Gavin and Josie make their mark at Hobie 16

AUSTRALIAN duo Gavin Colby and Josie Mark were crowned as the new world champions when Hobie 16 wrapped up at Jervis Bay on Saturday. 

The final day saw some tough conditions for competitors with strong winds, but all boats still managed to go out on schedule. 

Western Australia’s Cam Owen and Suzzi Ghent kicked off a good day for the Australians by taking out race 11, before NSW duo Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin took out race 12, narrowly defeating Jason’s parents Rod and Kerry Waterhouse. 

Waterhouse and Darmanin took the honours again in the final race of the regatta, which saw them finish in sixth place overall. 

A fourth place finish for Gavin Colby and Josie Mark in the final race was enough for them to be crowned overall winners ahead of Cam Owen and Suzzi Ghent in second and the New Caledonian team of Jerome Le Gal and Marco Iazzetta in third. 

Vincentia’s Mick Butler and teammate Bradley Wilson also enjoyed success, finishing in a very respectable eighth place overall. 

The South Coast Register would like to apologise for an error in the photo caption on last Wednesday’s back page. The caption said the photo was of Mick Butler and his son Patrick, however it was actually Andrew and Will McKenzie, another father/son team from the Shoalhaven. 

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