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1 Sep 2015 Young mens experiences at the Hobie 14 North Americans 2015
26 Aug 2015 Rubicon (Jersey) Channel Islands Hobie Cat Championships
25 Aug 2015 2015 Dutch Open Championships
20 Aug 2015 Rubicon (Jersey) Channel Islands Hobie Cat Championships - Preview
18 Aug 2015 Tanzacat update
18 Aug 2015 Lucinda and William Edwards (RSA) winner of Hobie World Cat 2015
14 Aug 2015 Vistra Hobie Asian Championship 2015 Hong Kong
13 Aug 2015 TOTAL Fiji Hobie Challenge last day
12 Aug 2015 Day 4 11th August, Funky Fish to Beachcomber Island, 4th Leg TOTAL Fiji Hobie Challenge
12 Aug 2015 DIGICEL Fiji Hobie Youth Championship Saturday, 8th August, Funky Fish Resort, Malolo Island, Fiji
12 Aug 2015 BSP Oceania Hobie Championship 10th August, 2015. Funky Fish Resort, Malolo Island
6 Aug 2015 FijiHobie252: Days 2&3 TOTAL Fiji Hobie Challenge
5 Aug 2015 North American Hobie 18,20 Championships Day 5
1 Aug 2015 Day 9 of the Hobie MultiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans.
31 Jul 2015 Day 8 of the Hobie MultiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans.
29 Jul 2015 5th Hobie Dragoon World Championships & Day 6 Hobie MultiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans
25 Jul 2015 Hobie 14 Worlds Day 2
19 May 2015 Tanzacat and Zanzibar Raid 18-26 September 2015
10 May 2015 2015 Hobie 14 & 16 Brazilian Championships 31 Oct to 7 Nov
12 Mar 2015 2015/16 Hobie Cat® Australian Championships
17 Feb 2015 2015 Hobie 16 North American Championships
15 Sep 2014 2014 Open Danish Hobie Cat 16 Nationals concluded
 

Young mens experiences at the Hobie 14 North Americans 2015


201 North American Hobie 14 Championships
Photograph:Gordon
Ronald LaPorta - Hobie Division 11, Tuesday, 1 September 2015

As I first step on to the beach, after our 8 hour drive, at the 2015 Hobie 14 North American's, feeling the crisp cool water of lake Ontario on my toe's, thinking this is going to be a grand event, but little did I know it would change my perspective of sailing, on this old boat.  We arrive Thursday evening with just enough time to set up the boats and pop out for a quick sail.  As I sail off the beach I am reminded the importance of a smooth tack and backing up as the sheltered cove was giving off wind shifts.  When I finally make it out to the lake there are four other 14's on the water splitting tacks, and checking speed with each other.  We sail out a little further then down the shore. As we come up the coast we see a ship wreck so being curious Hobie sailors we sail closer to check things out and discover an old barge sunken and used as a break wall to harbor a yacht club. As we travel in to the harbor the wind is still blowing nicely, but the chop has calmed down which gave me a chance to feel the boat and hone in my tacking skills.  Getting close to sunset we exit the harbor to return to the beach and see the iconic Toronto skyline as it begins to illuminate to the east and that makes me feel thankful to be a Hobie sailor.
-George Miscannon – Hobie Division 11

Skippering the original Hobie 14 catamaran was a very humbling experience.  This was my first time on the 14 was at the Hobie North American Championships. The first day was very windy and I had no clue of how to tack the boat, so every tack I did a quick back wind of the sail and learned to tack very quickly that way. The second day provided much lighter wind and made the boat significantly touchier to sail. By the third day the wind was moderate and I finally began to figure it out. After being in the last place of 16 boats the first two days, I finally was able to get a 5th and 7th place in the standings, and was greatfully able to pass my father, which he was very proud of seeing. It was a great first experience to Canada at the Mississauga Sailing Club, I would love to go to a regatta there again! The Hobie 14 is my new favorite boat to sail, hopefully I will have many more chances to sail this humbling boat.

Top 3
1st Dan Borg
2nd Mark Modderman
3rd Nick Liebel

First Youth
Ron LaPorta

First Woman
Amy McNeil

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Rubicon (Jersey) Channel Islands Hobie Cat Championships


Rubicon (Jersey) Channel Islands Hobie Cat Championships
Gordon Burgis, Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Calm conditions greeted the Hobie crews on the first day of the Championships organised by the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club, unfortunately these unusual conditions lasted for most of the day, with no racing taking place for the teams who had been eagerly waiting to launch off the Gunsite beach and sail to the race course in St. Aubins bay.

Sunday's bright and breezy conditions made all the difference providing virtually perfect cat sailing for the three Hobie classes competing in the event, Hobie Tigers and Wildcats, Hobie 16's and the Junior Hobie Dragoons.

Hobie 16 'A' Fleet Class
This class enjoyed the highest turnout and proved to be something of a battle between Gordon Burgis and crew Kenny Snell and Youth team Tom Newman and Bart Wijsmuller. Newman fresh from the recent Hobie Worlds at Lake Garda showed how much he has improved with Wijsmuller on the Hobie 16's this year after graduating from the Junior Dragoons. They were quick off the starting line in every race, gaining a very close first place by no more than 6 inches in length from Burgis and Snell in race two, but it was the veteran team that carried the day with good tactics and boat speed, 3 firsts gave them the coveted Hobie 16 Trophy for the 10th time since its inception in 1991. Newman and Wijsmuller came a well deserved second. Grant Neale and Karen Larose improved in the latter races after mid finishes in the first two, their second and third giving them a third overall by one point over the consistent and experienced South African helm Stuart Mc Cue sailing with rookie crew Sandra Moss placing fourth.

Hobie 16 'B' Fleet Class
There was close racing at the top end of the Fleet between the brother team Russell and Darren Boschat and Harry Smith crewed by David Elgie, both teams were neck and equal on points right up to the last race. The Boschat brothers came out on top after Smith and Elgies early exit from the last race put them in second. Polish sailors Marek Grzadziel and Mike Dudek are fast improving and sailed well considering a lack of experience on Hobie 16's to come third.

Hobie Tiger & Wildcat Combined
Last year's winners Benn Garnham and Jamie Hamilton from Guernsey once again set the pace on their 18ft Hobie Tiger, winning all 4 races in the combined Hobie 18's event. The Sarnian crews teamwork around the boat and fast spi hoists and drops made the difference in the short course fast racing. Darren Stower and Graeme Monks racing Wildcat sailed into the lead at times but couldn't sustain the position and had to settle for a close second. There was also strong competition for third place between Adrian Jesson and Paul Martins Wildcat and Rob Moy and Mick Doleman racing a Tiger, both ended up on an equal 15 points at the end of racing with Jesson and Martin just edging it on countback to take the third spot.

Junior Hobie Dragoon Class
Racing was close and competitive in the Junior Dragoons. Ollie Voak and Megan Newstead dominated the racing with three firsts and a second place cementing a deserving win in the class. The Sister team, Chloe and Elsa Swetenham were mixing it with Voak and Newstead as front runners and performed well after some decent starts to come second. Leo Marshall and Gemma Newman's win in the final race helped them into third place after consistently placing third in the other races.

The Prize Giving presentation was held at the RCIYC on Sunday evening where thanks were given to the Race team, safety boat and mark laying crews, the Beach team also to Rubicon (Jersey) for their valued sponsorship of a highly successful event.

Overall Results:

Hobie 16 'A' Fleet Class (top 6)
1st Gordon Burgis & Kenny Snell
2nd Tom Newman & Bart Wijsmuller
3rd Grant Neale and Karen Larose
4th Stuart Mc Cue & Sandra Moss
5th Aaron Le Cornu & Paul Haylev
6th Luc Richard & Ania Baraniak

Hobie 16 'B' Fleet
1st Russell Boschat & Darren Boschat
2nd Harry Smith & David Elgie
3rd Marek Grzadziel & Mike Dudek

Hobie Tiger & Wildcat Combined
1st Benn Garnham & Jamie Hamilton
2nd Darren Stower & Graeme Monks
3rd Adrian Jesson & Paul Martin
4th Rob Moy & Mick Doleman
5th James Fullerton & Perry Stone

Junior Hobie Dragoons
1st Ollie Voak & Megan Newstead
2nd Chloe & Elsa Swetenham
3rd Leo Marshall & Gemma Newman

1st Hobie 16 Masters
Gordon Burgis and Ken Snell

1st Hobie 16 Women's
Rachael Morris & Sam Flambard

1st Hobie 16 Youth
Tom Newman & Bart Wijsmuller


Rubicon (Jersey) Channel Islands Hobie Cat Championships

Rubicon (Jersey) Channel Islands Hobie Cat Championships

Rubicon (Jersey) Channel Islands Hobie Cat Championships
 

2015 Dutch Open Championships


2015 Dutch Open Dragoon Podium
Klaas van Duin, Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The 2015 Dutch Open Nationals: it was a thrilling event! Beautiful sunny weather, +25 degrees Celsius and nice wind; it was offshore so pretty fluky, ranging from 12 to 20 knots SE. On Sunday wind turned slightly more east and increased to 18 - 28 knots! We sailed 3 races on each Saturday and Sunday (total 6) for Wildcat, FX One, Dragoon and Hobie16. 

In total we had 43 boats, which was an increase after 4 years! 7 WildCat, 2 FXOne, 16 Dragoon and 18 HC16, very glad to see this results.

WildCat was dominated by Ad & Maarten Noordzij (father and son). They won all races for WildCat, having Hans van der Plas/Karel de Mooij from Katwijk in second and Dirk & Willard Schonenberg (also Katwijk) in third.

Hobie FX One showed a repeated battle between Marleen van Nes and Klaas van Duinfor the 3rd consecutive year and (again) Klaas van Duin managed to stay on top. Klaas van Duin won 4 of 5 races, in the other Klaas van Duin capsized over twice in the gusts.

Hobie Dragoon was a delight to see, all the youngsters from 4 major Dutch clubs (Noordwijk, Katwijk, Wassenaar & The Hague) competing with 5 teams from RBSC Oostende (Belgium). Belgian teams were a size to big for the Dutchies, thus Lucas Claeyssens/Cyriak Brems won from Frederic Vandewalle/Morgane de Vos and Nicolas de Vos/Victor Vandenbulcke. A big compliment for Laurent Verbeeke, their coach!

Finally the Hobie 16 bringing some legends to the start. In the last 6 years Rogier Duijndam/Sonja Steenvoorden won all but one Dutch Nationals on Hobie 16 and now had to deal with Thorin Zeilmaker/Nolty Geijssen, the Schuitema brothers and 'good old' Peter Manvis (with Fred Caspers as crew). Saturday Rogier and Thorin traded places with Thorin winning twice and Rogier once. Battle became even more fierce on Sunday with both winning one race each before the sixth and final race. Thorin/Nolty got an OCS and Capsized, but Rogier/Sonja gave it away in the last leg to Peter Manvis, thus leaving Thorin and Nolty with one point less and the new Dutch champs on Hobie 16!

 

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2015 Dutch Open Hobie 16 Podium

2015 Dutch Open WildCat Podium

2015 Dutch Open FX-One Podium

2015 Dutch Open

2015 Dutch Open Thorin and Nolty
 

Rubicon (Jersey) Channel Islands Hobie Cat Championships - Preview


Channel Islands Hobie Cat Championships
Photograph: Elaine Burgis
Gordon Burgis, Thursday, 20 August 2015

Hobie Cats will be out in force this coming weekend for the Rubicon (Jersey) Channel Islands Hobie Cat Championships being held in St. Aubin's bay. This will be the 24th year this major event in the Channel Islands Hobie racing calendar has been held.

All Hobie racing classes will be competing including the largest class, the Hobie 16's, the Powerful Hobie 18 Tigers and Wildcats and the Junior Hobie Dragoons. As well class trophies, there are awards for Youth, Women, and Masters in the Hobie 16 event.

Organised by the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club, racing starts at 9:30am each day. With sailing conditions looking good for the weekend and 6 qualifying races to determine the Champions in each class, the Organising Committee and competitors are looking forward to an excellent and highly active two days of Championship racing. The Hobie 16 'B' Fleet at entry level, has seen good growth in the Island this year and along with entries from Guernsey will help boost entries on the start line where around 30 boats are expected to take part.

There is registration and weigh in for all teams this Friday 21st August at the RCIYC from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Event details and entry form are available from www.rciycjersey.com

The Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club are delighted to welcome new sponsors Rubicon (Jersey) who are supporting this major sailing event in the Channel Islands for the first time.


Channel Islands Hobie Cat Championships
 

Tanzacat update


Tanzacat
David Scott, Tuesday, 18 August 2015

The big day is rapidly approaching and boats are on the water bound for Dar es Salaam. The wind has picked up lately, our seasonal southern monsoon wind, the Kusi, and over the last weekend when the club cat sailors competed for the Mercedes Cup, an annual regatta sponsored by CFAO Motors and Mercedes, gusts of up to 29kn were recorded in the bay. Needless to say there was some sail damage to a number of Tigers!

This hopefully heralds a great period of good winds that will last through to October when the rainy weather will start to set in for the 'short rains' or Vuli in Swahili. You may have noticed that there is a strong El Ninõ developing in the eastern Pacific. what will that bring to our shores. The '97/98 strong El Ninõ event (this year's is predicted to be stronger), brought significant weather aberrations around the world.

Tanzacat promises to be a highly competitive, and highly social, event as always, with some regular international, and a number of new internationals visitors preparing to join us.

Authentic Tanzania are handling all accommodation bookings of those who wish to use their services and discounts have been arranged for both the Dar hotels and the Zanzibar stop over lodges. Don't forget to contact them to make your bookings so numbers can be finalized and your room secured. On Zanzibar we will all stay at the same beach lodge.

Those of our visitors who are bringing non-sailing family along, please let us know numbers and whether they will accompany the spectator boat across to Zanzibar for the Raid, and back. Don't forget to include them in your accommodation request to Emily at Authentic.

A spectator and sponsor boat is also being arranged for the bay racing for those who are not participating but would like to get close to the action and spur on their favorite sailors.

Looking forward to welcoming you all to our sailing paradise. If you can take the weight, and if you remember, bring along 500ml of your local sailing waters for the traditional mixing of the waters at the opening ceremony.

We have had great support from our sponsors and thank them all for their commitment.

Take care and see you all soon.

David Scott
Tanzacat Committee

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Lucinda and William Edwards (RSA) winner of Hobie World Cat 2015


Hobie World Cat 2015
Jens Hannemann, Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Electrifying finale by thousands of spectators on the beach of Westerland on Sylt. As spectacular as the sailing in Germany has so far been rarely seen.
After yesterday doldrums at the Brandenburg beach the organizers of the Sylt Sailing Week were confident to provide the best sailing conditions on the final day. 4-5 beaufort from Northeast, to a billow were offered to visitors who've already come to the first race of the day at the promenade and the beach.

The best 10 teams in the world's best-selling boat class Hobie 16 catamarans were confronted by a real challenge. The race committee had announced 4 races on the last day. At the beginning the German team with the specialist Jens Goritz from an island Föhr next to Sylt and his crew Susanne Gehrmann got their hopes up to win the overall victory but had to bury these during the second race. A mistake at the start, which led to a collision and damaged the rudder, forced the Germans to repair it at the beach. An important top ranking was lost and in the end a very good second place was left.

During every day the Hobie Tiger world champions 2015 Lucinda and William Edwards from South Africa showed the most consistent performance in the slightly smaller Hobie 16 catamarans and won the Hobie World Cat in 2015 convincing with 4 points lead after 11 races sailed.

Daniel Björnholt and Nicolaj Björnholt from Denmark were the best to come to terms with the demanding conditions on the last day. Three day wins and a second place finally brought them a place on the podium. Unfortunately it was not enough for more, because on the previous days the brothers didn’t sail that well with the shifting winds as they were used by themself.

The organizers of Prosail, who conducted a sailing event on Sylt for the 18th time this year and saw the World Cat in its 5th edition, were thrilled by the audience and press response. "This is just unbelievable, so many interested spectators on the regatta on the water. The sailors, with the finish on the beach, have to sail to a dark crowd of people. We are thrilled about this encouragement and especially about the deserved appreciation for our sailors," said Willy Trautmann of Prosail Sail events.

Overall, the Sylt Sailing Week with the German Final Race on the first weekend, the Tourist Open on Monday, the Sansibar Race for Prosail sponsors and finally the Hobie World Cat was one of the most successful sailing events Germany has seen so far. More than 100.000 visitors in 9 days, perfect wind and weather conditions and many very happy Hobie sailors.

“We are looking to 2016 and we will start with our planning now,” says Jens Hannemann, PR Manager & Photograph Prosail Sail Events. “We have so many amazing ideas for the next year that we can not wait to begin and looking forward so much to see all these happy sailors again in Germany!”

Final results after 11 races (2 discards) :

  1. RSA     total 24                        final 16 points
  2. GER     total 35                        final 20 points
  3. DEN     total 36                        final 21 points
  4. AUS     total 57                        final 38 points
  5. NZL      total 52                        final 39 points
  6. FRA     total 54                        final 40 points
  7. NED     total 78                        final 58 points
  8. USA     total 85                        final 67 points
  9. CAN     total 86                        final 68 points
  10. BRA     total 101          final 81 points

RSA: Lucinda & William Edwards

GER: Jens Goritz & Susanne Gehrmann

DEN: Daniel & Nicolaj Björnholt

AUS: Chris Hancock & Nicklas Heide

NZL: Fletcher & Georgia Waren-Myers

FRA: Florian & Nicolas Hublet

NED: Thorin Zeilmaker & Meagan Bursa

USA: Andy & Lisa Dinsdale

CAN: Nicolas & Laurence Liebel

BRA: Joao Filipe Kraemer & Lawsin Beltrame

 

Contact media:
Medien & Marketing - Jens Hannemann
Tel 0172-4530673 - Email: jh@jens-hannemann.de

 

Vistra Hobie Asian Championship 2015 Hong Kong


VISTRA HOBIE ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 HONG KONG
David Brookes, Friday, 14 August 2015

VISTRA HOBIE ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 HONG KONG

Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th October 2015

To Tei Wan, Tai Tam Bay, Hong Kong

Quality charter boats are available from Tong Shing

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Vistra Hobie Asian Championships

Vistra Hobie Asian Championships

Vistra Hobie Asian Championships

Vistra Hobie Asian Championships
 

TOTAL Fiji Hobie Challenge last day


Waiting for wind to build
Deborah Sue, Thursday, 13 August 2015

Day 5 and the last leg of the TOTAL Fiji Hobie Challenge … the Fleet awoke to a magnificent morning and a light southerly wind indicating a probable upwind work all the way home. Between 8am and the 11am start, the wind changed direction six times and the Fleet had difficulty in deciding to set up for an upwind or a downwind run home.

30 minutes before the start and with a four knot breeze swinging through all points of the compass, the Fleet was launched and proceeded to the start line. By 11am, the wind had decided that we were to have a downwind start.

The Fleet eventually got away in a creeping five knots, as everyone juggled for position and clean air. 20 minutes after the start, a slight increase to six knots and the Fleet started to spread out, some going for speed and others opting to run deep. The five lead boats of Murray Peterson, Mike Montague, Epeli Droma, Ray Cox and Graham ‘Fish’ Southwick slowly pulled away from the main body of the Fleet and started to pay attention to each other.

The target for the day was Graham ‘Fish’ Southwick and Inoke, who were holding a nine minute lead going into the last day. With the light winds, nine minutes looked a possible goal and the other boats did their best to make inroads into Fish’s lead. Unfortunately for them, the wind continued to build and Fish and Mike found themselves on the right side of the course, thus increasing the distance between the rest.

As the wind increased to a steady 12 Knots, Fish pulled further and further away from skippers Mike and Epeli Droma, eventually widening his lead to 12 minutes ahead of the boat running overall 2nd to finish comfortably in front of the Fleet. Third overall place went to Mike Montague and Heather Mathews, followed by Ray Cox & Eminoni in 4th and Murray Peterson & Kathy Peterson in 5th place.

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Day 4 11th August, Funky Fish to Beachcomber Island, 4th Leg TOTAL Fiji Hobie Challenge


4th Leg TOTAL Fiji Hobie Challenge
Deborah Sue, Wednesday, 12 August 2015


The fourth leg of the TOTAL Fiji Hobie Challenge from Funky Fish to Beachcomber Island got away to a flying start for what was supposed to be a two and half hour downwind leg.

Instead of that, we were confronted with a good 18 Knots at 9am and the race developed into a 50 minute screaming reach which was much enjoyed by all. The Fleet arrived at Beachcomber Island well ahead of schedule, well before lunch, to leisurely check-in for an afternoon relaxing on the beach and at the rum bar.

Fiji Team, Epeli & Saimoni, arrived just before Fish (Graham Southwick) and Inoke, who had Mike Montague & Heather Mathews  (Team USA) and Murray Peterson & Kathy Ward (Team Australia/USA) on their tail.

A bit of reef dodging on the way saw the back end of the Fleet play catch up, but Fish & Inoke current leaders of the Challenge managed to maintain the 9 minute on the current second place team of Epeli & Saimoni (Fiji), who in turn held their position 2 minutes ahead of Ray & Eminoni (Team Australia/Fiji).

The wind seems to be abating this morning and is currently down to a beautiful 8 Knots and cloudless sky as everyone prepares to enjoy a normal western Fiji day.  Today is the last lay day, before the final leg to Smugglers Cove in Nadi tomorrow, a day of fishing, snorkelling and relaxing for everybody.

 

 

DIGICEL Fiji Hobie Youth Championship Saturday, 8th August, Funky Fish Resort, Malolo Island, Fiji


DIGICEL Fiji Hobie Youth Championship Saturday, 8th August, Funky Fish Resort, Malolo Island, Fiji
David Brookes, Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The one day Digicel Fiji Hobie Youth Championship was sailed of the waters of Funky Fish Resort in the Mananuca Group. This was a day for the junior skippers and crew to pit their skills against each other as the senior sailors sat sipping rums overlooking the race course.

A brisk 18 Knots marked the four races but being flat waters behind the reef, the young fleet revelled in the contest, and there was tight racing throughout. The series was dominated by

 1st place Tony Tuicaucau and his crew, Maika; with three bullets and a 2nd.

2nd place Tome Taku and Joseva  

3rd place Ledua Cakacaka and Arthur Bun.

An event enjoyed by all and with good prospects for future competitive sailors.

 

BSP Oceania Hobie Championship 10th August, 2015. Funky Fish Resort, Malolo Island


Race Start
Deborah Sue, Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Day 3 of the Championship had three races scheduled and the Fleet got away to an early start in 18 knots and flat water, behind the reef.

Team USA (Mike Montague and Heather Mathews) dominated the day with a 1st, 2nd and a 1st, and kept Murray Peterson (Australia) and Kathy Ward (USA) at arms length and the young Fijian team, Epeli Droma and Saimoni Naura, sailing strongly.

Day 4, the final two races were held in the morning ahead of the strengthening winds. Again, Team USA managed to hold off a strong challenge from Team Australia/USA and the series ended with:

1st place Team USA (Mike & Heather) victorious after 12 races and 2 drops.

2nd place Team Australia/USA (Murray& Kathy)

3rd place Team Fiji  (Epeli & Saimoni)

 

 

FijiHobie252: Days 2&3 TOTAL Fiji Hobie Challenge


TOTAL Fiji Hobie Challenge
Deborah Sue, Thursday, 6 August 2015

Day 2 TOTAL Fiji Hobie Challenge, Wednesday 5th August, 2015
Beachcomber – Navini – Daydream Island Triangle
Day 2 commenced with a early morning flat calm which turned into 25-28 Knots by 10am, the scheduled start time.
 With a four-five foot shore-break onto the beach, there was lots of excitement before the race. The course was set with an eight mile downwind leg followed by a seven mile reach and eight mile work home.
 Best laid plans and all that, the Fleet got away on the downwind leg with 25 knots on its tail and made short work of the first leg and turning the corner around Navini Island into the seven mile reach. All went according to plan until one hundred metres before the second turning mark: when within 50 metres, the wind dropped from 25 to ZERO!!!
 The Fleet proceeded to flap around in circles, going nowhere for 10 minutes before the faintest breeze fell upon Fish, Lockie and Ray who managed to drift towards the turning mark and change angle and make off at a steady one knot.
 For the next 40 minutes, the entire Fleet flapped and flopped and chopped wood, spreading out over a large area and all pointing in different directions.
 All of a sudden, without warning, a north-easterly arrived and within minutes we had 25 knots on the nose. The eastern most boats (Lockie, Tony and Fish), caught the breeze a couple of minutes earlier than the rest of the Fleet and streaked to the line, finishing in that order.
 By the end of the day, the order was Lockie ahead of Tony by about 2 minutes, followed by Fish a couple of minutes later, and then Ray, Epeli, Mike (USA), Muzz (Australia), Rusi (Fiji), Katie (Australia), Meto (Fiji), Stephen (Ireland), Deborah (Fiji), David (NZ) and Brian (UK).
 
 
Day 3 – TOTAL Fiji Hobie Challenge, Thursday 6th August, 2015.
Beachcomber to Funky Fish Resort, Malolo Island.
 Day 3 was an action replay with off the beach dramas as the morning started with a stiff 25 knots and building. What was intended to be a leisurely 15 mile downhill run to Funky Fish Resort on Malolo Island turned out to be a frantic dash in 28 knots and big swell. The Fleet arrived at entrance to Malolo Island Passage in about 45 mins and turned the corner expecting to be out of the wind at last for the seven mile run to Funky Fish, only to find the wind the following us around the corner and converting to gusts and bullets all the way to Funky Fish.
 With 28-30 Knots rolling over the island, the gusts and bullets to take their toll and seven boats went swimming, except Mike (USA), Lockie (Australia) and Fish (Fiji).
 There was much excitement on the finish boat as two boats nose dived 100 metres from Finish, allowing Lockie and Fish to slip through in first and second, and the following four boats also managed to entertain the guests on the finish boat with spectacular last minute roll-overs approaching the Finish Line.
 A pretty short but frantic two hours, and all glad to be at Funky Fish for hot showers and rums! Licking the wounds tonight and looking forward to the BSP Oceania Championship Course Racing tomorrow.


TOTAL Fiji Hobie Challenge

TOTAL Fiji Hobie Challenge

TOTAL Fiji Hobie Challenge

TOTAL Fiji Hobie Challenge

TOTAL Fiji Hobie Challenge

TOTAL Fiji Hobie Challenge
 

North American Hobie 18,20 Championships Day 5


2015 18/20 Hobie North American Championships
Photograph:Studio 101 West Commercial Photography's photos
Jim Doty, Wednesday, 5 August 2015
Day 1
 
Four races were sailed today in some very breezy conditions off of beautiful Avila Beach with winds averaging 20 to 25 with gusts to around 30 kts.   A very short course was set to try to keep A mark out of the extremely strong and gusty winds off the west point of the bay.  Leaders were finishing course 2s in about 13 minutes. 
 
In the Hobie 18 Peter Nelson and Laura Sullivan are leading the pack, followed by Ken Marshack and Valerie Pioszak, and the father-daughter team of Pat and Kat Porter.
 
In the Hobie 20 Fleet, John Holmberg and Terri McKenna lead, followed by George Pedrick and Gene Harris, and Mickey Howser and Fei Ren
 
Day 2

After a delay waiting for the wind to arrive, the wind arrived and made up for delay.  The racing stated at 15 knots and quickly built to 20+ knots. The race committee moved the course closer to shore as the wind increased. Our races were held giving a total of eight races sailed.

Day 3
The sailors spent almost the whole day waiting for the wind to fill in and when it did, it filled in with a vengeance.  The race committee called the competitors off the beach around 2 PM.  On the beach there was almost no wind.  A mile and a half away at the committee boat the wind built from less than five knots to 30 gusting to 35 in about 30 minutes.  Large swells with wind blown chop on top proved very challenging for the brave souls who chose to race.  Only one race was completed with many top sailors going for a swim.  Some equipment failures also occurred but fortunately all sailors returned to shore safely with only one minor injury noted.

Day 4
Thursday saw something different at Avila Beach, wind with holes in it of less than double trap velocity!  Conditions oscillated from blowing 24 to less than 8, then back to 20 plus.  The wind completely died just as the 18s finished their last race and the competitors were barely able to float their way back to the beach.

The H20s got in three races on Thursday and the 18s got in four.  The first race started just as the wind filled in to 15 gusting to 20.  Unlike previous days, though, today's wind had holes in it that required the racers to be more tactically aware of the entire race course.  Sometimes the hole was on the left, sometimes the right.  These new conditions did not seem to bother those at the top of the fleets much though.  In the H18 class, Ken Marshack and Valerie Pioszak continue to lead, followed by Peter Nelson and Laura Sullivan, and then Pat and Kat Porter.  In the H20 fleet, John Holmberg and Terri McKenna continue to lead, followed by Scott and Kathy Erwin.  George Pedrick and Gene Harris have moved into third.
 
Day 5
Hobie 18s raced 16 races; Hobie 20s raced 15. We had a range of conditions, from 18 knots on Monday to gusts of 27kts on Wednesday to a light 5-6 knots on Friday, but  were able to get in at least one race on all five days

There are some excellent action shots from Studio 101 West Commercial Photography's

Hobie 18

1 Ken Marshack/Valerie Pioszak

2 Peter Nelson/Laura Sullivan

3 Pat Porter/ Kat Porter

 

Hobie 20

1 John Homberg/Teri Mckenna

2 George Pedrick/ Gene Harris

3 Scott Erwin/Kathy Erwin

 

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2015 Hobie 18 & 20 NA

2015 18/20 Hobie North American Championships

Hobie 18 and 20 North Americans

Hobie 18 and 20 North Americans
 

Day 9 of the Hobie MultiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans.


2015 Hobie MultiWorlds
David Brookes, Saturday, 1 August 2015

Again the day started promising with a solid wind from the north. By the time the sailors from the WildCat and Tigers got to the start the race committee decided to delay and then send the sailors ashore. For the Hobie 16 Gold and Silver Course they race committee got one race in on a dying breeze.

In the afternoon south breeze arrived to produce some excellent races for all the sailors.

In the WildCat it was another good day fro Mitch and Ruben Booth. Mitch said if yesterday was Champaign then today was Dom Prion. The racing was the best, 13-17 knots, flattish water and a few wind shifts. Ruben ‘dad is fun to sail with and I have learnt a lot. I can’t wait to skipper and race against him. 

The Tigers on the same course it as Blaine Dodds birthday and he celebrated with a good day on the water. Blaine commented ‘we caught up a lot of points today with William so we are really looking forward to tomorrow.

On the Hobie 16 Gold Fleet Cedric and Laurent Bader FRA sailed another consistent day. Cedric, commented that ‘we sailed consistently but we didn’t watch Daniel Bjornholt DEN who is our closest competitor.’

The Hobie 16 Silver fleet Rich and Carol McVeigh sailed another consistent day. Rich was happier in the heavier wind, ‘we enjoy the stronger wind and just enjoying the competition’.

Tomorrow is the last day of the competition and titles will be decided on the water. 

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Day 8 of the Hobie MultiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans.


Day 8 MultiWorlds and Europeans
David Brookes, Friday, 31 July 2015

The morning started promising with the wind from the North at about 6-9 knots. Unfortunately the wind dropped before the Hobie 16 could finish and the race committee shortened the race for the Hobie Tiger and Wild Cat.

For the Wild Cat Mitch and Ruben Booth had a run away win with Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland AUS second.

On the Tiger course Joe Bennett and Marko Reynolds GBR won the race but series leader William and Douglas Edwards finished fifth which was enough to keep the lead.

After a short lunch break the wind moved to the south and filled in.

On the Wild Cat course Mitch and Rubens Booth had an excellent day on the water with another three first places. Mitch said ‘that was champagne sailing, 12-15 knots, flattish water and a few wind shifts to make it exciting. It doesn’t get better than this.’ Rubens Booth ‘it is fun sailing with dad and I am learning a lot. It was a great day’ . Clement Peduzzi and Maxime Blondeau FRA moved up the leader board. They both echoed ‘that was a lot of fun’

On the Tiger course it was a mixed day for the defending world champions Robbie Lovig and Andy Dinsdale. They were called for breaking the start and returned. Unfortunately they didn’t see the ‘I’ flag which requires boat when the return to the start them must go around an end. So they were scored an On Course Side penalty. On the other two races they scored two second places. Robbie was disappointed ‘we are sailing well just making silly mistakes. Because we don’t live near each other we don’t have much time to practice as a team. I feel we are getting our team work together’. Series leaders William and Douglas Edwards sailed constantly to maintain their lead. William said ‘we were consistent and not taking the risks.

The Hobie 16 Gold Fleet Daniel Bjornholt DEN current Hobie 16 Youth World Champion lost his lead to Cedric Badder. Cedric  commented ‘the racing was great with a few windshifts making it fun to catch up if you are behind a bit. No side was favoured so we had to concentrate.’ The results will be much closer after the 9th race which allows a second drop race.

On the Hobie 16 Silver Fleet Rich and Carol McVeigh USA won all four races. They clearly showed they prefer the stronger winds that unfortunately weren’t there for the qualifying series.

 

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5th Hobie Dragoon World Championships & Day 6 Hobie MultiWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans


Lou and Swan Berthomieu 5th Hobie Dragoon WORLD CHAMPIONS
David Brookes, Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Day 6 of the Hobie MutliWorlds and Hobie 16 Europeans was the last day for the Hobie Dragoon World Champions. The last day for the Hobie 16 qualifiers and Hobie 16 Youth with Spinnakers to qualifier for the Hobie 16 Gold fleet. Sailors from each European country Hobie class have already had their top sailors qualify in their own country.

The sailors in Hobie 16 Gold Fleet will have a new sail provided by Hobie Cat Europe to race. Silver fleet will also continue racing with their own sails in a separate fleet.

In the morning the race committee sent the sailors out. Unfortunately storms to the north caused an unstable wind pattern. The race committee sent the sailors back to shore for lunch while the wind increased and stabilised.

After a break onshore the sailors headed back out to the race course in a 5-8 knot southerly breeze.

5th Dragoon World Championships had two races today. The Swetenham sisters from Jersey Island had a successful day with two 2nd places. They echoed on the beach ‘we started the worlds well, had a bad middle section and came back at the end. We are so excited and pleased to sail so well. ‘

Nothing could stop Lou and Swan Berthomieu FRA with their  consistency from winning the world championships. Going into the last day with a five point lead she did more than enough to secure the world championships. The young sister sailed consistently during the World Championships. They were so excited to win the 5th Hobie World Championships. Lou said ‘this is Swan’s first regatta and we won the Hobie Dragoon World Championships.  Swan, was equally excited ‘we won the worlds at our first time together’.  After speaking to these two young talented sailors it is very clear the have a very long and exciting time in sailing. They remained very calm during the sailing and also after the racing. The sport of Hobie Cat sailing has a long way to do with all these young sailors who are as professional both an off the water.

The Hobie 16 Youth with Spinnaker Nicklas Heide and Martin Holm from Denmark won with a 17 point advantage over Alessandro Cesarini from Italy. The top 4 all progress to the Gold Fleet.

The top Hobie 16 sailors from the qualifier will move into the Gold Fleet and race with sailors prequalified from their own country. There was a series of recalls on the Hobie 16 fleet . Didier Arnould, and Vitrac Mateata from Tahiti won the qualifiers, All will start their points from zero again tomorrow.

The Hobie Wild Cats and Hobie Tigers start their World Championships. With sailors from around the world turning their skills in these two classes. 

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Lou and Swan Berthomieu 5th Hobie Dragoon WORLD CHAMPIONS
 

Hobie 14 Worlds Day 2

David Brookes, Saturday, 25 July 2015

Two races have been held today at the 15th Hobie 14 World Championships at Gargnano, Lago Di Garda Italy.

The sailors awoke to a thunderstorm and lightning show. With the northerly wind pushing the storm away. That also bought a relief to the high temperatures.

The first race of the day (race 4 of the series) was started in a gusty 12-17 knots of breeze. Stefan Griesmeyer from Italy won the race with Fletcher Warren-Myers from New Zealand a close second. With championship leader Blaine Dodds from South Africa in 9th place after touching another boat and having to a penalty turn.

In the second race of the day Fletcher Warren-Myers won the race. With Blaine Dodds in second and former Hobie 14 World Champion Thorin Zeilmaker from the Netherlands in third.

The race committee postponed the racing allowing the southerly wind to arrive.

With the new breeze the Australian ladies showed the way.  Georgia Warren-Myers was first followed by Mia Hordern was second. Blaine Dodds (first male) was third to keep is overall championships lead.

In the seventh race of the series Georgia Warren-Myers lead from start to finish to make a wonderful sailing day for the Warren-Myers. The Warren-Myers won 3 out of the four races sailed today. Fletcher Warren-Myers said he had some luck in the race.’I fouled a boat and had to a penalty turn. As I did my turns the other tacked off and I found a windshift and gained all the paces I lost doing the penalty turn’

Blaine Dodds, ‘I had  bad start and then whatever I did I couldn’t get back into the race leaders’.

 

 

Tanzacat and Zanzibar Raid 18-26 September 2015


Tanzacat
Event, Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Tanzacat is a unique mix of competitive sailing and holiday fun in the warm tropical waters of Tanzania.

Tanzacat combines two events into one.  The Tanzacat Open is a race series around the bouys that is held over two weekends within Msasani Bay out of the Dar es Salaam Yacht Club. The Zanzibar Raid is a shortest elapsed time race from mainland Tanzania to Zanzibar and back over 4 days that visits tropical islands and sandbanks. Over the combined 8 days of sailing Tanzacat provides an amazing sailing experience that mixes the old with the new and fun with competition.

The objective of Tanzacat is to have serious fun, build friendships and share our little cat sailing treasure with the rest of the World.

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2015 Hobie 14 & 16 Brazilian Championships 31 Oct to 7 Nov


Brazilian Hobie action
David Brookes, Sunday, 10 May 2015

Racing is from Pier Turistico de Porto Belo Santa Catarina

Porto Belo is located in the Southern part of Brazil in the state of Santa Catarina. With well known excellent sailing conditions and tourist facilities the Brazilan Hobie class have chosen an great location for their Hobie National Championships.

Book between 1st May to 30th August to receive the maximum entry discount.

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2015/16 Hobie Cat® Australian Championships


2015/16 Hobie Cat Australian Championships
David Brookes, Thursday, 12 March 2015

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.
 

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2015/16 Hobie Cat Australian Championships Salamander Bay

2015/16 Hobie Cat Australian Championships Salamander Bay
 

2015 Hobie 16 North American Championships


2015 North American Hobie 16 Championship
David Brookes, Tuesday, 17 February 2015

September 20 to 25 at Pensacola Yacht Club

2015 Hobie 16 North American Championships September 20 to 25 at Pensacola Yacht Club.

Registration
19th September 14:00 to 17:00
20th September 10:00 to 17:00
21st September 08:00 to 09:00

Practice races
Tentative PM 20th September

Racing
21st to 23rd September
Round Robin (four groups, two starts per race)
24th to 25th September
Gold and Silver Fleet racing

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2014 Open Danish Hobie Cat 16 Nationals concluded


2014 Open Danish Nationals HC16 SPI winners
DHCA, Monday, 15 September 2014

Svendborg Sunds Sejlklub 13-14 September

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! :-)

Hobie Cat 16 Classic winners:
1. Christoph Beinlich / Felicitas Franke (GER)
2. Jens Reimers / Nina Reimers (GER)
3. Thorben Wolkowski / Neele  Wolkowski (GER)

Hobie Cat 16 SPI winners:
1. Daniel Bjørnholt / Josephine Frederiksen (DEN)
2. Nicolaj Bjørnholt / Nicklas Heide (DEN)
3. Kerstin Wichardt / Sarah Schütte (GER)

Hobie Cat 16 SPI - Danish Sailing medal winners:
Gold: Daniel Bjørnholt / Josephine Frederiksen 
Silver: Nicolaj Bjørnholt / Nicklas Heide 
Bronze: Benjamin Böhme / Martin Schwensen

Hobie Cat "Action" trophy winners:
Petra Jørs / Emilie Arntoft (DEN)

Please find full results and pics below.

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2014 Open Danish Nationals HC16 Classic wiiners

2014 Open Danish Nationals HC16 SPI - Danish Sailing medal winners

2014 Open Danish Nationals HC16 - "Hobie Action Trophy" winners