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
STONEHAGE CHANNEL ISLANDS HOBIE CAT CHAMPIONSHIPS – SAT 30th & SUN 31st AUGUST 2014, ST AUBINS BAY.
THE MAJOR HOBIE EVENT of the year. Racing for H/Tiger & Wildcats, H16 ‘A’ & ‘B’ Fleets and Junior Dragoons. There are Trophies and Prizes for the top 3 in each class, plus other discretionary prizes. The Notice of race and entry form is on the website www.rciycjersey.com also available from the Club. The Sailing Instructions are available from next week. Racing starts at 9:30am each day with 3 back to back races for each class and should finish up around lunchtime. If you require crew or a helm please let me know asap. With the record 30 Hobies entering the Summer series, it will great to see a record turnout for this year’s Champs especially with the growing H16 ‘B’ Fleet entering and racing for their own class prizes.
IT ALL KICKS OFF next Friday 29th August where there is Registration and Weigh in for all crews from 6:00pm to 7:00pm plus a complimentary drink for all competitors and helpers. On the Saturday a showing of the classic Hobie film ‘SHARING THE WIND’ ( a must see ) is planned at the Club plus photo gallery from the mornings racing starting at 6:30pm. A ‘Fish n Chip’ (best in Island) supper is available or other food from the menu, plus a few cold ones to quench the thirst after the mornings competitive sailing, more info on this to follow. The Gala Prize Giving including hot & cold buffet is on Sunday, for competitors the price is included in the entry fee, helpers are invited. Guest’s tickets are available at £10-00 each for the Sunday.
BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Darren and full Hobie crew Rob, Adrian, Rachael, Yvonne and Dan aboard his sailboat Crumpet who took the ‘Speedbird Trophy’ line honours and were first in class I in the ‘British Airways Round Island’ race last Sunday. Because of the strong conditions the Cats were cancelled and half the yachts didn’t sail . The Hobie team pulled out all the stops in wind gusting to 27kts to take the overall honours in a time of just over 5hrs 30mins, a fast rounding for a yacht – their boat speed coming around Corbiere on a wave surge was 15.2kts!
THE SPORTS CATS class for the BA ROUND ISLAND race is now re-scheduled for Saturday 27th September starting at 8:00am.
It’s the highlight of each race season for Hobie 16 sailors in Germany. The deep blue North Sea and the atmosphere of the popular North Sea-Island invites to the sailing event of the year. The Final Race of the Sylt Sailing Week 2014, the final of the qualifying teams of the current ranking of Super Sail Tour 2014 will find its winner on Sunday at the Brandenburger beach.
On Friday, August 8, the best German Hobie 16 sailors will arrive in the North Sea in front of Sylt and will do some training races and give interviews. On Saturday there will be the qualification regattas from 11am.
This year's Kieler Woche winner Lauritz Bockelmann, the senior World Champion Jens Goritz and Stefan Wiese-Dohse. He won the Kieler Woche last year and is currently on the first place of the ranking list. He will also start at the World Cat this year for Germany. In the field of 26 Hobie 16 is the 12-times European champion and 10-times winner of the Kieler Woche, Detlef Mohr. “Here on the island of Sylt, it’s always a challenge for us. The North Sea surge is capricious and thus makes it even more exciting that it already is”, said Mohr.
The teams will sail in exciting fleet races for the internal super sail ranking list, which will then be completed with the results of the previous races. After the races, the audience can expect an interview with the winners of the day. Sunday will be the final race in team match races. The best of the best will sail against each other for the title – 4 Hobie 16 catamarans, two teams and there will be only one winning team in the end. The winning team is the “Super Sail Tour Winner 2014”.
The races will be accompanied by a live presentation every day. Sunday at 4 pm will be the price giving ceremony of the Final Race 2014.
The event tent of Sansibar is open every night from 6 pm and invites to a “after sail party” or to the “sunset” lounge music in order to enjoy the evening. Besides the sporting highlights on the water there is a sailing simulator and an event mile including lots of treats for the audience.