US Nationals

(Photo courtesy of Ted Morgan)

Annapolis, MD, USA, June 20, 2021. Final results after 9 races (1 discard):

  1. Ernesto Rodriguez & Kathleen Tocke, 31
  2. Raul Rios & Andrea Riefkohl, 32
  3. Enrique Quintero & Charlie Bess, 51
  4. Augie Diaz & Barbara Brotons, 59
  5. Arthur Blodgett & Gracie Howie, 81

2021 US National Championships (Worlds Qualifier)

Report by Kim Couranz

Ernesto Rodriguez and Kathleen Tocke won a tight battle to claim the 2021 U.S. Snipe National Championship, with a net of 31 points over 9 races. The team of Raul Rios and Andrea Reifkohl Gonzalez finished in second–just one point back–at 32 points.

Neither Rodriguez/Tocke nor Rios/Riefkohl Gonzalez had good days on the water today, as Rodriguez/Tocke sailed to a 12-8 and Rios/Riefkohl Gonzalez a 14-5, but their earlier races were solid enough to keep them in the top slots.

The 52 teams competing in the Championship were postponed ashore for a hour to wait for a light southerly to fill in, and by the time they got out to the race course, the wind had settled in, and two races were held in 5-10 knots. A strong current kept the teams challenged on the start line and at mark roundings.

The top five were rounded out by Enrique Quintero/Charlie Bess in third place with 51 points, Augie Diaz/Barbie Brotons in fourth with 59 points, and Arthur Blodgett/Gracie Howe in fifth with 81 points.

With a rich history full of tradition, the Snipe Class awards a number of special trophies at Nationals each year. This year’s honorees:

  • Commodore Charles E. Heinzerling Trophy for the winning skipper: Ernesto Rodriguez
  • Portage Lakes Yacht Club Trophy for the winning crew: Kathleen Tocke
  • Slauson Memorial Trophy for the second-place team: Raul Rios and Andrea Riefkohl Gonzalez
  • Eleanor Williams Memorial Trophy for the highest placing woman (skipper or crew): Kathleen Tocke
  • Carolyn Nute Memorial Trophy for the highest placing married couple: Alex and Lisa Pline
  • Masters Trophy for the highest placing master skipper: Ernesto Rodriguez
  • Masters Endurance Trophy for the oldest skipper: Stephan Irgens
  • Macklanburg-Duncan Trophy for the chairman of the Race Committee of the SCIRA USA National Championship: Steve Podlich
  • National Secretary Trophy for the SCIRA USA National Championship regatta chairperson: Lisa and Alex Pline

The fleet also encourages younger and women sailors to compete in the class. Awards were also given to:

  • Top under 30 team: Raul Rios and Andrea Riefkohl Gonzalez
  • Top junior (under 22) team: Noah Zittrer and Peter Foley
  • Top women’s team: Carol Cronin and Kim Couranz

The hosting fleet, Annapolis Snipe Fleet 532, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. So to highlight yet more Serious Sailing, Serious Fun, the regatta wrapped up with a birthday cake for the fleet. Coincidentally, it was also Snipe National Secretary Evan Hoffman’s birthday, so the entire fleet celebrated him with a rousing version of “Happy Birthday.”

With a range of conditions on the water and a terrific social scene off the water, the sailors enjoyed a great regatta. With 52 boats on the line, starts were often rather crowded–but there’s always room for more. Come join us and come Snipe sailing!

Photos by Ted Morgan

SAILORS SAIL NUMBER BOAT NAME CLUB/ORG NET TOTAL R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9

1

Ernesto Rodriguez
Kathleen Tocke

2

Raul Rios
Andrea Riefkohl Gonzalez

3

Enrique Quintero
Charlie Bess

4

Augie Diaz
Barbie Brotons

5

Arthur Blodgett
Gracie Howie

6

Tyler Mowry
Izzy Fadullon

7

Andre Guaragna
Logan Brickhouse

8

Charles Miller
Lindsey Kloc

9

Alfonso García Bringas
Olivia Smith

10

Matias Seguel
Constanza Seguel

11

Noah Zittrer
Peter Foley

12

Hal Gilreath
Marissa Milliken

13

Carter Cameron
Bryan Stout

14

Carol Cronin
Kim Couranz

15

Andrew Pimental
Shalom Fadullon

16

Jim Bowers
Julia Marsh Rabin

17

George Szabo
Diana Waterbury

18

Robert Ramirez
Martin Hermida

19

Trevor Long
Lucas Marsiello

20

Trevor Davis
Addi Harris

21

John MacRae
Bridget Wiatrowski

22

Tarasa Davis
Watt Duffy

23

Eric Reinke
Alex Damley-Strnad

24

Alex Pline
Lisa Pline

25

Bradley Adam
Andrew Vernon

26

Gavin O’Hare
Holly OHare

27

Zack Kelchner
Darby Capellin

28

Henry Filter
Sandy Westphal

29

Evan Hoffmann
Carrie Marshall

30

Lee Griffith
Nikki Bruno

31

Jno Disch
Karen Disch

32

Roberto Lizano
Danny Riano

33

Chris Ryan
Jill Bennett

34

Sarah Alexander
Katja Sertl

35

Sharon Seymour-Johnson
Lorie Stout

36

Jim Grubbs
Gus Wirth

37

Alec Stewart
Paige Omura

38

Alec Hughes
Alejandro Hughes

39

SIMON STRAUSS
Jim Tomassetti

40

Rafael Jarauta
Katrina Washburn

41

Riley Kloc
Gracie Woodcock

42

Kevin Hetherington
Cindy Olsen

43

Matt Greenfield
Andrew Reed

44

Pedro Lorson
Mimi Berry

45

Stephan Irgens
Monica Irgens

46

Julia Fuller
Meri Harrington

47

EDWARD KEENAN
Alison Keenan

48

Rich McVeigh
Carol McVeigh

49

Paul Erickson
Dee Smith

50

Kenneth Voss
Kay Voss

51

William Steve Lang
Erik Volk

52

Kristin Mullins
Chris Adriance

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