Masters International Cup

22nd Hobie 16 World Championships Photos0688

Race 1 The first race of the Hobie 16 Masters, which is a four-day series, started in 7-9 knots at 55-70 degrees with a course set at 1GO at 0.8 of a nautical mile.??There were 3 boats that had a sailing infringement at the start and were scored UFD. One boat started outside the time limit.??Not long after the start the breeze eased. The Race Committee changed the course by shortening the course down to 0.45 of a nautical mile. ??With the breeze slowly dropping further 32 boats finished at the committee boat. The remainder were finished at the windward mark.?? The sailors headed back to the beach and the wind virtually many were towed to shore where they were finally able to enjoy a cold drink at Sunset Beach, at South Seas Island Resort. Winner- Phil Epps Australia

Race 2 After a long wait at around 3pm the flag went down on the beach as the breeze began to pick up out on the water and the 56 boat fleet headed out to signals in a freshening 5-6 knot breeze for session two with the teams on new boats. The course was set at 1GO with a 7-8kt breeze at the top mark which was set at .78 of a nautical mile. There was a general recall at the first attempt at a start. On the second attempt the fleet got away cleanly. Winner- Cam Owen Australia

Race 3 The final race of the day was contested in the best winds of the day and didn’t finish until after 5:30pm. Winner- Rod Waterhouse Australia

Race 4
The first race of day two started in a strong wind of 20 knots easing during the 2GO race. The wind was blowing from 055 degrees??. Winner- Darren Smith Australia

Race 5 Race 5? started in 15 knots? on a 6GO course. The wind was coming from 070 degrees??. Winner- Darren Smith Australia

Race 6 . Race six saw the 070 degree breeze dropped back a little further to 12 knots ?on a 2GO course. First boat was UFD? Second boat was UFD ?First boat across the line was a Stefan Rumpf from Germany. The first non- Australian to win a race in these championships. ??UFD means the boats stated early when the U flag has been displayed. Winner- Stefan Rumpf Germany

Race 7 . Wind 12 knots sailors double all around the course.?? The course set by the race officer (RO) was 6GO and finished near the beach. Giving the spectators a great view of the finish. Winner-Andrew Boyd Tanzania

?Race 8 . Captiva Island certainly turned on the perfect Hobie weather today. 5 races all in double traipsing conditions?. The last race of the day was a steady 15 knots of breeze.?? A course 6GO finishing at the windward mark just off Sunset Beach.?? Tired sailors but all enjoyed the great sailing conditions. Winner- Mick Butler Australia

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