Snipe USA

2007 Snipe Midwinters

March 14
12:46 2007

2007 Snipe Midwinters & Pan Am Trials

Clearwater Yacht Club

March 11-13, 2007


(March 12-13, 2007) Racers watched opposing land and sea breezes off of Clearwater Beach for several hours on Monday and Tuesday. The boat that seemed to size up how to connect the dots the best was that steered by Augie Diaz and crewed by Tracy Nan Smith. On Monday, the sea breeze finally prevailed. With puffs up to eight knots, few of us had a chance to stretch our legs and our backs going up the beats. The race committee was able to start and finish two races on Monday and another two on Tuesday. Going into Tuesday, Augie Diaz and Tracy Nan Smith established themselves as the clear leaders in the 2007 Pan Am Trials. With a six races or greater, racers were granted a discard.

Tuesday’s first race was in 4-5 knot zephyrs from land. Augie and Tracy led the 34- boat fleet around the course despite the wind filling in from different sides during the runs. There was a lull in between races while the breeze subsided and filled in from the West. The leading edge was strong, but the final race of the series was also in 5 knots of light, fickle, scary, shifty conditions. Augie and Tracy rose to the occasion with a 1, 3 in the final two races. They ended the 7 race series with a total of 11 points.

The boat that really came on strong during the final two days of super light air was sailed by Brian Bissel and Alexis Rubin. The team posted two second place finishes and two first place finishes, ending the regatta with 17 points. Mikee Anderson-Mitterling and Dave Hughes, who are taking a short break from their Olympic 470 campaign, posted a 12, 2 in the final day to move into third for the regatta. The top three teams will represent the US at the Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro this July.

Teams are now on their way to Miami for the second event of the Snipe Southern Circuit – the Don Q Regatta – which begins Friday, March 16. – Lynn Fitzpatrick

Final: 1. Diaz/Smith –11 pts. 2. Bissell/Rubin – 17 pts. 3. Anderson-Mitterling/Hughes 24 pts. 4. Commette/Commette – 33 pts. 5. Gilreath/Lieble – 34 pts.

(March 11, 2007) The Snipe Southern Circuit started on Sunday in Clearwater, Florida. Among the wonderful things about the Circuit’s first regatta, which also doubles at the 2007 US Pan American Trials, are that attendance is double what it was last year, there are a lot of new faces and young teams here, and our Norwegian, Swedish, and Finnish friends have joined us to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the soft water sailing. Skippers and teams that have been contenders at the World level for quite a while are dominating the light air, three day regatta.

After three races in light to moderate air, Miami Fleet representatives are leading the regatta. Augie Diaz, the current Snipe World, World Master, North American and US Champion, is sailing with Tracy Nan Smith. The team is clearly demonstrating how to choose the right end of the line, figure out the current, make rig adjustments and get through the chop. Augie and Tracy are 2 points ahead of Ernesto Rodriquez and Leandro Spina, 4 points ahead Peter and Sheehan Commette and 9 points ahead of Hal Gilreath and James Lieble. The three leaders have put in a lot of practice time on Biscayne Bay recently. It’s a pleasure to see the teams of Mikee Anderson Mitterling and Dave Hughes and Brian Bissel and Alexis Rubin leading the next pack of contestants. It looks as if Anderson Mitterling/Huhes figured out the Snipe once the breeze came up.

Following the Clearwater Regatta the Snipes will sail the Don Q Regatta in Miami and then travel to Nassau, Bahamas for the Bacardi Gamblin Trophy and other events on Montague Bay. – Lynn Fitzpatrick

1. Diaz/Smith – 2,2,5 – 9pts. 2. Rodriguez/Spina – 5,5,1 – 11 pts. 3. Commette/Commette – 1,4,8- 13 pts. 4. Gilreath/Lieble – 4,9,4 – 17 pts. 5. Anderson-Mitterling/Hughes – 16, 1, 2 – 19 pts.

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