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Miami Women's Snipe Invite

Monday, 09 April 2018 07:30

Miami, April 8, 2018.

Taylor Scheuermann and Isa Du Plessis win the Miami Women's Snipe Invite

Lighter winds prevailed on day two with Scheuerman and Du Plessis winning two of the three final races. Rounding out the podium were Dubovik and Baab in second and Sharon Johnson and Tara Lobo in third. Ernesto Rodriguez and Peter Commette were the on-water fleet coaches of the day.

A huge thanks to Miami Fleet Captains Kay and Ken Voss for organizing the event, Ernesto Rodriguez, Peter Commette, and Augie Diaz for lending boats and coaching.

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Don Q - Final

Monday, 26 March 2018 00:11

Miami, March 25, 2018. Results after 8 races (1 discard)

Report by Carol Cronin

The 52nd DonQ Rum Keg Regatta delivered its dependable mix of Serious Sailing, Serious Fun over three days and eight races on Biscayne Bay. With seven countries and 31 boats, it remains one of the premier Snipe events. Friday's forecast was for 15-18 knots of NE breeze, but it never built to anything over 14 knots and the shifts provided plenty of opportunity for gains and losses on the four leg windward leewards. Ernesto Rodriguez/Kathleen Tocke won all three races, so the battle was for second overall with the points tight behind them. (This theme would continue for the next two days.)

Don Q - Day 1

Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:36

Miami, March 23, 2018. Results after 3 races

1. USA Ernesto Rodriguez & Kathleen Tocke, 3

2. USA Randy Lake & Madeleine McGrath, 14

3. USA Carol Cronin & Kim Couranz, 16

4. MEX Alfonso Garcia Bringas & Danel Belausteguigoitia, 17

5. USA George Szabo & Diana Waterbury, 18

... full results, interviews and photos ...

Don Q - Day 2

Sunday, 25 March 2018 01:47

Miami, March 24, 2018. Results after 6 races (one drop)

1. USA Ernesto Rodriguez & Kathleen Tocke, 5

2. USA Carol Cronin & Kim Couranz, 18

3. MEX Alfonso Garcia Bringas & Danel Belausteguigoitia, 24

4. USA George Szabo & Diana Waterbury, 26

2. USA Peter Commette & Connie Commette, 27

... full results, interviews and photos ...

Comodoro Rasco - Final

Sunday, 04 February 2018 20:56

Miami, February 4, 2018.

Report by Carol Cronin

“The Comodoro Rasco just has its own special vibe.” That’s how Peter Commette describes it, and I agree. I don’t know of any other regatta that combines so well the Serious Sailing, Serious Fun motto. The regatta is an “Old Man” regatta, initiated by Snipe legend Gonzalo “Old Man” Diaz Sr to honor Commodore Manuel Rasco of the Miramar Yacht Club in Havana. Old Man doesn’t believe in throwouts, so it’s a 5 race series over two days. That means no pushing the line or taking chances on the water, and it leaves plenty of time for socializing after sailing.

Comodoro Rasco - Day 1

Saturday, 03 February 2018 23:19

Miami, February 3, 2018.

3 races in a nice 12-18 knots of NE today (along with passing rain showers to rinse off the salt). Raul Rios and Sophia gave the rest of us a sailing lesson after christening a brand new boat just before leaving the dock. Peter/Connie Commette rounded the weather mark first more often than the scores might suggest. And the traditional Comodoro Rasco party at Old Man/Carmen Diaz's house ended with the annual viewing of videos from 1959 Havana. Someone had to explain what a VHS tape was to the junior sailors, but a good time was had by all.

Results after 3 races

1. Raul Rios, 3

2. Peter Commette, 7

3. Carol Cronin, 12

4. Raul Faura, 14

5. David Hernandez, 18

... full results ...

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 ...