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.


2017 Snipe North Americans

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 20:10

2017 Snipe North Americans are confirmed for May 19-21 at Lauderdale Yacht Club, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. For housing, charters & entry questions, contact Peter Commette.

14 Questions to ... Arthur Blodgett

Thursday, 01 December 2016 18:42

Arthur Blodgett, Snipe sailor and coach from Fort Lauderdale

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My first memory was when I was 5 my dad rented a Wooden Beetle Cat at Mystic Seaport and took me and my little brother sailing. I think he let me steer before the end of it.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

Fear Of Missing Out led me to my first Snipe sail in a regatta -the 2009 FL State Champs. My schoolmates Sheehan Commette and Julia Melton were sailing Sheehan's boat, so I went down to the club the day before, Dr. Lang agreed to loan me a boat (an '84 Muller), and Kaye Siemers and I went racing the next day. I remember doing a fan-the-leech move upwind while looking up at the sail, noticing that the whole mast flexed and thinking "this is going to be fun."

- 3) The most bizarre thing that happened in a regatta?

Blowing the rudder out of the back of my friend's borrowed Snipe on an underwater pipe just off the dock at Coconut Grove. I have never heard such a loud bang as was made by the gudgeon popping out of the thin, acoustical Persson transom. Fortunately, it was "daiquiris on the dock day" provided by Carmen Diaz, and I soon had a restorative beverage in my hand as I watched Sheehan and Peter patch the boat with some fine use of Marine-Tex. Mitch Hall if your reading this I'm sorry I didn't tell you about this but your rudder is right on center!


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.


Ron Payne Memorial Ocean Regatta

Monday, 09 May 2016 07:10

Fort Lauderdale, May 7, 2016. Regatta report, photos and results

The annual Ron Payne Memorial Regatta was sailed May 7th in the ocean off of the Dania Beach Pier, with the Ft. Lauderdale Air and Sea Show in the background to the north of the course. It was a spectacular day all around. Winds were moderate (8-12 knots, with some big holes until the wind steadied toward the end of the day). The wind started from the west, with challenging shifts, and moved 180 degrees to the right during the day. Add in current (counter-current flowing south for the first two races, switching to north for races 3-6) and chop going every which direction, and both sailors and race committee were working hard to process all! Host, Lauderdale Yacht Club, well-handled the varying conditions, with world class sailor Tom Lihan as PRO running the races. All 6 races were fair and held in comfortable, sunny, bathing suit weather.


St John's Tea Party Regatta

Monday, 02 May 2016 07:15

Jacksonville, Florida, April 30 - May 1, 2016. Report by Hal Gilreath (Fleet 630)

(Photo courtesy of Deb Fewell)

Ernesto and RJ Rodriguez captured the 2016 Snipe Tea Party in strong fashion with a string of race victories. After a slow start in the first two races father and son rolled off four straight wins and then finished the seven race series with a third to win by four points over the father and daughter team of Hal and Emily Gilreath.

A dozen teams from Boston to Charleston to Atlanta to Miami joined the local Jacksonville fleet to sail seven races on a gorgeous weekend. The weather was warm and sunny with the breeze varying from 5 to 15 knots. It was hard to beat this type of sailing as PRO, Pat Lambert, ran the races with skill and efficiency


Augie Diaz Star World Champion

Saturday, 16 April 2016 21:57

Miami, April 16, 2016. Augie Diaz, with his crew Bruno Prada, is the new Star World Champion! 

Congratulations Augie and Bruno!

(Photo courtesy of Marco Oquendo) 


Don Q - Final

Sunday, 20 March 2016 21:27

Miami, March 20, 2016. Final results after 5 races (no discard), report by Carol Cronin and Jensen McTighe, with photos by Blake Middleton and and Elizabeth Balbin Bransgrove

1. Ernesto Rodriguez & Claudia Loiacono, 13

2. Jensen McTighe & Andre Guaragna, 19

3. Augie Diaz & Jessica Claflin, 25

4. Randy Lake & Maddy McGrath, 30

5. Peter Commette & Connie Commette, 39

Biscayne Bay in March: what could be better? 38 teams came to enjoy the hospitality of DonQ Rum, Coconut Grove Sailing Club, and Old Man/Carmen Diaz who have been in charge of this event since it started. With five races over three days in breeze that ranged from 6-20 knots, every team had a chance to shine. And all enjoyed the post-race socializing, fueled by daiquiris and Carmen's famous Cuban dinner on Saturday night.


Don Q - Day 2

Saturday, 19 March 2016 23:36

Miami, March 19, 2016. 15-20 knots from the SW and two double triangle races today, but the 50th DonQ fleet was revived by daiquiris and a great Cuban dinner. Hoping for one more race tomorrow, if we can dodge the approaching thunderstorms.Results after 4 races.

(Photo courtesy of Blake Middleton)

1. Ernesto Rodriguez & Claudia Loiacono, 8

2. Jensen McTighe & Andre Guaragna, 11

3. Randy Lake & Many McGrath, 20

4. Augie Diaz & Jessica Claflin, 24

5. Peter Commette & Connie Commette, 30

... full results ...

Don Q - Day 1

Friday, 18 March 2016 23:00

Miami, March 18, 2016. Perfect sailing conditions in the Biscayne Bay today, two races sailed in 8-13 knots.

Interview: Ernesto Rodriguez and Claudia Loiacono

(Photo courtesy of Peter Commette: "If not Olympic Sailors, then Fashion Designers")

1. Ernesto Rodriguez & Claudia Loiacono, 5

2. Jensen Mc Tighe & Andre Guaragna, 6

3. Randy Lake & Maddy McGrath, 8

4. Gavin O'Hare & Erika Seamon, 11

5. Arthur Blodgett & Sarah Streater, 15

... full results and photo gallery by Blake Middleton ...