Please select your home edition
Edition
Nebo 728x90 3

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.
Pittwater to Paradise 2019 FOOTERX-Yachts AUS X4 - 660 - 2Sealegs - On the water 660x82-1

Related Articles

J/122E Joyride tops Vic-Maui Race
The 2,308nm course went from Victoria, British Columbia to Maui, Hawaii The lone J/Crew sailing the race was the gorgeous J/122E Joyride from Seattle, WA skippered by her owner- John Murkowski from Seattle YC. They are one of the most successful offshore racing teams in the Pacific Northwest.
Posted today at 3:36 pm
Luna Rossa reflects on challenging 52 Super Series
Strong breeze challenges all on final day of racing in the third stage of the 52 Super Series Today was the final day of racing in the coastal town of Cascais who hosted the third stage of the 52 Super Series. Top photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on hand to capture the action as the nine string fleet was tested in the fresh conditions.
Posted today at 1:50 pm
J/122 Blitzkrieg blitzes Bayview-Mackinac fleet!
Slowest race in decades! Over fifty boats had dropped out of the race, many due to the consideration they wanted to complete the delivery all the way to Chicago for the start of the Chicago-Mackinac Race!
Posted today at 11:09 am
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 13 preview
The final test for teams in a sprint to Liverpool An atmosphere of nervous excitement is building in Derry-Londonderry as Skippers and crew gear up for Race 13, the last test of the circumnavigation, which will return the teams to Liverpool, UK, on Saturday, 28 July.
Posted today at 7:00 am
J/121 flies on the Baltic Sea: Marstand to Malmo
Watch the fun video of the downwind ride The plan was for Fredrik and his father Axel to do the delivery/sail to Stockholm and it was possible for me to join them on the first stage. Watch the fun video from the downwind ride.
Posted today at 6:33 am
Rolex NYYC Race Week at Newport - Overall
Final results come down to the wire at Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex On the eve of the 11th edition of Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex, J/109 skipper Bill Sweetser was faced with a tough decision. It wasn't about how to tune his rig or organize his crew.
Posted today at 4:43 am
Governor's Cup at Balboa overall
Price takes challenging win over Takahashi in the final Cementing his position atop the world of match-race sailing, Harry Price (AUS, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia) showed his prowess in boat handling and tactics in a challenging 3-2 win over 20th ranked Leonard Takahashi (NZL, Royal New Zealand YS)
Posted today at 2:36 am
Varuna succeeds in Bermuda Hamburg Race
A happy birthday for Jens Kellinghusen in the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta On July 21, 2018, which marks the birthday of Varuna VI's owner and skipper, Jens Kellinghusen (NRV), the Race Committee confirmed that Varuna's overall win of the Bermuda Hamburg leg after corrected time is not at jeopardy anymore.
Posted today at 1:51 am
Images of the INEOS Team UK test boat
Further images of the INEOS Team UK test boat - we get a look at the AC75 foil and wing design More and better quality images have emerged of the INEOS Team UK test boat - a hybrid of a QUANT 28 hull and foils which mimic those to be used on an AC75. There are no images of the test boat foiling.
Posted on 21 Jul
Rolex TP52 World Championship overall
Quantum Racing masters of the art and science of execution under pressure Ten years after their first world title together in the class' formative years in Lanzarote, Quantum Racing today lifted the Rolex TP52 World Championship crown in Cascais, winning a spirited ding-dong battle with rivals Azzurra.
Posted on 21 Jul