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Capsize Analysis from Old Man Diaz

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 19:27

Editor's Note: On the second day of the 2017 DonQ Regatta, Charlie and Michele Bustamante capsized to weather at the jibe mark and lost their rudder.

Charlie and Michele had approached the jibe mark with the main most of the way out. After the jibe, the boat capsized to weather and the rudder popped off the boat. Charlie swam to get the rudder.

Meanwhile, Michele righted the boat by herself but could not get back onboard. The boat was blowing downwind faster than Charlie could swim, so a safety boat picked him up and returned him and the rudder to the Snipe.

Since Charlie and Michele have "only" been sailing Snipes together for 35 years, they turned to Gonzalo "Old Man" Diaz for some advice about how to avoid making the same mistakes on future heavy air days. We share that advice here so that others can learn from it as well.

Dear Charlie and Michele,

Here are some of my conclusions and analysis:

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Don Q - Finals

Monday, 27 March 2017 02:54

Miami, March 26, 2017. Final results after 6 races (1 discard)

1. USA Ernesto Rodriguez & Kathleen Tocke, 8

2. PUR Raul Rios & Mac Agnese, 10

3. BRA Bruno Bethlem & Rodrigo Lins, 19

4. USA Augie Diaz & Eddie Mintzias/Claudia Loiacono, 20

5. USA Peter Commette & Connie Commette, 31

... full results ...

Don Q - Day 2

Sunday, 26 March 2017 00:59

Miami, March 25, 2017. Three races completed today with 15-20 knots.

Results after 4 races:

1. PUR Raul Rios & Mac Agnese, 9

2. USA Ernesto Rodriguez & Kathleen Tocke, 11

3. BRA Bruno Bethlem & Rodrigo Lens, 17

4. USA Augie Diaz & Eddie Mintzias/Claudia Loiacono, 19

5. USA Peter Commette & Connie Commette, 29

... full results and interview ...

Don Q - Day 1

Saturday, 25 March 2017 01:35

Miami, March 24, 2017. Results after 1 race

Steady 20 knots, gusts up to 25

1. USA Ernesto Rodriguez & Kathleen Tocke

2. PUR Raul Rios & Mac Agnese

3. USA Augie Diaz & Eddie Mintzias

4. USA George Szabo & Dianna Waterbury

5. USA Asher Zittrer & Watt Duffy

... full results, interview and video ...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 13:39

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Comodoro Rasco - Final

Sunday, 12 February 2017 22:30

Miami, February 12, 2017: 5 races, no throwouts.

1. Raul Rios & Mac Agnese, 8

2. Peter Commette & Connie Commette, 17

3. Ernesto Rordriguez & Katheen Tocke, 19

4. David Hernandez & Nikki Bruno, 27

5. Alex Pline & Lexi Pline, 31

Report by Carol Cronin

Despite light enough air that we only touched the hiking straps in tacks, the 20 boats that signed up for the 2017 Comodoro Rasco were not disappointed. For one thing, we all got sailing lessons from Raul Rios/Mac Agnese, who won the five race, no throwout regatta with three seconds on Saturday and two firsts on Sunday. Given the light spotty breeze that confused even the locals, it was a very impressive display of both consistency and boat speed in difficult conditions.

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Comodoro Rasco - Day 1

Sunday, 12 February 2017 08:47

Miami, February 11, 2017. Results after 3 races

1. Ernesto Rodriguez & Kathleen Tocke, 5

2. Raul Rios & Mac Agnese, 6

3. Peter Commette & Connie Commette, 11

4. Zach Kelchner & Bryan Stout, 16

5. Taylor Scheuermann & Charlie Bess, 16

... full results ...

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 ...

US Women's Nationals - Day 1

Sunday, 05 February 2017 08:42

Miami, February 4, 2017. Five races today on Biscayne Bay in 5-10 knots of northeast breeze

Results after 5 races:

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

2. USA Carol Cronin & Kim Couranz, 12

3. USA Aimee Heim & ??, 18

4. USA Kathleen Tocke & ??, 27

5. USA Bridget Wiatrowski & Jessica Claflin, 32

... full results and photos ...

Florida State Snipe Junior Championship

Monday, 05 September 2016 23:02

2016 (58th Annual) Florida State Snipe Junior Championship.

Miami, Coconut Grove Sailing Club, September 3, 2016.

By Gonzalo Diaz

Eddie Mintzias won the Florida State Snipe Junior Championship after 5 races sailed on Saturday September 3 in the waters of Biscayne Bay. Winds from the South East 10 to 14 mph. Second Place was taken by Paul Lobree, skipper and Alex Sidi crew. Third place Jonathan Gleason with father Art crewing for him and sailing my old boat Jupiter II (28814). Fourth place taken by Isabel Guaragna with her father Roberto crewing for her.

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