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1 November 2005, 04:50 pm
DELIUS And WIESE-DOHSE Win Third Semi Final Race
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Hobie 16 World Championship 2005
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Ingo DELIUS and Katrin WIESE-DOHSE (GER) won the third race of the semi finals for the 17th Hobie 16 Worlds in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. They were first at the upwind mark and never lost their leading position in the battle with the American team of Bob MERRICK and Mike HUANG.
However, the Americans had gone OCS so the South Africans William and Lucinda EDWARDS took over the second place, followed by Paul LAGESSE and Tyran KERFORD (RSA). The fourth race, today's second, had to be cancelled again, due to a lack of wind.

Golden Tack

According to the local weather forecast, the wind would set in at 1400 hours local time and it did. The race committee put in a short course of 3/4 of a mile, since they had to catch up on the racing schedule. Four teams were early over the line.

Ingo DELIUS, Belgian and German Hobie 16 Champion 2005 explained, 'Today's strategy was to have a good start and we did. We had clean air, went outside and tacked at the right time, not too far out.' They rounded the weather mark in first position, followed by the Americans and the Brazilian team of Ricardo NAVARRO and Mequias QUEIROZ. DELIUS recalls, 'It was very tough to defend our place, because the Americans are very good sailors. The wind dropped already on the first beat. We went from double trapeze to floating. It picked up a little bit on the way down to the finish. That is why we gibed twice, because we wanted to go to the other boats that were further out on the ocean. They had more pressure.'

Enrique FIGUEROA and Carla MALATRASI from Puerto Rico, yesterday's winners, came back from a ninth to a fourth place.

European Competition

When DELIUS and WIESE-DOHSE left Germany for the Hobie 16 Worlds in South Africa, their goal was a top ten position. DELIUS remarked, 'We had a bad race yesterday, so it will be hard. But the score between us and the French boys Cédric and Yann is tied. We beat them in France and they won the Europeans in Germany. We read on the internet that they are aiming for a top five result here, so we actually have to do the same.'

A 30 knots wind has been reported from Cape Town, about 650 kilometers to the south. It is heading down to Port Elizabeth and will probably arrive tomorrow morning. The windy city will once again live up her name.

Semi Final Top Ten After One Race
(only one fleet has completed race two - so results show only race one)

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 Pts
1 PUR Enrique FIGUEROA Carla MALATRASI 1 1
1 RSA Shaun FERRY Michele LE SUEUR 1 1
3 FRA Rudolph CHICHEMANIAN Christian BRUGES 2 2
3 FRA Thomas RICHARDS Moana TRANKCART 2 2
5 FRA Cédric BADER Yann MONTOYA 3 3
5 RSA Paul LAGESSE Tyran KERFORD 3 3
7 FRA Jerome LE GAL Siret MICKAEL 4 4
7 GUA Juani MAEGLI Cristina GUIROLA 4 4
9 FRA Christophe Renaud DE MALET Albin ROSSOILIN 5 5
9 AUS Tim SHUWALOW Cameron HOOPER 5 5

Qualifier Top Ten Results

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 Pts
1 TAH Teiva VERONIQUE Kaya GUILLAIN 1 2 3
2 RSA Andrew WARD Steve ARNOLD 4 1 5
3 NZL Fletcher WARREN Georgia MYERS 2 3 5
4 ITA Mark LARUFFA Joshua SELIG 2 4 6
5 FRA Alban BRUNO Jean BERNAZ 1 6 7
6 AUS Shane PETERSON Jesse DOBIE 4 3 7
7 FRA Maxime CLERCQ Yoann BONTE 7 1 8
8 BRA Bernardo ARNDT Bruno OLIVEIRA 2 (RDG) 8 10
9 BRA Carlos AZEVEDO Daniel AZEVEDO 6 5 11
10 RSA Robert ARCHIBALD Paula ARCHIBALD 10 2 12
Diana Bogaards (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Ingo DELIUS and Katrin WIESE-DOHSE:© Pierrick Contin
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