Monday, August 30, 2010

dramas @ the worlds?!

we just heard that "big rehearing protest com against leading French lying to comp yesterday in port/stb incident. back check found his witness 15 boats back. could get rubbed out rule 69. all waiting"

Friday, August 20, 2010

final day report for the grand masters

"well first round is over and it was a hard battle in 25 knots gusting and shifty. everybody pretty well held positions in the variable conditions so for us/fiji a 4th it is. 6 day break for me as the women, youth and open qualifiers begins and then its into battle again. time to lick the woulds and down some fiji bounty rum. cheers" grahame southwick - fiji team - hobie 16 world championship in weihai, china
click here for the final results of the grand masters series

Thursday, August 19, 2010

day 3: evening update

"race 8 was a brain explosion. crew had my mainsheet tangled around her legs as we went out first tack. i scrambled to assist and sorted everything then as we were leading the pack and needed quick sheet on, i jumped out without hooking on!!! rolled, broke my tiller and did 3 rounds with no tiller. lots 11 points so dropped from clear ahead 2nd to 1 point behind tards and now in 4th. harry will be hard to overtake now as only 4 races to go so its on for young and old between me and tards for 3rd tomorrow" grahame southwick - fiji team - hobie 16s world championship in weihai, china

fiji is currently coming in 4th place in the grand masters section of the hobie 16 world championship in china. click here for overall results after day 3 racing of the grandmasters

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

day 3: morning update

"6:15am and some breeze so looking better today. more later. expecting 5 races today. today will set the final positions pretty well although one more day to go but got to put more distance between harry and tards and see what we can do to claw back duchacel. he's sailing very smart in these light conditions. cheers" - grahame southwick - fiji team at the hobie 16s world championship in china
click here to view the overall result after after day 2

day 2: Masters + Grandmasters @the Worlds in Weihai

"better today. 8-10 knots single trap. 5 races. currently holding 2nd behind Duchatel of Sydney, Australia (Gold in Masters Games last year). harry handley 4rd and tards 4h. dropped ocs. good point spread so try to hold on. two more days. cheers. G" grahame southwick - fiji team, 17th august 15:54hrs

masters result after day 2 (top 10)
Masters - Overall Results
1 AUS R.Waterhouse/K.Waterhouse Total pts: 9 (1,5,1,1,6,1)
2 RSA W.Edwards/L.Edwards Total pts: 11 (2,1,3,2,3,8)
3 AUS B.Engwirda/W.News Total pts: 17 (5,4,4,3,1,13)
4 AUS A.Duchatel/E.Curtis Total pts: 25 (7,3,7,6,7,2)
5 HKG Y.Tong/K.Tong Total pts: 37 (11,7,8,8,4,10)
6 KOR P.Byeong Ki/Y.Hae Kwang Total pts: 39 (3,2,23,30,2,9)
7 FIJ G.Southwick/O.Chan Total pts: 40 (30,6,6,7,10,11)
8 USA K.Hilk/C.Bradshaw Total pts: 41 (23,15,13,4,5,4)
9 BRA M.Dubeux/. Total pts: 45 (9,12,2,20,8,14)
10 NZL H.Handley/P.Evrard Total pts: 49 (4,8,10,16,11,16)

Grahame Southwick (FJ) and Harry Handley (NZ) photo courtsey of

Sunday, August 15, 2010

message from Grahame Southwick aka "Fish" - 19th Hobie Worlds, Weihei China

17 august 2010
Flat glassy this a.m. again but only 6:30 so we will see. Harry Handley on 131kg drifting ahead of all. I stop eating, Tards drinking rum! we looking for virgin to sacrifice but so far none!

16 august 2010

F! horrible 3 to 5 knots. one race only 2nd around the mark and got OCS. actually dived back in before the start but big fleet they didn't see so drop. 3 more days. First racing tomorrow. Flat glassy hot........Forecast next 3 days too. Could develop into a rum drinking comp!

15 august 2010
Reg today. First racing tomorrow. Flat glassy hot........Forecast next 3 days too. Could develop into a rum drinking comp!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Hobie for Sale at Suva Point

Dear All,

There is a hobie 16 for sale in Suva as per the attachment/below.  Please contact the seller if you're interested and pass on to any other interested parties.


Fiji Hobie Class Racing Association

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Fiji Hobie Notice: 004-2010 - Flights + Accommodation Preliminary Quotes

Dear All,

The preliminary plan and quotes for the 2010 South Pacific Championship & Fiji Hobie Challenge are set out below. These are only indicative rates i.e. discounts not yet applied. Final rates are due on the Monday 8 March.

Note: We've been negotiating viable flight packages for those who want to travel to China via Fiji and those fares will also be posted on Monday. The delay is being caused by code shared issues and getting the lowest possible prices from the various airlines involved in getting your from LAX to SYD to Weihai via Fiji.

Air Pacific:
LAX - NAN - LAX: (discount pending): US$ 115.12 (incl taxes)
SYD - NAN - SYD: (discount pending): AU$ 696.77

these prices are indicative only + final discounted amounts will be available soon

South Pacific Championship
July 30 - Registration + Opening Function
July 31 - Racing
Aug 01 - Racing
Aug 02 - Rest Day
Location: The Pearl Hotel, Pacific Habour
Accommodation + Meals: Approximately US$ 114.73 / AU$ 126.00 / FJ$225.00 per double per night, including taxes and continental breakfast.
Extra person: US$ 61.00 / AU$ 67.00 / FJ$ 160.00

Fiji Hobie Challenge

Aug 3 - Racing to Sigatoka
Location: Shangri-La's Fijian Resort + Spa or The Intercontinental
Accommodation + Meals approx US$ 230.00 /  AU$ 252.00 / FJ$ 340.00 per double per night, including taxes and breakfast.
Extra person: US$ 61.00 / AU$ 67.00 / FJ$ 170.00

Aug 4 - Aug 6: Racing to and around the Mamacucas

Location: Musket Cove or Mana Island
Accommodation + Meals: approximately US$ 158.00 - 173.00 / AU$ 174.00 - 202.00 / FJ$ 310.00 - 330.00 per double per night, including taxes and breakfast
Extra person: US$ 71.00 / AU$ 78.00 / FJ$ 150.00 (0-2yrs free, 12-15yrs 50%)

Aug 7 - Racing to Vuda
Location: First Landing / Anchorage
Accommodation: approximately US$ 76.50 / AU$84.00 / FJ$ 150.00 per 2 x Adults + 2 x Children under 16 yrs per night, including taxes and breakfast.
Extra person US$ 25.00 / AU$ 28.00 / FJ$ 60.00

Rates are based on
US$1 = FJ$1.96098 / FJ$1 = US$0.509950
AU$1 = FJ$1.78057 / FJ$1 = AU$0.561619

We advise budgeting approximately US$50.00 - 75.00 / AU$55.00 - 85.00 / FJ$100.00 - FJ$150.00 for domestic trasportation and an additional US$/ AU$ 100.00 - 150.00 / FJ$200.00 - 300.00 for meals + misc.



Dear All,

Apologies for the delays in getting you the following information - as you may know, we experienced a severe tropical cyclone over the past 4 days and communications have therefore been intermittent.  


Attached is an accommodation booking form setting out all accommodation options and costs in FJD and Boat Hire/Entry Fees in AUD for reservation purposes only.  If you are intending to attend the Event, this information will secure the applicable accommodation for you but you will not be required to pay until you confirm attendance and pay a deposit and/or a final amount over the next weeks.

USD & AUD amounts will be calculated on the day of payment at the prevailing bank rates.  

Please fill in the form with your preferences and email to me or email me your requests ASAP as room configurations are limited and will be booked by me for you on a FIRST COME/FIRST SERVED basis!!  

The 2010 Programme, NOR and Boat Hire Form  will follow by separate cover.

See below for links to the applicable resorts.  If you have any special requests or questions regarding domestic transport (flights, taxis, buses), please let me know and I will endeavor to provide you with the information you require.



Fiji Hobie Class Racing Association

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Hobie Notice 005-2010: Final Flight Prices - Fiji & China

Dear All,

Apologies for the delay in getting these figures to you but there is much competition out there and various route configurations to price. Attached is a Word doc setting out the best prices we could get from the airlines, travel agents and online for the various routes involved ie USA-Fiji / USA-Fiji-China-USA / Aust-Fiji / Aust-Fiji-China-AUST / Fiji-China-Fiji.

All prices include taxes and some are ridiculously cheap (eg SYD-NAN-SYD for AUD 302) so these prices are available only on a first come, first served basis and are subject to change as seats get booked.

NOTE that if you're interested in doing both Fiji and China, the best priced flight seems to be from Sydney so there are various routings for that leg including USA to Fiji via Sydney (cheaper than the direct flight with Air Pac).

If you find it difficult wading through this info, I'm happy to assist but you'll need to book directly with the relevant airline/agent.

Final accommodation quotes will be distributed tomorrow - lower than originally estimated so it's all good! Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions of any nature.


Monday, February 22, 2010

Fiji Hobie Notice Number: 003-2010

Dear All,

Now that the Worlds have been announced (15-30 August), we are in the
process of consolidating our Fiji event dates.

General demand seems to be that we run the challenge in early August
so as to allow a one week gap to get to China. There are direct
flights Fiji- HK and we've asked Air Pacific to package two routes:
Syd-Nadi-HK-Syd and LAX-Nadi- HK-LAX for those who want to attend
both events.

For various reasons (high season accommodation etc), we are pretty
much left with the first week of August if time is to be left to get
to China by 13th/14th August. That gives those attending both events
a few days leeway for R&R in Fiji before travelling to China and
getting over jet lag in China before the Worlds start.

We're interested in your thoughts/comments on this. A group
discussion can be opened on our website

We look forward to you all being able to make one or both events and
will keep you updated on feedback and flight packages as soon as the
information comes in. Following that, we'll take confirmations and
deposits in about 10 days when Fish is back from galavanting (I mean,
competing) in the Phillipines.


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

2010 South Pacific Championship + Fiji Hobie Challenge

Notice Number: 001-2010

Fleet 252 have set the dates for the next South Pacific Championship + Fiji Hobie Challenge. Please note that this may be subject to change if any confirmations comes to hand about the next Hobie Worlds rumored to be held in China this year.

2010 South Pacific Championship
Venue: Pacific Harbour (host to be confirmed)
30-07-10 Registration Day
31-07-10 Racing Day 1
01-08-10 Racing Day 2
02-08-10 Rest Day

2010 Fiji Hobie Challenge
03 Aug - 07 Aug Island Racing Around the Mamanuca.
Start Point: Pacific Harbour
End Point: Vuda Marina
07 Aug: Closing / Prize Giving - Vuda Marina Yacht Club

should you have any questions about the event, please email us on

vinaka + have a hobie day