Hobie Alter Jr. Edges Smyth for Hobie-17 Title

Hobie Alter Jr. of Capistrano Beach and Randy Smyth of Huntington Beach battled down to the wire in the final race of the Hobie-17 nationals Friday.

The winner was Alter, finishing the final race less than a boat length ahead of Smyth but with the same score, 6.25 points, after six races in the finals. The outcome was decided on the basis of the throwout race for each skipper. Alter threw out a third place, Smyth a 36th place in a race from which he withdrew.

More than 100 boats turned out for the first national championship of the Hobie-17, a catrigged (one sail) catamaran like the original Hobie-14.