Champions descend on Singapore
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.