Please select your home edition
Edition
Ancasta Ker 33 728x90

Hobie 16 World Championships – Top 56 finalists revealed

by Steve Fields: Hobie Cat Australasia on 14 Feb 2014
Hobie 16 World Championships 2014 Hobie Cat Australasia http://hobiecat.com.au/
At the Hobie 16 World Championships, last night there were both cheers and tears as the fleet was cut and our 56 finalists were revealed.

While there were commiserations for some, there wasn’t too much celebrating for our finalists as there was some pretty serious work to do this morning! It’s day one of the finals!


Racing kicked off on schedule with mild temperatures and winds filling in as expected, early in the day. We saw a nor’ easterly of 10–15 knots set the pace in the morning, freshening to 25 knots later in the day.

The top three going in to the finals, Jerome Le Gal and Marco Iazzetta from New Caledonia along with Aussies Cam Owen and Suzzi Ghent and Swedes Tim Shuwalow and Nina Curtis had their work cut out for them today with a total of five races to get through it was going to be anything but easy.

In the first race of the day, race 6, we saw Australians, Rod and Kerry Waterhouse from New South Wales, throw themselves at the line, getting a clear lead out of the first weather mark and taking it all the way home. After a change of position early on we saw West Australians, Gavin Colby and Josie Mark take second followed by New Caledonians Enguerrand Thomas and Cyriaque Thomas in third.

Races were turned around quickly and an epic battle for first in race 7 broke out between Australians, Taylor Booth and Chris Barnes, Benjamin Roulant and Leah Bennet, Gavin Colby and Josie Mark and the New Caledonian brothers Enguerrand Thomas and Cyriaque Thomas.


It was ultimately, Australians, Benjamin Roulant and Leah Bennet from New South Wales that took the prize with New Caledonians Enguerrand Thomas Cyriaque Thomas taking second and French team Martin Orion and Hilliard Charlotte moving up from seventh to take third.

In race 8, boats were again returned to shore and turned around quickly to see the West Australians Gavin Colby and Josie Mark, tough it out with fellow Aussies Mick Butler and Bradley Wilson from New South Wales and Guatemalan team Jason Hess and Irene Abascal for the top spot. The end result was Jason Hess and Irene Abascal in first, Gavin Colby and Josie Mark second and Mick Butler and Bradley Wilson taking home third.

It was Australia, Australia, Australia for the top three spots in race 9 with West Australians Cam Owen and Suzzi Ghent taking first ahead of Victorians, James Wierzbowski and Pip Pietromonaco in second and New South Wales team Martin Thompson and Bella Zanesco picking up third before the boats were once again returned to shore and sailors headed back out for race 10.

It was Australia again for the top spots in race 10. In what was definitely the move of the day, we saw Gavin Colby and Josie Mark have a sensational race, moving up from eighth position at the first weather to take victory at the finish securing themselves the overall lead for the day! Second place went to Cam Owen and Suzzi Ghent while James Wierzbowski and Pip Pietromonaco grabbed third.






With five races down, competitors will return to the water tomorrow for a maximum of four races before a new Hobie 16 World Champion is decided.

Helm Events 660x82PredictWind.com 2014Mackay Boats

Related Articles

Jules Verne Trophy - A welcome rest
Blue skies, sunshine, mild temperatures… It was a quiet fifth Sunday for the crew of the IDEC Sport Maxi Trimaran Blue skies, sunshine, mild temperatures… It was a quiet fifth Sunday for the crew of the IDEC Sport Maxi Trimaran, which they used to get some rest and carry out a few odd jobs. It was slow sailing in an area of light winds off the South of Brazil, but Joyon’s men also needed to remain vigilant and react quickly to any wind shifts.
Posted today at 6:13 am
15th Royal Langkawi International Regatta - Day 5
Day 5 of the 15th Royal Langkawi International Regatta greeted the sailors again with very calm weather conditions. Day 5 of the 15th Royal Langkawi International Regatta greeted the sailors again with very calm weather conditions. The Race Committee went out at 8 am searching for wind. By 10.30am the wind had picked up enough for the Principle Race Officer Simon James to quickly set up a course.
Posted on 15 Jan
15th Royal Langkawi International Regatta - Day 4
It started promisingly with enough wind to set course and fleet finally got flagged off at 9.40 am with six knts of wind After yesterday's cancelled races, today Principal Race Officer Simon James took the decision to go to the east coast of Langkawi to 'find wind'. It started promisingly with enough wind to set a course and the fleet finally got flagged off at 9.40 am with six knots of wind.
Posted on 14 Jan
Jules Verne Trophy - Getting a lift off Argentina
Francis Joyon and his men sailing to the NW of the Falklands have enjoyed a good morning. And they’re off again! While they had to wait a short while for the low-pressure system to leave Argentina, Francis Joyon and his men sailing to the NW of the Falklands have enjoyed a good morning. The wind has built from the starboard stern of the IDEC Sport maxi-trimaran, which is back up to high speeds again.
Posted on 14 Jan
Jules Verne Trophy – Taking a break in the Falklands
The crew of IDEC Sport seemed to enjoy the passage yesterday evening through a patch of light winds NW of the Falklands. Clément Surtel, Sébastien Audigane, Gwénolé Gahinet, Bernard Stamm, Alex Pella and Francis Joyon took advantage of the calm to admire the natural world around the Falklands.
Posted on 13 Jan
Jules Verne Trophy - Francis Joyon sets a new record at Cape Horn
IDEC Sport more than four days and six hours ahead of the record at the Horn. IDEC Sport more than four days and six hours ahead of the record at the Horn. The IDEC Sport maxi-trimaran skippered by Francis Joyon crossed the longitude of Cape Horn, the last of the three major capes in the Jules Verne Trophy at 0004 UTC on Thursday 12th January.
Posted on 12 Jan
The Horn this evening, four days ahead of the record pace
IDEC Sport is advancing with wind from astern/is having to carry out series of gybes to find best angle in strong winds Francis Joyon, Alex Pella, Bernard Stamm, Sébastien Audigane, Gwénolé Gahinet and Clément Surtel are about to achieve one of the finest stories in the history of the Jules Verne Trophy. IDEC Sport is advancing with the wind from astern and is having to carry out a series of gybes to find the best angle in strong winds, in order to maintain their high speeds.
Posted on 12 Jan
Jules Verne Trophy – Straight on and out of the Southern Ocean?
IDEC Sport continues to extend her lead and clock up the miles in the Pacific. Her crew managed to overcome the hurdles IDEC SPORT is continuing to extend her lead and clock up the miles in the Pacific. Her crew managed to overcome the hurdles, thanks to a carefully chosen route and some impressive acceleration.
Posted on 10 Jan
Jules Verne Trophy – Charging ahead, IDEC Sport extends her lead
With less than a thousand miles to go to the Horn, IDEC SPORT is charging ahead towards the third and final major cape. With less than a thousand miles to go to the Horn, IDEC SPORT is charging ahead towards the third and final major cape in the round the world voyage.
Posted on 10 Jan
Jules Verne Trophy - Down in the sixties
IDEC Sport will be rounding Cape Horn in a few days from now, so it might seem odd that they are heading so far south. IDEC Sport will be rounding Cape Horn in a few days from now, so it might seem odd that they are heading so far south. Aboard the red and grey maxi-trimaran, all lights are green for the crew, which is continuing to extend its lead over the round the world record with an advance of 1270 miles this morning.
Posted on 10 Jan