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 Post subject: Re: Hobie 16 Worlds.
PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:03 pm 
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http://hobieworlds.com/hobie16-worlds/videos

Pics are great! But the vids are really lacking! I want to see some sailing footage! High wind carnage!!! Action!!!!!!!! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie 16 Worlds.
PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:08 pm 
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Hobie Cat® Press Release: South Africans take out the Hobie® 16 Masters Class Final!
South Africans take out the Hobie® 16 Masters Class Final!

In contrast to the past weeks racing, today turned on overcast skies with light rain, however a freshening SSE of 16-18 knots coming off shore over Vincentia delivered some smooth sailing.

The first race of the day got off to an early start with race officer John (Hoop) Hooper setting the course to 1GO at 0.9 nautical miles and saw Fijian competitors John Philp and Douglas Edwards get to the A mark first. They were passed on the first down wind leg by previous, multiple World Champion Blaine Dodds and daughter Roxanne Dodds from South Africa who continued to hold the lead all the way to the finish.

Philp and Edwards held on to second while West Australians Darren Smith and Kerstin Houk came in third.

All boats were then returned to shore where scoring was tabulated and the top 56 were split from the 88 for the finals and new boat assignments were issued for the final race of the Hobie 16 Masters Class.

Winds picked up for the final blowing a consistent 24 knots with gusts of up to 35 knots continuing from the SSE, the course was again set to 1GO and 0.9 Nautical Miles.

Husband and wife team William and Lucinda Edwards from South Africa had a brilliant start, putting them in the lead which they held throughout a very taxing race contending with the gusts as well as some fierce competition from the rest of the field.

The South Africans were followed closely by Byeongki Park and Haekwang Youn from Korea and New South Wales former champion Mick Butler and son Patrick Butler picking up third.

After the race, boats returned to shore, rain squalls and gusts of wind up to 35 knots continued for several hours after which, the race committee signalled AP over A flags concluding the days racing and crowning South Africans William and Lucinda Edwards the new Hobie 16 Masters World Champions.

Complete race results and interviews are posted on hobieworlds.com and the awards presentation will commence tonight.

Racing continues with the first rounds of the Hobie Grand Masters, Hobie Women and Hobie Youth classes kicking off tomorrow.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie 16 Worlds.
PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:18 pm 
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Youth and women's events on the water. First race was abandoned due to shifting light wind. Wind has filled now so youth in sequence. Wind is now 15 and building from south east.

Wireless is up and races are back to back which allows me some down time to catch up on email and forums.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie 16 Worlds.
PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:35 pm 
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I noticed the boats have the center Tramps double grommeted,what else is new?


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie 16 Worlds.
PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:16 am 
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mmadge wrote:
I noticed the boats have the center Tramps double grommeted,what else is new?



Red EPO3 rudders.



Oh... and with all the boats on the course.. I kinda like the sails.. individually it ain't much.. but with all of them I think it looks pretty darn good!


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie 16 Worlds.
PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:52 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Hobie 16 Worlds.
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ronholm wrote:
Oh... and with all the boats on the course.. I kinda like the sails.. individually it ain't much.. but with all of them I think it looks pretty darn good!
Since Hobie is likely the only major class of boats to even have an option of colored sails, I think any color looks good compared to plain white.


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie 16 Worlds.
PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:50 pm 
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I agree with the sail colors, looks great as a fleet on the water, and I like how the sheets, tramp lacing and hobie stickers color match as well. Would have been cool if the rudders were Green, Yellow, and Blue on those boats instead of the Red rudders, but the red rudders still look great.

In addition to the double grommeted tramp, I noticed the boats are also coming with the adjustible jib halyard set-up on the mast and the 6:1 downhauld. These three items are all NON standard on a new boat. Perhaps time to make all three standard if that is what Hobie supplies at the Worlds.

I can't quite make out the Mainsheet blocks that they have, but does not look like the Harken H194 oldstyle ratchet block? If they are different, what are they using? Also, i'm assuming the masts are all aluminum? As they have different tops.

Any other differences?


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie 16 Worlds.
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coralreefer wrote:
In addition to the double grommeted tramp, I noticed the boats are also coming with the adjustible jib halyard set-up on the mast and the 6:1 downhauld. These three items are all NON standard on a new boat.


Good catch! measuring tapes installed also... Very nice..

I just bought a 2013.. and it will have all of that before it hits the water... A luxury once enjoyed becomes necessary!


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie 16 Worlds.
PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:20 pm 
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Hobie Cat® Press Release: Hobie® 16 Grand Masters, Hobie Womens and Hobie Youth set the pace!
Hobie® 16 Grand Masters, Hobie Womens and Hobie Youth set the pace!

Under cloudy skies and varied conditions the first day of the Hobie Grand Masters, Hobie Women’s and Hobie Youth series' got under way in what turned into a fantastic day for catamaran sailing.

Hobie® Women and Youth Classes
The Hobie Youth and Hobie Women’s classes were first out on the race course to start these championships which in turn saw the Hobie Grandmasters class sail in the afternoon. With four sets of sails for the event boats during the championships, the Women’s class had the hot coloured sails in red and yellow leaving the cool green and blue for the youth.

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.

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 one in the Hobie Women’s class saw the Australian women doing well with Michelle Bursa and Chelsea Haynes getting a good start coming out in the lead however were caught by fellow Australians Bella Zanesco and Jesse Dobie who went on to victory with Pip Pietromonaco and Josie Mark 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.

The Australian women came through with the goods again in race number two with Michelle Bursa and Chelsea Haynes in the lead straight out of the gates and holding on to the finish with Pip Pietromonaco and Josie Mark pulling off second and Bella Zanesco and Jesse Dobie taking up third.

Hobie® Grand Masters Class
On completion of the first two races of the Women’s and Youth the boats were returned to the beach for the Grand Masters skippers and crews to prepare and sail out to the race course.

Race one of the Hobie Grand Masters was set to a 1GO course with the windward mark set at 1.0 nautical mile from the start boat which saw winds of 16-18 knots at 115º which made perfect sailing conditions.

Yui Shing Tong and Wai Sing Bendy Lee from Hong Kong were first to the A mark but Australians Rod and Kerry Waterhouse took the lead on the first downwind leg and carried on to take first followed by Blaine Dodds and Thorin Zeilmaker from South Africa taking out second and Anthony Duchatel and Evelyn Curtis (Australia) taking out third.

In race number two, past Hobie champions took first second and third. Australians Kerli Corlett and Ali Corlett lead wire to wire for the win followed by fellow Australians Rod and Kerry Waterhouse in second with South Africans Blaine Dodds and Thorin Zeilmaker picking up third.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie 16 Worlds.
PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:22 pm 
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Youth and women's day two on the water now. Long morning with light wind. Now up. Grand Masters likely not racing today at this point. It's 3:30 local.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie 16 Worlds.
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Thanks for the updates!!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie 16 Worlds.
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Hobie Cat® Press Release: Hobie® 16 World Championships. Open Series Qualifiers. Day One.
Hobie® 16 World Championships. Open Series Qualifiers. Day One.

With three World Champions crowned yesterday it was time to start afresh with the qualifying rounds of the Hobie® 16 World Championship Open series kicking off today. 188 competitors are vying for a spot in the Semi-Finals where the field will be whittled down to the top 112.

The day got off to a great start with a 10–15 knot nor’easter seeing race officials set the course for a punctual 10:00 am start, splitting the races into two flights to accommodate the number of competitors on the water at any one time.

Race 1A
In the first race of the day it was Australians Jason Waterhouse and Bridget Waterhouse from NSW (AUS) first off the line and through the gate but they were over taken by Enguerrand Thomas and Cyriaque Thomas (NC) at the second mark. Ultimately it was Tim Shuwalow and Nina Curtis (SWE) however who came through and took first at the finish.

Race 1B
In race 1B it was Sebastien Maron and Titouan Galeain (NC) in the lead for the majority of the race before falling back to second at the finish opening the door for James Wierzbowski and Pip Pietromonaco from Victoria (AUS) to take first with Martin Thompson and Bella Zanesco (AUS) coming in third.

Race 2A
53 boats hit the water for race 2A with winds building to 15–20 knots and gusts of up to 24 knots at the windward mark making for some pretty serious sailing.

Shane Peterson from Queensland (AUS) with German crew Lena Gauthier were in first to the Gate when Victorians, James Wierzbowski and Pip Pietromonaco (AUS) challenged for the lead. Peterson and Gauthier fought back and took victory at the line leaving the standings as Shane Peterson and Lena Gauthier (AUS) in first, James Wierzbowski and Pip Pietromonaco (AUS) in second and Taylor Booth and Chris Barnes (AUS) taking third.

With three races under their belts, race officials deemed the rising winds in excess of safety levels and called off racing for the rest of the day. Race 2B will resume tomorrow in what looks set to be another sensational days sailing on Jervis Bay.

Overall, the standings for Day 1 are James Wierzbowski and Pip Pietromonaco (AUS) in first followed by Tim Shuwalow and Nina Curtis (SWE) in second and Jason and Bridget Waterhouse (AUS) in third.

For race results, photos and videos, head to hobieworlds.com to check out all the action!

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie 16 Worlds.
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Hobie Cat® Press Release: Hobie® 16 World Championships. Open Series Qualifiers. Day Two.
Hobie 16 World Championships. Open Series Qualifiers. Day Two.

Another beautiful day in Jervis Bay, NSW has seen plenty of action on the water. The 112 competitors all vying for a spot in the Hobie Open series finals returned to the water for the completion of Race 2 and 3 in the qualifying rounds of the Hobie 16 World Championship Open series.

Race officials set a downwind (1GO) course for all three of the days races before the mid afternoon nor’easter in excess of 25 knots ended up closing out competition for the day.

Race 2B
In race 2B it was New Caledonians, Lucas Chatonnier and Manon Legras (NC) first off the line and around the windward mark before Jason Waterhouse and Bridget Waterhouse of New South Wales (AUS) passed them at the gate and carried on to take the finish. The New Caledonians took second and West Australians Paul Galloway and Georgia Ryan (AUS) came from 7th at the gate to take third across the finish line.

Race 3A
Race 3 kicked off quickly to take advantage of the mornings conditions and saw a strong start from Queenslander Shane Peterson and German crew Lena Gauthier (AUS). Enguerrand Thomas and Cyriaque Thomas (NC) took the lead at half way and held it to the finish pushing Peterson into second while the Tahitians, Michel Le Calvic and Nicolas Champ (TAH) came in third.

Race 3B
It was Australia for the top three positions in race 3B with Taylor Booth and Chris Barnes from New South Wales (AUS) and Victorians, James Wierzbowski and Pip Pietromonaco (AUS) battling it out for the top spot. Ultimately, it was the New South Welshmen that took the prize. James Wierzbowski and Pip Pietromonaco held on to second and the West Australians, Barnaby Houk and Trent Robson (AUS) took home third.

Overall
At the end of day 2 the overall standings in the open qualifiers are James Wierzbowski and Pip Pietromonaco (AUS) VIC in first, Jason Waterhouse and Bridget Waterhouse (AUS) NSW in second and Taylor Booth and Chris Barnes (AUS) NSW in third.

For race results, photos and videos, head to hobieworlds.com to check out all the action!

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