Consistency at Hobie 16 Worlds
Published on November 8th, 2019
Captiva Island, FL (November 8, 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 completed their competition.
This segment of the World Championships included four different divisions rotating in sessions. The grand masters and youth sailed together in two starts and shared boats with the great grand masters and women who also competed together but with separate starts.
After an on-shore postponement while the race committee waited for the wind to fill in, two races were completed for the final day of sailing for these four divisions. The Great Grand Masters and Women’s divisions competed in the final two races. Racing got underway in seven knots of wind from the north-north west.
In the Great Grand Masters division, today was a battle of UFD’s as several of the leaders were scored UFD. Mike MONTAGUE/Kathy WARD (USA) won this division followed by Wally MYERS/Diane BISESI (USA).
In the Women’s division, Pamela NORIEGA NEGRETE/Katia REAL LÓPEZ (MEX) won both races today but Annie GARDNER/Sarah KRAFT (USA) maintained a consistent performance to hold onto the lead and win the women’s division.
In the youth division, Vladimir SOLA DIAS/Marc SELFA (CUB) held onto the lead followed by Patrick BUTLER/Caitlyn EPPS (AUS).
The Grand Masters division was dominated by the Australians, Rod and Kerry WATERHOUSE (AUS) finish first followed by Murray PETERSON/Halyee WILLIAMS (AUS).
Next up is on-site qualifying for the Open World Championships. The Open portion of the world championships requires qualification to enter. There are two ways to qualify, sailors either earn a slot from their home country or enter the on-site qualifier. The on-site qualifier is two days and following the conclusion of qualifying at least 15 teams will advance into the Open World Championships.
The 2019 Hobie 16 World Championships runs until November 16.
Source: International Hobie Class Association