Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship – Day 1

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

Boston, MA, USA, September 21, 2021. Results after 2 races:

  1. USA Augie Diaz & Barbara Brotons, 5
  2. USA Jim Bowers & Julia Marsh Rabin, 6
  3. USA Ernesto Rodriguez & Kathleen Tocke, 7
  4. USA Arthur Blodgett & Gracie Howie, 8
  5. USA George Szabo & Diana Waterbury, 12
SAILORS SAIL NUMBER DIVISION NET TOTAL R1 R2

1

Augie Diaz
Barbara Brotons

2

Jim Bowers
Julia Marsh Rabin

3

Ernesto Rodriguez
Kathleen Tocke

4

Arthur Blodgett
Gracie Howie

5

George Szabo
Dianna Waterbury

6

Alex Pline
Lisa Pline

7

Carol Cronin
Kim Couranz

8

John MacRae
Linda Epstein

9

Taylor Scheuermann
Charlie Bess

10

Rodrigo Stephan de Almeida
Gustavo Baiano

11

Jose Daniel Hernandez
Josselyn Echeverria

12

Andrew Pimental
Megan Place

13

Diego Silvestre
Marisleysis Cedeno

14

Miranda Paz
Joaquin Balarezo

15

Matias Seguel
Constanza Seguel

16

Matias Poncell
Christian Obermoller

17

Juan Lyon
Valentina Lyon

18

Alec Hughes
Valeria Breña

19

Antonio Poncell
Carolina Martinez

20

Juan Sanchez
Renata Parodi

21

Alfonso García Bringas
Andre Guaragna

22

Jen Lee
Mary Buckley

23

Lee Griffith
Nikki Bruno

24

Felipe Fuentes
Benjamin Guzman

25

Rachel Bryer
Anna Wiatrowski

26

Evan Hoffmann

27

Doug Hart
Christina Persson

Interview: Augie Diaz

Boston, MA (September 21, 2021) – The 2021 Snipe Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship began today in warm weather with two races held on Boston Harbor. Augie Diaz and Barbara Brotons (USA) hold the early lead with a 3-2 but the top four are separated by just three points.

The day began with 6-8 knots of breeze for the first race but with a general recall, the second attempt started with a U flag in which six teams were caught over with only one returning. As the race progressed, Arthur Blodgett and Gracie Howe (USA) led into the gate but miscalculated the finish line allowing the Chilean team to cross first – but they were OCS so Blodgett/ Howe became race winners followed by Taylor Scheuermann/ Charlie Bess (USA) and Diaz/ Brotons (USA) in third.

After some shifting and increasing breezes, the race course was adjusted and the second race began in 10 knots and an ebb tide. The current was pushing north/south across the race course and added to another set of six boats called OCS. Local Jim Bowers with Julia Marsh Rabin (USA) capitalized on their local knowledge to win the race.

“Ernesto Rodriguez (USA) should be in the lead, as he was in control of both races, but he got too far ahead in the last race and we were able to get on one side of him and jump him,” noted Diaz. “But the best move of the day was Jimmie Bowers who stayed right and got in the current to jump 10 boats.”

Nine races are planned for September 21-25, with tomorrow’s forecasts calling for warmer temperatures and lighter winds.

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