Florida State Junior Championship

Miami, September 6-7, 2014. Report by Gonzalo “Old Man” Diaz

2014 (58th Annual) Florida State Snipe Junior Championship

The Florida State Junior Championship started in 1957 with Ken Lippincott winning it at Coconut Grove Sailing Club. He won again at Eau Gallie in 1958. Among the Early winners we can see:

1959 Charles Morris,1960 Bruce Cochran, 1961 Dan Brown, 1964 Fred Bremen, Jr., 1965 Tom Bremen, 1967 David Albury, 1968 Augie Diaz. to mention some. This Championship was moved around Florida, but right after 1968 the Miami Yacht Club took over holding this regatta and a year later Coconut Grove Sailing Club took over and from then on to today our Club together with the Miami Snipe Fleet have been sponsoring the Florida State Snipe Junior Championship.

Jensen McTighe with crew Dae Kelly won the Championship this year. Jensen and Dae sailed the first 4 races on Saturday without a pole (broke the pole before the first race) I wished we had filmed some of the downwind finishes with Jensen without a pole trying to hold second place from passing him and he was very successful!! (see the results). On Saturday the RC set windward leeward courses with winds 10 mph clocking from approximately 125 degrees and on. Similar conditions on Sunday but with a little more wind. The Race Committee was able to complete the scheduled 6 races with one throw out.

Miami, September 6-7, 2014. Report by Gonzalo “Old Man” Diaz

2014 (58th Annual) Florida State Snipe Junior Championship

The Florida State Junior Championship started in 1957 with Ken Lippincott winning it at Coconut Grove Sailing Club. He won again at Eau Gallie in 1958. Among the Early winners we can see:

1959 Charles Morris,1960 Bruce Cochran, 1961 Dan Brown, 1964 Fred Bremen, Jr., 1965 Tom Bremen, 1967 David Albury, 1968 Augie Diaz. to mention some. This Championship was moved around Florida, but right after 1968 the Miami Yacht Club took over holding this regatta and a year later Coconut Grove Sailing Club took over and from then on to today our Club together with the Miami Snipe Fleet have been sponsoring the Florida State Snipe Junior Championship.

Jensen McTighe with crew Dae Kelly won the Championship this year. Jensen and Dae sailed the first 4 races on Saturday without a pole (broke the pole before the first race) I wished we had filmed some of the downwind finishes with Jensen without a pole trying to hold second place from passing him and he was very successful!! (see the results). On Saturday the RC set windward leeward courses with winds 10 mph clocking from approximately 125 degrees and on. Similar conditions on Sunday but with a little more wind. The Race Committee was able to complete the scheduled 6 races with one throw out.

 

The Coconut Grove Sailing Club Race Committee did a wonderful job with Susan Walcutt as the PRO and first class help from Jaime Ramon, Andi Hoffman, Veronic Aghayan, Denise Schneider, Carol Temple, Jim Waldron, Sandrine Quenne, Paul Sarvich, Jose Torres, Larry Whipple, Bill Godfrey and special thanks to Clint and Terry Boram that commanded and donated the use of their boat “Sea Jewel” as the Signal Boat for this Regatta. Also special thanks to Pere Puig for helping in preparing and fixing some of the Junior boats.

After the races, the juniors and the Race Committee enjoyed a hamburger cookout followed by Susan Walcutt presenting the trophies to the first 3 winners. See the photos.

Photos:

1. Third Place Taylor Scheuermann, crew Christine deSilva and Susan
Walcutt

2. Second Place Paul Lobree with crew Ken Voss, Gonzalo Diaz and Susan.

3. First Place Jensen McTighe with crew Dae Kelly (what a smile!!) and Susan

Results:

Pos  Sail #        Skipper                                    Crew                                   Races                            Total points

1      30027       Jensen McTighe                    Dae Kelly                         1-3-(4)-1-1-2                           8

2      30288       Paul Lobree                    G. Diaz & Ken Voss              3-(4)-2-4-2-1                           12

3      29511       Taylor Scheuermann       Christine deSilva               (4)-2-1-2-3-4                           12

4      30089       Chase Sabadash             Sharon Johnson                2-1-5-3-8/dns-8/dns               19

5      30364      Shane Riera                         Pere Puig                          (8/ocs)-5-3-5-4-3                    20

6      29602      Grace Howie                     Katie DeLisser                   5-(7)-7-6-5-5                             28

7      28810      Jerry Balepogi                       Ken Voss                      6-6-6-7 (8/dns)-8/dns              33

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