Welcome to the British Hobie Cat Class Association Website. 13 October 2007
  Home | Why Join? | Training | Dragoon Charter | Contacts
Welcome Guest. Please Login or Register.
Comments for 'Adam and Gilly win Gold'
Posted by NickH on the 14 August 2007
On Tuesday July 31, the British Adam Butler and Gilly Sutcliffe won the Hobie Dragoon Europeans 2007. Although they dominated the competition, their victory was not taken for granted on the final day. After a day and night of strong onshore wind, the surf was huge with a light north-westerly breeze. All boats experienced difficulties sailing through the breakers including 2 inverted ribs. James Henson and Oliver Amphlett performed strongly with three seconds, which pushed them to the second place overall. The French boys Antoine Bezile and Quintin le Tallec won bronze.

“It feels great”, responded Gilly Sutcliffe happily to the congratulations of winning the European title. At the beginning of the championship, Adam announced that this would be their last Hobie Dragoon event, as they will continue on the Hobie 16 with spinnaker. Gilly said about their final day: “The conditions were light, in which we did not do very well. We won the last race and finished fourth and third in the others.” While almost running the Hobie Dragoon towards the dunes, Gilly recalled the spectacular morning. “That was exciting. We managed just about the stay upright in the surf. I don’t think we have ever gone to such high breakers. It was pretty impressive.”

Silver medallist Oliver Amphlett (14) called it ‘quiet scary’, but according to his skipper James Henson (12) they crossed the surf ‘pretty safely’. They had a good afternoon with three seconds. Henson: “There was a strong tide going from the right to the left.” Amphlett continues: “That affected the lay-line a bit. We used the current to drift to the mark, so we tacked halfway the course.” The teenagers had a fierce battle with Butler/Sutcliffe and the French duo Bezile/Le Tallec. Henson: “It was close racing, much closer than on the other days.”

In his winning speech Adam gave special thanks to the event organizers, the event coaches (Paul & Brian) and their parents.

In the Hobie 16 Youth, Richard and Andy finished fifth with two bullets in races 8 & 9. Seb & Nikki had a creditable 18th, just ahed of Rachel & Tom 19th, Hannah & Steph 22nd, Ryan & Lizzie 27th and Rory & Fergus 40th.

In the Masters our “old boys” Boniface & Glover did us proud with an overall 8th.

In the Hobie 16 Gold fleet Richard and Andy were top Brits with an overall 12th including a win in race 4. Hannah & Steph finished 52nd and Dave & Emma 61st.

In the Hobie 16 Silver Rachel & Tom managed an excellent 6th including a win and two second places. Seb & Nikki were 11th, Ryan & Lizzie 25th, Neil & Malcolm 40th, Rory & Fergus 47th and Ben & Josh 48th.
You must be logged in to post comments!


Notices! Notices Notices!
Next Event: Grafham TT - 20/10/2007
NOR | Entry Form
Notices!   Notices!

Login Login Login
Forgotten Password?
Login   Login

Random Ad Random Ad. Random Ad
  Sail: 673
  Details: Dragoon 673 [Extreme]
2005 boat
Well maintained, good condition, stored under cover
Big wheel trolley
Spinny kit
  Price: £3,250
  Contact: / 01202 477906
Random Ad Buy/Sell Random Ad

Dragoon Charter!

Natural Progression of our Charter Programme!
   - Events List
   - Results
   - Gallery
   - Buy and Sell
   - Reports
   - Chat
   - Hobie 16 Worlds
   - Junior Squad
   - Dragoon Charter
   - Merchandise
   - Contacts
   - Links
   - About this Site
Hobie Dragoon
Hobie 16
Hobie FX 1
Hobie Tiger
  © Copyright BHCCA 2023. All Rights Reserved.
to Contact the Webmaster.