Champions descend on Singapore

Form for Hobie Tiger Worlds hotting up reports David Brookes

Wednesday January 15th 2003, Author: David Brookes, Location: Australasia
Another world champion has entered the 3rd Carlsberg World Championship hosted by Raffles Marina Singapore. This brings the total of sailing world champion’s to seven respective world champions with a total of 17 world championships shared between them.

The big name skippers that have entered are:

Mitch Booth, NED, 9 sailing world championships including the 3 time Formula 18 World Champion on a Hobie Tiger and twice Olympic medallist

Enrique Figueroa, PUR, former Hobie 14 & 16 World Champion and ISAF Sailing Games Gold Medallist

Gavin Colby, AUS, current Hobie 16 World Champion

Brad Sumner, AUS, current Hobie 18 World Champion and runner up at the last Tiger Worlds

Steve Fields, AUS, current Hobie 17 World Champion

Allan Lawrence, RSA, former Hobie 14 World Champion and Bronze Medallist in the 1st Tiger Worlds

Greg Thomas, USA, current North American Champion

The latest to enter is Aaron Worrall former Hobie 16 World Champion. This is Aaron’s first return to international sailing in five years. Aaron has teamed up with former world ranked Contender sailor Andrew Keag. This combination won the recent Australian Hobie 18 Championships and all eyes will be on them to see if they can master the Hobie Tiger with the added responsibility of the spinnaker. Andrew also showed his versatility to win the recent Australian Hobie 16 Championships.

The Australian sailors go into the Worlds with the advantage of some hard sailing at the recent Australian Championships will the European and North American sailors have not had the luxury due to winter. At the recent Australian Hobie Tiger Championships Brad Sumner has shown he wants to go one place better than at the last worlds with an impressive win. Brad the current Hobie 18 World Champion finished with the Silver Medal at the last Hobie Tiger Worlds.

With current Hobie 17 World Champion Steve Fields taking second place at the Australian Championships to show he is right on the pace. Not all the Australian took the opportunity to race at the Australian Championships with current Hobie 16 World Champion and Bronze medallist at the last Hobie Tiger worlds, Gavin Colby doing his own training in Perth, 3,500km away from the action.

All the reputations and training will mean very little when the starting gun goes off for the first heat of the Carlsberg Hobie Tiger World Championships on 10 February in the Malacca Straight.

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