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13 October 2005, 03:35 pm
Success First Championship in Asia
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Allied Pickfords Hobie Asian Championship 2005
Hong Kong

Big rolling waves and tricky wind shifts with strengths of between twelve and 18 knots added an element of excitement to the last and closing day of the first ever Hobie Asian Championship in Hong Kong.
Possibly still recovering from Saturday night's party at the Hong Kong Hobie Club (HKHC), some boats were late for the start of the first race at 1030 hours local time. There was sympathy for home sailor Tong SHING who missed the start on Sunday due to helping another competitor repairing their boat before leaving the beach.

There was excitement in the first beat of the day when a Bubba Wong's shrimp boat charged through just to windard of the start line forcing some Hobies into emergency gybes to avoid the trailing lines and nets. Philippine sailors Louis PERFECTUA and Chris PITCHELL successfully navigated past the obstructions and were almost second around the windward mark had they not capsized just before rounding!

The first two races of the day were windward-leewards while the last two were triangle-sausages.

The Thai team of Damrongsak and Sakda VONGTIM obliterated the Hobie 16 competition with yet another three magnificent bullets. They would have had a perfect regatta with twelve bullets if they had not come second to Australia's Bruce TARDREW and Gerard RYAN on the first race on Saturday. As it was they discarded a first place and a second to finish with a perfect score of ten for the regatta.

TARDREW and RYAN were to consolidate their second place overall ten points clear of the Singaporean youth team of Melcolm HUANG and Pei Quan CHUNG - both teams sailing very consistently.

Fijian Grahame SOUTHWICK and Joana ARONG regained their fourth place overall in the Hobie 16 fleet whilst Thailand's Gary BAGULEY and his third crew of the regatta, Carina CROLY, just snatched fifth place by one point from the Philippine duo of Mark HASWELL and Andrea LEVINGE leaving Tong SHING and Evergreen LEE to place seventh overall as the top performing home 16.

In the Hobie Tiger division Peter and Brenda DAVIES snagged first place overall with a 2-1-2 tally for Sunday's racing. Second in the Tiger fleet went to JC BROYELLE and Fa CHAI despite another fantastic capsize just after a gybe mark. Third in the Tiger fleet went to HKHC Commodore Nigel HARRIS and Ed SHIFFNER.

In the combined overall results, with the Hobie 16 and Hobie Tiger results put together and multiplied by a time correction factor, the Hobie 16's were to take ten of the top eleven places with local sailors Peter and Brenda DAVIES placing third overall in the combined fleet of 47 Hobies.

Event Media. Image, Action from the opening day in Hoong Kong:© Kevin Lewis
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