Ron Payne Memorial Regatta

Sunday, 20 May 2018 17:10

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, May 19, 2018. Final results after 4 races

1. Augie Diaz & Kathleen Tocke, 8

2. Ernesto Rodriguez & Alex Sidi, 10

3. Peter Commette & Connie Commette, 11

By Connie Commette

Wow! What a day!

It was wild and crazy for all of us out in the ocean. Even with huge waves, pouring rain and the wind picking up to 30+ knots, the RC and sailors tried their best to have a race.... but mother nature was stronger and races were postponed. All so anxious and eager to sail, but the RC had no choice but to send us in with only one bent mast and some bruised egos after several capsizes. Fortunately, we were able to get in 4 good races in the protected Intracoastal Waterway right off the LYC dock. Augie Diaz and Kathleen Tocke got the band back together and beat us all. Ernesto Rodriquez and new crew Alex Sidi were second; Peter and Connie Commette were third.


2017 Snipe North Americans - Video

Thursday, 15 June 2017 07:34

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Snipe Capsizes for Smaller Skippers

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 18:11

I usually write articles when I have a solution to a particular problem. This one is more of a cry for help from a small skipper: how do I self-rescue after a capsize? 

The first day of the 2017 Snipe North American Championship in Fort Lauderdale was epic: an 18-22 knot easterly, and a huge ocean swell overlaid with smaller mixed up waves rebounding off the beach and reefs. It was a great day for racing Snipes—and also a day where even a small mistake can lead to a capsize.


Day 3 of the 2017 Snipe North American Championship: 9-12 knots and 2-3 foot seas. Thanks to Matt Ditzel for the photos.

Regatta Report by Carol Cronin

Day 2 of the 2017 Snipe North American Championship: 12-16 knots and 3-5 foot mixed up waves. Thanks to Matt Ditzel for the photos.

Regatta Report by Carol Cronin

Thanks to Matt Ditzel for braving the big waves to take these photos on day 1 of the 2017 Snipe North American Championship.

Regatta Report by Carol Cronin

North American Championship - Final

Sunday, 21 May 2017 21:11

Ft. Lauderdale, May 21, 2017. 

(Photo courtesy of Lauderdale Yacht Club)

Regatta report by Carol Cronin, results and photos

26 boats from five countries

The conditions varied, but the winners never did: Ernesto Rodriguez/Kathleen Tocke won all eight races of the 2017 North American Championship, hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club. Day one was the most challenging, with three triangle races in 15-20 knots of breeze and 4-6 foot mixed up seas. 


North American Championship - Day 2

Saturday, 20 May 2017 22:53

Ft. Lauderdale, May 20, 2017. Results after 6 races (1 discard)

1. 31337, Ernesto Rodriguez/Kathleen Tocke, [1]-1-1-1-1-1- ; 5

2. 30027, Jensen McTighe/Andre Guaragna, 2-4-2-[29/RET]-2-3- ; 13

3. 30288, Augie Diaz/Eddie Mintzias, [4]-3-4-2-4-4- ; 17

4. PUR 29841, Raul Rios/Mac Agnese, 7-2-3-[29/RET]-3-5- ; 20

5. 31297, Doug Hart/Diego Escobar, 5-5-7-3-[8]-2- ; 22

... full results ...

North American Championship - Day 1

Friday, 19 May 2017 22:01

Ft. Lauderdale, May 19, 2017. Results after 3 races

1. 31337, Ernesto Rodriguez & Kathleen Tocke, 1-1-1- ; 3  

2. 30027, Jensen McTighe & Andre Guaragna, 2-4-2- ; 8  

3. 30288, Augie Diaz & Eddie Mintzias, 4-3-4- ; 11  

4. PUR 29841, Raul Rios & Mac Agnese, 7-2-3- ; 12  

5. 31297, Doug Hart & Diego Escobar, 5-5-7- ; 17  


... full results ...

Boomerang Regatta

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 19:04

Fort Lauderdale, January 28-29, 2017

by Peter Commette

The Lauderdale Yacht Club regatta, named "Boomerang" because of its unique course layout for the inland Opti fleets, has been a staple in Florida for decades. This year, Snipes were added to the regatta's outside, ocean course, joining the Lasers and 420's. The late addition of the Snipes made for a small but extremely competitive fleet.