Danish leads Hobie 16 Worlds
Published on November 13th, 2019
Captiva Island, FL (November 13, 2019) – The third day of the semi-final stage at the Hobie 16 Open World Championships got the predicted windy conditions after the promised cold front arrived overnight.
The first race of the day delivered 20-26 knots, and with the tide running against the wind, it created a confused sea state with waves moving across the race course at an odd angle. Rather than surfing waves downwind it was possible to surf waves upwind. The occasional breaking rouge wave kept everyone on their toes.
Following the first race, the winds moderated a bit to 17-20 knots which had a noticeable effect on the sea state as the waves became a lot friendlier. A total of three races were completed for the day with a boat rotation each time. A large shore break kept the beach crews working hard as boats came into the beach each time for the boat exchange.
All sailors now have three races each completed with Nicolaj Bjornholt/Michele Jensen (DEN) in the lead followed by Gav Colby/Worst News (AUS) and Yamil Saba/Gonzalo Cendra (VEN).
There is one more day in semi-final round with 96 teams rotating through the 56 boats. After tomorrow’s competition the fleet will be cut to 56 for the final two days to compete for the title.
The 2019 Hobie 16 World Championships holds multiple titles from November 2 to 16.
Source: International Hobie Class Association