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by Kim Couranz - Spinsheet magazine

Just because you can do something doesn't always mean you should. That "just one more" rum and coke, just because there's an already-opened can of soda? Maybe not a good idea. Polishing off the tray of lasagna, because you're "just helping to clean up"? Not if you're trying to be healthy. Tacking on a random competitor halfway up the first beat, just because they're there? Nope, not okay.

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US Women's Nationals - Final

Sunday, 05 February 2017 21:02

Miami, February 5, 2017. 16 teams completed 6 races over two days on Biscayne Bay. Dominated by light air, we did get to stretch our hiking legs on the last race of the first day. Mafalda and Angela were able to come back from a slow start in today's only race to win the regatta with all firsts and one second. Lisa and Lexi Pline won today's race; Carol Cronin/Kim Couranz will take home the US Women's Nationals trophy, an elegant ship's clock.

Final results after 6 races (1 discard):

1. POR Mafalda Pires de Lima & Angela Pumariega, 6

2. USA Carol Cronin & Kim Couranz, 11

3. USA Aimee Heim & Megan Place, 18

4. USA Kathleen Tocke & Christina Persson, 25

5. USA Lisa Pline & Lexi Pline, 26

... full results and photos ...

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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Annapolis, May 8, 2016

It was another interesting weekend on the Chesapeake for the 2016 SSA Snipe Spring Series. 15 boats showed up for Saturday, many hoping to get in a few races before the North Americans in June. Your author was still driving to qualify for the Worlds in Vatican City only to learn that the month-old April Fool's joke only fooled him. Saturday turned into a lovely day for socializing as the wind never came in and we floated around until racing was called a little after 1PM.

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Connecting the Dots from Sailing to Racing

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 11:47

By Kim Couranz - originally published on SpinSheet Magazine - December 2015

How did you get into sailing small boats—and more specifically, how were you introduced to racing small boats? [more specifically you can read an article written by Carol Cronin: How to Start Racing Snipe Right]

Successful junior programs around the Chesapeake Bay introduce young sailors to sailing skills and racing strategy. But for those who don't grow up in a junior program, once they learn basic sailing, if they're interested in taking the leap into racing, how do they learn how it all happens?

I ask this because, a few years ago, I got lost while running in a race in a state park in the middle of nowhere in the east Tennessee mountains. (Really, there's a connection, stay with me here!) Finally I backtracked to the proper course, but my "detour" meant I missed a time cutoff and couldn't go out for the final nine miles of the race. I DNFed (did not finish)—my first DNF, at least in a running race, ever.

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6 Lessons from the Lightweights

Monday, 12 October 2015 19:00

By Carol Cronin  (Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

Kim Couranz and I top out at a combined 280 pounds (127 kg), and more than one well-intentioned friend has quietly suggested we find heavier teammates. But we like sailing together too much for that, so instead we have worked hard to minimize our limitations. Here are six lessons we learned at the 2015 Worlds.

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By Carol Cronin

33rd overall? Doesn’t sound very impressive. Four years ago, Kim Couranz and I sure weren’t crowing about that finish at the 2011 Snipe Worlds. So why are we so proud of finishing in exactly the same spot at the same regatta this year? Because it actually shows we’ve gotten better.

First off, there were only 59 boats at the 2011 Worlds and 83 at the 2015 event. Statistically, 33/83 is much better than 33/59—and I would argue that our progress has been even more significant than those numbers would indicate.

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Snipe Clinic in Annapolis

Thursday, 14 May 2015 07:40

Annapolis, May 29, 2015

Thinking about taking your Snipe on the road this summer? Want to get tuned up for Colonial Cup? Cone join the fun at the Fleet 532 Clinic, 2:30-6:30 p.m., Friday, May 29 (day before Colonial Cup). Our very own road warriors, Carol Cronin and Kim Couranz, will share tips and tricks to make traveling seamless, talk rigging, and run some on-the-water drills to get you ready for the next day's racing. And the session will wrap up with a debrief over snacks. Free, but please register via the SSA Racing and Events Calendar so they know how much food to order!

14 Questions to ... Kim Couranz

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 20:12

I've been lucky enough to sail a Snipe with Kim Couranz since 2010. Kim's based in Annapolis, only a short walk from the home of Snipe Fleet 532 (Severn Sailing Association). Since our homes are about 400 miles apart, we mostly meet up for regattas, though we do try to fit in a practice day or two when our schedules permit.

The very definition of "super crew", Kim guilts, grins, and cajoles me into sailing my best. And when I don't, she prescribes (and supplies) large doses of the best regatta medicine of all: laughter.  -Carol Cronin

- 1. Your first time in a sailing boat?

When I was a kid, maybe 6 or so, our across-the-street neighbors had a Sunfish. They car-topped it to a nearby lake, and convinced me to come out with them on it. It was pretty windy and was terrified when it started to heel. Well at least I thought it was windy, probably wasn't really!

- 2. Your first time in a Snipe?

1996 U.S. Nationals in Pensacola, Florida. It was so hot people were getting off the water and jumping into the pool with full sailing gear on to cool off. That was so long ago I don't remember a heck of a lot more about it!

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The Future Looks Bright!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 21:12

From SpinSheet

By Kim Couranz

What do you get when you mix 30 young sailors, 15 challenging dinghies, and a handful of experienced sailors who are also eager to share their knowledge of the boat?

Some "Serious Sailing, Serious Fun" at the Snipe Junior World Championship Qualifier, June 20-22 at Severn Sailing Association (SSA) in Annapolis.

Sailors came from up and down the East Coast to compete in the event - eager to earn one of the three slots available to represent the United States at the 2015 Snipe Junior World Championship, to be held in Talamone, Italy, the week before the Senior World Championship.

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