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New Hobie 16 World Champion are Crowned
The top 5 from the 20th Hobie 16 Worlds
Today marked the last day of the Hobie 16 World Championships and what a regatta it has been. We have seen all kinds of conditions, challenging the most steadfast sailors and today was no exception.
In what was a somewhat challenging day of stops and starts we saw the winds get up and the boats go out on schedule for the first race of the day. The 12 knot northerly dropped off toward the end of the race but not before we saw a result for Cam Owen and Suzzi Ghent.
The West Australians gave it everything they had and lead wire to wire taking victory followed by Jason Hess and Irene Abascal from Guatemala in second and fellow Aussies Stephen Watt and Arbi Watt from New South Wales picking up third.
The drop in wind put a hold on racing but our sailors enthusiasm was not left wanting and they were back on the water at 2:00 for the second race of the day.
That enthusiasm was evident as Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin from New South Wales, Australia threw themselves at the line taking the lead and holding it all the way to 1st! Narrowly beating Jason’s parents Rod and Kerry Waterhouse also from New South Wales who couldn’t be prouder of Jason and Lisa’s victory. Coming in third were Koreans Byeongki Park and Haekwang Youn.
The real shake up of race 12 though was current China, Hobie World Champion Jerome Le Gal’s Black Flag Disqualification (BFD) placing him 57th for the race and ultimately costing him the title and changing the game for the other competitors in the field.
Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin again took the top spot in what was a fantastic days racing for the pair as winds freshened and the boats got to stretch their legs giving the sailors some pressure for the last race of the day. Second and third were picked up by Tim Shuwalow and Nina Curtis from Sweden and Daniel Bjornholt-Christensen and Lachlan White respectively.
Gavin Colby and Josie Mark gave it their all and placed fourth. Unaware of Jerome Le Gal’s BFD the pair unknowingly sealed up the event to ultimately be crowned our New Hobie 16 World Champions!
Congratulations Gavin and Josie on a fantastic regatta! The Celebrations and Congratulations will continue on into the evening as we finish up an amazing 2 weeks and close out what has been biggest Hobie 16 World Championships! Nice work, all involved!
Hobie 16 World Championships. Semi Finals Day 3. Who will make the top 56?
With six races completed yesterday, the pressure was anything but off this morning, as today, the last day of the semi-finals, was the day to make it count. Tonight the fleet will be cut to the top 56 competitors all vying for glory in the Hobie 16 World Championships finals starting tomorrow.
With sun and temperatures in the high 20’s plus a nor’easter running 10–20 knots, Jervis Bay couldn’t have done much better by our sailors today. Winds got up by around 9:30 and sailors scrambled to get on the water, all vying for the best spots on the starting line in what was set to be a great day of competition.
In the first race of the day, Tim Shuwalow and Nina Curtis from Sweden were first off the line and looking strong but were overtaken at the weather mark by Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin from NSW Australia, taking first place. The Swedes held on to second while Denmark took third with Daniel Bjornholt-Christensen and Lachlan White moving up at the weather mark to secure a top three result.
In race 4B, West Australians Gavin Colby and Josie Mark lead wire to wire, securing the top spot with New Caledonians, Jerome Le Gal and Marco Iazzetta chasing them all the way to take second. Third was picked up by consistent top ten placing, French competitors, Martin Orion and Hilliard Charlotte.
Winds freshened to 15–20 knots in the last two flights of the day making for some pretty exciting racing. West Australians with wind in their sails, Cam Owen and Suzzi Ghent came from behind at the first weather mark to lead the charge all the way to the finish. Tim Shuwalow and Nina Curtis from Sweden moved up from fifth at the first weather mark to take second across the line while New Caledonians, Jerome Le Gal and Marco Iazzetta turned on the charm and moved up from tenth to take third!
In the final flight of the day, 15 knots at the gate and Gusts up to 23 knots at the windward mark made for some pretty shifty conditions in race 5B.
Jason Hess and Irene Abascal from Guatemala battled it out with James Wierzbowski and Pip Pietromonaco from Victoria, Australia for the top spot with the Guatemalans ultimately claiming the victory. James Wierzbowski and Pip Pietromonaco took second seeing a return to the top three for the pair while West Australians, Gavin Colby and Josie Mark took third.
Once again, Jervis Bay did not disappoint and with the help of our sailors, delivered yet another sensational days sailing!
Hobie 16 Open Series Qualifiers Day 3. Who will make the cut?
The event arena was charged this Monday the 10th of February with sailors and spectators alike discussing conditions, sharing tips and talking technique as anticipation filled the air. Today was the day that split the fleet! With all competitors getting their five races, today is the day when all the hard work pays off! It's game time!
The day started out with a good 6-10 knot southerly and smooth water on Jervis Bay. Race officials set a downwind (1GO) course and the boats got out early to take advantage of the mornings conditions getting the first two races off in time for lunch.
In the first race of the day we saw Vaughan Price and Will Mckensie from New South Wales throw themselves at the line and lead all the way through the second weather mark. Victorians Campbell Weddell and Antje Leifheit were hot on their tail, eventually stealing the lead in the last leg to secure the number one spot.
Price and Mckenzie picked up second and West Australians, Murray Woodhead and Deanne Marsh took third.
A drop in wind for the second race of the day saw the 1GO course length shortened slightly before racing was resumed as planned.
West Australians, Phil Smyth and Markson Reedy(AUS) will be grinning ear to ear as they led wire to wire to take out first. Victorians, James Wierzbowski and Pip Pietromonaco will also be smiling, taking second and leaving them in good shape after a sensational qualifying series while after a short stint in second, Chris Boag and Alisanne Green from Victoria took third.
Winds remained consistent for the remainder of the day seeing course lengths shortened slightly across the last two races.
Nothing would stop fist place getters James Wierzbowski and Pip Pietromonaco (AUS) taking inspiration from race 4 and smashing it wire to wire in Race 5A to secure the top spot.
Second place went to familiar faces, the New Caledonians, Enguerrand Thomas and Cyriaque
Thomas (NC) with Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland from New South Wales (AUS) taking out third.
Boats were turned around quickly for the final race of the day seeing Tim Shuwalow and Nina Curtis (SWE), Jerome Binder and Deb Muller from New South Wales (AUS) and Victorians Chris Boag and Alisanne Green (AUS) battle it out for the top spots. It was neck and neck at every marker with the end result coming in as Jerome Binder and Deb Muller (AUS) in first followed by Chris Boag and Alisanne Green (AUS) in second and Tim Shuwalow and Nina Curtis taking out third.
Anticipation is still riding high as overall results are to be kept under-wraps until the cut party tonight when it will be revealed who is going to continue their quest for the championship crown and who will have to be content with watching.
Hobie Womens, Youth and Grand Masters Champions Crowned!
Not one, not two but three Hobie World Champions were crowned in the Hobie® 16 World Championships on Jervis Bay today.
In the Hobie Grand Masters class, it was the Australians Rod and Kerry Waterhouse from New South Wales (AUS) who took the title followed by Blain Dodds and Thorin Zeilmaker (RSA) in second with fellow New South Welshmen Kerli Corlett and Ali Corlett (AUS) taking third.
The Hobie Youth class, top spot went to Daniel Bjornholt and Felix Grech (DEN) with Guy Birchall and Tayla Woodhead (AUS) taking second and fellow Aussies Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland (AUS) coming in third.
Finally in the Hobie Womens class, Bella Zanesco and Jesse Dobie from New South Wales (AUS) were crowned World Champions with fellow Australians, Michelle Bursa and Chelsea Haynes(AUS) and Pip Pietromonaco and Josie Mark (AUS) taking out second and third respectively.
Seven races in total were sailed today and it was definitely no rest for the wicked on this, the final day of the Hobie® Grand Masters, Womens and Youth classes. The Hobie Grand Masters got out first in a 10 - 15 knot nor’easter for what would be the start of a big day on the water.
Hobie Grand Masters Race 3
The Australians cleaned up in race 3 of the Hobie Grand Masters Class with overall series leaders Rod Waterhouse and Kerry Waterhouse from New South Wales, taking out another first place, making for a near perfect run of the regatta. They had fellow New South Welshmen, Kerli Corlett and Ali Corlett hot on their heels taking out second while West Australians, Phil Smyth and Brad Quartermaine picked up a third.
Hobie Grand Masters Race 4
It was Waterhouse again in race 4 with Rod and Kerry picking up another first followed by Hong Kong contenders Yui Shing Tong and Wai Sing Bendy Lee in second and Anthony Duchatel and Evelyn Curtis from New South Wales, Australia snatching third.
Hobie Womens Class Race 5
In the Hobie Womens class, again, the Australians took the top three spots in race 5 with Krystal Weir and Sarah Newman from Victoria taking the top seat while fellow Victorians, Pip Pietromonaco and Josie Mark took second while Bella Zanesco and Jesse Dobie from NSW finished third.
Hobie Womens Class Race 6
Back to back races saw Bella Zanesco and Jesse Dobie from NSW Australia, turn their third place from race 5 into a first with New Caledonians Alizee Angibaud and Alize Lugeux taking second and Michelle Bursa and Chelsea Haynes from Victoria (AUS) in third.
Hobie Youth Class Race 5
Another first for Daniel Bjornholt and Felix Grech from Denmark in what in what has been a senstational series for the Danes. Coming in second were the New Caledonians, Thomas Enguerrand and Thomas Cyriaque with Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland from NSW Australia coming in third.
Hobie Youth Class Race 6
In what was a tight finish West Australians, Guy Birchall and Tayla Woodhead took first place ahead of New Caledonians Sebastien Maron and Titouan Galea in second while fellow New Caledonians Thomas Enguerrand and Thomas Cyriaque picking up third.
Hobie Grand Masters Race 5
With the Hobie Youth and Womens classes having wrapped up their sailing for the day the grand masters returned to the water for their final race of the series. Winds shifted to 18–20 knots just in time for the last race and tested the mettle of our Grand Masters.
Blain Dodds and Thorin Zeilmaker from South Africa and New Zealanders Grant Snowden and Peter Mcdougall battled it out for first place with Dodds bringing it home for the win. The New Zealanders took second with Anthony Duchatel and Evelyn Curtis from New South Wales picking up third.
Awards ceremonies were held this evening and champions crowned as the next wave of competitors arrives to start it all again tomorrow in the first day of the qualifying rounds of the Hobie® 16 Open World Championship.
South Africans take out the Hobie 16 Masters Class Final!
William and Lucinda Edwards
In contrast to the past weeks racing, today turned on overcast skies with light rain, however a freshening SSE of 16-18 knots coming off shore over Vincentia delivered some smooth sailing.
The first race of the day got off to an early start with race officer John (Hoop) Hooper setting the course to 1GO at 0.9 nautical miles and saw Fijian competitors John Philp and Douglas Edwards get to the A mark first. They were passed on the first down wind leg by previous, multiple World Champion Blaine Dodds and daughter Roxanne Dodds from South Africa who continued to hold the lead all the way to the finish.
Philp and Edwards held on to second while West Australians Darren Smith and Kerstin Houk came in third.
All boats were then returned to shore where scoring was tabulated and the top 56 were split from the 88 for the finals and new boat assignments were issued for the final race of the Hobie® 16 Masters Class.
Winds picked up for the final with a consistent 24knots and gusts of up to 35knots continuing from the SSE, the course was again set to 1GO and 0.9 Nautical Miles.
Husband and Wife team William and Lucinda Edwards from South Africa had a brilliant start, putting them in the lead which they held throughout a very taxing race contending with the gusts as well as some fierce competition the rest of the field.
The South Africans were followed closely by Byeongki Park and Haekwang Youn from Korea and New South Wales former champion Mick Butler and Son Patrick Butler picking up third.
After the race, boats returned to shore, rain squalls and gusts of wind up to 35 knots continued for several hours after which, the race committee signalled AP over A flags concluding the days racing and crowning South Africans William and Lucinda Edwards New Hobie® 16 Masters World Champions.
2014 Hobie North American Championships announced
Hobie 17 North American's
North Cape Yacht Club, Michigan
June 15-20, 2014
Hobie 18 Women's and Hobie 16 Trapseat North American's
COSA, BC Canada
June 26-29, 2014
Hobie 14, Wave and Hobie 16 Youth North American's
Sandy Hook Bay Catamaran Club
Atlantic Highlands, NJ
July 10-12, 2014
Hobie 18, 20, Tiger and Wildcat North American's
Huntington Lake, CA
August 4-8, 2014
Hobie 16 North American's
Lewes Yacht Club, Lewes, DE
September 22-26, 2014
2014 Hobie 18, 20, and Tiger/Wildcat North Americans
Hobie North Americans
2014 Hobie 18, 20, and Tiger/Wildcat North Americans
The event is booked and official. The dates are August 4th -8th 2014
The event will take place at Huntington Lake, CA.
Notice of Race will availabe soon but you can book your holidays now.
Hobie MultiEuropeans announced Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain 27th June -5th July 2014
2014 Hobie MultiEuropeans
The next Hobie MultiEuropeans will be at Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain from 27th June until 5th July 2014.
Following classes will be sailing: Hobie Dragoon, Hobie 14, Hobie 16, Hobie Tiger and Hobie Wild Cat.
We are looking very much forward to another fantastic Hobie Europeans and will see you there for some Hobie racing at it's best!
Stay tuned for further announcement in the next few months.