Hobie Champions Crowned!

March 05, 2014

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Hobie Worlds Youth Class

The Hobie Youth class, top spot went to Daniel Bjornholt (DEN ) and Felix Grech (AUS) with Guy Birchall and Tayla Woodhead (AUS) taking second and fellow Aussies Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland (AUS) coming in third.

60 New Hobie 16 Catamarans were located on the idyllic race location of Huskisson Beach, Jervis Bay, NSW. All built locally at Hobie Australasia and with the Australian production team and the US contingent on hand to help with the set up process.

The teams flew in from the far reaches of the globe with almost half the field made up by international competitors.

The weather turned it on with a great variety of conditions with some great days a NE blowing 18–20 + knots just made for excitement on the water.

All came together for what was the largest Hobie 16 Worlds in history.

  
Hobie Youth Class Race
The Hobie Youth class was first to start followed by the Women class in the start sequence, both sailing on the same 1GO course with the windward mark set at 0.8 nautical miles from the start boat. The winds started out at 6-8 knots however after a major wind shift, the race committee decided to abandon the race, re-set the course and restart the race. When the winds settled it gave sailors perfect sailing conditions with the wind filling in with a 10-15 knots breeze from the SSE direction.


Hobie Youth Class Race 1 & 2
In race one the Hobie Youth class were away in an all clear start with Guy Birchall and Tayla Woodhead from Australia taking the lead to the first weather mark only to be passes on the way down to the gates by Daniel Bjornholt and Felix Grech from Sweden. Daniel Bjornholt and Felix Grech from Sweden held onto the lead until the finish with Australians, Guy Birchall and Tayla Woodhead taking second and Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland also from Australia coming in third.

Race number two for the Hobie youth saw Daniel Bjornholt and Felix Grech from Denmark lead wire to wire to take first place followed by Thomas Dupont and Lauren Hautier from New Caledonia with Australians Paul Darmanin Lucy Copeland taking out third.

Daniel Bjornholt  Denmark and Felix Grech from Australia made an impressive start winning races 1 & 2 of the Youth series.

Hobie Youth Class Race 3 & 4
Series leaders Daniel Bjornholt and Felix Grech from came from behind out of the start line securing the lead at the weather mark and taking it all the way home in race 3. Second place went to Australians, Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland from New South Wales, who were followed by New Caledonians Thomas Enguerrand and Thomas Cyriaque for a place in the top 3.

It was double trouble in race 4 with the series leaders brother, Nicolaj Bjornholt from Denmark skippering to victory while crew, Trine Bentzen took care of the steering. The pair were fast off the line and lead wire to wire followed by West Australians, Guy Birchall and Tayla Woodhead. Daniel Bjornholt and Felix Grech overall series leaders came in to take out third.

Hobie Youth Class Race 5

Another first for Daniel Bjornholt and Felix Grech from Denmark in what in what has been a senstational series for the Danes. ( Felix now adopted by Denmark?)  Coming in second were the New Caledonians, Thomas Enguerrand and Thomas Cyriaque with Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland from NSW Australia coming in third.

Hobie Youth Class Race 6

In what was a tight finish West Australians, Guy Birchall and Tayla Woodhead took first place ahead of New Caledonians Sebastien Maron and Titouan Galea in second while fellow New Caledonians Thomas Enguerrand and Thomas Cyriaque picking up third. Series leaders Daniel Bjornholt and Felix Grech securing a 5th as a drop to win on points overall.


Hobie Womens, Youth and Grand Masters Champions Crowned!

Regatta Report of the 2014 Hobie® 16 World Championships.

Not one, not two but three Hobie World Champions were crowned in the Hobie® 16 World Championships on Jervis Bay.

In the Hobie Grand Masters class, it was the Australians Rod and Kerry Waterhouse from New South Wales (AUS) who took the title followed by Blain Dodds and Thorin Zeilmaker (RSA) in second with fellow New South Welshmen Kerli Corlett and Ali Corlett (AUS) taking third.

The Hobie Youth class, top spot went to Daniel Bjornholt (DEN ) and Felix Grech (AUS) with Guy Birchall and Tayla Woodhead (AUS) taking second and fellow Aussies Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland (AUS) coming in third.

Finally in the Hobie Womens class, Bella Zanesco and Jesse Dobie from New South Wales (AUS) were crowned World Champions with fellow Australians, Michelle Bursa and Chelsea Haynes(AUS) and Pip Pietromonaco and Josie Mark (AUS) taking out second and third respectively.

It was definitely no rest for the wicked on the final day of the Hobie® Grand Masters, Womens and Youth classes. The Hobie fleet got out first in a 10 - 15 knot nor’easter for what turn out be the start of a big day on the water.

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