2017 Don Q Rum Keg
March 24-26, 2017
Coconut Grove Sailing Club
At the start of race six of the 51st Don Q Rum Keg Snipe Regatta, sailed out of Miami’s Coconut Grove Sailing Club, Ernesto Rodriguez and Kathleen Tocke trailed Puerto Ricans Raul Rios and Mac Agnese by 4 points. Starting below the Puerto Ricans in race 6, Ernesto and Kathleen were able to round the first mark ahead of Raul and Marc and were able to hold off the young sailors for a two point win in the regatta, first sailed in 1966. They were followed in the results by current World Champion Bruno Amorim and Rodrigo Lins of the Yachte Clube de Rio de Janiero, Brazi. Miami’s Diaz and Claudia Loiacono were 4th, followed by Ft.Lauderdale sailors Peter and Connie Commette in 5th.
Forty Snipers from 8 countries competed in the event. After two regattas in Nassau, followed by the Don Q, the Snipe Southern Circuit now moves to Clearwater for the 80th sailing of the Snipe Midwinter Championship.
1. USA Ernesto Rodriguez & Kathleen Tocke, 8
2. PUR Raul Rios & Mac Agnese, 10
3. BRA Bruno Bethlem & Rodrigo Lins, 19
4. USA Augie Diaz & Eddie Mintzias/Claudia Loiacono, 20
5. USA Peter Commette & Connie Commette, 31
Day 2 Report
Two thirds and a first moved Puerto Ricans Raul Rios and Marc Agnese into a two point lead over Miamians Ernesto Rodriguez and Kathleen Tocke after four races at the 51st Snipe Don Q Rum Keg Regatta sailed put pf Miami’s Coconut Grove Sailing Center. Rodriguez/Tocke had two bullets, but an 8th place finish in race 3 cost them the lead going into the last day of racing on Sunday. Brazilians Bruno Amorim and Rodrigo Lins from Rio de Janiero are standing third followed by Miamian Augie Diaz/Eddie Mentzias and Peter and Connie Commette of Ft. Lauderdale.
Following two scheduled Sunday races, the Snipe Southern Circuit moves to Clearwater for the 80th sailing of the Snipe Midwinter Championship.
Day 1 Report
The big story of race one of the 51st Annual Don Q Snipe Regatta in Miami was the blustery wind blowing in from offshore with rain squalls. While gusts in low to mid-twenties kept some sailors on shore, Ernesto Rodriguez and Kathleen Tocke of Miami ran away with the race, rounding the top of the course on the second windward leg of the two lap triangle course and scooting away on the first reach with an insurmountable lead. Puerto Rican Raul Rios, sailing with Mac Agnese was second, followed by two former Snipe National and Star North American champions Augie Diaz of Miami and George Szabo of San Diego who were sailing with Eddie Mentzias and Dianna Waterbury. Fifth was 15 year old Texan Asher Zitter with crew Watt Duffy.
The 40-boat fleet boasts 4 former Snipe World Champions and sailors from 8 countries.