This year’s MDI Hobie Challenge 19 was full of surprises. Despite the smaller fleet of 10 boats, a lot of position changes took place throughout the week. Among 3 Taiwan teams, veteran Alex Chen with Awang Lin finished best in 6th place. The other 2 Taiwan teams had strong early finishes but slipped down as the week wore on. Moving up the standings was the young duo of siblings Diego and Blanca Garcia who finished 4th overall and bested the Philippine and Taiwan teams.
But more surprising was the 1st place finish of Eddie Legarda and daughter Ines on Leg 5 which pushed them through to 5th place overall. The top 3 places were still controlled by the ‘internationals’– veteran hobie sailors who are now regulars at the PHC but as Tards points out the overall time differences are shrinking. Indeed only one minute separated Diego and Bianca Garcia from 3rd placers Bruce Tardrew and Eric Tomacruz after 5 full days of sailing.