Ray of hope for sailor Hobbs
RAY HOBBS arrived in Gladstone at a time when he worked in construction some 25 years ago.
It was likely at the time that he would never have thought that he is about to sail on a boat he has built for a sixth consecutive year on multi-hull No Problem.
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"Working in construction has certainly helped me to build No Problem and Restless," Hobbs said.
He will sail in his 26th Brisbane to Gladstone race and hopes there will be no problem as he aims for line honours or a handicap win at the very least.
"I have done 20 races on Restless and about to do my sixth on No Problem; both boats that I have built," Hobbs said with a touch of pride and satisfaction.
"I have learned a lot of skills and self taught things...I built the boats so that they can be competitive."
Hobbs and delivery crew member Mark Raub set sail to Brisbane on Friday.
Hobbs has had success with consecutive podium finishes with a first, third and second placing in order of handicap.
"There are effectively two divisions for handicap with one based on previous performances," he explained.
"The second handicap is based on measurement with weight, size and sail area."
Hobbs predicts light winds in Brisbane on Good Friday, but his craft works best downwind which may well happen when the south-easterly winds pick up once the race starts.
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CREW: Captain Ray Hobbs, Carli Homann, Anthony Constance, Gordon Myers, Brett Holly