Dear Hobie Sailor,
We have some big sailing events recently. The Hobie 16 North American Championships in Ventura which had 36 brand new Hobie 16ís supplied for the competitors by Hobie Cat Company. Well done to the womenís winners Annie Nelson and Kathy Kulkowski also new youth champion Jason Alexander Hess Castillo and crew Charles Hess who won 10 straight races to drop a first place. Congratulations to Enrique and Carla Figueroa for an outstanding performance in winning the Open. This is turning out to be a Figueroa year with Enrique winning the Hobie Tiger Worlds in March.  For those of us not able to attend the North American Championships, Ed Muns did a great job giving us live reporting from the committee boat to the web site. Edís insight made us feel if we were really there and part of the action. If you wish to read the reports just click here
Half way around the world we had the ISAF Youth Worlds in Korea. There we had the future champions of our Class sailing in some difficult conditions.  The racing in Korea was extremely close with the top five sailors never separated by a few points. Some of these young champions will be in South Africa for the Chevrolet Hobie 16 Worlds. With these young sailors attending they will surely give some of the older sailors a big scare on the race track. The young sailor with the frequent flyer miles must be Juani Maegli from Guatemala. After finishing 4th at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Korea, Juani headed for the North American Championships were he finished 2nd.  A truly wonderful effort from a future champion.
In August we have some big racing happening in Europe with Europeans Hobie 14, Hobie Tiger, Hobie FX-One,  Hobie Fox 's Gravenzande, The Netherlands from 2nd-5th August, Check out the web site for all the information web site
From there the sailing moves to:
Hobie 16 Spinnaker Youth European Championship
Hobie 16 Master / Woman European Championship
∑        Aug 13th and 14th 2005
Hobie Dragoon European Championship
∑        Aug 13th until 16th 2005
Hobie 16 European Championship
∑        Aug 15th until 19th
Follow all the action at the Web site
For the sailors that have competed in these events, congratulations on competing in one the worlds most popular sailing classes. For those about to compete we all wish you success.
With the Chevrolet Hobie 16 Worlds just over 80 days away there is a good entry list with the Grand Masters and Masters entries now closed. There was warning in the last newsletter that the entries in these classes were filling and only a few spots were left. The lucky few have now taken those remaining spots and the entries are now closed for the Grand Masters and Masters. To see the complete entry list click here For those of you wanting to enjoy an African holiday after the worlds donít forget to look at www.hobieworlds.com for your complete worlds package.
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