November 29 - December 5, 2020: Issue 476


Palm Beach Sailing Club Hosts The 2020-21 NSW Hobie States

Photo by Bradley Sissins of Shottobit

The NSW Hobie Class Association is excited to be joining with our hosts Palm Beach Sailing Club to sail the 2020 Hobie State Titles on the beautiful waters of Pittwater.

This event is open to ALL CLASSES of Hobies and will be held on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of November 2020.

Palm Beach Sailing Club is located on the north eastern shore of Pittwater and is home to an active fleet of Hobie enthusiasts with World Champions and Olympians among members.

This year's States haven't been the smoothest so far. On August 2nd 2020 Hobie Cat NSW received communication from Vincentia Sailing Club who have declined to host the 20/21 Hobie Nationals. 

''As your Association, we are working hard to find an alternative venue. '' the organisation stated

By August 9th they announced; 'We are excited to announce the 2020 NSW State Titles will be held 28-29 November at Palm Beach Sailing Club and will be open to ALL CLASSES!  H14, H16, H18, Tiger and WildCat. '

The States are a great lead in to the Nationals which will be hosted by Vincentia Sailing Club, December 28th 2002 to January 5th 2021 on spectacular Jervis Bay. 

On Saturday a fleet of 36 boats took to the water, including some very happy campers from Victoria.  

Among those competing are Rod Waterhouse with Evan Darmanin as crew, Nina and Evelyn Curtis, John and Bronte Forbes, Anthony Duchatel with Walter Tuite as crew, Upu Kila with Ainslie Gordon and Linda Renouf up against some skilled sailors in all classes.

There was some great sailing in Saturday's 8-15 knots winds and some very fast rounds in the gale force westerlies that ran throughout Sunday's races.

Olympian John Forbes came away with the 1st place in the H18 class with daughter Bronte as crew, a boon for the hosting club.

Below runs some of the photos taken from the water taken by Bradley Sissins of Shottobit photography. Brad travelled from Hobie at Huskisson with Christopher Purnell as some more great support for the states - certainly was a beautiful sight with all that colour and action.

L to R; Bradley Sissins and Chris Purnell - A J Guesdon photo

''The Hobie State championships have been run and won. It was great to see so many friends and family participating.'' Anthony Duchatel, a World Champion in Hobies sailing said Sunday, after gale force winds necessitated the curtailing of races under safety rulings.

''We want to thank the sponsors, The Life Aquatic, Rooster, Totally Immersed Watersports, Hobie Cat Australasia and the State Association and I wanted to especially thank the clubs committee and supporters for their tremendous efforts. Trevor Gourlay, Phillip Malcolm, Anna Hill, Aaron Sault, Bob Forbes, Richard Lacey and Beau White on the course boats. John McCormick, Robyn McCormick, John Goldsmith, Kerry Holmes on the start boat. David and Hayley Fisher and family, Richard Lacey, Regina Renfree, Michael Henman, Evelyn Harves, Jon Hoile, Charmaine Beckett, Alicia Rhoda and Eva for all of the on the ground support.

We also had tremendous support from Palm Beach RSL (club Palm Beach).''

Saturdays Results - Day 1

Sundays Results - Day 2

Day 1 On The Beach & Water

Photos by Bradley Sissins of Shottobit