Breeze on at Hobie North Americans
Published on June 21st, 2017
Yankton, South Dakota (June 21, 2017) – The third day of racing at the Hobie 16 and Hobie 20 North American Championships provided a fresh wind direction and some fresh breeze that created smiles for all. Three races were completed in the Hobie 16 fleet and Hobie 20 completed two races.
The first race of the day was 15-20 knots from the south east and ideal Hobie sailing conditions. Latter in the day the breeze moderated to 10-15 knots. While the wind was more stable than the last two days there was still plenty shifts and passing opportunities.
The downwind legs were frequently a gybing duel as sailors tried to stay in the best wind. Upwind legs offered big passing opportunities for those who could find the favorable shifts. Over the course of a single race positioned changed frequently and it was a challenge to consolidate and hold your position. The standings are tightening as everyone has some big numbers on their score card.
In the Hobie 16 fleet, Enrique FIGUEROA/Francesca VALDES (PUR) continue to lead followed closely by Ben BROWN/Casey ASTIZ (USA). In the Hobie 20 fleet, Mark and Kim ZIMMER (USA) continue to lead followed by Jacob SAILOR/Fey REN (USA).
Racing continues through Friday June 23 and breezy conditions are forecast for the next two days.
Source: Rich McVeigh