22nd Hobie 16 World Championships
Captiva Island, FL
November 8, 2019 Press Release
Day three was the final day of the Hobie 16 Great Grand Masters (65 and older), Hobie 16 Grand Masters (55 and older), Hobie 16 Women’s, and Hobie 16 Youth World Championship (under 21). This segment of the championships includes four different divisions rotating in sessions. The grand masters and youth sail together in two starts and share boats with the great grand masters and women who also compete together but with separate starts.
After an on-shore postponement while the race committee waited for the wind to fill in, two races were completed for the final day of sailing for these four divisions. The Great Grand Masters and Women’s divisions competed in the final two races. Racing got underway in seven knots of wind from the north-north west.
In the Great Grand Masters division, today was a battle of UFD’s as several of the leaders were scored UFD. Mike MONTAGUE/Kathy WARD (USA) won this division followed by Wally MYERS/Diane BISESI (USA).
In the Women’s division, Pamela NORIEGA NEGRETE/Katia REAL LÓPEZ (MEX) won both races today but Annie GARDNER/Sarah KRAFT (USA) maintained a consistent performance to hold onto the lead and win the women’s division.
In the youth division, Vladimir SOLA DIAS/Marc SELFA (CUB) held onto the lead followed by Patrick BUTLER/Caitlyn EPPS (AUS).
The Grand Masters division was dominated by the Australians, Rod and Kerry WATERHOUSE (AUS) finish first followed by Murray PETERSON/Halyee WILLIAMS (AUS).
This concludes racing for these divisions. Next up is on-site qualifying for the Open World Championships. The Open portion of the world championships requires qualification to enter. There are two ways to qualify, sailors either earn a slot from their home country or enter the on-site qualifier. The on-site qualifier is two days and following the conclusion of qualifying at least 15 teams will advance into the Open World Championships.
Racing continues through November 16.
Event website: www.hobieworlds.com
Media Contact: Lori Mohney Lori.Mohney@hobieclass.com
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