Day One of the 2nd Hobie Tiger World Championships and Close to 100 boats on the start line at approximately 1pm.
The racing was GREAT for all except the faint of heart. Hobie sailors from 16 nations representing 5 continents had what was commonly called "A Hobie Day"
Skippers could be heard for several kilometres away "gently" reminding their crews to STUFF THAT SPIN NOW. The winds were hoot - I mean REALLY howling for a bit in the afternoon. Those from the South Pacific and South Africa Regions were in a familiar element - some from the lighter climes of the world struggled.
All in all EVERYONE had a blast (most fun) - even the FRA Women's team that ended up at the local hospital for a brief period, (but made it to the cocktail hour), could not stop talking about what a GREAT event this was. Quote from Laurie Alter: "It's windier here than home - my husband was very cool and patient - no LOUD screaming on USA 914!! We only flipped once - which cooled us off - learned the "lesson" - no need to repeat the lesson again.
Sail number NED 591 (All Women's team) "Well, a LOT of wind, LARGER sails than the F-18 Class, NEW area, TOUGH competition, BIG challenge - but what a GREAT event - TOTAL enjoyment.
Provisional results are posted. The hearing of 8 protests are in progress. More great racing in the days to come. The kids start with the Dragoon Cup tomorrow with their OWN regatta.
Results after four races:
1 AUS GAVIN COLBY CORI CAMENISH
2 ITA ALBERTO SONINO GABRIELE BRUNI
3 FRA ERIC PROUST YANN ANDRILLON