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14 September 2006, 10:09 am
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Hobie 16 North American Championship 2006
Narragansett, Rhode Island, USA

Day three of the Hobie 16 North Americans in Narragansett, Rhode Island, USA started with a whimper. The fleet was out on the water ready for a 1000 start but the wind did not materialize. Fortunately the Race Committee led everyone back to the beach at close to noon to wait for the wind to fill.
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The wind started to build in the early afternoon and the Race Committee called everyone off the beach. Much to the sailors surprise the starting line was about 50 yards away. The first race of the day was held inside the breakwater in Narragansett on a course that would be more common to college racing than international class racing, flat water and shift. It was a fun way to mix things up but it was disastrous for the Mexican team of Armando NORIEGA JR and Rodrigo ACHACH who finished 31st. That race combined with a DNF on Tuesday drops the Mexicans to seventh. For the moment this drops the Mexicans out of a Pan American Games spot and moves the USA team of Mike MONTAGUE and Kathy WARD into fourth for the last of the spots.

Race two was the last race for the day and the fleet was back out in the ocean in about 15 knots of wind with large ocean swells. Way out in front of the pack the husband and wife team of Enrique FIGUEROA and Carla MALASTRASI from Puerto Rico came out on top of a battle with the young team from Guatemala, Juan MAEGLI and Enrique ARATHOON. These two teams are in first and second respectively at the end of the day today.

Two more days of racing remain.

Bob MERRICK (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Action from Narragansett:© Steve OAD
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