(Plettenberg Bay, 31 December, 2014)
The Plett Hobie Regatta has been rebirthed by a young, local hobie enthusiast, Douglas Edwards. The re-introduction of this prestigious sailing event earlier in December 2014 has awakened the hobie and sailing community. Fantastic news for Plett and even better news is that Plett will be hoisting her sails again in 2015 and 2016. ClemenGold is title sponsor of the event and has committed to another two years. As a result, Plett is assured of a very attractive event to add to the Plett Summer Festival line-up.
Organiser Douglas Edwards is extremely pleased with the event and partnership with the title sponsor. “I have always loved hobie sailing and racing and have heard awesome stories of the past Plett regattas from old days when my parents use to host them. I always hoped one day they would return,” says Edwards. “When I secured ClemenGold as a sponsor, my dream suddenly became a reality – that I could host the Plett Regattas with the help of ClemenGold CEO Abs van Rooyen and the ClemenGold team.”
This year’s event consisted of fun racing around specific marks laid out in the bay in front of the masses of holiday-makers and locals who flock to the Plett beaches in December. It created a colourful, seaside vibe and sparked some interest in the sport of sailing.
There were 23 participating boats with two individuals sailing per boat for a total of 46 competitors. Edwards expects this to double in 2015. The sailing fraternity who participated this year included current ISAF Sailor of the Year Blaine Dodds and current Hobie 16 Masters World Champion William Edwards. This combined with great weather conditions made for all-round fantastic racing.
Edwards comments, “An organisation such as ClemenGold, who is increasing their profile in the area, is a perfect fit for the Plett Regatta. Who doesn’t love a ClemenGold?”
The Hobie Regatta has added a much-welcome dimension to the Plett beaches. “We are so pleased to have a competitive sailing event back in our beautiful bay. We are so proud of Douglas and his efforts and look forward to next year’s event,” comments Plett Tourism Event Coordinator Cindy Wilson-Trollip. She also commends the positive attitude and assistance from the local authorities, “the Bitou Municipality, including Johnny Prins and Norman Mayall, did an amazing job and were key partners to ensure the success of this event.”
Photos by Wilhelm Vincent