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Rodriguez & Place Repeat Last Year’s Colonial Cup

June 02
17:02 2008

2008 Colonial Cup

Severn Sailing Association

May 31-June 1, 2008


The 2007 US National Snipe championship team of Ernesto Rodriguez & Megan Place built on last year’s win at the Colonial Cup with a repeat victory in the 2008 edition, held May 31–June 1, 2008 out of Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis, MD. Conditions were a little tricky with thunderstorms on Saturday and the crowd was smaller than last year’s 35 boat turn–out, but the competition for top honors included recent past North American, US Nationals, & World champions. Competitors travelled from Florida, Boston, & St. Louis for the annual event.

Saturday’s first and only four–leg, windward/leeward was started in 10–15 knot conditions, but shortened at three legs due to imminent storm activity. The RC timed the shortened course with AP over “H” perfectly as the boomers came in just as the last person was pulling their boat and donning the cover. The fleet waited out the storms, but it was quickly apparent that Saturday was going to be a no–go, so racing was moved up a half–hour on Sunday. But the half day of racing provided an opportunity for some serious fun to take place. The keg was tapped early and some competitors enjoyed the complimentary food and beer. Others headed slightly north to watch the Orioles and Red Sox play in an evening baseball game. While others took the opportunity to connect with old friends or just relax and enjoy the post–storm sunset over the Annapolis harbor from the SSA deck. At the end of day 1, it was Ernesto & Megan in first followed by Lee Griffith & Andrea Nilsen.

Racing started at 10:00 Sunday morning to sunny skies and 10–12 knot winds. The RC managed to get five shorter races in Sunday over gradually dying conditions with the last race finishing up around 3:30. Tide, pressure, & geographic wind effects all played a big role in strategies and race outcomes. At the end of the day Ernesto & Megan held on to their lead with 13.5 points, but Augie Diaz & Kathleen Toche recovered from a deep race on Saturday with 3 bullets to climb into the number 2 spot with 18.25 points. Gavin O’Hare with crew Erica Seamon moved into third with a couple top four finishes on Sunday.
Next stop on the spring circuit is the Atlantic Coast Championships (aka “The Pork Loin Regatta”) at Surf City YC, NJ.

Results Full results available at
Place Skipper / Crew Points
1. Ernesto Rodriguez / Megan Place 13.5
2. Augie Diaz / Kathleen Tocke 18.25
3. Gavin O’Hare / Erica Seamon 33.75
4. Lee Griffith / Andrea Nilsen 36
5. Eric Reinke / Kim Couranz 45
6. Henry Filter / Wilson Stout 46
7. John MacRae / Linda Epstein 49
8. Hal Gilreath / Alex Stout 51
9. Brian Hetherington / Joel Bays 52
10. Don Hackbarth / Mike Hackbarth 59
11. Aaron Serenis / Lindsay Bartel 64
12. Tomas Hornos / Daniel Huran 65
13. Gonzo Diaz / Adrienne Korkosz 80
14. Stephan Irgens / Monica Irgens 82
15. Charlie Bustamante / Michelle Bustamante 90
16. Matt Schoene / Steve Roth 90
17. Mark Hasslinger / Vera Zislin 106
18. Ian Mutnick / Heather Ludemann 107
19. Russ Wesdyke / Jon Anthony 116
20. Mark Fuhrmann / Arianne Dalton 118
21. Bill Ljunquist / Colin Ljunquist 131
22. Jon Virden / Caroline Bradley 138
23. Lisa Pline / Bridget Creney 138

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