November 6, 2019
The first stage of the2019 Hobie 16 World Championshipwas completed with the 54-boat Hobie 16 Masters International Cup on November 2-5 in Captiva Island, FL. This four day stage was the first portion of the Hobie 16 World Championships, eligible skippers in this segment were 45 years and older. 12 races were held over the four days in a varying wind conditions from 20 knots to 4 knots. The first two days of the competition were the windiest with lighter winds on the final two days. The winds have been strongest in the early morning and often fade as the day progresses. To accommodate for this the race committee has adjusted the sailing schedule to begin racing daily at 9AM.
The Hobie 16 World Championships is a provided boat event with 60 brand new boats provided by the Hobie Cat Company. Sailors rotate sailing different boats in multiple sessions per day. Following each session, they return to shore and switch to a different boat.
Rod and Kerry Waterhouse (AUS) won the 12-race masters series, finishing six points ahead of Mark and Grace Modderman (USA) with Darren Smith/ Claire Bisgood (AUS) four point further back in third.
Next up on November 6-8 is 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).