“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 5 Hobie Features in 1977

by Richard Crockett

Here’s something a little different as the Hobie class, by this stage in its life in South Africa, was turning heads and making waves country-wide.

The Smirnoff Classic was a fun team event which included sailing, pretty women and lots of Fun.

READ ABOUT IT HERE:  hobie 1977 06 – Yachtsman RSA – issue 08 – OCR

The 1977 Hobie Nationals were held in Algoa Bay, and Blaine Dodds, just 17 years old and still at school, took the Hobie 14 title, with P Collard taking the Hobie 16 title.

READ THE YACHTSMAN RSA REPORT HERE:  hobie 1977 08 – Yachtsman RSA – issue 10 – OCR

READ THE SA YACHTING REPORT HERE:  hobie 1977 09 – SA Yachting – OCR

Yachtsman RSA Magazine broke the news first of the Hobie Worlds results where Blaine Dodds finished 4th overall and Mike Collier 10th.

READ THE YACHTSMAN RSA REPORT HERE:  hobie 1977 11 – Yachtsman RSA – issue 13 – OCR

READ THE SA YACHTING REPORT HERE:  hobie 1977 12 – SA Yachting – OCR