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25 July 2003, 09:48 am
Germans Dominate
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Hobie 14 World Championship

German sailors hold down three of the top four places in the event. In the light and tricky conditions, consistency has been the key to success with Joachim WEBENER the only sailor in the fleet able to boast all five races with top ten finishes.
This has been enough to secure him a tie for first place with another local sailor Frank SUCHANEK.

Three races were held yesterday, the second day of racing, but with a later afternoon storm forecast, organisers were keen to finish racing early and have all sailors ashore prior to the change. Several sailors were caught out in the variable conditions while waiting for the start of race 2 of the day.

Having drifted downwind from the Committee boat after the completion of Race 1 of the day, they found it difficult to get back to the line for the start of the next race when the wind softened for several minutes just prior to the start. The wind filled in again, but too late for many to get back to the line, and the remainder of the race was spent trying to salvage a respectable result.

Dutch sailor Thorin ZEILMAKER finished the day with a top ten finish followed by two firsts, but unfortunately an OCS in the first race dropped him down the results. With excellent speed and an uncanny ability to find the best of the breeze on the long courses, Zeilmaker was the dominant sailor on the course, but with an OCS and one other mid-fleet result it will be difficult for him to get back into the top placings.

Young South African sailor Philip DU TOIT has also sailed well, although a lapse in concentration between races saw him late for the start of the second race and a 21st place finish.

The big improver through the first two days has been Peter MANVIS from the Netherlands - a multi-European Champion in the Hobie 16, but virtual newcomer to the Hobie 14. Scores of 20,15,4,2,12 have moved Manvis into third position, although a significant 20 points between the leading German sailors.

Racing continues tomorrow with the new World Champion decided on Saturday.

14 Year Old Brits prove too much for Olympic and World Champions

The Hobie 16 Spinnaker event being held off the beach at Travemunde is aimed at providing young sailors the experience of sailing the Hobie 16 with the newly released spinnaker kit. To provide these sailors with an even more unique experience, Mitch BOOTH (two time Olympic medallist) and Gavin COLBY (Hobie 16 World Champion) are sailing against the youth sailors in the Open Division. Booth and Colby were expected to dominate the event, but these two world class sailors are currently being upstaged by two 14 year old British sailors after the first two days of sailing.

Tom PHIPPS and Jonathan COOK are leading having sailed the more consistent series with a worst place of third while Booth and Colby have each suffered from inconsistency in the light and moderate conditions. Booth and Colby have come in for some not so subtle ribbing from many of the other 200 Hobie sailors at the event, but both were extremely complimentary of the sailing of Phipps and Cook, noting in particular their teamwork and boat handling which has obviously benefited from the coaching and training prior to the event.

All Hobie sailors at the event will be watching the remainder these results with interest, as Phipps and Cook have an excellent chance of taking out the Open event as well as the Youth event.

Racing continues today, with the final races on Saturday.

Full results are available on the event website at the address below.
David Brooks (As Amended By ISAF NEws Editor)
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