Local sailors kit up for international race

Highway sailors, James Butler and Peter Hall, will head off to the Netherlands to participate in the Hobie Multiworlds and Europeans in July.

SIX Hobie sailors from Point Yacht Club will pack their kit bags and head over to Noordwijk in the Netherlands to compete in the Hobie Multiworlds and Europeans 2017 in July.

More than 250 entries from 24 countries have signed up to compete in the 10-day regatta.

The highly competitive and colourful event will be sailed on the North Sea, offshore of Noordwijk with the Hobie 14s and Hobie Wild Cats racing in the Multiworlds 2017.

The Hobie 16 Open Class, Hobie 16 Spinnaker, Hobie 16 Youth Spinnaker, Hobie Dragoon and Hobie FX One will compete in the Europeans 2017.

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Leading the PYC contingent is Garth Loudon, whose sailing career spans four decades and had a hugely successful sailing season as he raked in the titles both locally and nationally.

Garth and Westville’s Peter Hall will race in the Hobie 14 class that is part of the Hobie World Championships. Peter has been charging at the front of the fleet for just more than a decade and recently won the 2017 Hobie 14 KZN provincials.

At the European regatta, Westville father and son duo, Justin and James Butler will be part of the foursome who will race in the Hobie 16 open class. James (15) pairs up with Dylan Albert (16) from Durban North.

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The two have both been sailing for roughly five years but this is their first time travelling to compete against an international fleet in both the Hobie 16 Open Class and Hobie 16 Youth Spinnaker classes. Justin will join Cape Town’s Nic Ryall.

The eager Hobie guys are getting as much water time as possible in preparation for the massive international regatta. All of them will take part in the Hobie 14 Nationals hosted by Point Yacht Club on Friday, 16 June.



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Lloyd Mackenzie

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