Jason Hess and Irene Abascal win Hobie 16 North Americans
Published on September 25th, 2015
Pensacola, FL (September 25, 2015) – Racing continued on Pensacola Bay for the fifth and final day of the Hobie 16 North American championships. The weather pattern that has controlled the region all week continued, with winds at 6-9 knots. Three additional races were completed.
In the gold fleet Jason Hess/Irene Abascal (GUA) successfully defended their title as North American Champions with a win in 2014 and 2015. Jason and Irene were also the gold medalists at the 2015 Pan AM games in the Hobie 16 class. Past North American champions Francisco Figueroa/Jolliam Berrios (PUR) finished in second, followed by 2015 Pan Am games silver medalists Mark Modderman/Grace Modderman (USA) in third.
In the silver fleet, Adam Atherton/Diane Bisesi (USA) finished first followed by Kat Porter/Caitlyn Froeb (USA) and Jim Sadjek/Tina Pastoor (USA).
The Hobie class is growing, with this event as the largest Hobie 16 North American Championship since 1999.
Event website: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/10102
Report by Rich McVeigh.