Don Q – Final

Miami, March 20-22, 2015. Regatta report by Nikki Bruno and full results (after 5 races)

1. Raul Rios & Andre Guaragna, 16

2. Augie Diaz & Kathleen Tocke, 20

3. Luis Soubie & Diego Lipszich, 30

4. Ernesto Rodriguez & Eduardo Mintzias, 32

5. Felipe Linares & Lior Lavie, 38

Snipe sailors representing eleven countries converged upon Biscayne Bay for the 2015 Don Q Rum regatta, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club. Thirty-eight teams comprised of champions, veterans, and novices completed five races over three days of classic Miami sunshine, warm water, and cool breezes.

On Friday the sea breeze didn’t start to fill in until noon, so there was plenty of time for more bagels and coffee. Winds varied between 7-10 knots, mostly from the southeast. Finishing first in the first race was Luis Soubie and Diego Lipszyc of Argentina, followed by Raul Rios of Puerto Rico and local Andre Guaragna, and third saw locals Augie Diaz and Kathleen Tocke. Raul and Andre took over first place the next race, with Augie and Kathleen still right behind. Louis and Diego slipped back to eighth while locals Peter Commette and Jensen McTighe picked up the third.

Miami, March 20-22, 2015. Regatta report by Nikki Bruno and full results (after 5 races)

1. Raul Rios & Andre Guaragna, 16

2. Augie Diaz & Kathleen Tocke, 20

3. Luis Soubie & Diego Lipszich, 30

4. Ernesto Rodriguez & Eduardo Mintzias, 32

5. Felipe Linares & Lior Lavie, 38

Snipe sailors representing eleven countries converged upon Biscayne Bay for the 2015 Don Q Rum regatta, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club. Thirty-eight teams comprised of champions, veterans, and novices completed five races over three days of classic Miami sunshine, warm water, and cool breezes.

On Friday the sea breeze didn’t start to fill in until noon, so there was plenty of time for more bagels and coffee. Winds varied between 7-10 knots, mostly from the southeast. Finishing first in the first race was Luis Soubie and Diego Lipszyc of Argentina, followed by Raul Rios of Puerto Rico and local Andre Guaragna, and third saw locals Augie Diaz and Kathleen Tocke. Raul and Andre took over first place the next race, with Augie and Kathleen still right behind. Louis and Diego slipped back to eighth while locals Peter Commette and Jensen McTighe picked up the third.

Saturday began much the same way, and the sea breeze picked up to 7 knots around 1pm, quickly building up to a steady 11 for the rest of the afternoon while it clocked right from the southeast. Locals Nick Voss and Nicole Popp finished first in race three, while Augie and Kathleen mixed it up, finishing in second just ahead of Raul and Andre who took third. Determined to keep their lead, the fourth race was led much of the way by Raul and Andre who put a sizable gap between their boat and second place, locals Ernesto Rodriguez and Eduardo Mintzias, who were followed closely by Augie and Kathleen in third.

After racing the second day, sailors were greeted at the dock with Don Q daiquiris that, after a brief supply shortage scare, continued to flow freely throughout the delicious Cuban dinner buffet at the club.

The breeze kicked in Sunday morning around 10:30, which worked out perfectly with the usual earlier start time. One race was completed in a steady 9 knot breeze that shifted left from the southwest. Raul and Augie, who had been duking it out the first four races, slipped back to ninth and tenth respectively this race, while Louis and Diego reclaimed the first spot. Closely behind were north-easterners Andrew Pimental and Nikki Bruno. Nick and Nicole came back as well for a final finish in third.

Awards were given to the top ten placing teams, representing Puerto Rico, USA, Argentina, Brazil and Ecuador. Raul and Andre took the overall win and perpetual trophy with a total of 16 points. Augie and Kathleen won second overall with 20 points and in third were Louis and Diego with 30 points.

The Snipe class would like to thank our hosts, Coconut Grove Sailing Club, the race committee who kept us in line, and all those who helped feed us and run the show.

(photos: SnipeToday, Mercedes de Choudens, Blake Middleton)

Bow/Sail  

Boat  

Skipper

Yacht Club

 1 

 2 

 3 

 4 

 5 

Total

Pos

34 / PUR29841  

PUR 29841  

Raul Rios  

FVPR  

2  

1  

3  

1  

9  

16  

1  

31 / 30288  

Danilu  

Augie Diaz  

Augie Diaz  

3  

2  

2  

3  

10  

20  

2  

48 / 28701  

  

LUIS SOUBIE  

YCO/CNZ  

1  

8  

8  

12  

1  

30  

3  

44 / 31130  

  

Ernesto Rodriguez  

Miami snipe  

8  

5  

11  

2  

6  

32  

4  

26 / BRA 31121  

FUNDESPORTE  

Felipe Linhares  

FUNDESPORTE-ICSC  

4  

4  

10  

15  

5  

38  

5  

14 / 30928  

Snipe  

Andrew Pimental  

Sail Newport  

6  

18  

7  

7  

2  

40  

6  

37 / 28814  

Jupiter  

Nick Voss  

Coral reef yacht club  

19  

12  

1  

9  

3  

44T  

7  

71 / 29442  

Screaming Peacock  

Peter Commette  

lyc  

10  

3  

4  

10  

17  

44T  

8  

12 / 30860  

Spidey  

Carol Cronin  

Severn Sailing Association  

7  

6  

12  

13  

13  

51  

9  

23 / 30337  

  

Edgar Diminich  

Salinas yacht club  

20  

9  

9  

8  

11  

57  

10  

78 / 30718  

  

Esteban Echavarria / Juanes Restrepo  

Federaci√≥n Colombiana de Vela – LVA  

13  

21  

6  

5  

20  

65  

11  

36 / 29511  

Hot Pursuit  

Taylor Scheuermann  

Coral Reef Yacht Club  

11  

15  

15  

11  

16  

68  

12  

24 / 31028  

24  

Jesus Bailon  

Manta yacht club  

22  

20  

13  

6  

8  

69  

13  

29 / 30759  

  

Enrique Quintero  

CRYC  

5  

7  

39/OCS  

4  

15  

70  

14  

28 / 30510  

TBIB  

Alex Pline /Lexi Pline  

Severn Sailing Association  

15  

19  

16  

14  

12  

76  

15  

25 / 29782  

Butter Side Up  

Zachery Kelchner  

Zachery Kelchner  

14  

16  

17  

18  

14  

79  

16  

22 / ITA 15790  

Unisono di Augie  

Pietro Fantoni  

Circolo della Vela Muggia  

18  

11  

39/ZFP  

19  

7  

94  

17  

76 / 29652  

  

Dany Delgado  

Club de vela Cartagena  

9  

10  

39/RET  

39/DNS  

4  

101  

18  

42 / 29114  

  

David Hernandez  

CRYC  

12  

13  

39/ZFP  

16  

25  

105  

19  

19 / 29572  

The Hen  

Charlie Bustamante  

None  

17  

28  

5  

39/OCS  

22  

111  

20  

38 / 30090  

Happy Day s  

Birger Jansen  

Be arum seilfoening  

16  

14  

19  

39/OCS  

24  

112  

21  

27 / 28470  

Green Boat  

Stephan Irgens  

CSA  

28  

24  

20  

22  

23  

117  

22  

17 / 29610  

Push Forward  

Jefferson Hall  

OHCC  

26  

33  

18  

21  

21  

119T  

23  

33 / 30336  

Popeye  

Gonzalo Diaz  

Coconut Grove Sailing Club  

24  

27  

21  

20  

27  

119T  

24  

16 / 29536  

futatsubishi  

Julian Inglis  

GCBC  

23  

29  

24  

25  

19  

120  

25  

18 / 30868  

  

Ian Brown  

Royal Canadian YC  

21  

23  

22  

31  

26  

123  

26  

41 / 29781  

  

Michael Trebilcock  

USF  

25  

17  

39/OCS  

17  

28  

126  

27  

35 / FIN 30833  

Merenhuiske  

Reino Suonsilta  

HSK Helsinki Finland  

29  

22  

25  

23  

39/DNS  

138  

28  

77 / 31157  

  

Martin Bebb  

Windycrest, Tulsa, US Fleet 68  

33  

25  

23  

28  

32  

141  

29  

15 / 29317  

Pope Of The Woods  

Harri Palm  

Guelph Community Boating Club  

30  

31  

14  

39/OCS  

29  

143  

30  

21 / 30321  

BLACK JACK  

Dorian Goldberg  

Pirate Sailing Team  

31  

32  

38/ZFP  

27  

18  

146  

31  

51 / 29763  

  

Bert Forsberg  

RGYC  

39/DNC  

26  

29  

24  

30  

148  

32  

32 / 30743  

La Machina  

Gregory Saldana  

Barton Boat Club  

32  

34  

28  

26  

34  

154  

33  

79 / 31204  

  

Ray Schmit  

Cottage Park YC  

34  

35  

26  

30  

33  

158  

34  

11 / 29908  

  

John Upton  

Rush Creek Yacht Club  

27  

30  

39/OCS  

32  

35  

163  

35  

43 / 30236  

  

Ken Voss  

CGSC/CRYC  

39/DNC  

39/DNC  

27  

29  

31  

165  

36  

39 / 26486  

26486  

Jackson Morton  

U.S. Sailing Center  

35  

39/DNS  

39/RET  

39/DNS  

39/DNS  

191  

37  

29318  

Mister Bear  

Christopher Hains  

Guelph Community Boating Club  

39/DNC  

39/DNC  

39/DNC  

39/DNC  

39/DNC  

195  

38  

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