Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Hobie 16 Worlds- Palm Beach attract biggest entry ever for a Worlds

by Linda Renouf on 27 Jan 2014
Palm Beach SC 2013 Bullets Regatta Day 1 Linda Renouf
The 20th Hobie 16 World Championships, being held on the South Coast in Jervis Bay from January 31 to February 15, have attracted an entry of over 500 competitors from 27 countries. Local sailors will have the opportunity to compete alongside legend Hobie Alter Jr. from California and a collection of Olympics sailors from around the world to defend their titles is a dream come true for some.

The current Hobie 16 World Champions come from the Northern Beaches and sail from the Palm Beach Sailing Club, at Sandy Point Palm Beach. The sailing club celebrated its 50 year anniversary in 2013, and has inspired Olympic sailors including medalists John Forbes and Mitch Booth.

Weihai, China hosted the last Hobie 16 World Championships where several teams represented Palm Beach Sailing Club, bringing home three gold medals in the Grandmaster, Master and Youth Divisions. The local world champions include Anthony Duchatel and Evelyn Curtis, mother of Olympic gold medal winner Nina Curtis, Rod and Kerry Waterhouse, and their son Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darminian.

This year the World Championship has attracted 504 competitors, making up 384 teams from 27 countries and 6 continents. It's the largest Hobie World Championship in history. The first Hobie Worlds were in Hawaii in 1976 and past venues included Asia, Fiji, North America, Europe, South Africa, Carribbean, and Dubai. The local sailors have been training for the event every Saturday at Sand Point with a fleet of various beach catamarans. Anyone is welcome to join and no experience is necessary.

For more information about Palm Beach Sailing Club, contact Dick Clarke at commodore@pbsc.com.au and event info here.
Southern Spars - 100Bakewell-White Yacht DesignNaiad/Oracle Supplier

Related Articles

2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - This day last year…
Around St Katharine Docks, air was full of nervous energy and a sense of anticipation as Clipper Race crew said goodbye 2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Around St Katharine Docks, the air was full of nervous energy and a sense of anticipation as the Clipper 2015-16 Race crew said goodbye to the thousands of well-wishers that gathered to bid them farewell on their round the world adventure.
Posted on 31 Aug
2017 Marion Bermuda Race offers front row seats for America’s Cup
Enjoy all the post-race fun and activities at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and stay on for your front row seat Enjoy all the post-race fun and activities at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and stay on for your front row seat
Posted on 30 Aug
Dodging ducks, savoring summer—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 30 Aug
Full focus on board Oman Air for Extreme Sailing Series St Petersburg
With a lead on the overall scoreboard following their last gasp win in Hamburg the pressure is on to maintain 100% focus With a five-point lead on the overall scoreboard, following their last gasp win in Hamburg, the pressure is on to maintain 100% focus to make sure they perform to their maximum capabilities right up until the final race in Sydney in December.
Posted on 30 Aug
Zhik sailors win 17 sailing medals at 2016 Olympic Regatta
The 2016 Olympic games are over and what a Games they have been - Zhik sailors dominated Zhik sailors won almost 60% of the medals contested at Rio de Janeiro. It was a regatta which tested sailors and gear - with one day being the most severe conditions ever experienced at an Olympic regatta. For the Zhik team riders on the waters of Rio, four years and more of hard work and dedication have paid off for many.
Posted on 29 Aug
Zhik sailors win 17 sailing medals at 2016 Olympic Regatta
The 2016 Olympic games are over and what a Games they have been - Zhik sailors dominated Zhik sailors won almost 60% of the medals contested at Rio de Janeiro. It was a regatta which tested sailors and gear - with one day being the most severe conditions ever experienced at an Olympic regatta. For the Zhik team riders on the waters of Rio, four years and more of hard work and dedication have paid off for many.
Posted on 29 Aug
Hollandia wins 8 Metre World Cup
After nine race series, Netherlands' Hollandia wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions After a five day, nine race series, Hollandia of the Netherlands wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions and Hollandia managed to win every race.
Posted on 29 Aug
Volvo Ocean Race - Enright and Towill ready to go again in 2017/18
Team Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright and his long-time buddy Mark Towill are eager to put their experience to use. Team Alvimedica were the youngest team in the race last edition, and now skipper Charlie Enright and his long-time buddy Mark Towill are eager to put that experience to use. Volvo Ocean race's Jonno Turner caught up with Mark and Charlie to chat about everything from the transition back into 'real life', their reflections on the 2014-15 campaign - and the future.
Posted on 29 Aug
Noroton Yacht Club takes the NYYC Grandmasters Team Race Trophy again
The yacht club from Darien, Connecticut, still out sailed every other club on the water. Every August the biggest question for the NYYC Grandmasters Team Race Regatta is whether this will be the year that Noroton Yacht Club's winning streak ends. Yet even after the age minimums were raised by five years and the event was expanded to 10 teams and three days to stiffen the competition, the yacht club from Darien, Connecticut, still out sailed every other club on the water.
Posted on 29 Aug
The door’s been flung open – again
Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing gets sexier for Tokyo Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing may get sexier for Tokyo 2020. Yes, the proverbial door has been cast ajar before, often to much fanfare, and not that much has been achieved.
Posted on 28 Aug