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Hobie Sailor of the Month - July, 2013Max Brill (age 15, San Diego, Calif.) loves sailing all types of boats that offer different levels of speed and strategy, such as the 29er, Club 420, and of course – the Naples Sabot. Max proved his prowess in the Sabot last Friday, July 19 by finishing first overall at the 44th annual Dutch Shoe Marathon regatta.
This unique regatta consists of a 10-mile race from San Diego Yacht Club to Coronado Yacht Club, including junior and adult sailors of all ability levels competing against one another. The junior sailors are separated by skill level. Younger or less experienced sailors get a head start on the more experienced juniors and adults. The racing format accompanied with ever shifting wind and current makes this regatta a truly up-for-grabs event. Sailors also must contend with boating traffic along the 10-mile course, which often includes cargo carriers and military ships. Past winners have included less experienced junior Sabot sailors to the more experienced juniors and adults.
“This is my favorite Naples Sabot event of the year,” said Max after his win. Max learned to sail in a Naples Sabot at Mission Bay Yacht Club in San Diego, Calif. when he was 10 years old. “The Naples Sabot is an excellent introductory boat that teaches the basics of sailing and is sailed in Southern California. The Naples Sabot has a leeboard on the starboard side of the boat in place of the centerboard,” he explained.
Max is working on improving his sailing skills and hopes to place at the top of C420 and 29er fleets in National level events. Beginning July 26, Max will be competing in his first international event at the 29er World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark with teammate, Zach Malcolm.
“We've trained hard and hope to do well,” said Max. “My long term goals are to keep improving, have fun, and win some big events along the way.”
Learn more about the Dutch Shoe Marathon regatta on the US Sailing Blog as part of US Sailing’s 2013 West Coast Tour.