THE TIREE WAVE CLASSIC
in association with Corona Extra
Saturday 14 – Saturday 21 October 2006
NEWS RELEASE : Tuesday 17 October 2006
HIBBARD FIRST PAST THE POST IN SPRINT FINISH
Day Three at The Tiree Wave Classic in association with Corona Extra
Although the conditions for windsurfing were not ideal yesterday
(17/10/06) at The Tiree Wave Classic in association with Corona
Extra, 10 sailors, from the 42 strong fleet, took to the water for an
adrenaline and fun packed long distance race.
The race format involved a run down the beach, windsufing a mile long
course to a buoy and back to the beach. Competitors then had to pick
up their boards and sprint to the finish line under the Corona Extra
inflatable arch. All challengers used equipment to the same spec to
make it an even as possible contest.
Although this was not an official part of the competition (that
involves wave sailing, supercross and freestyle disciplines) a
mixture of Pro Men, Juniors, Youths and Amateurs made the most of the
one design equipment – F2 stokes (sails) and North rigs (boards) –
that had been supplied by Boardwise.
Very gusty winds meant that sailors had to pump quite hard to get on
the plane and stay on the plane giving them enough speed to race
effectively in the difficult conditions.
John Hibbard whizzed off the starting line on his Saltire Board,
presented to him by EventScotland, to take an early lead. Graham Wood
caught him up early when John slowed down due to a drop in the wind
leaving the rest of the fleet lagging far behind. On the return leg
the two sailors fighting it out for a win, John Hibbard and Graham
Wood, realised that in order get to the Corona Extra arch fastest it
was necessary to beach their boards as early as possible and sprint
over a longer distance to the finish line.
It was John Hibbard who won the race, being a more skilled beach
sprinter. Graham Wood came a close second with the rest of the field
trailing well behind.
John was pleased with the win saying: ‘It was great to get out there
and stretch my legs while we’re waiting for the winds to pick up
consistently. I’m hoping I can translate this racing form into a good
result in the Supercross later in the week.’
Due to poor sailing conditions today Tuesday (16/10/06) official
events have been replaced by a number of beach activities including a
Zap Cat relay, Blo karting, Beach Volleyball and Coasteering and
Cliff Jumping The weather forecast for the week ahead is predicting
an increase in wind strength from 8 knots (9mph) on Tuesday morning
(16/10/06) to winds of 26 knots (30mph) on Thursday. These conditions
will ensure a keenly contested competition with the likelihood of a
wave sailing round on Thursday (19/10/06) to wow the 150 plus crowds
visiting the island on the special Caledonian MacBrayne return ferry