sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Aussie pair take lead at Hobie Tiger Worlds

Aussie pair take lead at Hobie Tiger Worlds

'Hobie Tiger Worlds 2008 - Mark Laruffa and Daniel Sims from Australia'    Pierrick Contin/Hobie Cat

Mark Laruffa and Daniel Sims from Australia took over the lead at the Hobie Tiger Worlds in Langebaan / South Africa. They won the two morning races and finished second in the afternoon after a capsize on the downwind run.

During lunchtime the wind picked up to about twenty knots and it continued to build to 25 knots during the last heat. The 25 Dragoon teams had an early start at 9 AM, but also had to compete in the strong conditions. They handled those surprisingly well. Matt Whitehead and Megan Du Plessis remained unbeaten and took two bullets, which strengthened their overall lead.

The Hobie Tiger fleet was very eager this morning, as they started both races with a general recall. In race one with 12 to 15 knots, Laruffa and Sims certainly won the second attempt at the pin end. Laruffa: “We had good speed, but we didn’t know the course. They must have changed it in between the two starting procedures. We went through the finish line, but there was no signal, so we headed up once more. Darren Bundock, Shaun Ferry and Duncan Ross followed us and lost out as well. We were totally confused, but managed to win.”

Mitch Booth (NED) and Tiffany Baring-Gould finished second. Booth had to work hard on the sheet, because of a jammed mainsheet block. “After yesterday’s wind, there was so much sand in it. We are getting better every day. The gains and losses are made in the manoeuvres. Tiffany is a 470 sailor and she is doing so well, considering she isn’t used to mutlihulls.”

Hobie Tiger Worlds 2008 - Mitch Booth and Tiffany Baring-Gould -  Pierrick Contin/Hobie Cat  

All about the start

For the second start, Laruffa and Sims chose again the pin end. Laruffa: “Darren was the furthest left, but hit the pin with Shaun above him. We footed off well and rounded just behind William Edwards at the windward mark. We got him at spinnaker hoist. We were leading until the finish with Mischa Heemskerk on our heels all way.”

Carolijn Brouwer (Bel) and Darren Bundock were protested by the jury, because they did not take a penalty turn after they hit the pin. Brouwer: “Our tiller crossbar was broken, so we were far behind when we actually started. We never thought of taking a penalty, so we retired after the finish.”

According to the local sailors one out of ten times it pays to go to the right side of the course. Today was the day. Gerard Loos from the Netherlands grabbed his chance, went off to the right and gained many places: “We took advantage of the current and a favourable breeze at that side.”

Rough racing

By the time the race committee sent out the fleet for another two heats, the wind had picked up to more than twenty knots. The ride down to the starting line was already a challenge for some competitors. Not everybody made it in time and a few nose dived. The start was clean at the first attempt and Laruffa/Sims took the lead, followed by Ferry/Van Der Vyfer (RSA). Mischa Heemskerk and Bastiaan Tentij (NED) hoister their kite in third position.

Heemskerk: “Shaun Ferry capsized, so we moved up one place. We were totally in control and could oversee the course. On the beat, we followed Mark Laruffa to the left. We tacked earlier, while he over stood the mark a little bit. That is how we gained some meters on him. On the downwind, the leeward rudder came up and we had to gibe to put it down. After a while, we saw Mark capsizing in a huge gust and all we had to do was to consolidate the rest of the race.”

They took the bullet and climbed to the third position overall. Laruffa/Sims managed to finish second, followed by the Australians Lovig/Gibson. They are still in second position overall.

Hobie Dragoon Worlds - Loubser/McLean (girls) -  Pierrick Contin/Hobie Cat  

Impressive youth sailing

“It is very impressive to see how well the youth handle their boats in these windy conditions”, said Geert Schouten (NED) on the beach. The former president of the European Hobie Cat Association sails with his son Thomas. Father and son finished second twice.

Schouten: “The kids were in control. They have certainly achieved something here in South Africa and you can see the fun they have.” According to 14-year old skipper Calene Loubser (RSA) it is the adrenaline from going fast and flying the hull that makes catamaran sailing really fun. She and her crew Skye McLean finished third and seventh today, which put them in fifteenth position overall: “I like to get to the top ten.”

And so does Erich Rickens (RSA, 13 years), who is lying 12th: “The wind was quite strong, which I like.” His goal is to make top 14 to qualify for the finals: “I will try to make the top ten.” The man to beat is absolutely Matt Whitehead (RSA, 14). He and his crew Megan De Plessis have only scored bullets so far.

Whitehead: “It was tiring today and I didn’t stop thinking. The first two races we were leading by 2,5 minutes. My upwinds are going really well. On the downwind, we just keep it safe and we push hard on the beat. And the strong breeze is mine. I feel well in these conditions.”

After the hard work on the water, the youngsters were rewarded with an interesting presentation. The Olympic sailors Mitch Booth, Darren Bundock and Carolijn Brouwer told about their campaigns and how they made their way up to the top.

Tiger - Overall Results after 5 races

1 AUS M.Laruffa/D.Sims Total pts: 7 (10,3,1,1,2)
2 AUS R.Lovig/L.Gibson Total pts: 10 (3,1,3,3,4)
3 NED M.Heemskerk/B.Tentij Total pts: 14 (4,11,7,2,1)
4 NED M.Booth/T.Baring-Gould Total pts: 15 (11,4,2,4,5)
5 RSA S.Ferry/J.Van Der Vyfer Total pts: 18 (1,2,5,10,64)
6 FRA M.Vaireaux/R.Petit Total pts: 27 (64,6,10,8,3)
7 RSA A.Lawrence/I.Schabort Total pts: 28 (16,5,12,5,6)
8 FRA L.Fequet/D.Boc'ho Total pts: 31 (8,10,13,6,7)
9 RSA W.Edwards/G.Willcox Total pts: 34 (2,34,14,9,9)
10 RSA D.Ross/R.Nankin Total pts: 35 (6,7,8,14,18)

Dragoon - Overall Results after 3 races each

1 RSA M.Whitehead/M.Du Plessis Total pts: 3 (1,1,1)
2 RSA E.Erasmus/R.Suttner -Scalco Total pts: 6 (2,1,3)
3 NED G.Schouten/T.Schouten Total pts: 9 (5,2,2)
4 NED U.Vrijburg/D.Vrijburg Total pts: 11,6,2,3)
5 RSA P.Smith/E.Loubser Total pts: 12 (4,6,2)
6 GBR L.Carter/D.Carter Total pts: 13 (3,5,5)
7 RSA R.Hayes/D.Maidment Total pts: 14 (7,3,4)
8 RSA T.Marsh/P.Marsh Total pts: 15,2,4,9)
9 RSA G.Norton/C.Norton Total pts: 16,1,14,1)
10 RSA A.Fourie/C.Lord Total pts: 16,5,5,6)

The Hobie Tiger & Hobie Dragoon Worlds 2008 are sponsored by Southey, Airport City, Seiko and Coca Cola with Langebaan Yacht Club as the event host.




by Diana Bogaards

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=42347

7:56 PM Tue 4 Mar 2008 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

10 Dec 2013  Abersoch Dinghy Week 2014 - Title sponsors announced
09 Dec 2013  OK Dinghy World Rankings for December 2013
16 Jun 2013  PWA Catalunya World Cup - Celebrating 15 years of Costa Brava action
16 Jun 2013  Route des Princes - Edmond de Rothschild victorious in Lisbon
16 Jun 2013  Contender World Championship - 174 entries and still counting
16 Jun 2013  Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge – Day 2 in Porto Santo Stefano
16 Jun 2013  NYYC Annual Regatta – J sailing talent to take part
25 Apr 2013  Jorgen Svendsen retains OK Dinghy World 2013 number one ranking
07 Mar 2013  Finn Class partners Dinghy Academy to train next Olympians
03 Mar 2013  RYA Dinghy Show - Glanfield and Patience launch Rio 2016 campaign
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,


Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3 by Bob Fisher, Hamilton Island, Queensland








America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team by Richard Gladwell, Sail-world.com/nz,


2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1 by Markus Schwendtner, Istanbul
























Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery by Ingrid Abery/Sail-World.com,


Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England




























2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds survive as semi-finalists
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Breezy day 4 in Gdynia
RC44 World Championship - Dramatic improvement for Artemis Racing
18' Skiff International Regatta - Action begins August 25th
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Challenging conditions arise
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record-breaking monohull victory
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng Race Team finishes third
RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec the star performer
Bahamian Olympic Sailor to carry flag in honour of Sir Durward Knowles
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Records continue to tumble
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Course Record for Team SCA   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Team Alvimedica completes the race   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
420 and 470 Junior European Championships - A crazy race day 3   
2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Monohull record smashed   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds take the early lead   
Frostad proud to have seven Volvo Ocean Race boats with seven sponsors *Feature   
RC44 World Championship - Bronenosec Sailing Team on form   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng defends third position   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind emerges into the sunlight   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board Team SCA with the   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board Azzam and Team Campos   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Twist of fate on day 5   
Mallorca’s Puerto Portals to host the 2015 TP52 World Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board with Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain with on board with Team Dongfeng   
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Teams ready for action   
USA Match Racing Grand Slam Series - Kicks off in Chicago   
U.S. Youth Championships - Climactic finish on Lake St. Clair   
Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games - Lake Jinniu action on the horizon   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT