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84 ,CAPE GAZETTE. Frl(lay, eptnber 25  (vler'l 11  Hobie 16s from all over Nort.hAm.erica coming to Dewey for championships The late September waters of from the Rusty Rudder. He said Rehoboth Bay sparkle with the that a spectator boat will leave RB- bright sunshine of clear fall days. SA's marina at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. This yea r those waters will be even more dazzling as Rehoboth Bay Sailing Association (RBSA) hosts the 1998 Hobie 16 North American Continental Champi- onships. According to race co-chairman Bruce Andrews, more than 75 Ho- bie 16 catamaran racing teams plan to compete in this year's event, which will include more than 15 races over five days. They will be coming from alT over the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico "We're very excited," said An- drews. "It's shaping up to be a first-class event. In addition to the racing teams, we're expecting an additional 500 people to be in town for the event, including fam- ily and friends of the teams, event volunteers, professional staff, sponsors and spectators. The races will take place on a course laid out in Rehoboth Bay in front of RBSA's facility, just south of Dewey Beach. Entrance to the facility is from Route 1. The racing teams will be launch- ing their Hobies from RBSA's fa- cility and from the Seashore State Park public bay beach area, just south of RBSA. The courses sailed each day will depend on the weather that greets this year's competition. Rehoboth  Bay is a shallow in- land bay measuring about 3 miles wide and 6 miles long. It is shel- tered from the Atlantic Ocean by about 400 yards of barrier island. In late September, the air tempera- ture is usually in the upper 70s, with the bay in the lower 70s. The resulting southeasterly 12 to 18-knot thermals off the ocean and the flat waters of Rehoboth Bay will provide extremely fast conditions for the Competition. Occasionally, the winds will grow to more than 25 knots churning up 3- to 4-foot swells on the bay, real- ly heating up the racing. According to Andrews, specta- tors can watch the races from RB- SA's facility, from the bayside beaches of Seashore State Park or Thursday, Oct. 1, and Friday, Oct. 2, for the final and deciding races of the competition. A $10 dona- tion ($5 for kids 12 and under) is requested of those who take ad- vantage of this opportunity to see the races up close. Those funds will benefit Delaware Special Olympics, In addition, 1998 Hobie 16 Con- tinental Championship T-shirts, sweat shirts and hats will be for sale all week long at the RBSA clubhouse. RBSA is home to Ho- bie Fleet 106 - of the Mid-Atlantic Division 11 of the North American Hobie Class Association - which is sharing sponsorship duties with RBSA. Division 11, and the surrounding divisions, have been a Mecca for some of the most competitive Ho- bie 16 racing for many years. They have produced some of the best sailors in the world, including a three-time Hobie 16 continental champion. It's been five years since the Hobie 16 continentals have been held in the Mid-Atlantic" region. RBSA has a long history of hosting national and world events in several different one-de- sign classes. The 16-foot Hobie catamaran was designed by Hobie Alter in 1972. There are now more than 100,000 Hobies being raced worldwide. Slam Dunk 1998 expanding to 44 games over five days with 39 teams The National Basketball Tour- nament "Slam Dunk to the Beach" will again answer the call for fans hungry for high school basketball by expanding this national event to 44 games over five days. Founder, Executive Director and CEO Robert F. Jacobs says the need for expansion is due to the immense increase in requests from nationally ranked basketball teams. "The tournament's popularity necessitates this expansion as well as the proposed changes in the NCAA recruiting calendar." With the tremendous amount of different rules from various states as to when teams can play and how many games teams can play, the addition of this fifth day will allow states that have not been able to play three days in a row to do so and to be able tO experience the national atmosphere of the tournament. The tournament dates will be Saturday, Dec. 26, through Wednesday, Dec. 30, with a total of 44 games being played over the five-day span. Thirty-nine teams will be playing in the event. The newest addition that has gained popularity across the Unit- ed States will be the Delaware River & Bay Authority "Sunday Shootout," in which various teams will match up, providing games that otherwise would not have been made possible due to sched- uling and statewide restrictions. These matchups are sure to appeal to the 51,000 fans who attend this outstanding national holiday tour- nament. r" I k J J J J J J J J J J J J J J J J J J SeaDoo Models as low as $787month! approved credit; In-slo(k only while suppl I! EVERYBODY'S D O I N ' IT "" ONLY While 5upplies Last! Visit Marine Wal before Wa: Accessories We have Wet Suits Wake Boards Marine Supplies Tubes/Towables Water Skis Ski Vests Assorted Clothing and MUCH MORE! Short's Marine Fenwick Island Off O.C. Coastal Hwy, Rt. 54 {next to Harpoon Hannahsl (3021 537-3500 Long Neck/Millsboro Off RI. 24; Long Neck Road (302) 947-5050