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2014 Snipe Atlantic Coast Championships

2014 Snipe Atlantic Coast Championships
June 09
10:59 2014

2014 Snipe Atlantic Coast Championships

Surf City Yacht Club

June 6-8, 2014

Pl Sail # Crew Tot 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 30288 A. Diaz & A. McLean 18 1 (4) 3 1 4 1 4 4
2 30473 E. Rodriguez & E. Mintzias 18 3 1 (5) 5 2 2 3 2
3 29442 P. Commette & E. O’Brien 23 (8) 6 2 3 1 8 2 1
4 30337 E. Heim & A. Benner 29 7 7 1 4 6 (9) 1 3
5 30860 C. Cronin & K. Couranz 31 6 2 8 2 3 3 7 (9)
6 30391 E. Reinke & S. Westphal 47 (15) 3 7 12 7 6 6 6
7 30904 L. Griffith & L. Pline 49 2 (11) 4 10 9 4 10 10
8 29782 Z. Kelchner & B. Stout 53 5 (12) 10 6 5 7 12 8
9 29778 R. Guaragna & A. Guaragna 58 9 5 6 (11) 11 11 9 7
10 30629 G. O’Hare & J. McTighe 68 (18\DNC) 18\DNC 18\DNC 7 10 5 5 5
11 29645 H. Waskow & D. Waskow 80 13 9 11 (14) 13 10 11 13
12 28470 S. Irgens & M. Irgens 82 11 13 12 13 (14) 13 8 12
13 30089 A. Klein & J. Claflin 86 4 10 9 9 (18\DNC) 18\DNC 18\DNC 18\DNC
14 29704 M. Hetherington & K. Hetherington 88 (14) 14 13 8 12 14 13 14
15 29964 B. Panza & E. Hansen 93 12 8 14 (17) 15 15 14 15
16 28542 B. Coyle & K. Sullivan 97 (18\DNC) 18\DNC 18\DNC 15 8 12 15 11
17 30552 J. Frazee & R. Schnabel 106 10 15 15 16 16 16 (18\DNC) 18\DNC

 

Summary courtesy of Carol Cronin and Snipe Today

Day 2 Report by Kim Couranz

Day 1 Report by Snipe Today

Surf City, NJ, June 8, 2014: 17 Snipes flew in from across the country for the Atlantic Coast Championship in the beach town of Surf City, NJ. The regatta was officially run out of the Surf City Yacht Club, but its true heart was at the house of Lee and Karla Griffith a few blocks away. With homemade dinners every night and enough housing for the entire regatta, there was no need to go anywhere else.

Racing began on Friday with three races. After one race in a light and unpredictable northwester, that breeze died out and it looked like a nice seabreeze would fill. Although there was enough wind to sail and it was a bit steadier than race one, the velocity never built to steady hiking conditions all afternoon. Augie Diaz/Aine McLean, Ernesto Rodriguez/Eduardo Mintzias, and Eric Heim/Amy Benner each won a race.

Dinner Friday night was Lee’s lasagne, Karla’s salad, garlic bread, and box wine. Nobody went home hungry.

We sailed out Saturday morning in the gradient northwest breeze, but before the first start it died and again pulled around to the east. And again, it didn’t build as much as expected, and we barely touched the hiking straps all day. Posting a 1,4,1, Augie/Aine won the day, leaving the rest of the fleet to pick up the spoils. Ernesto/Eddie had a 5,2,2 to hold onto second overall, and Carol Cronin/Kim Couranz posted a 2,3,3 to move into third overall.

The annual pork loin feast at the Griffiths was accompanied by salad, fresh corn on the cob, and other fixings.

Sunday morning was better for swimming and paddleboarding than sailing, so the race committee wisely postponed ashore. The fleet entertained themselves with stories and an in-depth comparison of various jib models, before the breeze filled enough to sail out shortly before noon. The left side paid in the first race, against all local knowledge, and Eric Heim/Amy Benner did a great job of jumping out to a strong lead that they held to the finish. Peter Commette/Ellie O’Brien finished second, followed by Augie/Aine and Ernesto/Eddie.

The heavier teams were finally rewarded for their patience when the breeze built to 10 knots for the final race. Peter/Ellie led wire to wire, which solidified their third place overall. Eric/Amy posted a third to take fourth overall, earning the coveted qualifying slot for the 2014 Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship.  Augie/Aine’s pair of fours for the day was just enough to win the tiebreaker over Ernesto/Eddie and take the event.

The winner of the ACCs gets to choose the location for the next event, and at the prize giving (under the shadow of his new trophy/umbrella), Augie announced “Surf City! Bring it back to Surf City!” We can only hope the Griffiths will agree.

Thanks also to a great race committee made up of local Lightning sailors, who without fuss or fanfare got off eight solid races in challenging conditions.

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