Sailing season in North America is well underway now and the cold weather is behind us for another year. We have been to two regattas so far and our calendars are full with upcoming events.
Recently we just returned from our annual trip to Syracuse, NY. It’s always a big regatta but the weather can be fickle. The buoy race portion of the regatta is preceded on Friday by an optional fun distance race around the lake. It’s usually roughly 16 km and requires rounding some islands in the lake. The distance race sailed in breezy conditions, although some had to wash the mud off the top of their sails afterwards.
With less than 7 months to the start of the 22nd Hobie 16 World Championships at Captiva Island, Florida we have started to attract some famous names from the past and stars of the future.
This month we look at the Great Grand Masters, as we have Steve Leo USA and John Dinsdale FRA. Steve and John competed in the very first Hobie 16 World Championships in 1976 at Honolulu, Hawaii. 43 years later to the day, 6th November 1976 was the last day of the 1st Hobie World Championships, 6th November 2019 will be the 1st day of the Great Grand Masters. These two will be back out on the water continuing their own Hobie 16 races for bragging rights which they started 43 years ago. What a great tribute to the Hobie Class to have sailors still competing in the same class for over 43 years.