Sailors head for international seas
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