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50th Don Q Rum Keg Regatta

50th Don Q Rum Keg Regatta
March 21
10:17 2016

Coconut Grove Sailing Club

March 18-20, 2016

RESULTS | PHOTOS (courtesy Blake Middleton)

 

Miami, March 20, 2016. Final results after 5 races (no discard)

A fifth place finish in the regatta’s final race was enough for Ernesto Rodriguez and Claudia Loiacono of Miami to hold off the challenge of Jensen McTighe and Andre Guanragna of Ft. Lauderdale for the championship of the 50th Snipe Don Q Rum Keg Regatta .  A first place finish by Augie Diaz and Jessica Clafin of Miami enabled them to move up one place to finish third just ahead of San Diego’s Randy Lake and Maddy McGrath.  Peter and Connie Commette of Ft. Lauderdale were fifth.

Sailed on Biscayne Bay for 50 years now out of the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, the Don Q Rum Keg Regatta features, in addition to South Florida weather, the traditional Don Q Daiquiri Party after Saturday’s racing followed by a Cuban dinner. The regatta , the middle stop on the Snipe Southern Circuit, continually draws an international entry and this year was no different with competitors from Italy, Peru, the Bahamas, and Finland. Roberto Serralles of Don Q assisted in the trophy presentation.

The Circuit now moves to Nassau, Bahamas for the Bacardi Cup and the Gamblin Cup regattas.

Interview with Ernesto Rodriguez

Interview with Jensen McTighe (before the last race)

1. Ernesto Rodriguez & Claudia Loiacono, 13

2. Jensen McTighe & Andre Guaragna, 19

3. Augie Diaz & Jessica Claflin, 25

4. Randy Lake & Maddy McGrath, 30

5. Peter Commette & Connie Commette, 39

 

Miami, March 19, 2016. 15-20 knots from the SW and two double triangle races today, but the 50th DonQ fleet was revived by daiquiris and a great Cuban dinner. Hoping for one more race tomorrow, if we can dodge the approaching thunderstorms.Results after 4 races.

(Photo courtesy of Blake Middleton)

1. Ernesto Rodriguez & Claudia Loiacono, 8

2. Jensen McTighe & Andre Guaragna, 11

3. Randy Lake & Many McGrath, 20

4. Augie Diaz & Jessica Claflin, 24

5. Peter Commette & Connie Commette, 30

 

Miami, March 18, 2016. Perfect sailing conditions in the Biscayne Bay today, two races sailed in 8-13 knots.

Interview: Ernesto Rodriguez and Claudia Loiacono

(Photo courtesy of Peter Commette: “If not Olympic Sailors, then Fashion Designers”)

1. Ernesto Rodriguez & Claudia Loiacono, 5

2. Jensen Mc Tighe & Andre Guaragna, 6

3. Randy Lake & Maddy McGrath, 8

4. Gavin O’Hare & Erika Seamon, 11

5. Arthur Blodgett & Sarah Streater, 15

 

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