Day one of Hobie® Masters Class gets underway
The Hobie® World Championships was officially opened by Mayor or Shoalhaven Joanna Gash on Friday night at the Opening Ceremony and Masters Class Welcome. Live music, speeches and canapés were followed by fireworks on what was a great occasion for sailors young and old to rekindle old rivalries and have a few laughs before getting down to the business of racing.
Today, Saturday the 1st of February marked the first day of racing with the Masters class getting off to a slow start. The 20 - 30 knot winds we have seen over the past week were no where to be found this morning but the weather gods eventually smiled on huskisson and the sailors around midday with sunshine, Mid 20ºC and a healthy 6 knots allowing the Masters to get out there and do what they do best.
Due to the light and shifty conditions we were only able to get 2 races off today but taking out the first race was the Brazilian team of Claudio Teixeira and Bruno Reis with a good start coming from second place at the A mark and moving into first at the gate, holding the lead to the finish line.
2nd place was taken by William and Lucinda Edwards from South Africa, coming from 9th at the A mark and moving up to 4th at the gate, to take second across the line and Rod and Kerry Waterhouse from Australia coming in third in race one.
Race 2 was taken out by father and son team Mick and Patrick Butler, Skipper and previous world champion Mick came from 4th at the A mark, moved up at every position to claim victory at the line. 2nd was taken by Brazilians, Ricardo Halla and Marcela Mendes followed by Tahitians, Francois Macouin and Marie Dubois coming in third.
The weather looks set to deliver tomorrow with mid to high 20º's, sun and most importantly good winds of around 9 knots expected in time of a punctual start to the days racing. Bring it on!