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2017 Snipe North Americans

2017 Snipe North Americans
May 21
20:51 2017

FORT LAUDERDALE–The Annual Ron Payne Memorial Snipe Regatta was held this weekend in the ocean off Dania Beach Florida. Run out of Lauderdale Yacht Club, this year the event also served as the Snipe North American championship. Twenty-eight boats competed for titles in near perfect conditions. Under mostly sunny skies, the winds were East-southeast and ranged from 14-18 knots, with gusts into the mid-twenties.

Competitors came from Ecuador, Canada, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, Peru and the USA. As is often the case in Snipe sailing, the sailors covered a broad spectrum of ages, from 13-year-old Michael Morley to Gonzalo “El Viejo” Diaz, still kicking it at 87.

PRO Tom Lihan and the LYC race management team ran three races on Friday.  The occasionally gusty winds built up a lumpy sea state of three to four foot waves with the occasional six footer mixed in to add a bit of excitement. Utilizing triangle courses, Ernesto Rodriguez and crew Kathleen Tocke had their boat set up perfectly and won all three races, wire to wire. Their margin of victory in each race was over one minute. Second for the day was the team of Jensen McTighe and Andre Guaragna with scores of 2-4-2.  In third were Augie Diaz and Eddie Mintzias with a 4-3-4 score line. Raul Rios and Mac Agnese held down fourth, one point behind Diaz, with Doug Hart and Diego Escobar (a San Diego high school student) rounding out the top five.

According to Ernesto, “My experience sailing the Laser in big waves really paid off. The important thing is to not over steer in the big waves which leads to hulls and rigs slamming down on the back side of waves. Also the flat out hiking we do in Lasers translates well to the Snipe.” He was also quick to point out the value of Kathleen as his crew. “She’s fantastic and having her on board made a huge difference. She has crewed Snipes for Augie for years and knows exactly what to do to make the boat go fast, and that saves time. A split second saved can be huge.  She had us powered up all weekend, and I could just concentrate on steering.”

Saturday saw similar conditions with a bit less wave action. Ernesto and Kathleen continued their dominance of the fleet winning all three of the day’s races.  This made them hugely popular at the daily prize giving as each race winner receives a bottle of champagne.

Second through fifth places saw no change from Friday.

An interesting wrinkle in Saturday’s racing was the selection of course W2.  Although it is a published Snipe Class course, many of the competitors were obviously not familiar with it, and/or missed it in the Sailing Instructions. The course is kind of a modified trapezoid course in that boats must sail through the leeward gate on the way to the finish. An even dozen boats earned a score of RET by missing the gate.

Sunday brought calmer seas and slightly lighter winds. With two races to go, it was doubtful anybody could catch Ernesto and Kathleen.  The duo never gave the rest of the fleet a chance reeling off two more bullets for a perfect score line of [1]-1-1-1-1-1-1-1=7.  Augie Diaz took advantage of a slip up by Jensen McTighe in race eight to move into second. Raul Rios and Doug Hart once again rounded out the top five.

Back on the dock Jensen said, “We were a bit hesitant off the starting line [of race eight], and kind of lost track of where we were. That put us behind on the first upwind leg.” When asked what he thought he and Andre did well, he continued “We worked really hard on our downwind and reaching speed, and it paid off as we were faster than most of the other boats.” As for the RET in race four, he said, “Definitely need to do a better job of reading the SI’s.”

Winning the Snipe North American Championship and the Birney Mills Memorial Trophy was Ernesto Rodriguez. By virtue of being the top crew, Kathleen Tocke was awarded the Kim Thompson Memorial Trophy.  They also were winners of the Ron Payne Memorial Trophy which was presented by Ron’s widow Wingate. Ron was a long-time Snipe sailor, and Wingate was his crew for dozens of regattas.

Jensen McTighe was presented with the Chuck Loomis Memorial Trophy as the top junior skipper. The Snipe class really goes out of its way to promote junior participation in the class, hosting many junior regattas and championships. That’s one reason why the class has remained so popular. Snipes. Serious sailing, serious fun!

 

Pos Sail   Skipper  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8  Total Pos
1  
31337   Ernesto Rodriguez/
Kathleen Tocke  
[1]   1   1   1   1   1   1   1   7  
1  
2  
30288   Augie Diaz/
Eddie Mintzias  
[4]   3   4   2   4   4   3   4   24  
2  
3  
30027   Jensen McTighe/
Andre Guaragna  
2   4   2   [29/RET]   2   3   4   9   26  
3  
4  
PUR 29841   Raul Rios/
Mac Agnese  
7   2   3   [29/RET]   3   5   5   2   27  
4  
5  
31297   Doug Hart/
Diego Escobar  
5   5   7   3   [8]   2   7   3   32  
5  
6  
29442   Peter Commette/
Connie Commette  
6   [29/OCS]   5   4   7   7   2   8   39  
6  
7  
30860   Carol CRONIN/
Linda Epstein  
[29/DNC]   16   18   5   6   6   10   5   66  
7  
8  
31391   Brett Davis/
Bryan Stout  
13   7   11   7   [29/RET]   15   8   11   72  
8  
9  
29511   Taylor Scheuermann/
Charlie Bess  
[17]   14   16   9   11   8   13   6   77  
9  
10  
31424   Andrew Pimental/
Megan Place  
3   [29/OCS]   6   29/RET   5   16   6   14   79  
10  
11  
PUR 30873   Agustin Lazaro-Lugo/
Jose Lazo  
8   11   9   6   14   19   14   [20]   81  
11  
12  
2944   Michael Morley/
Watt Duffy  
15   8   13   8   [29/RET]   13   9   18   84T  
12  
13  
29671   Tarasa Davis/
Kim Calnan  
14   10   12   [29/RET]   9   10   16   13   84T  
13  
14  
31087   Diego Figueroa/
Benjamin Vidal  
10   15   [20]   10   15   12   20   17   99  
14  
15  
28811   Jimmie Lowe/
Lori Lowe  
12   9   10   [29/RET]   29/RET   14   17   12   103T  
15  
16  
30571   Sharon Seymour-Johnson/
Tara Lobo  
16   12   15   [29/RET]   13   17   15   15   103T  
16  
17  
30364   Rogelio Padron/
Lorenzo Lopes  
9   6   8   [29/RET]   29/RET   29/RET   12   16   109  
17  
18  
29782   Zack Kelchner/
Nikki Bruno  
18   [29/DNS]   29/DNS   29/RET   10   11   11   10   118  
18  
19  
29602   Sarah Streater/
Elizabeth Ryder  
[23]   13   19   12   16   21   19   19   119  
19  
20  
30611   Sean Adams/
Jennifer Adams  
21   19   21   11   17   20   [23]   21   130  
20  
21  
31280   Art Rousmaniere/
Jennifer Rousmaniere  
19   17   14   [29/RET]   29/RET   29/RET   18   7   133  
21  
22  
30280   David Hiebert/
Bill Schoenberg  
11   [29/DNF]   29/DNS   29/RET   12   9   21   29/DNS   140  
22  
23  
31027   Juan Jose Ferretti/
Juan Carlos Casal  
22   20   23   [29/DSQ]   18   18   22   22   145  
23  
24  
29995   Ivan Riano/
Bruno Mello  
25   [29/OCS]   17   14   20   29/DNS   25   29/DNS   159  
24  
25  
30111   Christopher Hains/
Barbara Mann  
[29/DNS]   29/DNS   29/DNS   13   19   22   29/DNC   29/DNC   170  
25  
26  
29108   STEVE STEWART/
MARCUS HALL  
20   18   22   [29/RET]   29/RET   29/RET   29/DNC   29/DNC   176  
26  
27  
31355   George Antarr/
Donna Antarr  
24   [29/DNF]   29/DNS   29/RET   29/RET   29/DNF   24   23   187  
27  
28  
30336SNIP   Gonzalo E. Diaz/
Alex Guerrero  
[29/DNC]   29/DNC   29/DNC   15   29/DNS   29/DNS   29/DNC   29/DNC   189  
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