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Hobie 16 World Championship 2005
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

On Friday 4 November 2005, Shaun FERRY and Michele LE SUEUR (RSA) won the 2005 Hobie 16 World Championship in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Tears came to his eyes, as FERRY hit the beach and heard about his third world title.
It was a rainy day in Nelson Mandela Bay, with a maximum of five knots of wind. Four final races were scheduled to determine the 2005 World Champion, but only one was completed. Race two was cancelled after the first beat. Yesterday's top three produced a disappointing result. However, Blaine and Roxanna DODDS (RSA) could discard it and won silver, followed by the Germans Ingo DELIUS and Katrin WIESE-DOHSE.

FERRY and LE SUEUR were welcomed back on the beach with a bottle of champagne. FERRY also won the World title in 1993 in Guedeloupe and the was the ISAF Hobie 16 World Champion 1998. 'We are relieved,' said FERRY. 'There was so much pressure,' added LE SUEUR. That was about it, because DODDS and other competitors picked the winners up and threw them in the Indian Ocean. FERRY quit sailing a few years ago, but he decided to participate at the 2005 Worlds just for fun. After he won the first race of the semi finals, the pressure was on. FERRY spoke about his future in the Hobie 16, 'I want to put something back into the class, in order to keep it going. I will spend time on that. The sport must continue and that is most important to me.' He finished 16th in today's race, one place ahead of SHUWALOW and HOOPER (AUS). The Australians already had a 21 position as discard, so they fell back to a fourth position overall.

DODDS and FERRY used to sail together in the past. DODDS reflected on their success today, 'Well, it is a pity that we only had one race. It wasn't supposed to be like this.' He crossed the finish line in 35th position, which was his discard. DODDS is also a former World Champion. He won the title in 1998. The Germans DELIUS and WIESE-DOHSE missed out on this year's Hobie 16 European title on the last day, which was different this time. They climbed from sixth to third place. 'No German has ever won a bronze medal before, so we are very happy,' said WIESE-DOHSE enthusiastically. 'We did not expect this before, but everything came together right. It was also German weather today and we were lucky that we only sailed one race.'

This evening, the winners will be honoured at the prize giving at McArthur Pool. The 17th Hobie Cat 16 World Championships have experienced changeable weather conditions, which makes the World Champion a real winner.

Top Ten Results

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 RSA Shaun FERRY Michele LE SUEUR 1 5 2 3 10 (16) 21
2 RSA Blaine DODDS Roxanne DODDS 9 2 2 4 7 (35) 24
3 GER Ingo DELIUS Katrin WIESE-DOHSE (32) 1 4 6 8 6 25
4 AUS Tim SHUWALOW Cameron HOOPER 5 1 1 (21) 4 17 28
5 RSA Paul LAGESSE Tyran KERFORD 3 3 (28) 10 2 14 32
6 FRA Jerome LE GAL Siret MICKAEL 4 17 3 9 2 (25) 35
7 FRA Cédric BADER Yann MONTOYA 3 (12) 5 10 9 11 38
8 GBR Tom PHIPPS Andrew TAYLER 13 6 6 9 5 (46) 39
9 GUA Juani MAEGLI Cristina GUIROLA 4 3 10 5 (35) 18 40
10 AUS Michael BUTLER Susan ETHERINGTON 8 9 (21) 7 6 13 43
Diana Bogaards (As Amended By ISAF). Image, World Champions Shaun FERRY and Michele LE SUEUR:© Pierrick Contin
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