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North Sails NEWS
HOBSON & WHEATLEY WIN ENTERPRISE UK NATIONALS
Close Scores Make Every Point Count
Forty-six teams competed at the Allen, North Sails and Selden Enterprise UK Nationals held at Mounts Bay. After four days of heavy air racing the wind dropped at the last day giving the teams a complete new outlook for the last race. Defending champions Dave and Chris Jackman, and North Sails expert Paul Hobson and Craig Wheatly battled every inch of the race course. Heading to the final race both teams had four bullets and Paul and Craig had a few points advantage, which guaranteed their win after a dramatic final race.
This is the first time Paul Hobson has won the Enterprise Championship on the helm and in fact, Paul is the only one that has won this event both as a crew and as a helmsman.
Paul Hobson’s Takeaways For Success:
- Flat is fast. Always work on keeping the boat flat.
- On gate starts, work on keeping a nice space to leeward, keeping it close and tight to the gate boat.
- Don’t be greedy, minimize your risks and focus on the boats ahead.
Hobson/Wheatley used the North Sails SJ-4+ mainsail and the FG-3 jib.
Next for Paul and Craig are the October Looe SW Regatta followed by Winter Championships at Northampton in November.