Orion Martin and Charlotte Hilliard are the 2013 European champions for the Hobie Cat 16 Class. With two solid victories on the last day in Cagliari, the French team opened up a deep margin on second seeded Jens Goritz and Kerstin Wichardt of Germany. Australian Cam Owen and Susan Ghent finished three more points behind.
Consistency is the key to catch the 2013 Hobie Cat 16 European title. The most consistent teams, in both strong winds and light breezes, arrive to the final day of the Open Championship in Cagliari with a firm grip on the top three spots and similar chances to close in first place. Jens Goritz and Kerstin Wichardt of Germany against Orion Martin and Charlotte Hilliard of France will be the match to follow. They are divided by only one point after 8 races, at the end of a day with three not easy races and wind below 10 knots.
Four boats in just two points. After five tightly contested races in medium to strong wind, Orion Martin and Charlotte Hilliard of France lead a small group of top contenders. Just one point behind are the 2012 European champions, Cedric and Laurent Bader, only one point ahead of Jens Goritz - Kerstin Wichardt of Germany and Australian team Cam Owen - Susan Ghent.
Mistral up to 28-30 knots pushed the Hobie Cat 16 Gold fleet back to shore, today in Cagliari. The first race of the 2013 Open European Championship was abandoned when the first teams were just in sight of the finish line. A big disappointment for the 20 per cent of the fleet that was enjoying the challenge and literally flying on the water, but for too many it was not fun at all.
A larger-than-usual Gold Fleet at the Hobie Cat 16 European Championships in Cagliari. Not 64 but 71 or maybe 72 boats will race for the title along the Poetto beach until Saturday. The announcement from Class president Andy Dinsdale, after the prize-giving ceremony for the Youth, Masters and Spi Cup winners, was a nice surprise for competitors at the end of a long day. Extra sails will arrive with a night flight from France - Hobie Europe was sending more after the first shipment of 64 plus some spare.
Just one day to go and the race for the Youth title at the Hobie Cat 16 European Championships in Cagliari could not be tighter. Trine Bentzen (1-5-1) with crew Nicolaj Bjornholt is first again. If she had a bad day on Sunday, Monday hasn't been any better for Daniel Bjornholt and Sofie Slotsgaard (7-1-7). Now anything could happen, with just one point separating the two teams from Denmark. The first day of the Open qualifiers gave an idea of how interesting the Gold race will be: 36 highly competitive teams on the water, very aggressive starts, close finishes. Roberto Caddeo and Pierpaolo Massoni of Italy lead after three races.
The first Hobie Cat 16 european title for 2013 will not leave Sardinia. Italian champion (and home team) Antonello Ciabatti and Luisa Mereu secured the Masters event, with little room for discussion. Two victories in the only two races for the second day of the Championship in Cagliari killed any hope that Jens Goritz and Juliane Bruggemann still had to catch the leaders. No surprises from the EHCA Open Spi Cup: Orion Martin and Charlotte Hilliard from France lost their first race of the event but even with that were the clear winners. Daniel Bjornholt and Sofie Slotsgaard are still leading in the Youth Championship.
Denmark for the Youth title, with the Bjornholt brothers competing against each other. Italy and Germany among the Masters, with Ciabatti-Mereu ahead of Goritz-Brüggemann. Definitely France for the EHCA Spi Cup, after the four bullets scored by Martin-Hilliard. After one day of races, the Hobie Cat European Championships are already giving an idea about the flags to prepare for the podium ceremonies in these three events.