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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. 

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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  

Video

... full results ...

Snipe Midwinters - Final

Thursday, 30 March 2017 21:45

Clearwater, March 30, 2017. Results after 8 races (1 discard)

1. USA Arthur Blodgett & Julia Melton, 10

2. CUB Raul Miguel Diaz Herrera & Carlos Esposito Rodriguez, 13

3. CAN Christopher Hains & Alexandre Tinoco, 16

Report by Arthur Blodgett

There have been over twice as many Snipe Midwinter Championships as Americas Cups. Snipe plans came out in Rudder Magazine in 1931, and in the heart of the great depression, it became the popular home build for those who'd maybe owned bigger boats before the crash, had the requisite sailing passion and carpentry knowhow, and needed to downsize! The Snipe Class grew faster than the modern J70 and in 1937 the first Midwinter Championship was contested in the Gulf of Mexico. Clearwater native Clarke Mills, noted yacht designer of the Opti, gave the Clearwater championship special significance; he was an avid Snipe sailor and for a time builder of the world's fastest Snipes. You could purchase a Mills Wooden Snipe for $3,000, or, at that time, attend Duke University for $2,500.

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Snipe Midwinters - Day 2

Thursday, 30 March 2017 07:31

Clearwater, March 29, 2017. Results after 6 races (1 dicard)

1. CUB Raul Miguel Diaz Herrera & Carlos Esposito Rodriguez, 7

2. USA Arthur Blodgett & Julia Melton, 8

3. CAN Christopher Hains & Alexandre Tinoco, 12

... full results ...

Snipe Midwinters - Day 1

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 07:42

Clearwater, March 28, 2017. Results after 3 races

1. CUB Raul Miguel Diaz Herrera & Carlos Esposito Rodriguez, 5

2. USA Arthur Blodgett & Julia Melton, 5

3. CAN Christopher Hains & Alexandre Tinoco, 8

... full results ...

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 ...

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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