World's top Hobie sailors join regatta

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 October, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 October, 1997, 12:00am

Australian Aaron Worrall, the 1995 Hobie 16 world champion, will lead an international field for this month's Volvo Hobie Asian Classic Regatta at Tai Tam Bay.

Worrall, one of Australia's leading sailors and a past visitor to Hong Kong, will be hoping to add the Asian title to his trophy cabinet against some top-class competition.

Also competing will be a team representing the Chinese Yachting Association.

It will be the first time a Chinese team will sail catamarans in international competition. Hong Kong national champion Mike Scantlebury, who recently won top honours in the DHL Regatta, and former Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Yachtsman of the Year, Australia-based Tong Shing, have also entered the regatta.

The competition includes, as well, the national Hobie 16 champions from Thailand and Papua New Guinea.

The October 10-12 event is expected to attract a field of more than 50 sailors.

The regatta is being billed by organisers as one of the biggest catamaran events to be held in Asia.