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20 September 2004, 10:34 am
First Time Championship For Mexicans
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Hobie 16 North American Championship
Syracuse, NY

Mexicans Armando NORIEGA and Roderigo ACHACH are the new Hobie 16 North American Champions in the event, which concluded on Friday in Syracuse, NY.
Noriega is a Pan-Am Games silver medallist in the Hobie 16 but the title of North American Champion is a first for him and for Achach. The team dominated the seventy-one boat fleet, on Lake Oneida in Syracuse NY, finishing twenty two points ahead of the second place team, and 2004 Alter Cup Champions, Mike MONTAGUE and Cathy WARD from California. Defending Champions Paul and Mary Ann HESS finished fourth.

The regatta came to an anticlimactic end on Friday with only one race started in winds just above the class minimum wind strength of five knots. The conditions where light and shifty for most of the week with the exception of Tuesday when the winds topped out at about fifteen knots.

Full results are available on the event website at the address below.

Top Five:

1)Armando Noriega and Roderigo Achach
2)Mike Monntague and Cathy Ward
3)Bob Merrick and Eliza Cleveland
4)Paul Hess and Mary Ann Hess
5)Wall Myers and Tyler Myers
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