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14 February 2003, 02:35 pm
Last Day Abandoned
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Hobie Tiger World Championship
Raffles Marina

What should have wrapped up with a bang unfortunately went out in a quiet whisper. In an anti-climatic fashion and probably the first for a Hobie World's, the last day of racing was abandoned.
At 3pm and no sign of any true breeze in sight, KT raised the dooming flags. For some it was joy and quit while you're ahead. For others, it was a frustrating end to a week of testing conditions.

For the late climbers in the ranks it was certainly quit while your ahead as there was a tight stacking of points from 3rd to 7th positions. But surely it must be a frustrating end for Enrique and Jorge's campaign that looked so promising earlier on and only to be let down by a small technical hitch.

But if consistent performance is what it's all about then Mitch and Taylor Booth deserve the title. The father/son team steadily made progress throughout the week to lay claim to a title that was hard fought and well earned.

The morning was made up of mingling and there were some noteworthy stories pouring out. Paul Larsen's Sailrocket program stands well clear of all the other stories. This is an attempt on the world sailing speed record with a really unique concept and the sexiest shape boat in yachting.

Unlike Shrek, Paul seems to smile all the time. But then again so would most folks if they sailed on Maiden with all the maidens - lucky guy. But Paul's position onboard was courtesy of Helena Davidlsen who normally sails with Tracey Edwards. Helena's favour was returned by Paul having Helena crew for him in the Tiger Championships.

The other noteworthy story to make headlines was the fact that Gavin Colby was voted best "Miss Alternative Hot Chick" at a party that was otherwise rated as "rather dull". Expertly managed by Enrique, Gavin even got to choose the lady that would show him how to wear the obligatory G-string.

By 6pm most of the Tigers were knocked down ready for loading into containers for shipping to various points around the globe. It has been a great event unfortunately the winds haven't been quite favourable but their unpredictability made for an interesting week.

What has the Hobie World's done for sailing in Singapore? It has focused a lot of attention on cat sailing in Singapore and that has got to be a good thing for the Tiger, cat sailing and the Formula 18 as a class - that's got to be a good thing.

The merits of the Tiger Class clearly shown through all week. A good tightly knit group of sailors that represented the cream of Hobie sailors in the world. As some of the competitors said "although the fleet was down in size as compared to the last titles in Europe, the fleet here are the keen sailors and the top ten boats here are a mirror of the last world's."

Congratulations to everyone who showed up and added some spice to sailing in Singapore.
Scott McCook/ISAF News Editor
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