Hobie Tiger Worlds...Start from the Top

Hobie Team Riders Greg Thomas and Jacques Bernier are competing at the Hobie Tiger and Dragoon Worlds in Cangas, Spain, and Bernier is checking in daily.

Tigers In Spain

Pierrick Contin/hobie Cat

What a day-couldn't ask for much better. Winds were light and the chop was medium. We had three good results, putting us first overall at the moment over the French team of Jean-Christophe Mourniac and Franck Citeau. We have 6 points and they have 9. In all three races we had good starts, and good upwind performance from our borrowed Tiger. We had to dig out of 10th or so in the second race as the wind filled on the right side. Many of the top teams had to fight for a comeback. We were fortunate to get as high as we did. Mourniac and Citeau only finished fifth. The third race we knew we wanted to get to the left, however there were too many boats waiting to tack, so Mourniac went away by himself unchallenged as we clawed our way past two British teams in the second upwind, giving us second. The day started pretty slow and we were delayed around 3 hours waiting for wind… all was good while I snoozed in the rack-our hotel is just next to the boats so when I hear the horn its time to rise! Last night for the opening ceremony they had some bands and big fireworks, all good stuff, but getting to bed at 2 a.m. isn't so good when the briefing is five hours later. Hopefully tomorrow we can get up at a more normal time-say around 11a.m … it is Spain, after all. Later, Jacques For complete results and photos www.hobieworld.com/tiger2006