Sailors head for in­ter­na­tional seas

The New Age (Free State) - - KWAZULU-NATAL NEWS - TNA RE­PORTER

HALF a dozen Ho­bie Cut sailors from the Point Yacht Club in Dur­ban will be head­ing to No­ord­wijk in the Nether­lands to com­pete in the Ho­bie Mul­tiWorlds and Euro­peans 2017 com­pe­ti­tion in July.

The 10- day re­gatta will boast more than 250 en­tries from 24 coun­tries com­pet­ing in eight mul­ti­hull classes.

Garth Loudon from Mount Edge­combe, whose sail­ing ca­reer spans four decades, will lead the Point Yacht Club con­tin­gent. Loudon first com­peted in­ter­na­tion­ally in the Ho­bie 16 Worlds at Fort Wal­ton, Florida, US, in 1984.

Loudon is in peak phys­i­cal con­di­tion fol­low­ing a de­mand­ing train­ing sched­ule that in­cluded spend­ing as much time as he could on his cata­ma­ran.

Loudon and Westville’s Peter Hall will be racing in the Ho­bie 14 class.

Fa­ther and son Justin and James But­ler of Westville will be part of the four­some who will be racing in the Ho­bie 16 open class.

James, 15, pairs up with Dy­lan Al­bert, 16, of Dur­ban North, while Berea’s Jethro Bro­phy Tintinger, 17, will be crew­ing for Dutch sailor Stan Jaco Gerd van der Lans.

Fol­low­ing the Ho­bie Mul­tiWorlds and Euro­peans, Loudon and his Ho­bie 16 part­ner, Rob­bie Eduoard-Betsy, will head to Sylt, Ger­many, to take part in the pres­ti­gious Ho­bie World Cat. Only nine teams from around the world have been in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in this event.

The Ho­bie en­thu­si­asts are spend­ing as much time as pos­si­ble on the wa­ter, with all six com­pet­ing in the Ho­bie 14 Na­tion­als hosted by Point Yacht Club on June 16-18. The Na­tion­als event launches with the Fly­ing Fif­teen and Laser Re­gion­als. – 701198

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