Stower and Winspear the Hobie champs

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They successfully defended their title on Suma’s, dominating both days despite very little wind on day two, although day one’s conditions were almost perfect for this type of sail racing, with a steady, moderate northwesterly wind, and their excellent starts, boat speed and tactics kept them ahead of second-placed Gordon Burgis and Ken Snell on Pure Energy.

In the B fleet races Matt Dale and James Winchester, who moved up from the junior fleet this year, sailed well to tale overall sixth place and to win their class.

The Hobie 18 Tiger class had just two boats taking part – David Carter and Simon Le Huray on Wilfred going head to head with last year’s winners, Mick Doleman and Damien James on Roar Edge.

The racing could not have been closer, with spinnakers hoisted at every opportunity, and the last race, won by Carter/Le Huray, was the decider.

The increasingly competitive Junior Dragoon races included a healthy dash of family rivalry, with Laurence Carter and Leo Schofield, both racing in the event for the first time, just pipping last year’s winners, Laura Jane Carter and Thomas Harris, by a solitary point gained on day one despite an on-course incident with a Hobie 16! In third place was Rhiannah de Carteret, crewed for the first time by Hannah Voak.

These two worked well together and put in a notable performance on day one in particular.

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