Puerto Peñasco October 8-19, 2016 – The 2016 Hobie 16 and Hobie 18 North American Championships warm up regatta (A.K.A. the Pinata Regatta) was sailed in winds of only five knots. Despite the light winds, the conditions were tactically challenging and provided very tight racing. Teams that managed the wind shifts did extremely well. Approximately two-thirds of the North American championships competitors participated in the warm-up regatta. Others were arriving and preparing their boats.

In the warm up regatta, the Hobie 16 fleet was won by Mike Montague and Kathy Ward (USA) with very consistent finishes. The Hobie 18 class was won by Ken Marshack and Valerie Pioszak (USA). The North American Championships for the Hobie 16 and Hobie 18 classes start Monday with sailing October 10-14, 2016. Challenging sailing with a tight fleet is expected.

Event sponsors include The Hobie Cat Company, Tecate, Playa Bonita RV Park, Stohlquist WaterWare, and Murrays/Forward-WIP Products.