19 snipes competed for the 44th Annual Comodoro Rasco Snipe Regatta, hosted by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club and the Miami Snipe Fleet # 7 and sailed February 2-3, 2013.
Ernesto Rodriguez/Hillary Noble tied with Peter Commette/Bruno Mello, but the tie breaker gave Ernesto and Hillary the Championship! It was a real battle between these two with Kevin and Ashley Reali getting in there, participating in the tough competition and finishing in third place. The AICARDI TROPHY was awarded this time to the most accomplished skipper, the young Andre Guaragna with his father crewing for him. The greatest accomplishment is surviving his father, Andre is the coolest guy I have ever seen!! Keep and eye on Andre he will be a top Snipe sailor!
Saturday we sailed three races in typical beautiful Biscayne Bay weather with NE and East winds 10 to 15 and temperatures around 75 F. On Sunday two races sailed in west and then NW winds around 10 miles per hour, which turned very light for the last race.
Saturday evening, after the races, the Fleet and the Race Committee headed for the Lasagna Dinner/Party at Carmen’s. Nobody was disappointed after such a beautiful sailing day, the traditional Rasco Party, Carmen’s homemade Lasagna, salad, wine, Cuban deserts, sailing videotapes and the Rasco history presentation by the Old Man. It was a perfect day for the Snipe Sailors and the Race Committee.
Sunday we were back to the Club after the two races at around 2 PM. Susan Walcutt proceeded to award trophies to the first 3 places (skipper and crew) and to the Aicardi winner. Right after the award, we all sang the famous “LA BOMBA” to Ernesto Rodriguez, Peter Commette and Bruno Mello. Peter was the one that really took care of LA BOMBA, and DRANK IT DOWN!
Kudos to the Coconut Grove Sailing Club Race Committee headed by Susan Walcutt (PRO) and Club members: Timer: Rick Klein, Recorders: Zaida Diaz, Suzzane Roberts and Susan Ressler.
Flags: Veronic Aghagan, Bruce Forman, Matt Marious and Laura Walsh. Line spotter: David Brown and Liz Balbin. Scorer: Jaime Ramon. Captain of the Sunday Signal Boat: Assad Masoud.
Pin Boat: John Pardillo, Jim Waldron and Esther DiLeo. Mark boat: Dennis Jansma, Patrick McLister, Paco Calvet, Bonnie Padgett and Richard Horsley. Thank you very much to this super Race Committee team from the Snipe Sailors.
—Gonzalo Diaz, Sr., Regatta Chairman