Feb 16, 2014

Hobie 2016 Worlds @Jarvis Bay: Gavin Colby & Josie Mark World Champs

In the opposite spectrum of the A-Class you have the Hobie 16. A great boat which many used it to learn catsailing and racing. For those new visitors I started with Cats in Mexico, on the Valle de Bravo fleet while living at DF for two years due to IT office work.

My passion for cats comes from the Hobie camp, and I did worked for the local class on those two years where I had the luck to participate at the 2004 Playa del Carmen Worlds.

I'm glad Hobie is back on business organizing Worlds with boats provided by the org, with Hobie you have the complete package for sure, you just have to worry to be there.

Hobie knows their terrain, but those trying to convert Formula classes into OD, I think you already failed from day one. There is no way you can transform any successful Formula or Development Class in a OD maintaining the numbers.
For ie the Hobie Tiger had its day as a OD Class with 80 boats at LA Worlds some years ago. Following the reasoning of those pushing for OD in Formula Classes, I would like to know why it didn´t replaced the F18 for instance????

But the H16 remains a challenging boat thus a great school for those aspiring to the top level in Multis. It wont create new fleets from scratch now a days, but it is still maintaining the racing tradition and the Fun.

Photos & Results link below .Report by Steve Fields: 
"Our 2014 Hobie 16 World Champions are crowned on Jervis Bay!
"Today marked the last day of the Hobie 16 World Championships and what a regatta it has been. We have seen all kinds of conditions, challenging the most steadfast sailors and today was no exception.
Race 11

In what was a somewhat challenging day of stops and starts we saw the winds get up and the boats go out on schedule for the first race of the day. The 12 knot northerly dropped off toward the end of the race but not before we saw a result for Cam Owen and Suzzi Ghent.

The West Australians gave it everything they had and lead wire to wire taking victory followed by Jason Hess and Irene Abascal from Guatemala in second and fellow Aussies Stephen Watt and Arbi Watt from New South Wales picking up third.

The drop in wind put a hold on racing but our sailors enthusiasm was not left wanting and they were back on the water at 2:00 for the second race of the day.
Race 12

That enthusiasm was evident as Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin from New South Wales, Australia threw themselves at the line taking the lead and holding it all the way to 1st narrowly beating Jason’s parents Rod and Kerry Waterhouse. When asked, Rod and Kerry said "we couldn’t be prouder of Jason and Lisa’s victory". Coming in third were Koreans Byeongki Park and Haekwang Youn.

The real shake up of race 12 though was current China, Hobie World Champion Jerome Le Gal’s Black Flag Disqualification (BFD) placing him 57th for the race and ultimately costing him the title, changing the game for the other competitors in the field.
Race 13

Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin again took the top spot in what was a fantastic days racing for the pair as winds freshened and the boats got to stretch their legs for the last race of the day. Second and third were picked up by Tim Shuwalow and Nina Curtis from Sweden and Daniel Bjornholt-Christensen and Lachlan White respectively.

Gavin Colby and Josie Mark gave it their all and placed fourth. Unaware of Jerome Le Gal’s BFD the pair unknowingly sealed up the event to ultimately be crowned our New Hobie 16 World Champions!

Congratulations Gavin and Josie on a fantastic regatta! The Celebrations and Congratulations will continue on into the evening as we finish up an amazing two weeks and close out what has been biggest Hobie 16 World Championships in history! Nice work, all involved!

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For race results, photos and videos, head to hobieworlds.com to check out all the action!"