by Rich McVeigh
In Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, the Hobie 16 and Hobie 20 North American Championships are currently underway and for day two, the gulf delivered some sporting conditions.
2011 North American Championships
Winds were in the 10-14 knot range for most of the day with very large waves. The waves were again bigger than the wind and created very challenging conditions. Upwind was a struggle to keep the boat moving through the waves, while downwind was all about surfing.
Four races were completed with the final race of the day sailed in fading winds. In the Hobie 16 class past champions, Francisco Figueroa/Jolliam Berrios (PUR) now lead followed by Greg Thomas/Karen Sikora (USA).
In the Hobie 20 class Kevin SMITH/Rundell CURTIS (USA) continue to hold the lead over Phil Collins/Bev Collins (USA).
Hobie Class website