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 ...

2016 Snipe Midwinters - Final

Monday, 14 March 2016 21:16

Clearwater, March 15, 2016. Too much fog and not enough wind for racing today, so results from yesterday stand. Congratulations ot Hal Gilreath and Brendan Feeney!

1. Hal Gilreath & Brendan Feeney, 4

2. Andrew Pimental & Megan Place, 8

3. Martin Bebb & Sheehan Commette, 17

... full results ...

2016 Snipe Midwinters - Day 1

Sunday, 13 March 2016 23:32

Too windy for racing today in Clearwater. Two boats made it all the way out to the Gulf of Mexico, but with a steady 22 knots and guests up to 30, no races were started. Racing continues through Tuesday. (Thanks to Megan Place for the report and photo from the beach.)

Registration list and results

50th Don Q Rum Keg Anniversary Regatta

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 07:41

Miami, March 18-20, 2016


We would like to ask you to please register as soon as possible. Since this is the 50th Anniversary Regatta we are trying to get things adjusted to the size of the registered Fleet. There is a late fee that you should try to avoid and most important, if by any reason you cannot participate after having registered and paid, the Club will refund you. Please, do not leave the registration for the last minute!! We will be very appreciative of your quick action. See the registration link below.


Gonzalo "Old Man" Diaz