Hobie Nationals 2023
All the information as well as the latest results from the 2023 Nationals
British Hobie 16 Nationals – Poole Yacht Club
Twenty two teams lined up for the British Hobie 16 Nationals over three days at Poole Yacht Club. With an increasing international flavour present from South Africa, Greece and the Channel Islands the teams eagerly awaited the flat and fast conditions normally offered on the harbour.
DAY ONE - saw the fleet depart the beach in a light 7kn westerly with the threat of thunderstorms developing. Two races in light and shifting conditions were completed in amongst the rain and hail bouncing off the boats before further racing was abandoned as the thunder was heard in the distance. Defending holders Andrew Boyd and Kim Troll navigated the weather to be sitting in first with visiting team of William and Lucinda Edwards from South Africa sitting in second with a bullet in the last race indicating that that they had come to race. Andrew Boyd/KimTroll (3), William Edwards/Lucinda Edwards (6), Mark Farrow/Pip Edwards (7)
DAY TWO - brought a new day with clear skies and a building 10kn breeze. Four races were completed as the breeze built to 20kn with racing tight across the fleet. It was the Jersey crew of Ollie Voak and Megan Rowarth who dominated to take three wins and missing a clean sweep of the day with the last gybe to finish going wrong in the gusting 28kn conditions. Andrew Boyd/KimTroll (8), Mark Farrow/Pip Edwards (13), Ollie Voak/Megan Rowarth (16).
DAY THREE - saw a glassy view great sailors as they left the beach in a 5knt northerly zephyr from over the city promising difficult and twitchy conditions. With the new wind direction the top mark was set away from the shallows and in the deeper channel with an ebbing current becoming a factor in navigating to the A mark in the dying breeze. It was the visiting team of Edwards doing the best job in the conditions with two firsts and the super consistent teaming of Mark Farrow and Pip Edwards close on their heals with two seconds rearranging the top of the leader board as wind faded again to glass.
A countback and one point covering the podium was the result after eight races in the full spectrum of winds. Well done the leading ladies team of Emma Hutchings and Kate Newman and first time entrants of Johnny and Freya Farrow winning the Youth.
1st Andrew Boyd / Kim Troll (17)
2nd Mark Farrow / Pip Edwards (17)
3rd William Edwards / Lucinda Edwards (18)
1st Ladies: Emma Hutchings / Kate Newman
1st Youth: Johnny Farrow / Freya Farrow
The winners of the Wildwind Holiday for 2 were first time entrants to the Hobie Nationals Richard and Danielle Freemantle. ho
Here are a few of the best images from the Nationals - the complete high quality images can be found by following this link.
Schedule for the Weekend
Fri, 25 Aug
9:00 - 21:00. Arrival at the club
Sat, 26 Aug
8:30 - 10:30 Registration - Academy Room (under walkway)
10:30 - 10:45 - Race Briefing- Patio outside bar downstairs
12:00 - 16:30- Racing
19:30 - 12:00 - Party with Live Band & BBQ (if you haven't been able to preorder your food you can order at the bar on the day. Get there early to avoid disappointment
Sun, 27 Aug
11:00 - 16:30 - Racing
18:30 - 19:30 - Meal, Drinks and AGM (The kitchen is not open this evening so we are planning on ordering pizzas and eating on the balcony outside before the meeting.)
Mon, 28 Aug
11:00 - 14:30 - Racing
14:30 - 15:30 - Prizegiving- Including the Wildwind Holiday Raffle
Patio outside bar downstairs