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Hobie North American Championship have invaded Ocean Springs Yacht Club

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Sailing competition was halted Thursday afternoon due to a lack of wind. That gave a number of the sailors time to get their Hobie Cat 16's ready for Friday's competition.

A very enthusiastic Katherine Porter says she and her teammate, Jordan Manning, will hit the high seas competing in the Hobie Youth 16 Division. Porter traveled a great distance to get here. She's from Sacramento, California.

"I've sailed in pretty extreme conditions and I trust Jordan, so it's really going to be awesome. We're going to try out hardest and hopefully kick butt."

13-year-old Porter placed second at the 2010 Youth Nationals and says the big difference between sailing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and off the California coast... the water isn't cold here in Ocean Springs.

She loves all aspects of sailing, "I mainly just enjoy sailing. It's fun. I like the Saturday night parties. I like meeting new people and I love the adrenalin rush when you have crazy wins."

17-year-old Nat Brown hails from San Francisco. Brown says the heat and humidity has been very difficult to contend with.  "Yeah I sweat a lot ..It's really hot here."

Brown won second place in the 2010 North American Championships and says sailing is sailing, whether it's on the Mississippi Gulf Coast or in California.

"No difference really. The wind is wind and the water is water. It's all good."

Susan Karzeniewski is from Liverpool, New York. She's the defending Hobie Cat Women's 16 North American Champion.

She said, "I feel pretty good. There's a couple of really fast teams here that have been doing a lot my racing recently then I have. But I'm hoping my longtime experience will prevail. Hopefully we can just have some fun and beat the other girls."

I'm sure she loves the sweltering heat?  " No sir, this is going to be pretty tough for myself and my Canadian teammate. It's very hot."

Ocean Springs Commodore Ken Altman says the yacht club has become a center piece for Hobie Cat sailing.

"It's been an incredible experience. We've met people from all around the country, as far away as Canada. They are just here because they love sailing, they love the water, they love competition."

He added, "We're kind of known as the Catamaran Club and we're building our base. We've become known in the region and now we're going on to the National and International circuit. We're trying to be the premier gem of Catamaran sailing on the coast.

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