In the Hobie 16 World Championships in Jervis Bay, NSW, local catamaran sailors from the Palm Beach Sailing Club are racing with 338 other teams from 27 countries.
Thirteen teams from the local club are successfully representing the Northern Beaches with husband-wife competitors, Rod and Kerry Waterhouse taking gold and Kerli and Ali Corlett in third place in the Grandmasters division this week.
Remaining six teams have placed in the top 56 out of 112 after the semi finals Open division and will finish with two days of racing this weekend. 'We're really proud of the caliber of sailors that come from our club. We’ve accumulated more multihull Olympic sailing medals than any other club in Australia' says Dick Clarke, Club commodore.
Finalists from Palm Beach include America's Cup Red Bull Youth skipper Jason Waterhouse, sailing with Lisa Darminian, David Fisher-Rachel Renouf, Anthony Duchatel-Evelyn Curtis, Upu Kila-Patrick Butler, Sam Wood-Nicole Corlett, Andrew Tuite-Damien Miller and Rod-Kerry Waterhouse. Olympic sailor Nina Curtis, daughter of competitor Evelyn Curtis, is crewing with Swedish skipper Tim Shuwalow.
The fleet of sailors hail from six continents and is Hobie Catamarans largest regatta with unexpected record numbers registered. The event managed to attract all levels and ages with their concept of Women, Youth, Masters, Grandmasters, and Open divisions. The youngest sailor is 11 from the Central Coast, NSW and the oldest competitor is a 74 years old from Maui, Hawaii.
Palm Beach Sailing Club races every Saturday from Sand Point, off Iluka Road, Palm Beach.
Hobie 16 World Championships Jervis Bay NSW - Linda Renouf
Brett White and Linda Renouf Grandmaster Division - Linda Renouf