16-knot winds challenge sailors, Sand Hollow Sailing Classic; STGnews Videocast

The Sand Hollow Classic at Sand Hollow Reservoir, Hurricane, Utah, May 17, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
The Sand Hollow Classic at Sand Hollow Reservoir, Hurricane, Utah, May 17, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

HURRICANE — The Sand Hollow Sailing Classic, hosted by Hobie Fleet 941 and the Sand Hollow Yacht Club, is in its second of two days racing at Sand Hollow Reservoir.

Saturday proved extremely challenging for the participants, Hobie Fleet 941 Commodore Raul Hevia said.

“We had three races with winds of up to 16 knots, or 17 miles per hour, and it was very challenging,” he said. “The winds switched directions a little bit throughout the racing, and it made things very technically challenging for the sailors. Everybody was really happy with all the racing we did yesterday.”

Trophies in wait for winners in the Third Annual Sand Hollow Sailing Classic at Sand Hollow Reservoir, Hurricane, Utah, May 17, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
Trophies in wait for winners in the Third Annual Sand Hollow Sailing Classic at Sand Hollow Reservoir, Hurricane, Utah, May 17, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

Hevia said Sunday’s races should be just as exciting, as the wind is starting to come up around 1 p.m.

“We’ll have one or two races today, then we’ll call it, add up the points, and award the trophies,” Hevia said.

Trophies and prizes will be presented at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Admission is free, except for the Sand Hollow State Park entrance fees.

The Third Annual Sand Hollow Sailing Classic at Sand Hollow Reservoir, Hurricane, Utah, May 17, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
The Third Annual Sand Hollow Sailing Classic at Sand Hollow Reservoir, Hurricane, Utah, May 17, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

Ed. correction: The wind was 16 knots, not 60 knots.

St. George News Photographer Dave Amodt contributed to this report.

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7 Comments

  • St. G May 17, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks for the article. Love to sail.

    P.S. 60 knots must be a typo; it is nearly 70mph, and impossible to sail. 17mph is about 15knots and would be an excellent sailing breeze.

    • Ric Wayman May 17, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      Yes, transcription error on our part; correction made to reflect 16-knot winds. Thank you kindly.

  • DB May 17, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    “with winds of up to 60 knots, or 17 miles per hour”
    Sixty knots sounds like a lot of wind, even for Hobie Cats. The two numbers don’t equate anyway. I’m betting the speed closer to the 17 mph.

    • DB May 17, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      P.S. 17mph would equate to sixteen knots, as opposed to sixty…That’s probably what was meant…

  • ScanMeister May 17, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    “We had three races with winds of up to 60 knots, or 17 miles per hour, and it was very challenging,” he said. “The winds switched directions a little bit throughout the racing……………I hope 60 knots was a typo

  • fun bag May 17, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    gonna wait for some 60 knot winds, then we have a real sail. leave the 16 knots for crybabies and newbs 😛

    • wilbur May 18, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Hobbie Cats have two states – one, a trailer, and two, capcized in the water.

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