by Richard Crockett
From what my archives tell me, this was the very first Hobie Nationals in the country. And important they were as the outcome of the series would be the selection of three skippers to represent South Africa in the International Hobie Cat Championship in Hawaii in January 1973. The fortunate winner would have all his expenses paid, while the runner-up and third position man would receive substantial cheques toward their expenses. So there was lots at stake.
Three days of gale-force winds played havoc, but Race Officer Vaughan Giles did his bit by managing five races.
The team selected to compete in the worlds were:
Ralph Prince (finished 33th in the worlds)
Max Lippstreu (finished 29th in the worlds)
Mike Cormac (finished 26th in the worlds)
Derek Kershaw (finished 42nd in the worlds)
Of interest is the fact that all the photos used in the report are still in my archives, so these and other are reproduced with this feature, as are two magazine covers depicting the Hobie in its early days.
READ MORE & SEE THE PHOTOS HERE: hobie 1973 01 – SA Yachting – OCR