vaga foi conquistada no CAMPEONATO SULBRASILEIRO E PRÉ-PANAMENRICANO DE HOBIE CAT ocorrido entre os dias 11/15 na Raia da Pedra Redonda, em Porto Alegre/RS, evento sediado pelo Clube Veleiros do Sul.
No total, foram disputadas nove regatas e todas com bons ventos, exceto na última que estava fraco, mas que serviu para confirmar que a dupla campeã realmente está preparada para nos defender em qualquer condição de vento e tempo.
O evento SULBRASILEIRO DE HOBIE CAT também teve a participação da Classe HOBIE CAT 14, que por sua vez contou com a presença marcante de velejadores de Santa Catarina e Rio Grande do Sul, tendo a disputa sido vencida pelo iatista Adam Marx Mayerle (Joinville), que com a sua performance incontestável nem precisou disputar a ultima regata da série.
A súmula final pode ser acessada no link “RESULTADOS” deste site. Confira.
CLASSE HOBIE CAT 14
Campeão Adam Max Mayerle (SC)
2º Márcio Tozzi (RS)
3º João Carlos Lindau (RS)
CAMPEÕES POR CATEGORIAS
·Estreante: Vinícius Dall'Agnol (RS)
·Gran Master: Márcio Tozzi ·
Master: Klaus Mueller
·Junior: Richard Klafke
CLASSE HOBIE CAT 16
Campeões: Cláudio Teixeira e Bruno Oliveira (SP)
2º José Roberto de Jesus e Otávio Cardoso (SP)
3ºBernardo Arndt e Adriana Overgoor (SP)
4º André Montenegro Henriques e Isabelle Crispim (PB)
5º Marcos Ferrari e Caroline P. Sylvestre (SP)
CAMPEÕES POR CATEGORIAS ·
Estreantes: Allan Godoy e Eliseu da Silva (PR)
·Júnior: Ricardo Lis e Gustavo Azambuja (VDS-RS)
·Barco Nacional: Allan Godoy e Eliseu da Silva (PR)
·Super Gran Master: Luiz Gonzaga Machado e Eluisio Biancarde (ES)
·Grand Master: Carlos Afonso Sodré e Liane Sodré (RJ)
·Master: Cláudio Teixeira e Bruno Oliveira (SP)
Nous avons le plaisir de vous informer de l'organisation du CHAMPIONNAT DE POLYNESIE de HOBIE DRAGOON 2015.
Il sera organisé par l'EVA, durant le week-end du 01, 02 et 03 Mai (3 jours), c'est a dire en même temps que la TPR.
Vous trouverez en PJ, les informations nécessaires pour l'épreuve sportive de voile, qui sera ouvert aux jeunes de moins de 16 ans.
Je vous prie de bien diffuser l'information a tous les jeunes de vos clubs et de votre entourage.
Pour que ce soit un beau championnat de Polynésie, il faudrait que tous les clubs de Tahiti nui, de Tahiti iti, de Moorea et de Raiatea, inscrivent leurs jeunes. Nous pouvons mettre a disposition un hébergement pour ceux qui le demandent.
Cette manifestation est a 3 semaines avant le Championnat de Polynésie d'Optimist et de Hobie 16.
Bon vent !
We are pleased to inform you of the organization of POLYNESIA CHAMPIONSHIP HOBIE DRAGOON of 2015. It will be organized by EVA during the weekend of 01, 02 and 03 May (3 days), . You will find Notice of Race, the information needed to sail the sporting event, which will be open to young people under 16 years. I ask you to disseminate information to all young people in your clubs and your surroundings. For it to be a beautiful championship Polynesia would require all clubs Tahiti Nui Tahiti Iti, Moorea and Raiatea, register their youth. We can make available accommodation for those who request it.
This event is 3 weeks before the Polynesian Championship Optimist and Hobie 16.
Salamander Bay - Port Stephens
29th Dec 15 - 3rd Jan 16
Hogs Breath Cafe and Hobie Cat® Australasia are proud to announce the 2015/16 Hobie Cat Australian Championships will be held at Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club, Soldiers Point, NSW, from the 29th December 2015 to 3rd January 2016.
Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club is located on Port Stephens with a sandy beach and grassy launching area. We will be sailing on Salamander Bay with predominately north easterly to south easterly sea breezes.
Ample camping and quality accommodation is closely situated in walking distance to the PSSAC, while the town centre of Nelson Bay is only a short 10 minute drive. Go to the EVENT WEB SITE to get a sneak preview of the perfect Port Stephens location.
South African Hobie 14 Western Cape Provincial Championships
Hobie 14 WC Provincial Champion 2015 Douglas Edwards
John Ryall, Friday, 20 February 2015
The Hobie 14 Western Cape Provincial Championships held at TSC over the week end of the 14th and 15th February was officially a ‘Ripper’ !
The encouraging thing is that Hobie 14 sailing is alive and well in South Africa. With 22 entries in the recent Hobie 14 Nationals in Knysna 500km down the road and only an overlap of 4 common entries this means 31 active boats in the Western Cape, plus at least 21 in Natal (as per their 2014 Provincials) and 10 in Gauteng (which means we have 62 Hobie 14’s being actively sailed. The other encouraging fact is that of the 13 entries we had in the WC Champs 7 were younger sailors which bodes well for the future. Only Matthew Whitehead and Nic Ryall (injured) were missing of the younger generation. Ages ranged from 14 to 71 ! When you consider that you can buy a decent second-hand Hobie 14 on a trailer in South Africa for about R 10,000 (USD$ 850) and have endless fun with it, it really is a bargain.
TSC put on a good show as usual and we were blessed with Neville (Lucky) Norton as our race officer extraordinaire. Ably assisted by Di Norton, Matthew and the ever blue ‘Sparkle’ Neville has a direct line to the top as he always seems to come up trumps with the wind. 10 races tell the story. Light southerly winds were forecast on both Saturday and Sunday but from race 3 onwards it was full trapezing conditions I estimate that it topped 20 knots on the Saturday and at least 25 knots on the Sunday.. Even though it was blowing strongly there were enough shifts in the wind on Saturday to make it interesting with a tack immediately after the leeward mark being favoured and getting you to the windward mark sometimes ahead of the boats who had made it in just two legs in spite of this inshore route requiring an additional two tacks (something not to be undertaken lightly on a 14). The wind direction forecast on the Sunday showed it starting as ESE and swinging to the South and that is exactly what it did do.
The problem with yachting dynasties is just that, they are dynasties. All of us having breathed a sigh of relief that neither Blaine Dodds or William Edwards had entered we then came up against the next Edwards generation in the form of Douglas who sailed brilliantly to record a convincing win. He had a small stutter when he was OCS (by miles) in Race 5 and recorded a 4th in Race 6 but came back strongly on day two recording ‘bullets’ in 3 out of the 4 races held. He even managed to claw back a win on the very last leg by 10m in race 7 after being well behind for all the race. Douglas was followed by another member of a yachting family, Robert de Rooy who surprised us all by making a special guest appearance and sailing into a solid second place. Robert is hardly a regular sailor yet he showed speed and composure on the water in his old brown Hobie 14. Whenever you looked around there he was challenging for a top position.
Finishes were downwind which was different and allowed us another beat – often 5 to 6 boats finishing within 10 seconds of each other. Klaas de Rooy was his normal consistent self never dropping below 8th. A newcomer to Hobie 14 Sailing was Brent Hayward (SA ISAF Youth Rep in 2013) who through the kind efforts of Dave Power managed to get one of the FHBSC club Hobie 14’s going and on the water. It was very interesting to see an obviously talented sailor learning how to sail a 14. Tacking was not his forte except when I tried to cross in front of him while he was tacking to lay the weather mark and that time he did it perfectly ! A 360 was the result ! Wrapping your mainsheet around your rudder blade when bearing off in a strong wind for the weather mark is also not a fast option. We look forward to seeing Brent on a 14 again. Daniel Lawrence, son of former Hobie 14 World Champion, Allan sailed Johnnie van der Vyver’s 14 to 7th place but his report card should read ‘could do better’. Last year’s Provincial Champion Steve Searle was a very welcome late, late entry having told us that he would not be able to sail this year
The 2015 Sail the Gulf hosted by Qatar Sailing and Rowing Federation was a great success. 9 entries from 8 different countries produced a truly international flavor. The podium had 3 different countries with India taking out the top spot.
Qatar Sailing and Rowing Federation provided the professional organization it is renowned for. The international sailors already indicting they will be back for some more quality racing and Qatar hospitality.
Qatar Sailing and Rowing Federation provided charter boats for the sailors.
It is with great sadness the IHCA announces the passing of Tony 'Dingo' Laurent
David Brookes, Saturday, 7 February 2015
It is with great sadness the IHCA announces the passing of Hobie sailor Tony ‘Dingo’ Laurent. Tony while remembered as the person who sailed the Hobie 18 across the Atlantic he did so much more in Hobie sailing and beyond. He was also a passionate Hobie sailor competing in many Hobie World, European, National Championships and Hog's Breath 1000. Tony continued after his Hobie sailing to Julies Venrne Challenge, around the world and cross Atlantic Races.
After moving to Airlie Beach on the Whitsunday Region with his wife Lolita and daughter Jessie. Tony set up a success business and was the Airlie Beach Chamber of Commerce President.
Whatever Tony did he put 100% effort into the project. Tony ‘Dingo’ Laurent will be missed by all that have privilege to race with and against and to know him. The IHCA passes on our most sincere condolences to Lolita (also a Hobie sailor from New Caledonia) and Jessie Laurent.
This is his incredible story of sailing a Hobie 18 across the Atlantic Ocean
Tony Laurent and Daniel Prada Across the Atlantic on an Open Hobie 18 Catamaran
The following is reprinted from Hobie Hotline
Editor's Note: The HOBIE HOTLINE is printing the following story for two reasons. First, it is a remarkable adventure, one of the most incredible journeys ever attempted on a Hobie Cat and we would be remiss by not including it. We hope you enjoy it and thrill with the sailors and their amazing achievement, a milestone in ocean crossings.
Secondly, it is also a warning. Hobie Cat and the HOTLINE do not endorse offshore Hobie sailing. Hobie Cats were made to sail within sight of land whether in the ocean or on a lake. Some specially controlled events such as the Hog's Breath 1000 include offshore sailing, but the safety measures are extraordinary. Tony Laurent, profiled in the January/February 1987 issue, is one of the most experienced Hobie sailors in the world. Daniel Pradel is a seasoned French sailor and veteran of many races, including a lot of Hobie sailing experience. The two men thought they were prepared. We hope others who may be planning such adventures take note.
By Noelle Duck
Both passionate sailors had already gathered in victories and trophies. But they dreamed of the impossible: traversing the Atlantic Ocean from Dakar, Senegal on Africa’s west coast, to Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe, part of the French Antilles in the Caribbean. An Atlantic crossing is always a touch and go affair in a sailboat, but Tony Laurent and Daniel Pradel were going to try the journey on a Hobie 18 Magnum. They left Dakar on November 12, 1986 at 8:30 in the morning. On a peaceful, windy Sunday 18 days later, a local sailor, Mr. Guegen, was doing some chores on his boat in the Basse Terre Marina on Guadeloupe when he spotted two exhausted sailors gliding into port. The impending arrival of the team had been announced by French Overseas Radio, so Guegen knew who the two were.
"You want some help?" he asked with concern. ''We’re bloody hungry." was the weak reply. With that exchange, the two sailors had completed what many thought to be impossible. They had traversed the Atlantic on an open, 18-foot catamaran. But the price they paid was great. Laurent and Pradel had often thought about crossing the Atlantic on a Hobie Cat separately Then, one July night, Laurent told Pradel he had a "crazy project" to talk about. Pradel replied that he, too, had been thinking of something crazy After deciding who was to speak first, only two words were said: "Atlantic Ocean." They decided on late autumn and chose the course from Senegal to the French West Indies, a route that had the reputation of being "easy," a route American slave ships travelled in the 17th and 18th centuries because fresh trade winds and calm waters made the going fast and uneventful. "Once you have passed the Cape Verde Islands, you'll see that the sea becomes peaceful and that it will rock you to your destination," said their friends. By the time Pradel and Laurent were making final preparations on their boat, which rested on the beach of N'Gor at Dakar, they were dreaming of the sweet regularity of the trades, still mild at this time of year, that were to push them all the way to Guadeloupe.
On the beach at the Meridien Hotel of N'Gor, the Fujicolor, as the boat had been christened in honor of the trek's chief sponsor, had become a major attraction. The crossbars had been set, the wings had been placed and the double-layer trampoline, which would sandwich the bag of plastic-coated maps, was stretched between the hulls. They raised the mast, fixed the shrouds and backstays and tied the ARGOS beacon, an emergency locator, to the back of the trampoline. They fixed an inflatable mattress across the boat along with a plastic sheet to be used for the protection of the sailor at rest. As they readied themselves, tourists snapped photos and asked dozens of questions. Most centred on the Seagold desalinator the pair had bought from Pierre Fehlmann, the winner on uncorrected time, of the last Around the World race. They explained that the machine could produce six liters of fresh water in only one hour by pumping sea water through it.
At 8:30 on the morning of November 12, Laurent and Pradel arrived at their boat and were greeted by the staff and guests of the Meridien. They stuffed their water tight bags with food and placed them in the hulls. The food included a high-energy mix of cereals, dry fruit, cream and honey; bags of a protein drink; some cheese, a Moroccan rice dish called couscous, a little bread, butter and even some red wine. The sextant, the two VHF radios in plastic cases, the cigarettes and lighters and other equipment were placed in another bag and attached to the trampoline opposite the inflatable mattress. Laurent and Pradel donned their equipment slowly and quietly to the sound of the beating waves. Polar underwear, dry suits with neoprene necks, ankles and wrists, were soon snug. Next, they slipped into their trapeze harnesses, life vests and neoprene boots and their sunglasses and gloves. Pradel asked for someone to help carry the boat to the water and 20 people volunteered, lifting the cat on their shoulders and walking down the beach in a slow procession. Just when the hulls touched the water, a fishing boat began to leave. It would show them the way through the reef.
The team waved a rapid au revoir and jumped aboard. Laurent took the tiller; Pradel sheeted in. They were gone.
"The third night we passed the Cape Verde Islands," relates Laurent, "and we realized that our project was going to be much more difficult than we had thought. I began to understand that it would be torture, but it was impossible to go back. The sea was incredibly strong and there was no chance of returning. But then, we had never even thought about abandoning. When we left the beach at N'Gor, the sea immediately became very strong. We met strong winds, high, but negotiable waves and heavy swells caused by the north wind. During the first night, the waves came from all directions. Steering was difficult. The night was so black that we could not see the bows three meters in front of us. A lot of concentration was required to feel from where the next weird wave would arrive. We saw a cargo ship far away and I directed the beam of my flashlight onto the sail. This was the only boat we were to see during the entire passage. Aside from that ship we saw an old drifting can; that's it.
"We tried everything to sleep," says Laurent. "We changed the position of the mattress so that we could put our heads under the shelter. Impossible. After three nights we were so fatigued that we fell asleep in spite of everything but we were at the extreme limit of exhaustion. Each time a wave came over, the one at rest was drowned under a meter of water. This lasted several seconds. At the end of the first week, we got upright without really waking up and held onto the shrouds, searching for air. Even between the waves, we had the feeling of being in a drum with people beating on it.
The heavily loaded trampoline was so near to the water surface that the sea was beating from above and below with incredible power. Meanwhile, followers in France and in Guadeloupe followed the progress of the boat by tracking the ARGOS signal sent out by the team's beacon. Supporters estimated their speed at seven knots, slow for the Hobie l8 and two seasoned sailors. What they discovered was that a week of heavy storm activity in the North Atlantic was driving large swells into the small catamaran nearly 2,000 miles away. "in waves that never seemed to end, we passed a sort of tropical tornado," says Laurent. "it was a black cloud like ink above a white column that rose above the sea. When night came, I asked Daniel not to sleep. The first wave ran toward us, and I've never seen a bigger one. It had to have been more than ten meters. The wind increased to 60 knots and we hauled down all the sails. Despite that, the boat was surfing like crazy. I couldn't control it anymore. When we saw this, we just said 'Looks like this will be the toughest night.' "During the storm a wave struck and I got up but was still under water. In fact, the whole boat was under two meters of water for about ten seconds. When I emerged, I shouted at Daniel but got nothing. I thought he was swept away! But the noise ,, was so intense that even though he was I just a few feet away from me, he couldn't hear. Even he, on top of the Magnum I wings, had a hard time keeping his head above water. After that, when it would happen again, our only check was OK?' and when the other replied OK,' one could go back to sleep. The next day, there was no wind at all, but the waves were still there. In the morning I could not wake Daniel. He was dreaming of having breakfast on the terrace of a bistro at Toulon.
Two Hundred Pumps for One Glass of Water
We talked a lot about food," continues Laurent. "We were always hungry. Then we discovered another problem: thirst. Pumping the desalinator took superhuman efforts. On the beach at N'Gor, we described to our fans what the Seagold could do. While it was true that the water was good, Daniel had to pump 200 times to squeeze the equivalent of one glass of water out of it. Each time, we had to take the daggerboard out of the windward hull, install the filter in the daggerboard case, put the outlet tube into the mouth of the one to drink, then start pumping. We had two glasses of water per day, one in the morning and one in the evening and that amounted to 800 pump strokes. On top of that we had to use fresh water to dissolve the Substi 500, a highly enriched protein powder. We had five bags a day of that. "Daniel pumped for the whole passage. I tried it once but it was too tough for me and I told him I was going to give up drinking. He waited several hours. I gritted my teeth and he finally went on passing me the tube."
But while Pradel was left to do most of the water pumping, Laurent tackled the tough job of driving the boat. "We were always in danger of capsizing even when we reefed the main and rolled the jib," says Pradel. "That would have been a catastrophe; our boat was overloaded with 100 kilos of tools, equipment, food and instruments. Even without the load we had some difficulties in our righting tests in the smooth waters of the Bay of Hyeres in France. There were a couple of times in the Atlantic when we both thought "This is the end."
Laurent agrees that the sea had become their enemy. "From the beginning, we encountered only a stormy, disordered sea that pushed the boat in all directions. The noise was very loud and the absence of any rhythm prevented us from getting accustomed to it. The nights were the toughest moments. When I saw twilight arrive at about six, it was like a nightmare repeating itself. I was not keen to go through what I did the night before. Daniel, who needs 12 hours of sleep a day on land, whereas I need very few, was better off during the nights. We learned a lot from each other. Because of our spirit for survival, we never lost hope.
"When I saw Daniel looking wild after he missed an object, could not co-ordinate his movements, did not understand what I was telling him, or when he had problems moving on the trampoline, I reduced the speed of the boat and waited for him to come back to reality. 'At the beginning we were both sea sick. He was a little worse off than me; I had a fixed scopoderm behind my ear-a gadget that proved pretty effective. Daniel let me steer and that reduced the sickness since I had to concentrate on things other than the nausea. He stayed on the trampoline operating the desalinator, preparing the meals, controlling the sails. He took care of me. I tried to do the same for him, so I steered hours and hours as best I could."
Food also presented unexpected problems for the pair. According to Laurent, both men were reluctant to eat the food concentrates from the tubes and the slabs of high energy cereal mix. Still, says Laurent, ‘After four days on the water, our revulsion against the food out of the tubes was gone, but it was dangerous preparing it. We first had to find the pliers in the bag attached to the trampoline. When we opened the bag, the waves flooded it with water. When we closed it again, we had to open the hull covers - between waves and had to find the food. Then we had to close the hulls, put the pliers back and finally pump the water for the Substi 500. We had three flavors: coffee, vegetable and vanilla. We never had enough water, so the drinks were always too strong and made us nauseous, although the vanilla flavor wasn't too bad.
"If you had the chance to grab one, the feast began. "Even dissolving the food was a problem. We had shakers with us with screw-on covers and we had glued straps to them, but they were torn off despite the reputation of the glue we had used. I lost one after the other, washed away by the waves while we ate and when we lost the last one, it was a catastrophe. Fortunately, Daniel had a stroke of genius. We took the case of a flashlight (which was supposedly waterproof but failed anyway) and poured the powder and water into that. We stirred with our fingers and ate. After a few minutes, we could actually feel the energy circulating through our bodies."
But this renewed energy wasn't enough. In fact, the two were only taking in about 500 calories a day. Malnutrition, exhaustion and constant submersion in salt water all worked against them. Every time a small cut, scrape or abrasion scarred their skin, salt water was able to enter. Soon it was infected. The constant exposure to salt water led to ulcers on ankles, feet and hands that also became infected. "Physically, our biggest problem was the fact that we were just always soaked," says Laurent. "Everything except our watches and the Maglite was inundated.
After two days, we tried the VHF radios. They were already rusty. One day after the start, Daniel tried to fetch a cigarette, but a steep wave arrived at the same moment he opened the bag and flooded the lighters. This wasn't a big tragedy since the next day, a wave washed all our cigarettes overboard anyway. "When we each took our turn to sleep on the trampoline, we would take off our KWay overalls from Helly-Hansen - which were quite practical with their zippers everywhere, then our polar underwear, and we would wring out the water. When we pulled them on again, we thought it was sheer luxury. We had abandoned the dry suits long before because it was impossible to wear neoprene in such conditions; our ankles and wrists would just balloon. Our boots were also thrown over board because the volume of our feet had doubled and the neoprene prevented our skin from breathing. Our feet became covered with ulcers which proved worse than ankles, there was doubt that his feet could be saved. Five days later back in France, a skin graft was successful and his feet began to heal.
Laurent, although not as severely burned, was also racked with pain. His feeling had come back as well. He did however, manage a breakfast consisting of a steak, tomatoes, two bowls of cornflakes with lots of sugar, six yogurts, a complete camembert cheese, four slices of bread and butter, croissants, other French breakfast cakes and a platter of fruit.
Still, he could not move his limbs without extreme pain and as the blood continued to return, the pain increased. Unfortunately for Laurent, his sailing idol, Mike Birch who had participated in the Route de Rhum race and who had helped plot their positions during the final days with his ARGOS beacon, refused to come to the Meridien Hotel at Saint Francois, to salute them. "To shake hands with him would help me more than all this medicine," said Laurent. Still, congratulatory letters, telegrams and phone calls from Europe and North America poured in by the dozens. Fujicolor waited calmly on the beach, almost mocking the sailors. It was untouched by the ordeal. Nothing was broken and it exhibited very little wear despite the bashing. Even the sails, prepared by Neil Pryde in the colors of the French and Australian flags, were in excellent condition.
Sailors even took the boat out to play in the surf while Laurent and Pradel were attempting to recover. The two drew several lessons from their crossing The first, according to Laurent, is that "Nobody should ever try a crazy thing like that; if we had known how tough it would be, we never would have started." The second was the mutual respect needed for a crew, or anyone, to survive a long ordeal. "When I think of Daniel clinging to the trampoline, his hands and feet in the sea water. During the last few days, I couldn't prevent myself from trembling and I hid myself when I had to vomit after seeing Daniel's feet.
"Finally, on the night of Saturday, December 6, we got the feeling that we were nearing land. We could smell flowers and trees. We could see lights and cliffs. It was La Dominique, but we did not know that yet. We just spent the night on the leeward side of the island enjoying the stillness. We were very happy. It was the end and we knew that we had succeeded although we didn't know exactly where we were because it was next to impossible to tell our position with the sextant; we were too low on the water, and we bounced around too much. Finally, on Sunday morning, we arrived in Guadeloupe.
When the two sailed into the marina, it turned out that they needed a lot more help than food alone could provide. They had to be carried to a small restaurant, the Royal, where a doctor was summoned to apply first aid to their wounds while they stuffed themselves with their first full meal since the beginning of their journey. Pradel's feet, which had seldom been atop the wings and were always submerged in salt water, were just tattered flesh. The skin was torn away over most of their surface.
Laurent had deep wounds and scars over his butt and thighs as well as craters on his feet a millimetre deep. Both men's hands were covered with wounds that had crusted and would not heal. Each cut, which never had a chance to dry and heal properly, was infected. Their circulation suffered the effects of blockage due to sitting and crouching in one position for hours on end and their hips and knees were paralyzed. Every movement brought tears to their eyes, but the worst wasn't over. They were almost in a state of shock. With their eyes glazed and the circulation problems preventing any feeling in their lower extremities, the pain was not nearly a horrible state, I remember that never as bad as it would become. Later in the evening of their first day on land, Pradel was wheeled to a restaurant to have dinner with friends while Laurent slept in his hotel room. Pradel's meal consisted of two large steaks, a plate of vegetables, noodles and six large pieces of cake. Then he too retired for the evening.
The next day, both men could barely move. Pradel, despite being given tranquilizers, was tortured by the dressings on his feet, which began to come back to life during the night. Tears welled in his eyes for three hours. Groggy, he kept asking for someone to help him. Finally, when he managed to fall asleep, he felt himself aboard the boat, unable to stop the rolling movement or the hammering of the waves in his ears. In his dream he stretched his hand for a tool and some food only to have the waves wash them away. With infected third degree burns over his feet and during the whole trip did he once complain."
Pradel also appreciated Laurent. "Tony is a much better driver than I am. I don't know anybody else who's able to steer 18 hours a day in such high, vicious waves." Finally, the two learned that even if the boat, rigging and the sails were able to stand up to the punishment, the critical points such as clothing and survival equipment need a lot more preparation and careful thought. Improvements need to be made.
Naturally, the first few days after landing, both said they would never try such a feat again. But Pradel, who is mounting a Tornado effort for the 1988 Olympics, began to state that he wanted to sail in the 1987 single-hand Figaro race and Laurent began to talk of racing Formula 40 catamarans in offshore grand prix events. Despite their injuries, the sea had not lost it's allure.
Hobie MultiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans NOR released
David Brookes, Monday, 2 February 2015
The 2015 Hobie MultiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans have released the Notice of Race.
The entry list is growing at what is shaping to be another great Hobie event with lots of boats and friends attending. So please enter to ensure your spot at the Hobie MultiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans.
Please note that to have your entires confirmed you must transfer the money.
The Hobie 14 National Championships held at Knysna Yacht Club will be a regatta that will be remembered for a long time. Superb organisation by K YC, strong winds / medium winds / light winds all made up a for a memorable event. The results show that Blaine Dodds had to discard a fourth and a first ! to win the event for the umpteenth time. The truth is that he was pushed to the limit by a number of people in different races. Don Tait, William Edwards, Declan Nurse, Nic Ryall and Douglas Edwards were all ahead of Blaine in one race or another but only Douglas managed to steal a race win from the ‘Master’. It was noticeable that 6 out of the top 7 finishers were from Knysna Yacht Club with only Nic Ryall mastering the tricky tidal conditions that favoured the local sailors. Hobie Sailors are notoriously ‘Last minute dot.com’ when it comes to entering a regatta and they gave KYC a few sleepless nights before the regatta waiting to see if there would be sufficient entries. However we had a very encouraging final entry list of 22 boats from all around the country except Durban ! We welcomed Byron Ravenscroft and Mark Gale from East London and happy campers Johnnie (and Lisa) McGillivray from Port Elizabeth. It ticked all the boxes – we managed to get a development sailor on a Hobie Ben Hani (who will be keeping the one WCHCA 14 to sail in Knysna), we had both WCHCA Hobie 14’s sailing thanks to Shannon Du Plessis and as you can see from the photos even had some very good looking camp followers courtesy of Matthew Whitehead. Perhaps the overriding thing of the regatta was the number of gear failures. Most of the South African Hobie 14’s are showing their age having been made in the 70s and 80s and breakage is commonplace. Even Blaine's championship winning 14 was bought new by him in 1980 ! When the only new ‘French’ 14 in the fleet broke a shroud there were no replacement shrouds of a suitable length available as on the French boats the shrouds go to the gunwale not the sidebar. You need to thoroughly overhaul your Hobie at least two weeks before – not in the boat park before the start of the first race. You must forgive me if I have not got all the stories this time – I was very busy trying to keep my mast in an upright position !
Day 1 – Friday 16th of January
The weather forecast did not look promising with gale force winds predicted on Friday and very light winds the rest of the weekend. For once the weather forecast was correct with driving rain and SW winds of up to 48 knots coming through early in the morning. The boat park campers were driven into the Sail Loft or took refuge on William Edwards beautiful new keel boat – moored alongside for the duration of the regatta. Only one boat was blown off a trailer but no damage was done. With high tide at 12.48 it was important to get sailing on the go by 10.30 or so - the winds moderated to around 20 to 25 knots with occasional stronger gusts but fortunately the rain held off. As you can see from the results 12 sailors decided that discretion was the better part of valour for the first race (or they were still fixing their boats in the boat park) and sat the first race out. With conditions moderating for the second and third races this was reduced to 6 sailors who decided that the wind was still too strong for them. Matthew Whitehead had his mast fall down in the first race and then had the indignity of being OCS in the second race. There were a total of 5 masts that came down some more than once. William Edwards had rudder trouble with the boat he had borrowed from Tony Gradwell to replace the famous ‘Eugenie’, and was heard to say that he would never sail a 14 again. There was an excellent braai in the evening at the yacht club.
Day 2 – Saturday 16th of January
With high tide being at 13.45 on the Saturday things didn't look very promising up until just before 12 o'clock - see photos above. Gary Hubach had time to fit some rear view mirrors to his boat – as he said ‘so that he could see what Blaine was doing behind him’ ! A light southerly wind came through which continued to build throughout the afternoon up to a maximum of about 15 knots which made for ideal sailing conditions. Race officer Andrew Finn managed to get in 5 races with only the last couple of races being marred by the reappearance of sandbanks where you had previously sailed over. A sandbank at the end of the start line for races seven and eight made starting interesting to say the least. Nic Ryall had an excellent run with 3,2,3, and a 6th place his day only being marred by a main sheet traveller failing in race 7 when he was lying 3rd behind William and Blaine. Douglas Edwards managed to keep Blaine, his dad and Nic behind him to win race 6 and all the time the Knysna boys - Don Tait, Declan Nurse and Don Brink were quietly going about getting results in the top 10. Blaine and Robberg Sea Fisheries provided a mouth-watering fish braai in the evening.
Day 3 – Sunday 17th of January
KYC treated us to a champagne breakfast in the morning. Jimmy Cairns was able to show off his talents as a piper, piping in breakfast and advertising the Piping Tattoo to be held in Knysna on 28 February. As high tide was now at 14.36 and with a cut-off for racing of 15.00 it was imperative to get in races early. Race officer Andrew moved the course up towards the heads where the sandbanks were at least visable. A 5 knot current sweeping up the channel made starting interesting especially as you had to get over to the sandbank in the middle of the course as quickly as possible to avoid the tide. William Edwards took an early gamble to sail across the sand bank and was rewarded with a second place to Blaine. In the last race the surprise package was an excellent third place by Daniel Lawrence (son of Allan Lawrence - former world Hobie 14 champion) who had taken over Tony Gradwell's 14 after getting totally frustrated with the rudders on the boat that he had borrowed.
The prize giving was so slick that the results and photographs were on Facebook before the prize giving had even finished. Each of the winners was presented with a handmade wooden boat by a local artist. Klaas de Rooy won the prize for the oldest competitor and Nic Ryall the one for the first junior. Byron Ravenscroft for the noisiest sailor !
K YC is to be thanked for a very memorable event - and at the wonderful thing is that they have agreed to host the Hobie 14 nationals again next year should no one put in an opposing bid
Blaine Dodds winner of 2015 South African Hobie 14 nationals
Blaine and William (on left) at the 1979 Hobie 14 Worlds Plettenberg Bay RSA
North American Hobie 18,20 Tiger and Wild Cat Championships cancelled
Before and After
David Brookes, Tuesday, 20 January 2015
The 2015 Hobie 18, 20, and Tiger/Wildcat North Americans have been canceled! This is not another postponement, they are canceled. Plans are being finalized for the following contingencies: Hobie 18 NAC will be combined with the Hobie 17 NAC in Clear Lake, IA June 8 - 12, 2015 Hobie 20 NAC will be combined with the Hobie 16 NAC in Pensacola, FL September 20 - 25, 2015.
This is due to the drought in California.
A new event will will be announced soon.
Hobie Cat Announces Videos Produced by Gary Jobson
2015 Hobe 16 North Americans
Rich McVeigh, Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Oceanside, California – January 20, 2015 - Hobie® sailing - fun, familiar places, new places, old friends, new friends, and memories - of fun times with people who share a love of the class. The International Hobie Class Association, the Hobie Class Association of North America and Hobie Cat® World Wide announce the release of two videos produced by Gary Jobson that document Hobie sailing and the “Hobie Way of Life”. http://www.hobiecat.com/hobie-cat-racing/
“Defining a Hobie Cat sailor is easy. These are passionate sailors who know how to work hard, and play hard. Our film crew was invited to the recent North American Championship to document this enduring class. Sailors from across North America spent five days racing in a wide variety of wind conditions, spending their precious vacation time socializing and racing hard. Many sailors referred to the class as “family.” I find the culture in the class to be uplifting. The veteran sailors were always available to help the less experienced. One sailor remarked, “The stronger the competition, the better the sailor I become.” The list of competitors ranged in age from 15 to 75. The interviews with the sailors tell the story of why so many are attached to the Hobie way of life. The Hobie Cat is a boat that was first introduced in 1968 and continues to provide great racing and great events. We hope our videos inspires many new sailors to join one of the Hobie Classes.” Gary Jobson
Gary Jobson is a former All-American collegiate sailor. He won the America's Cup in 1977, as tactician for Ted Turner. Also a broadcaster/producer, ESPN's Sailing Analyst, lecturer, writer and Editor at Large for Sailing World and Cruising World magazines. Jobson is the pre-eminent ambassador for sailing in the U.S. He is a former President of US Sailing and current Vice President of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). http://www.jobsonsailing.com
The International Hobie Class Association (IHCA) is the governing class association for all the Hobie Classes. The IHCA ensures fairness of racing by having the same class rules for all competitors around the world. The one design class rules allow very limited changes to the boat so the best sailor not the best equipment wins.
Since 1950, Hobie has been in the business of shaping a unique lifestyle based around fun, water, and innovative quality products. From their headquarters in Oceanside, California, Hobie Cat Company manufactures, distributes, and markets an impressive collection of eco-sensitive watercraft worldwide, with subsidiaries; Hobie Cat Australasia, in Huskisson, NSW, Australia and Hobie Cat Europe, in Toulon, France and independent distributors; Hobie Kayak Europe and Hobie Cat Brazil. These products include an ever-expanding line of recreation and racing sailboats, pedal-driven and paddle sit-on-top recreation and fishing kayaks, inflatable kayaks, fishing boats and stand-up paddleboards, plus a complementary array of parts and accessories. http://www.hobiecat.com
Take the unique opportunity to take part at this international Hobie training camp on Lake Garda, Malcesine prior the 2015 Hobie Europeans trained by appointed Hobie coach Lamberto Cesari and Heinz Stickl Operating Manager of Stickl Sportcamp.
Hobie training camp will be organized from 29th March until 1st April 2015
Participants from all countries are very well welcomed
Location: Hobie Stickl Sportcamp in Malcesine (across Campione) on Lake Garda
Coaches: Lamberto Cesari and Heinz Stickl
Getting there: low cost airlines to Verona or Milano/Bergamo and transfers to the Sportcamp
Training on the waters of Campione for the 2015 HOBIE Europeans
Arriving on Saturday 28th March in Hotel Rosa right at the beach next to the Sportcamp
4 days Hotel including half-board
4 days fullday training with Lamberto and Heinz
9 available Hobie 16’s in perfect regatta shape ‘‘ready-to-go’’
Price: min. 670 € - max. 740 € depending on rooms
Reservation: deadline 15.02.2015
Via Gardesana 144 b
2014 Open Danish Hobie Cat 16 Nationals concluded
2014 Open Danish Nationals HC16 SPI winners
DHCA, Monday, 15 September 2014
Svendborg Sunds Sejlklub
This years Danish Nationals were held at picturesque Svendborg Sound. Saturday with lots of sun saw winds blowing 12-16 knots from a northeasterly direction increasing Sunday to 15-20 knots in a more gray weather setting.
A combination of land-effect, current and a shifty breeze provided the competitors quite challenging conditions in both tactics and boat handling.
The Nationals were held in HC16 Classic and HC16 SPI. Eight teams from Germany took the way up and gave the event a bit of interantional glory and not least very qualified competition to the Danes! :-)