Ft. Lauderdale, November 22-24, 2013. Regatta report by Connie Commette
(photo courtesy of John Payne)
Eighteen teams competed in the 2013 Snipe US Women’s National Championship, hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. Six races were completed, with Kathleen Tocke/Charlie Bess taking the title by three points over Lynne Shore/Julia Marsh.
Day 1 – Peter Commette ran a clinic for all ages and levels of sailing ability. The onshore portion covered rigging and boat handling. In the
afternoon, he put the sailors through their paces with a number of starting, timing, and boat handling drills.
The Snipe Class spirit was in full force, as competitors helped each other in the parking lot, aided by our wonderful Boat Boys Ken Voss, George Szabo, Kevin Reali, Ernesto Rodriguez, Augie Diaz, Martin Bebb, Jensen McTighe, and Andre Guaragna.
Day 2 – Four races were held in the Atlantic Ocean in an ENE wind of 7-12 kts of breeze, with wave conditions at 2-4 feet. A strong current ran through the starting line forcing skippers to push hard to be on the line on time with speed, a difficult balance. Olympic 470 gold medalist, Lynne Shore and her crew Julia Marsh won the first race with a horizon job, with Aine McLean and Paris Henken in second. Kathleen Tocke and Charlie Bess came in third. The second race mixed it up when Lynne Shore and Julia Marsh had to take an OCS on an otherwise first place finish, bringing Kathleen and Charlie into first with Dominique Wright and Hilary Noble coming on strong in second. Decreasing wind strength during a race means making numerous powering-up adjustments and technique; this is when Kathleen Tocke really began to pull away from the pack. Her knowledge and experience in the Snipe made the difference as everyone struggled in the lessening breeze and over-size, left over chop and waves. Kathleen and Charlie went on to win the next 2 races, with past Olympic teammates Carol Cronin and Margaret Podlich, along with Wright/Noble and Shore/Marsh, nipping at her heels.
Everyone came in tired and hungry, and all were rewarded with a delicious Caribbean dinner and slide show of the day’s racing by photographer, John Payne. Check out the excellent photos at www.johnpaynephoto.com or on his Facebook page under John Payne Photography.
Day 3 – Going into the last day, the top five were incredibly close in points especially with a throwout. With a forecast of winds building to gale force by late afternoon, the Race Committee moved the start time forward one hour to ensure all competitors were safely back at the dock by the time the 30 knot wind hit. Winds started out medium, and two races were held in fair winds of 10-15 knots from the NNW veering to NNE. Lynne Shore and Julia Marsh came out swinging, taking two first place finishes. However, it was not enough to overcome their OCS. While Kathleen Tocke and Charlie Bess had a bad first race (12), second place in the last race gave them the consistency needed to come out on top. Dominique Wright and Hillary Noble secured third overall with a second and fourth. Expect to see more of these two talented young women! Only 2 points behind in fourth overall were Carol Cronin and Margaret Podlich. Coming in thirteenth was the top Junior team of Grace Howie and Katie Lounsbury. This fleet of Snipe Class women, including three Olympians, as well as numerous past national and international winners, left the locals quite impressed with the depth of the sailors’ talent and skill.
We could not have hosted this regatta without the help of countless volunteers and the support of Lauderdale Yacht Club and our sponsors. We would especially like to thank:
The Suddath Companies, worldwide moving and storage
W.A. Bentz, builder of custom luxury homes
Team One Newport, sailing gear and clothing
Best Boat Club, rentals of sail and power boats
Starlight Express, Sailing instruction and maritime crew placements
Peter M. Commette, P.A., Law Office
Also notable was the number of boats loaned to competitors with no charter fee. Special thanks go to Augie Diaz, Martin Bebb, Steve Lang, Kevin Reali, Doug Broeker, Andre Guaragna, Peter Commette, and Jaime Boyden, without whom this regatta would not have been possible.
|1.||USA 30288||Kathleen Tocke / Charlie Bess||3||1||1||1||12||2||||8.0|
|2.||USA 31188||Lynne Shore / Julia Marsh||1||22/OCS||5||3||1||1||||11.0|
|3.||USA 29442||Dominique Wright / Hilary Noble||5||2||2||4||2||4||||14.0|
|4.||USA 30860||Carol Cronin / Margaret Podlich||4||4||3||2||5||3||||16.0|
|5.||USA 29112||Aine McLean / Paris Henken||2||3||4||5||8||8||||22.0|
|6.||USA 30510||Lisa Pline / Elizabeth Ryder||7||6||7||7||3||6||||29.0|
|7.||USA 28699||Cara Vavolotis / Darby Smith||6||5||6||8||7||7||||31.0|
|8.||USA 30470||Lara Dallman-Weiss / Kerry O’Brien||10||8||8||6||4||9||||35.0|
|9.||USA 31013||Kerry Sullivan / Linda Epstein||8||10||11||11||6||5||||40.0|
|10.||USA 26763||Kristen Herman / Jee Lee||11||7||10||9||11||10||||47.0|
|11.||USA 30337||Stacey Szabo / Julia Melton||9||22/OCS||9||12||14||13||||57.0|
|12.||USA 29499||Jennifer Rousmaniere / Nancy Gilreath||13||9||12||10||13||15||||57.0|
|13.||USA 302881||Grace Howie / Katie Delisser||16||13||15||13||10||12||||63.0|
|14.||USA 29602||Marjory Bravard / Stephanie Muto||15||15||16||15||9||11||||65.0|
|15.||USA 30236||Kay Kilpatrick (Voss) / Nikki Brunno||12||11||13||17||17||17||||70.0|
|16.||USA 25517||Tara Levy / Terra Berlinski||17||12||14||14||16||16||||72.0|
|17.||USA 29781||Lianne Dusek / Kristen Walker||14||14||17||16||15||14||||73.0|
|18.||USA 28686||Amy Benner / Megan Place||18||16||18||18||18||18||||88.0|
|19.||USA 297810||Charlie Bess||22/DNC||22/DNC||22/DNC||22/DNC||22/DNC||22/DNC||||110.0|
|20.||USA 28814||Melaney Johnson / Kara Voss||22/DNC||22/DNC||22/DNC||22/DNC||22/DNC||22/DNC||||110.0|
|21.||USA 29968||Karen Disch / Anne Rusnack||22/DNC||22/DNC||22/DNC||22/DNC||22/DNC||22/DNC||||110.0|