by Carol Cronin
I’ve sailed against Bahamians Jimmy and Lori Lowe for more than two decades, and I’ve always felt they perfectly embodied the Snipe class motto of Serious Sailing, Serious Fun. Don’t try to cross them on the race course (unless of course you’re going the wrong way, and have also asked politely). And at the parties, definitely give the pair some space on the dance floor— especially if Jimmy is starting to “sway.”
Last week, I watched them pull off a miracle. Despite all predictions, the Id Crook Memorial Snipe Master World Championship took place in Nassau as planned, just two weeks after Hurricane Matthew brought 140 mph winds and 10 feet of storm surge to the island.
The Royal Nassau Sailing Club is a Snipe haven. Every year this small but welcoming white concrete building hosts two of the four regattas that make up the Winter Circuit. Once RNSC was awarded the 2016 Master Worlds, members committed a lot of time and money to rebuilding, repainting, and restoring their facilities. And by late September, everything was ready to go.
Until Matthew blew through.
Nassau, Bahamas, October 22, 2016. Results after 7 races, 1 discard
(Photo courtesy of Primi Murgui)
1. USA Ernesto Rodriguez & Kathleen Tocke, 11
2. ARG Luis Soubie & Diego Lipszyc, 17
3. BRA Ralph Rosa & Alfredo Rovere, 26
4. USA Augie Diaz & Christine DeSilva, 28
5. USA Doug Hart & Christina Persson, 30
Report by Carol Cronin, photos and full results
In spite of a category 4 hurricane that hit only two weeks before the first race, the 2016 Snipe Masters Worlds went off without a hitch. It was a truly impressive show of Bahamian get-it-done attitude, and we all owe the locals a HUGE thank you for all the work they put in. No docks? No problem. Temporary docks were donated and installed to provide hoisting and launching space—though thanks to the unusual northerly breeze direction, there was not enough space for all the boats to tie up at once. As a result, the traditional Nassau lunch break between each day's two races was abandoned in favor of two races back to back. Otherwise it was business as usual, both on the crystal clear waters of Montagu Bay and back at the Royal Nassau Sailing Club after sailing.
Bahia Blanca, Argentina, October 15 and 22, 2016
By Guillermo Ramila
Los días 15 y 22 de Octubre se disputaron 7 regatas en conmemoración del 70 aniversario de la Flota 290 "Cruz del Sur". Una de las Flotas mas antiguas de Sudamérica sigue creciendo en el numero de embarcaciones.
Con vientos de 17 Nudos , el dia de ayer culmino el torneo con la siguiente clasificación:
1° 007- Alonso . Sandoval
2° Polenta- Gonzalez . Greco
3° Cachafaz III- Squarcia . Benatti
4° Sudeste- Rámila . Bellito
5° Mandiga- Mocchi . Pilotti
6° Cosa Nostra- Alvarez . Gonzalez Martinez
7° Argentino II- Garcia . Vitale
Después de las regatas , se disfrutó de un TERCER TIEMPO, con empanadas y cerveza.
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