Miami, March 24, 2019
Report by Carol Cronin
(Photo courtesy of Leandro Spina)
After two days where endless windshifts left competitors and race committee wondering what would happen next, the 53rd DonQ Rum Keg Regatta in Miami closed out with 12-16 knots of solid easterly breeze. Ernesto Rodriguez/Hallie Schiffman won all three races, but everyone enjoyed the mix of reaches and runs in classic Biscayne Bay conditions, a great reminder of how well Snipes fit the short chop.
Saturday night’s Cuban dinner was capped off by a debrief that helped everyone—newbies and veterans—learn some new speed tricks. We also discussed how to increase participation at this and other regattas. The bottom line is this: we need to do a better job of reaching out to other sailors and sharing how much fun we have together. Serious Sailing, Serious Fun! Miami in March provides both.
Final results after 8 races (1 discard)
- Ernesto Rodriguez & Hallie Schiffman, 9
- Augie Diaz & Margaux Bacro, 16
- Enrique Quintero & Katy Hannan, 32
- George Szabo & Diana Waterbury, 33
- Andrew Pimental & Megan Place, 40