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Hobies return to Lewes and Delaware Bay

LYC hosts northeast championships
By Ron MacArthur | May 19, 2013
Photo by: Ron MacArthur The Hobie 16 class hits the starting line during the first race on May 12.

It's been a few years since Hobie catamarans have raced on Delaware Bay.

That all changed this past weekend when Lewes Yacht Club hosted the 2013 Hobie Class Northeast Region Championships.

After practice on May 10, sailors participated in seven races May 11 and May 12, enduring rain and storms the first day and a stiff wind the second day. The wind picked up and most racers did not finish the final race.

In the close Hobie 16 competition, the team of Rich McVeigh and Carol Hilk of Laurel, Md., finished on top by one point over the team of Wally Myers and Janet Payne of Marmora, N.J., and two points over the team of Geoff Baker and Krista Hankins of Arnold, Md.

In Hobie 17 competition, Steve Myer of Wall, N.J., was first, followed by Greg Rayborn of Shrewsbury, N.J., in second and Bill Kast of Nazareth, Pa., in third place.

In Hobie 18 competition, Jim Doty Jr. and Barbie Doty of Bowie, Md., finished in first place followed by David Raughley and Isabelle Strasser of Avondale, Pa., in second place and Keith and Marie Strasser of Frederick, Md., in third place.

 

Bill Kast of Nazareth, Pa., is off to a fast start in Hobie 17 competition. He finished in third place overall. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Mark and Grace Modderman, a father-daughter team from Long Branch, N.J., hike up high above the water. A few seconds later they were both under water. They finished fourth in Hobie 16 competition and won two races. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Mark and Grace Modderman, a father-daughter team from Long Branch, N.J., take a dip in Delaware Bay.
Hobie 17 catamarans line up at the starting line off the coast of the Lewes Yacht Club. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The team of Rich McVeigh and Carol Hilk, left, won the championship; the team of Geoff Becker and Krista Hankins in number 44 finished in third place. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
It's been several years since Hobie Cats have raced in Delaware Bay. Lewes Yacht Club kicked off its 2013 regatta season by hosting the 2013 Hobie Class Northeast Area Championships. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Alex West of Pownal, Maine, and Morgan Miller of Doylestown, Pa., take part in the first race on May 12. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Geoff Becker of Arnold, Md., leans out over his Hobie during a race. Teamed up with Krista Hankins of Edgewater, Md., they finished in third place overall. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The team of Isabelle Strasser and David Raughley of Avondale, Pa., finished second in the Hobie 18 class. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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