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26 July 2005, 01:24 pm
Slow Start In Ventura
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Hobie 16 North American Championship 2005
Ventura, California, USA

It was a late day on the water in the Hobie 16 North American Championship in Ventura, California, USA, with the final race of the day ending at 1930 hours local time yesterday.
After waiting for wind all morning racing finally got started at 1430 and the wind built slowly throughout the day. Each group got in one race with double trapeezing conditions at the end of the day. Each team sailed two races today with four races total.

Defending champions from Mexico Armando NORIEGA and Roderigo ACHACH are off to a good start and lead the series. Americans Kieth CHRISTENSEN, a three time past champion, and Kristen KING are in second.

The favoured team from Puerto Rico, Enrique FIGUEROA and Carla FIGUEROA jumped the gun at the first start but managed to salvage a 15 after re-starting. They were second in their second race.

There are lots of young teams at the top of the field this year. Juani MAEGLI and Christina GUIROLA from Guatemala came to California directly from the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Busan, Korea and are presently in seventh place.

Bob Merrick. Image:© Event Media
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