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Mowry/Gilreath Win Jr Nationals

Mowry/Gilreath Win Jr Nationals
June 10
10:02 2019
Tyler Mowry & Emily Gilreath – 2019 Jr National Champions

Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Snipe Fleet #532 hosted its annual Annapolis Snipe Invite (ASI) to promote Snipe sailing to 30 & Under sailors, this year in conjunction with the US Snipe Junior Nationals.  Nine races were sailed in 8-14, making for two full days of hiking for the young and mostly light teams.  International imports Edgar Diminich (ECU) and Sophie Taylor (Scotland) walked away with the overall ASI event with a solid string of firsts, followed by Zack Kelchner / Kimmie Leonard (Annapolis) and Charlie Bess / Charlotte Mack (Florida).  

The US Snipe National Championship was won by Tyler Mowry (Annapolis) & Emily Gilreath (Florida), who received the Duffy Trophy from SCIRA USA, as well as the Reisinger Trophy for Top Jr. Team at the ASI.  In a special moment, Emily Gilreath was awarded the Gilreath Trophy for Top Crew in the US Junior Nationals.  This trophy was donated to SCIRA USA by her grandfather Harold Gilreath in 1957.  Second place went to newcomers Charles Anderson / Caroline Kelly (SSA), with 3rd place to Emma Asturias / Isa Du Plessis (Ft. Lauderdale).  Morgan Carew repeated in the Special Junior “Old Man Diaz” trophy with her dad Keith Carew crewing for her.

This regatta is a labor of love by supporters of the class with generous donations of time and boats by the local Annapolis Fleet (all but one boat in the fleet was loaned/chartered), local “Friends of” who volunteer to do Race Committee, the SCIRA Perpetual Fund & Borrowed Boat insurance program, as well as the Miami Fleet (Arthur Blodgett, Charlie Bess, and Augie Diaz) who brought boats from Florida and mentored the younger sailors.  ASI t-shirts have been seen over the past few years at collegiate and high school events across the East Coast.  Alumni of this event have gone on to sail in other Snipe events such as the US Nationals.  The benefit in exposing a new generation of Snipe sailors to the class is immeasurable, but captured in comments from competitors like:  “Wow – sailing a Snipe was WAY more fun than I thought” and “I LOVE this regatta!”.  The Annapolis Snipe Fleet hopes to further bridge to these sailors by offering loaner boat charters, as well as emulating Old Man Diaz’s Rent-to-own boat program.

 ~ Lisa Pline, Regatta Chair


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