Jan 10, 2010

Hobie Australian Championships 2010


Photos From Picturegraph Photography

Photos From Picturegraph Photography

Photos From Picturegraph Photography

Photos From Picturegraph Photography
Gavin Colby wins Australian H16 Nationals. More info at www.hobiecatnationals.com.au
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From HobieClass.com Shauna McGee Kinney, Sunday, 3 January 2010
Gavin Colby returns to the top of the Australian National spotlight

After a five-year hiatus from major Hobie 16 competitions, Gavin Colby returns to the top of the Australian National spotlight. For the last three years, Gavin has been competing in only two regattas a year, because his career with Virgin Blue had quite literally taken-off, he’s a pilot for the airline.

The return to the West coast was a good move for Gavin. He’s been racing once a week at his old club, Nedlands Yacht Club, and putting in a consistent extra day of practice each week, between his work obligations. He makes the time for sailing and even held a skipper’s clinic for his fellow sailors in November.
Gavin’s crew, Sasha Marks, is an athlete who’d done many sports other than sailing like water skiing and competitive netball. She’s a flight attendant for Virgin Blue who knew Gavin through mutual friends. Sasha admits she was frightened the first time she went sailing with Gavin. After that one sail, she admitted she was OK with the rest of the racing.
Gavin explained his new sailing strategy as “just trying to have fun”. He added I do sometimes have bad finishes, like today when we were 19th out of a fleet of 47 boats. Finishing in the middle of the fleet hasn’t worried Gavin and he’ll be back on the course tomorrow, having fun with Sasha and Gavin at the front of the field.
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Full Results HERE


P Sail No Skipper/Crew Total Nett
1 111965 Gavin Colby/Sasha Marks 46 23
2 111877 Darren Smith/Josie Mark 62 40
3 111918 Taylor Booth/Emma Sturgeon 82 52
4 112028 Peter Bates/Juliet Bates 104 66
5 111911 Cam Owen/Susan Ferris 128 67
6 112040 Mick Butler/Kendra Norton 118 86
7 111763 Adrian Fawcett/Jesse Dobie 150 112
8 111666 Chris Hancock/James Wierzbowski 177 116
9 111591 Gordon McGillvray/John McGillvray 189 118

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