Svendborg Sunds Sejlklub 13-14 September
This years Danish Nationals were held at picturesque Svendborg Sound. Saturday with lots of sun saw winds blowing 12-16 knots from a northeasterly direction increasing Sunday to 15-20 knots in a more gray weather setting.
A combination of land-effect, current and a shifty breeze provided the competitors quite challenging conditions in both tactics and boat handling.
The Nationals were held in HC16 Classic and HC16 SPI. Eight teams from Germany took the way up and gave the event a bit of interantional glory and not least very qualified competion to the Danes! :-)
Hobie Cat 16 Classic winners:
1. Christoph Beinlich / Felicitas Franke (GER)
2. Jens Reimers / Nina Reimers (GER)
3. Thorben Wolkowski / Neele Wolkowski (GER)
Hobie Cat 16 SPI winners:
1. Daniel Bjørnholt / Josephine Frederiksen (DEN)
2. Nicolaj Bjørnholt / Nicklas Heide (DEN)
3. Kerstin Wichardt / Sarah Schütte (GER)
Hobie Cat 16 SPI - Danish Sailing medal winners:
Gold: Daniel Bjørnholt / Josephine Frederiksen
Silver: Nicolaj Bjørnholt / Nicklas Heide
Bronze: Benjamin Böhme / Martin Schwensen
Hobie Cat "Action" trophy winners:
Petra Jørs / Emilie Arntoft (DEN)
Please find full results and pics below.
Results HC16 SPI
Results HC16 Classic
Pictures (on FB)
Testing conditions greeted the 56 crew on the first day of racing in the strong turnout of 28 Hobie Cats competing in this year's Channel Islands Hobie Cat Championships organised by the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club. With a westerly wind gusting to 27 knots throwing up a choppy sea, there was lots of action in the 3 races programmed for the Saturday in St. Aubin's bay.
The highest turnout was in the Hobie 16 'A' and 'B' Fleet class with 17 boats competing for the trophies. The Hobie 18ft Tiger and Wildcat class saw Jersey and Guernsey crews performing well on their powerful multihulls in the tough conditions.
Due to the strong wind the Junior Hobie Dragoons crews were unable race on the first day and several of the Hobie 16 'B' Fleet retired after some spectacular capsizes. Sundays sailing conditions couldn't have been more perfect for the 3 morning races, a steady force four north westerly wind direction flattened the sea and allowed all classes to double trapeze and sail fast on the long tactical courses set by Race Officers Tony Eggleston and Mike Winspear.
HOBIE 16 'A' FLEET CLASS
Grant Neale and Karen Larose set the pace in Saturdays racing, posting two firsts and a second. Gordon Burgis and crew Kenny Snell suffered rigging failures as did Alex Ohlsson sailing with Rachel Smith, setting both contenders back in the cut and thrust of the Hobie 16's racing. Stuart Mc Cue with crew Lauren were also in the running with a good set of results after the first day, they won the first race on Saturday. Burgis and Snell had to settle for second place in spite of pulling out all the stops and winning the 3 races on Sunday, they couldn't catch Neale and Larose who sailed the percentages and covered well to win the coveted Hobie 16 Trophy by one point from the veteran team. Mc Cue sailing with Morgane Bitan on Sunday came third, again by the close margin of one point from Ohlsson in fourth place crewed by Aaron Le Cornu for the second days racing. Jeremy Smith and Sandrine Swetenham sailed well in their first Championships together to come fifth overall in the class