Miami, January 3-6, 2013. Report by Kathleen Tocke and a lot of photos!
Eckerd College Coach Kevin Reali and Ashley Reali were proclaimed the winners of the 2nd Annual Miami Snipe Invitational. The Reali’s
narrowly beat the 2nd place team of Mitch Hall (College of Charleston Coach) and Nicole Popp who posted an impressive three bullets on Sunday. Recent University of Miami graduate David Hernandez with local crew, Pere Puig, finished in third. The award for the highest placing new team went to Canadian National Development Team member Rob Davis and his crew Natalya Doris (Miami,FL). The top placing junior team was 2012 Smythe Winner, Addison Hackstaff sailing with Alex Voce, and the top women’s team prize went to Charlie Bess & Kristen Walker who recently represented the USA at the 2012 Women’s Snipe Worlds in Spain.
The 30 & under event attracted young racers from around North America, many of whom were racing the Snipe for the first time. Twelve year old, Ivan Shestopalov, who placed 7th in the 2012 Opti Worlds posted two top 5 finishes in the light breeze with his super crew Bruno Mello. The two-day clinic before the regatta included coaching and a panel discussion with Snipe Champions Peter Commette, George Szabo, Augie Diaz, and Kathleen Tocke. Competitors enjoyed 8 races in the Miami sunshine and one of Carmen Diaz’s famed Cuban dinners, which is enough to make anyone want to join the Class. Stay-tuned for next year’s event – same place, same weekend.
Top Placing Teams New to the Snipe:
1. Rob Davis (Kingston,ON) & Natalya Doris (Miami, FL)
2. Evert McLaughlin (Toronto, ON) & Dominique Wright (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
3. Niklas Anderson (Boca Raton, FL) & Nikki Bruno (West Palm Beach, FL)
Top 5 Overall:
1. Kevin Reali & Ashely Reali (St. Petersburg, FL)
2. Mitch Hall (Charleston, SC) & Nicole Popp (Miami, FL)
3. David Hernandez (Miami, FL) and Pere Puig (Miami, FL)
4. Addison Hackstaff (St. Petersburg, FL) & Alexander Voce (St. Petersburg, FL)
5. Edgar Diminich (Ecuador) & Lizzie Ryder (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Junior Teams Qualifying for the 2013 Junior Snipe Worlds in Rio de Janiero
1. Charlie Bess (Miami, FL) & Kristen Walker (Weston, FL)
2. Liz Dubevik (Chatham, MA) & Alik Israel (Marblehead, MA)
3. Andre Guaragna (Miami, FL) and Jaime Ramon (Miami, FL)