Saturday, August 21, 2010

Storm Coming?

We have been baking in the sun. Temperature was recorded as 97 in the tent with a "feels-like" reading of 107. On the sand it was as high as 113 / 45 c!

Well, that has changed a bit. We have a storm coming through. Temperature has dropped to a more comfortable level. The wind is predicted to reach as high as 35 knots, so the local harbormaster has asked the race committee to come in off the water. Boats got their sails down just as the first wave of wind came through. We are all tied down and on hold.


Races were called off for today at around 3PM. Nat Hill wins Women and Jason Waterhouse wins the Youth event. The 35 knots has yet to reach us. We had some 20s for a bit, but the big one missed. All the better to keep the boats on one piece for the main event!

Checking in with the leaders

We check in with the leaders of Women's and Youth's to see how they stand and what they hope for today. Natalie Hill leads the Women's by 9 points... Jason Waterhouse leads the Youth event by 9 as well. Both are from Australia and VERY talented Hobie 16 sailors.

The China Worlds Beach Team

Each time we have a Hobie Cat 16 Worlds (in the Hobie Australia or Hobie USA’s region) a Hobie Worlds Beach Team is put together. This year, the team was put together by Hobie Cat Australasia's managing Director, Steve Fields.

Steve made the comments: "For me it is all about the sailors and the Hobie 16 Worlds experience. For some it is their first Hobie Cat Worlds and for others one of many. We hand pick the team that can handle working away from home, working in rain and tropical conditions and work as part of a team. For the last few Hobie Cat 16 Worlds we have had the same beach crew. This comes at a cost to the company but the net result is a better Hobie Cat 16 Worlds for the sailors. This is also helpful for the race committee who have the job of getting races in no matter what the conditions throw at them or us. In the Hobie Cat 16 Worlds, boat turn-around is critical. I think our best time is 12 minutes to turn-around 56 boats. That’s not bad in my book.”

“The Beach Team”

Series 2 ~ Day 2 Photos

Just a few photos to keep you up to speed with Series 2 ~ Day 2......

Top mark, just off the beach, great viewing

Morning Beach Scene

The Hobie Way of Life....
Link to Photo Pages

Afternoon Cruise

We have to work pretty hard here in Weihai when the boats leave the beach.... Not! Here is a smattering of the goings-on during the day while the racers are out. I also fulfill a request for on-the-water footage of the boats... from in the water. It's pretty shallow at low tide and I took my little Olympus waterproof out about 100 yards / 92 Meters off the beach to catch a little action upon the boats return. Best I can do short of getting on a chase boat... maybe?