Wednesday, August 19, 2009
2009 Hobie 16 North American Championships - Kingston, ON Wednesday, July 22, 2009
54 Hobie 16 teams from 5 countries are approaching the mid-way point of the North American Championships taking placing in Kingston, Ontario. The fleet is dotted with regional champions and solid world performers. After six races Jason Hess (Silver Medallist from the 2007 Hobie 16 Youth Worlds) with crew Hugo Guzman of Guatemala lead the way counting 3 bullets over the course of the first 6 races. Only one point behind is Enrique Figueroa and Victor Aponte of Puerto Rico.
The Canadian contingent is lead by Mike Madge and Carly Madge of Thunder Bay Ontario sitting 12th overall, hot on their heels is 2008 Canadian Olympic Tornado representative Kevin Stittle sailing with his cousin Marshall Champ sitting 15th, with two time Canadian Olympic Tornado representative (1988, 1992) Kevin Smith teamed with Keri Romanufa sitting 18th overall.
Racing continues through Friday so plenty of racing lays ahead. To follow this event go to www.cork.org for full results and details.
Photo: Kevin Stittle and Marshall Champ round leeward gate 4th overall in race 4.(That is Carly and I right behind Kevin in 5th place.We finished 8th in this race)
Funny story,the press boat came out to talk to us on the water Wedensday before the races's started.They knew we were the top Canadian team,but they never heard of us.So they wanted to do an interview with us after the racing.Well we stink it out Wedensday in the only race of the day.Never heard from the press guy again.