“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. How to Be A Champ At 15

by Richard Crockett

Let me get this off my chest right upfront – not a single comment or any interaction since this series of Hobie features commenced! I thought that the Hobie sailors were the life and soul of sailing, always full of fun and especially ready with a comment. Come on all you Hobie sailors out there – you can ALL do better, can’t you?

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While the headlines did not really shout about the fact that William Edwards became the Hobie 14 national Champ at the age of just 15, the SA Yachting scribe at the time, Neil Rusch, did pen a report dedicated to this lifelong Hobie fanatic who beat Blaine Dodds by a single point overall.

All the attention was on the Hobie 16 World Champions, Mick and Colin Whitehead, who won the event, maybe not as convincingly as they had hoped.

This is how Colin Hancox opened his report in Yachtsman RSA magazine: “A ten foot swell, the Mocambique current, the tidal Buffalo River, a World Champion, boats called “The Wonderful White Winged Weekend Warrior” and “Bubshafuzz”. Would all these ingredients combine into a successful regatta? Yes! Over a hundred enthusiastic Hobie cat sailors wended their various ways towards East London. Thirty three hours driving from South West Africa, or a local rolling out of bed onto the Orient Beach, they were all there.”

A bonus read today is “The Great Hobie Expedition”, a 62 nautical mile long-haul from Milnerton lagoon to Langebaan.

READ THE HOBIE NATIONALS SA YACHTING REPORT HERE:  hobie 1979 05 – SA Yachting -OCR

READ THE HOBIE NATIONALS YACHTSMAN RSA REPORT HERE:  hobie 1979 05 – Yachtsman RSA – 002130

READ THE “BONUS READ” HERE:  hobie 1979 03 – Yachtsman RSA – OCR