Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship – Final

San Diego, September 12, 2014. Regatta report by Carol Cronin

(Photo: Raul Rios & Fernando Menllor – courtesy of John Payne)

Final results (10 races, 2 discards)

1. PUR Raul Rios & Fernando Monllor, 30

2. ARG Luis Soubie & Diego Mini Lipszyc, 31

3. BRA Breno Bianchi & Flavio de Castro, 45

4. BRA Rafael Gagliotti & Henrique Wisniewski, 49

5. BRA Alexandre Tinoco & Alexandre Niederauer, 57

The 43 teams are now heading home to their 12 countries, after a fantastic 2014 Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship hosted by San Diego Yacht Club. A combination of professional and volunteer organizers came together after two full years of planning, and the result was a weeklong reunion of our South American, North American, and Japanese Snipe family.

San Diego, September 12, 2014. Regatta report by Carol Cronin

(Photo: Raul Rios & Fernando Menllor – courtesy of John Payne)

Final results (10 races, 2 discards)

1. PUR Raul Rios & Fernando Monllor, 30

2. ARG Luis Soubie & Diego Mini Lipszyc, 31

3. BRA Breno Bianchi & Flavio de Castro, 45

4. BRA Rafael Gagliotti & Henrique Wisniewski, 49

5. BRA Alexandre Tinoco & Alexandre Niederauer, 57

The 43 teams are now heading home to their 12 countries, after a fantastic 2014 Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship hosted by San Diego Yacht Club. A combination of professional and volunteer organizers came together after two full years of planning, and the result was a weeklong reunion of our South American, North American, and Japanese Snipe family.

Serious Racing was of course the first priority, and many teams showed up early to prepare their charter boats and let their bodies adjust to the Pacific coast time zone. Only about a third of the boats came from “away”, and none of the international teams shipped boats, so the depth of the San Diego fleet and high quality of the provided boats were very important to the success of several teams.

Serious Fun was also very important, and the San Diego plan included something for everyone. The regatta opened with a parade of countries and music by Leapfrog, and closed with a party on the Yacht Club deck that offered a wide variety of food and a great rocking beach band. In between were house parties, model boat racing by country (won by Colombia), paddleboard fun, and snacks/beer for all the sailors after every day of racing. No one went home hungry, and some might have even gained a few pounds—in spite of five days of hiking.

Usually racing a big event in San Diego means ocean sailing, but for this regatta the organizers wisely decided to mix it up a bit. Six races were held in the swells, wind chop, and 8-14 knots of westerly that we all think of as “classic San Diego.” Four of the races were sailed in South Bay at tne bottom of San Diego Harbor, a flat water, shifty venue that often has a few knots more breeze than the ocean outside. When Hurricane Norbert decided to send some unusually hot and humid weather our way early in the week, South Bay gave us a great alternative to drifting around in the predicted kelp and big swells outside. And on day 4, this alternate sailing area guaranteed that the eventual winners would be forced to excel in a range of conditions. The result: no one was able to crack the top 10 in every race, and only one team (2nd place finishers Luis Soubie/Diego Mini Lipszyc) was unhappy about having two drop races by the end of the series.

When the locals were asked before the regatta started what the biggest obstacle to doing well would be, the answer was immediate: “Kelp.” But even in the ocean, the long strings and islands of green were pretty easy to avoid all week. That was a welcome surprise.

The least welcome aspect of the regatta was all the towing. South Bay was a 1+ hour ride for anyone but Jerry Thompson and Mandi Dufort’s fast tow of one boat (deserving former Commodores Jimmy Lowe/Don Bedford), and the ocean venue was only a little closer. When we totaled up the towing hours at the end of the week, it came to more than 10. It was a good week to have a fun teammate and/or fun towing neighbors. And fortunately, the great sailing and shoreside hospitality more than made up for that downtime.

The weather was also quite spectacular, and there was only one day of racing that required protection from anything other than sun. Spray tops were left onshore, along with warm hats and most of our neoprene. What a nice way to end the summer sailing season for those of us in the northern hemisphere!

The results? Well, the South Americans took three of the spots in the top five, but they couldn’t take the top prize this time. That went to youngster islanders Raul Rios/Fernando Monllor (PUR), who overcame a tough second to last day to take back their lead with a 6,3 in the final two races. 6th-10th overall was an almost all-American party, spoiled by only one Japanese team in the aptly named “Charter Boat.”

The regatta was also a country qualifier for the 2015 Pan American Games, which will take place in Toronto, Canada next July. The five countries who qualified out of this event were PUR, USA, COL, ECU, and CUB. The USA Trials will take place in mid-October, also out of San Diego Yacht Club.

And for those of you who’ve never started on the same line with sailors from 11 other countries before, it’s, well—different. So much of our sailing comfort zone is related to knowing the habits and sailing styles of our competition, and especially at the beginning of a regatta like this, the faces and pre-start antics were sometimes completely unexpected. Learning a little more each day added a new and very fun dimension, and we even learned a few words of several different languages. We can’t wait for the 2015 Worlds to put our new communication skills to use.

Carol Cronin

Video: Interview with Luis Soubie and Raul Rios

Video: Rios and Menllor win the WH&O!

Video: First start of the last day at the Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship

Video: Start of the las race at the WH&O

Photos

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

WH&O: Boats & Equipment

Event’s website

Bow/Sail   Boat   Skipper Yacht Club  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10  Total Pos
05 / PUR29841   PUR 29841   Raul Rios/
Fernando Monllor  
FVPR/    9   1   1   3   3   4   [15]   [26]   6   3   30  
1  
15 / ARG28701   ARG28701   Luis Soubie/
Diego Mini Lipszyc  
YCO/CNZ/    3   8   8   2   1   2   2   5   [25]   [10]   31  
2  
37 / BRA30997   Cachorrão   Breno Bianchi/
Flavio de Castro  
Rio de Janeiro IC/    6   2   7   1   2   11   5   [12]   11   [13]   45  
3  
07 / BRA31004   Guarda Patrimonial   Rafael Gagliotti/
Henrique Wisniewski  
Iate clube de santos/    [27]   [27]   10   4   5   5   9   4   3   9   49  
4  
42 / BRA31151      Alexandre Tinoco/
Alexandre Niederauer  
RCRS Ribera/    12   4   5   10   [17]   9   3   6   [31]   8   57  
5  
43 / USA30759   30759   Brian Kamilar/
Enrique Quintero  
Coral Reef YC/    [23]   6   14   5   6   [30]   11   15   5   4   66  
6  
47 / USA30288   Danilu   Augie Diaz/
Aine McLean Fretwell  
CRYC/CGSC/    5   7   17   7   [20]   10   [28]   8   16   2   72  
7  
30 / USA29941      Doug Hart/
Ryan Hopps  
MBYC/    1   5   15   [23]   [44/DNS]   18   20   14   7   1   81  
8  
18 / JPN31054   Charter Boat   Koji Kamiya/
Tatsuya Yamauchi  
NTT East YC/    15   [31]   2   12   23   [44/DSQ]   4   21   2   6   85  
9  
32 / USA28687   C Cannibal BB-EE-JE   Chuck Sinks/
Robbie Dean  
SDYC/SFYC/    7   [30]   6   17   4   20   19   7   10   [24]   90  
10  
06 / USA28854      Randy Lake/
Kate Sheahan  
SDYC/    2   3   19   16   [24]   [44/OCS]   6   16   18   15   95  
11  
19 / CUB31038      Raúl Díaz Herrera/
Rafael García Granados  
Cuba/    17   12   [21]   6   13   17   10   1   20   [27]   96  
12  
45 / USA31188   Jibe Tech   Andrew Pimental/
Nikki Bruno  
Sail Newport/    21   9   4   30   22   [31]   1   3   [35]   7   97  
13  
27 / USA31130      Ernesto Rodriguez/
Eduardo Mintzias  
NA/    16   [22]   [25]   20   18   12   14   9   4   5   98  
14  
39 / USA30860   Spidey   Carol Cronin/
Kim Couranz  
Severn SA/    4   16   18   19   [30]   8   8   [31]   13   14   100  
15  
20 / BRA31066      Mateus Tavares/
Jonathan Lherke  
YCe da Bahia/    25   19   13   14   11   7   [44/OCS]   11   1   [35]   101  
16  
34 / USA30109      David Tillson/
Rebecca McElvain  
MBYC/    8   14   12   8   [31]   21   [24]   13   8   19   103  
17  
01 / JPN30924      Takuya Shimamoto/
Keisuke Kushida  
Waseda U./    [28]   10   [28]   15   12   14   7   23   24   17   122  
18  
46 / USA30800   Green Flash   Rick Arneson/
Diana Waterbury  
San Diego YC/    13   [32]   22   22   9   19   13   20   12   [30]   130  
19  
31 / ECU31027   El Desleal   Edgar Diminich/
Eduardo Viteri  
CVL/FEY/MDD/SYC/    19   [36]   16   [28]   8   28   22   10   19   11   133  
20  
03 / JPN28732   HITACHI Sailing Team   Ryohei Doi/
Keiichiro Itagaki  
Japan SF/Hitachi/    32   13   3   11   15   3   [36]   29   33   [36]   139  
21  
26 / BRA30996   La Maquina   Felipe Sabino/
Bernardo Sarzedas  
rio yatch club/    [37]   25   26   24   7   [44/DSQ]   18   2   30   16   148T  
22  
22 / ECU31037      Jesus Bailon Reyes/
Iberth Constante  
Manta YC/    10   18   [31]   18   [33]   26   21   22   21   12   148T  
23  
08 / CUB29517      Raúl Faura Nieto/
José Piña Nieto  
Cuba/    [36]   21   20   [37]   19   1   12   25   28   26   152  
24  
24 / BRA31113   LORD   Helio Lyra de Aquino Jr./
João Pedro Moreira  
ICRJ/IC Rio de Janeiro/    29   28   [30]   9   10   15   [37]   28   14   22   155  
25  
23 / USA30337   Quantum Racing   Eric Heim/
Aimee Heim  
San Diego YC/    22   23   9   13   [28]   27   23   24   15   [33]   156  
26  
14 / JPN30353      Kosuke Demichi/
Shun Yanagibayashi  
DUYC/    18   15   23   36   [44/OCS]   13   17   19   [39]   21   162  
27  
10 / JPN31134      Motoharu Nishii/
Tomohisa Nakamura  
CYUBU/    11   20   11   32   [34]   [36]   16   17   32   29   168  
28  
25 / JPN30722   JPN30722   Genya Ozaki/
Kawano Motomichi  
Konan Univercity/    14   29   35   [38]   21   6   29   36   17   [41]   187  
29  
04 / USA29778   Batura   Roberto Guaragna/
Andre Guaragna  
Miami/    [40]   11   29   33   14   32   26   18   26   [39]   189  
30  
28 / COL30718      Esteban Echavarria/
Juan Esteban Restrepo Vera  
Federation Colombia de Vela/    20   [44/DSQ]   27   25   16   29   [35]   33   22   18   190  
31  
33 / PER31150      Diego Figueroa/
Alonso Collantes  
Club Regatas Lima/    33   17   32   [38/ZFP]   25   22   25   27   [37]   25   206  
32  
21 / JPN30844      Kento Hashimoto/
Kazuki Murayama  
Ritsumeikan Univ/    24   33   [40]   26   37   16   30   [40]   23   20   209  
33  
09 / USA28858   Seagle   Nicholas Kaschak/
Krystal Treiberg  
San Diego YC/    26   24   [39]   34   26   24   39   [44/OCS]   9   31   213  
34  
41 / USA30903      Cameron Fraser/
Elizabeth Glivinski  
Medford BC/    31   [35]   34   21   29   25   31   30   [36]   23   224  
35  
36 / USA29013      Chris Wright/
Lauren Wright  
Mission Bay YC/    30   [34]   24   27   [35]   33   34   34   34   32   248  
36  
17 / BAH28811   Breaking Wind   Jimmie Lowe/
Don Bedford  
Royal Nassau SC/    34   26   36   [40]   36   23   33   35   [44/OCS]   38   261  
37  
35 / COL29651      Carolina Ponton/
Nicolas Hernandez  
Club de V. Cartagena/    [42]   [38]   37   31   27   35   27   37   38   37   269  
38  
11 / BRA31159      Matheus Franca/
Daniel Seixas Claro  
Rio YC/    39   37   38   39   32   34   [44/DNF]   32   27   [40]   278  
39  
40 / MEX30330      Alfonso Garcia Bringas/
Javier Garcia Bringas Rivera  
Porto Bravo/    38   41   41   35   38   [44/DNF]   41   [42]   29   28   291  
40  
44 / ARG31222   Quimera   Alejandro Triggiano/
Mariana Safar  
CR Guemes Salta/    35   [42]   33   42   [44/DSQ]   38   32   38   40   34   292  
41  
02 / USA28470   Red Lady   Stephan Irgens/
Monica Irgens  
CCSA/    [43]   40   42   41   40   37   40   39   41   [43]   320  
42  
38 / CAN29318   Mister Bear   Christopher Hains/
Barbara Mann  
Guelph Comm. BC/    41   39   [43]   [43]   39   39   38   41   42   42   321  
43  

 

Notes
– Scoring System is RRS Low Point 2013-2016
– Finishes in [brackets] denote throwouts
– Click on race number to view detailed race information.

It doesn’t get closer than this. Skipper Raul Rios and his crew Fernando Monllor won the Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship by a single point.

Going into the final day of racing, Rios was one of three teams with a real shot at nabbing the coveted title of champion. With the Organizing Authority’s announcement of an ocean course, competitors knew to be nervous as the Puerto Rican skipper has raced notoriously well on open water throughout the regatta.

A mere four points separated Soubie and Rios before the final race, and getting off the starting line quickly was more crucial than ever before. Rios and Monllor were in sixth place by the time the fleet made it to the gate marks. They maneuvered around their competitors with sharp tactical handling, making their way up the fleet to ultimately finish third in the race, just behind the two USA teams skippered by Diaz and Hart.

“We knew it was going to be a tough day, but we just had to focus on one boat at a time, one leg at a time,” said Rios.

Argentinean sailors Luis Soubie and Diego Mini Lipszyc struggled to maintain their position as regatta leaders throughout the final day of racing. Though they previously did well on the first two days of the ocean course, they couldn’t seem to get the starts they needed to lead either of today’s races.

“Today was a disaster,” Soubie said of his 25th finish in Race 9 and 10th place finish in Race 10. “We ended the day feeling like we didn’t do much racing at all today. We were constantly in an emergency or getting away from trouble.” Both of today’s races ended up being throw out scores, making them rely on their previous four days of top finishes to secure their position in second place overall.

Though disappointed that he let go of first, Soubie says he’s happy with his overall second place finish.

As a qualifying event for next year’s PanAms, a lot more was riding on this regatta than just determining who would become the 2014 Snipe WH&O Champion. Many coaches made the far trek across international waters to insure that their country could qualify in time to compete in PanAms to be held in Canada. Puerto Rico, USA, Cuba, Ecuador and Colombia have all qualified during this regatta, while the Bahamas and Mexico remain unqualified.

Looking even further to the future of the Snipe Class, Soubie was happy to endorse the skipper who edged him out of the championship. “He’s the future of the Snipe Class,” Soubie said. “He’s only 20 years old. He’s going to make this class proud.”

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