Alex Pline

Alex Pline

Alex Pline, Annapolis

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Colonial Cup

Monday, 05 June 2017 07:25

Annapolis, June 4-5, 2017. Final results after 6 races (1 discard)

(Regatta report by Alex Pline. Photos courtesy of Ted Morgan)

Annapolis served up a chamber of commerce weekend for the twenty competitors at the 2017 Colonial Cup at Severn Sailing Association. A few days before the regatta, the weather forecast was not looking very promising with high pressure system filling in over the Chesapeake Bay. This usually results in a dying northwesterly breeze and the infamous Annapolis "Washing Machine" chop. However, there ended up being two cold fronts bookending the regatta which kept the conditions lively and challenging.

Frigid Digit - Final

Monday, 03 October 2016 07:30

Annapolis, October 1-2, 2016 Report by Alex Pline

1. Carol Cronin & Kim Couranz, 3

2. Lee Griffith & Nikki Bruno, 8

3. Alex Pline & Jill Bennett, 9

The weekend started out with a lot of rain in the Mid Atlantic on Friday, but at least we knew we wouldn't get blown out like last year. However, while the wind forecast for Saturday looked pretty good, it promised to be very light on Sunday. There are two conditions that always remind me of the Frigid Digit: Cool, wet, foggy Nor 'easter-like and bright, brisk, cool northewester after a cold front-like. Both are tricky conditions to sail in with different challenges. This year's event was no different with the Nor 'Easter-like version for Saturday.

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US Women's Nationals

Monday, 18 July 2016 19:52

Beverly, July 16-17, 2016. Results after 8 races (1 discard)

(Photo courtesy of Alex Pline)

1. Sonya Smith & Lauren Schoene, 16

2. Lynne Shore & Julia Marsh, 24

3. Jennifer Rousmaniere & Kelly Rousmaniere, 29

4. Elizabeth Glivinski & Maggie Swanson, 29

5. Lisa Pline & Lexi Pline, 30

Report by Alex Pline

For the second time, Shan MacAdoo and his team at the Jubillee Yacht Club in Beverly MA, put on a great regatta for the Snipe Women's National Championships.

Friday kicked off the event with rigging and tuning a number of chartered boats and a chalk talk by Carol Cronin followed by some on the water coaching and practice races.

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Colonial Cup - Final

Sunday, 31 May 2015 23:08

Annapolis, May 30-31, 2015. Results and report by Alex Pline

(Photo courtesy of Spinsheet)

Final results after 6 races (1 discard)

1. Peter Commette & Brian Stout, 10

2. Hal Gilreath & Brendon Feeney, 13

3. Andrew Pimental & Kimmie Leonard, 17

4. Arthur Blodgett & Sarah Alexander, 24

5. Carol Cronin & Kim Couranz, 26

Annapolis brought two great days of sailing for the 2015 Colonial Cup. A brisk southerly of 10-15 knots was in effect for both days of the regatta. Annapolis is known to be very choppy with southerly breezes and this weekend was no different. We call it the "Annapolis Washing Machine" because the short steep waves from the wind and from boat traffic combine to make chaotic wave patterns and very challenging sailing. The racing was incredibly tight all weekend, often with leeward mark roundings ten deep and very close finishes even after an hour of racing. Four windward/leeward races were completed on Saturday and two on Sunday.

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By Alex Pline

It’s funny how an impulsive decision can end up having such a profound impact on the trajectory of one’s life. Buying my first Snipe from Bill Buckles in 1987 – the venerable purple Champipple – was one such decision. I used to sail with Bill on a Hawkeye, a Dubois 47 during the waning days of IOR racing in Cleveland.  He used to disappear in March and April to sail some boat called a Snipe (he was one of the US builders at the time at Mueller Boat Company in Lorain OH) and always came back tan with great stories of fun sailing, daiquiris and mopeds in Bermuda. Having been away from small boats since going to college in Cleveland, I thought, what the heck, might be a good way to get back in, so I went for a short sail one day on Lake Erie in almost no wind and Bill said if you buy the boat, I’ll take it to Florida for this new regatta they are starting up (the first annual Dead of Winter); you just show up and sail. How could I refuse? It was a done deal!

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