Husband-and-wife team win Hobie 16 nationals

Neale Emslie

IN another chapter of an old Plettenberg Bay rivalry, William and Lucinda Edwards pipped close friends Blaine and Roxanne Dodds to take the honours in the Boardwalk Hobie 16 National Championship at Hobie Beach yesterday.

The final result could not have been closer. After eight races since the championship started on Thursday, William Edwards finished with 12 points and Blaine Dodds came in on 13 points.

In third place were Port Elizabeth competitors Andrew and Angela Ward on 38 points.

“Our previous effort was fourth so to end third, at least we are moving in the right direction,” Andrew said.

After Saturday’s strong westerly prevented any racing, it was down to the final day yesterday in a light breeze which made for a tactical affair.

Speaking after the final race, William said: “The event was great, the wind was light and the race was technical and tactical because of the wind shifts. But if you kept your cool, you could make gains.”

The Edwards said they had a great rivalry with the Dodds combination and yesterday’s racing had been “a ding-dong battle”.

A feature of the Hobie Championships is the number of family combinations. William races with wife Lucinda and the Doddses are a father-daughter combination.

Lucinda said they encouraged the family combinations.

“We encourage it because you can go on a family holiday and get everyone together on a boat,” she said.

“And it’s quite an easy boat to sail. It brings the family unit together.”

William said the family partnerships transcended any personal feelings.

“We are over the husband and wife thing,” he said. “It is now skipper and crew. We are competing for a common goal and take the personal issue out of it.”

“There is no sweet-talk on the boat,” Lucinda added with a chuckle.

Ward, who was one of the organisers as well as a competitor, said the week had been very successful.

“It all turned out very well,” he said.

“The weather didn’t play ball on Saturday and for what we normally expect for PE, this was a very light-wind regatta and that adds a different dimension. It was a lot more tactical than it normally is in PE.”


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