Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

French crew snatch victory at Australian Hobie Nationals

by Monica Channer on 13 Jan 2012
Flying action - Australian Hobie Nationals Jay Grant - SCYC
Australia’s 2012 National Hobie Cat Championship Regatta was held at Mooloolaba last week (2 – 6 Jan).

Hosted by the Sunshine Coast Yacht Club (SCYC) in association with Mooloolaba Marina, and The Yacht Club social club, approximately 80 boats participated in fourteen races over five days of testing competition.

SCYC was praised for the smooth running of its first national regatta as host club, under the controlling hand of PRO Paul Effeney.

The fleet of 73 Hobie 16s and seven Hobie 18s took to the start on day 1 in tricky conditions with a two metre south easterly swell and a 10 to 12 knot breeze. This proved challenging for some competitors as they tackled unfamiliar conditions and kept SCYC rescue crews busy, as a number of Hobies capsized or experienced mast problems. Clean starts were the order of the day as competitors settled into their routines.

Finishing well with two firsts and a fourth, current Junior World Champion Jason Waterhouse and crew Lisa Darminin were the day 1 Hobie 16 Open and Youth leaders.

Day 2 again started with a good sailing breeze of 12 to 14 knots with a continuing S/SE swell and messy surface chop, followed by easing winds for the second race and patchy gusts shifting through the third. Competitors were kept on their toes as they tested their skills in the changing conditions; however the excitement proved too much for some as PRO Paul Effeney ordered a general recall after more than half the fleet crossed the line early in Race One. Skilful sailing saw the leader board change hands throughout the day, but Jason Waterhouse held on to First place with Mick Butler, Cam Owen, Peter Bates, and Jerome Le Gal placing second, third, fourth and fifth place, consecutively.


Lighter winds again were forecast for the third day, however 11 knots was managed by the wind gods to give the Hobies some very enjoyable sailing conditions. With the swell easing, SCYC rescue crews had an easier day, taking the opportunity to view the race action around the marks and at the finish line. Easing conditions did not mean easy wins as demonstrated by Jason Waterhouse’s drop into fourth position at the end of the day’s racing. Current World Champion Jerome Le Gal finished Day Three in second place, behind former World Champion Mick Butler.

Day 4 races were delayed due to light winds early on, but got underway before lunch allowing a full schedule of three races to be completed. Competition was heating up and crews, eager to take line honours, slipped over the line early in the second and third races resulting in more general recalls. However even that wasn’t enough warning for some with the Black Flag being raised and an unlucky few finishing with a BFD. Not to be perturbed, the good nature of the Hobie sailors prevailed, and the day finished with Junior World Champion Jason Waterhouse retaining his Australian Youth title after placing two seconds and a first in the Youths, while Jerome Le Gal shot past Mick Butler to take the lead position in the Open division.


The final day dawned still and calm. While competitors were left sitting on the beach pondering the possibility of no racing, PRO Paul Effeney and his crew of SCYC Race Officers motored out into the bay to await the wind. The decision to race was made by 11.30am with 8 to 10 knots of wind being recorded; just enough to garner enthusiasm from the happy sailors as they entered into the final two races.

The Black Flag was ordered for both races as numerous Hobies bolted early on the start. Although BFDs were recorded, they did not affect the lead crews and the day finished on a good note with all competitors having a cheery wave and thank you for the race boat crew. World Champion Jerome Le Gal and crew Andy Dinsdale, who had not sailed together before Day One, emerged final winners on 40 points. Mick Butler placed second with 44 points, Cam Owen was third on 76 points, with Jason Waterhouse fourth on 79 points and Peter Bates in fifth place with 85 points.

The week culminated with a rousing dinner and presentations at The Yacht Club at Mooloolaba Marina. Peter Bates of the Hobie Cat Nationals Organising Committee was on hand to present trophies to the winners in all divisions. Heinz Seeberg, Commodore of the Sunshine Coast Yacht Club, expressed his delight and enthusiasm for the event before thanking his crew of 40 SCYC members who voluntarily assisted with all aspects of race management on both ocean and land throughout the week.



Wildwind 2016 660x82Ancasta Ker 33 660x82Barz Optics - Floaters

Related Articles

Clipper Round the World - Meet the 2017-18 crew - Greg Schey
Greg Schey is well on road to achieving that dream, after completing third of four sail training levels this week “I’ve always wanted to sail around the world. Since I was knee high to a grasshopper, one thing that I’ve always said is that’s what I want to do.” Greg Schey, a 27-year-old doctor from Swansea, Wales, is well on the road to achieving that dream, after completing the third of four sail training levels this week ahead of setting off for full circumnavigation in the Clipper 2017-18 Race this summer.
Posted today at 4:37 am
18ft Skiffs - JJ Giltinan Trophy - Replay coverage - Race 2
Replay coverage of Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs from Sydney harbour - sailing in 15kts Replay coverage of Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs from Sydney harbour - sailing in 15kts
Posted today at 3:30 am
JJ Giltinan Trophy - More images from a funky Day 1 on Sydney Harbour
More images from Michael Chittenden from the first race of the 2017 JJ Giltinan Trophy on Sydney Harbour, Michael Chittenden was on the water for the first race of the 2017 JJ Giltinan Trophy on Sydney Harbour, sailed in a funky breeze, leaden skies and plenty of rain. Plus a 300 metre long cruise liner at one end of the course and a waka wall at the other
Posted on 25 Feb
Vendee Globe - Video of Conrad Colman finish in Les Sables d'Olonne
Scenes of Kiwi solo round the world racer, Conrad Colman taken at the finish of the Vendee Globe race Scenes of Kiwi solo round the world racer, Conrad Colman taken at the finish of the Vendee Globe race, which he completed under jury rig after being dismasted 700nm from the finish. In Foresight Natural Energy Colman became the first New Zealand sailor to complete the Vendee Globe, he also became the first in eight editions of the race to sail the entire race using only renewable energy sources.
Posted on 25 Feb
JJ Giltinan Trophy - Waka wall helps Yamaha to Hat-Trick in Race 1
A group of 20 wakas paddling across the course for the opening race helped New Zealand's Yamaha to win A group of 20 wakas paddling across the course for the opening race of the JJ Giltinan Trophy helped New Zealand's Yamaha to win the first race of the seven race series. 'The wakas were massive,' said Yamaha skipper Dave McDiarmid. 'We couldn't get to the bottom mark. They were in a solid line - about four deep - there was no gap.
Posted on 25 Feb
Vendee Globe - Heerema delayed by Biscay lows
With 16 boats now finished, eighth edition of the Vendée Globe becomes the race with greatest ever number of finishers. With 16 boats now finished, the eighth edition of the Vendée Globe becomes the race with greatest ever number of finishers. Until now it was the 2000-2001 edition, with 24 starters and 15 finishers, which saw the biggest number of starters reach the end of their race at the legendary South Nouch buoy.
Posted on 25 Feb
JJ Giltinan 18fters - Yamaha wins first race in rain and murk
New Zealand champion Yamaha came from behind to score a brilliant win in race one of JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship New Zealand champion Yamaha came from behind to score a brilliant win in race one of the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, sponsored by The winning Group, on Sydney Harbour today.
Posted on 25 Feb
Bella Mente Racing starts 2017 season with major victory at RORC C600
Bella Mente Racing starts 2017 season off with major victory at RORC Caribbean 600 Bella Mente Racing, led by owner/driver Hap Fauth, launched its 2017 campaign season with a major victory this week, winning IRC Overall, CSA Overall and CSA 1 at the RORC Caribbean 600 in Antigua; The team took home coveted RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy for the IRC win as well as the Bella Mente Trophy, the team’s namesake award, for being first IRC yacht to finish that is wholly manually powered.
Posted on 25 Feb
Cool drone footage of Dongfeng Race Team on the water
Dongfeng is back in the water and training is well underway for the returning Chinese campaign. Dongfeng is back in the water and training is well underway for the returning Chinese campaign. Stunning drone footage of the re-fitted Volvo Ocean 65 has been released as the team hit the water off the coast of Lisbon.
Posted on 25 Feb
49th Transpac early entry deadline approaches on March 1st
Planning for the 49th edition of the Los Angeles-Honolulu Transpacific Yacht Race is well underway Planning for the 49th edition of the Los Angeles-Honolulu Transpacific Yacht Race presented by the Los Angeles Times and organized by the Transpacific Yacht Club is well underway, with 52 monohull and multihull entries from nine nations already signed up for this biennial 2225-mile ocean race, one of the world's oldest having first been sailed in 1905.
Posted on 25 Feb