by Rich McVeigh
The third day in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida for the Hobie 16 and Hobie 20 North American Championships can only be described as light and lumpy. A combination of light winds and large waves presented a challenge for the sailors.
Hobie 16 and Hobie 20 North American Championships 2011
The sailors were clearly amped up this morning and multiple general recalls were signaled. At times, it was difficult to just keep the boat moving. Three races were completed. Francisco Figueroa/Jolliam Berrios (PUR) dominated in these conditions with three bullets in the Hobie 16 class, followed by Mark Modderman/Ryan Flanigan (USA).
In the Hobie 20 class Kevin Smith/Rundell Curtis (USA) continue to lead followed by Phil Collins/Bev Collins (USA). A strong cold front is expected to cross the area tonight dropping temperatures and strong winds are forecast for tomorrow. Racing continues through Friday. For full results, click here.
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