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
|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|