By the end of the competition, a total of 350 two-person teams representing 29 countries made this World Championship the largest multinational race ever run by the International Hobie Class Association.
The 16th Hobie Cat 16 World Championships have just concluded to accolades from everyone involved. Sponsored by Coca Cola and sanctioned and organized by the International Hobie Class Association, the competition took place from May 4 through May 14 on the warm, beautiful waters off the coast of Riviera Maya, just south of Cancun, Mexico. Top name Hobie racers convened in Mexico to battle for the right to be called champions. Five disciplines included the Open, Youth, Women, Masters, and Grand Masters. Hobie Cat supplied and maintained 64 boats for 47 races over a period of ten unforgettable days.
The Barcelo Maya Beach Resort hosted the event, dedicating a stretch of newly cleared white sand beach to Hobie Cat. For ten days, Hobie 16's monopolized the surrounding waters, providing adrenalin rushes to the competitors and excitement to the huge spectator crowd on the beach. Award parties followed the finals of each discipline were capped the last night by a pig roast and paella dinner on the beach replete with cheers and a good time by all.
Bragging rights go to the following winners:
● Open - Axel SILVY and Pauline JUPIN representing France/ Guadalupe
● Youth - Jerome LEGAL and Vaik DELEVAUX representing France/ New Caledonia
● Women's - Pamela and Martha NORIEGA representing Mexico
● Masters - Jens GORITZ and Simone MONREAL representing Germany
● Grand Masters - Michel LE CALVIC and Emmanuele VROUSOS representing Tahiti
"Our Hobie 16's are integral to our business as illustrated by the massive effort that went into putting this event on. We take as much pride in our product as these racers take in their accomplishments on the water."
commented Doug SKIDMORE, president of Hobie Cat in the U.S. "No prize money was at stake. These competitors were there out of passion for catamaran racing, and we're glad they chose Hobie to help them achieve their goals."