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Brazilians sail to victory in Fiji Hobie Challenge

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, August 18, 2013

TEAM Brazil scooped the 2013 TOTAL Fiji Hobie Challenge Leleuvia Island to Suva race on Thursday.

The event, which was supposed to finish on Wednesday, was postponed because of adverse weather conditions.

Marcos Ferrari and Caroline Sylvestre of Brazil finished in top spot with a time of 13 hours 10:11 minutes.

Australia duo Murray Peterson and Sharon Rayner finished second in 13:48.38hrs while Fiji's Epeli Droma and Bai Ponijese claimed the third place.

The Fijian youths clocked 13:52.28hrs.

Race co-ordinator Deborah Sue said despite the strong winds, they had a successful event.

Sue said the committee decided to abandon the return sail and conclude the event because of the flight commitments by competitors.

"A little disappointment by those hard on the heels of the leaders but some relief by the leaders that they would not have to hold off the pack for yet another long day," she said.

Sue said the participating teams have indicated their interest to feature in next year's event.

"All offshore teams enjoyed themselves immensely and are promising to return next year with increased country participation.

"The Fiji Hobie Fleet 252 is particularly excited by the indication from Brazil that they may send up to five teams for the 2014 Championship and Challenge, as the events and Fiji are receiving massive exposure in the Brazilian and European sporting press."





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