Four divisions racing at Hobie 16 Worlds
Published on November 7th, 2019
Captiva Island, FL (November 7, 2019) – Today at the 22nd Hobie 16 World Championships, the Hobie 16 Great Grand Masters (65 and older), Hobie 16 Grand Masters (55 and older), Hobie 16 Womens, and Hobie 16 Youth World Championship (under 21) fleets raced for their second day. This segment of the World Championships includes four different divisions rotating in sessions.
The grand masters and youth sail together in two starts and share boats with the great grand masters and women who also compete together but with separate starts.
Racing started today promptly at 9:00 AM for the first session (Youth and Grand Masters divisions). Two races were sailed in easterly winds of 8-10 knots. Following the first two races, the competitors headed to shore for a session change and to swap boats with the Women’s and Great Grand Masters divisions but during this session change the wind gave up for day. After an on-shore postponement the race committee wisely called it a day and allowed everyone some pool time.
In the youth division, Vladimir SOLA DIAS/Marc SELFA (CUB) have put on an impressive performance so far and lead with three firsts and a 5th. They are followed by Patrick BUTLER/Caitlyn EPPS (AUS).
In the Grand Masters division, Rod and Kerry WATERHOUSE (AUS), who won the Hobie 16 Master’s International Cup earlier this week, lead the pack followed by Murray PETERSON/Haylee WILLIAMS (AUS).
In the Great Grand Masters division, Phil SANCHEZ/Susan SATTLER-AUGUSTIN (USA) lead, followed by Mike MONTAGUE/Kathy WARD (USA).
In the Women’s division, Caterina DEGLI UBERTI/Giulia ANCILLOTTI (ITA) lead, followed by Kat PORTER/Sarah ISAAK (USA).
Racing in these four divisions continues through November 8, 2019. The 2019 Hobie 16 World Championships runs until November 16.
Source: International Hobie Class Association