Masters at sea

JERVIS Bay continues to be a hive of activity this week with the 20th Hobie 16 World Championships in full swing. 

More than 500 competitors from around the world have crammed into Jervis Bay during the event, which kicked off on January 31 and finishes on Saturday. 

While some have had to travel long distances to be here, a number of locals have had the chance to impress in front of their home crowd.

Last week, former Huskisson local Jesse Dobie and her partner Bella Zanesco were crowned world champions in the women’s category, while the father/son team of Mick and Patrick Butler from Vincentia impressed with a fifth place in the masters. 

Mick Butler, who is a former world champion, is also the best local chance in the open section, which wraps up this weekend. 

While he knows it will not come easily, before his qualifying race Butler felt he had a good chance of becoming world champion again. 

“I’m never going to get a better chance,” he said. 

“I know the course so I’ve just got to get out there and do it.

“No way do I think it’s going to be easy but if I can put it together over the next few days, then anything is possible.”

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