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1 August 2005, 11:53 am
FIGUEROA Claims Fifth Title
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Hobie 16 North American Championship 2005
Bob Merrick

After a week of intense racing off Ventura, California, USA the husband and wife team of Enrique and Carla FIGUEROA, from Puerto Rico, have taken another Hobie 16 class North American title.
This is Enrique FIGUEROA's fifth North American title in the 16 class and Carla's second. Enrique was also this year's Hobie Tiger class World Champion.

Enrique FIGUEROA grew up in the Hobie class winning his first Championship in the smaller Hobie 14 and moving on to win his first Hobie 16 Championship in 1984. Two years later in 1988, FIGUEROA took part in his first Olympic Sailing Competition in the Tornado.

FIGUEROA has continued in the Tornado and will be competing in the ISAF Grade C1 Tornado European Championship in Västervik, Sweden starting on 6 August.

The FIGUEROA's were followed by Juan MAEGLI and Cristina GUIROLA, an outstanding pair of youth sailors from Guatemala, who recently finished fourth at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Busan, Korea. Competing against the top adult

competitors is not a new thing for this young team and judging from this performance, it will not be long before major championship titles come their way.

Armando NORIEGA and Rodrigo ACHACH, last year's champions from Mexico, finished in third.

This year the American teams were left thinking that there must be a new tuning guide out there that has not been translated from Spanish. The top Americans were eighth this year.

This event was the qualifier for the Hobie 16 World Championship in South Africa starting in late October. The top 17 teams from the North Americans will be awarded pre-qualified spots at the Worlds.

Bob Merrick (As Amended By ISAF). Image:© HCA-NA.org
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