Over the last couple of days, Hobie Beach has been transformed into a real Hobie Cat scene, with sailors from all over the world, of all ages and abilities. 60 brand new 16s are assembled and ready to go. Since 24 hours, all boats had to be dismasted due to the high wind.
Not all youth are competing in the youth class, as several have been drafted as crew for the masters, due to their light weight. That is why ten year old Erich RICKENS from Cape Town will race with his father. Despite it being his first World Championship ever he is not in the slightest bit intimidated, 'We just came up for the fun.'