After three days of racing and one waiting for wind the Hobie 16 SPI Youth and Hobie 14 concluded today. The youth got eleven races and the Hobie 14s nine. These in quite varied conditions with everything from light and reasonably flat up to about twenty knots and more rough wave conditions.
The Danish Bjoernholt brothers ruled the youth discipline far and away almost from the beginning. Their main challenges were an OCS and making it in time for the prize giving! ;-) A bi-cycle gave up.
Hobie 14 winner:
Wolfgang Ehrich (GER)
Hobie 16 SPI Youth winners:
1. Daniel & Nicolaj Bjoernholt (DEN)
2. Thomas Tiffon/Maureen McGrogan (FRA)
3. Alexandre Molina/Vianney Salvi (FRA)
The Hobie 16 Cut Party went into full swing following the celebration of the HC14 and HC16 Youth winners. Pretty sure some are still partying! ;-)
A perfect port start for skipper Ingo Delius in the 5th and last race of the Hobie 16 Regatta in Grömitz safed him the final overall victory in a very strong field before Kerstin Wichardt / Sarah Schütte second place and the Youth World Champions Nicolaj Björnholt / Nicklas Heide from Denmark. „We know that we have to try something special to win,“ said Ingo Delius after the race. „We saw the line to pin end, the wind was fine and the field was not fast enough to come down right in time. That was an amazing start for us,“ Ingo Delius smiling.
Former champion Detlef Mohr with his long year crew Karen Wichardt, sailed two first places and finished one time second, but with two OCS it was not possible to get in the top rankings after 5 races.
„Due to the wind conditions it was not possible to sail more than 5 races, so we only could take out one OCS. If you sail like this you cannot expect more,“ said Detlef Mohr after his 16th place overall.
Three great days with 7-fought races have allowed us to successfully conclude the 1st National Championship Hobie Cat Multiclass. The 55 boats in the water were divided between the historical and widespread Hobie Cat 16, the fast Tiger and Wild Cat and the "small" Dragoon.
The wind conditions were very different, both in intensity and direction and the committee has done a great job to allow the smooth running of the whole event that eventually honored as winners the faster and the more careful sailors who didn’t make tactical errors difficult to heal.
The technical success of the event was completed by the equally important success of the organization masterfully handled by the club Tognazzi Marine Village of Torvaianica that, aided by the beautiful location, they did live to all the competitors and their friends the famous atmosphere of the Hobie Way of Life, which combines the efforts of competitive races, with the pleasure of being fine all together having fun.
The Multiclass Championship formula helped make particularly interesting and enjoyable the whole event, because it brought together racers of all ages and different levels of experience, allowing everyone to have fun and just enjoy the competitive spirit.