2016 Snipe North Americans: Variety is the Spice of Sailing

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Severn Sailing Association
June 3-5, 2016

The 2016 Snipe North American Championship set at least two standards for Serious Sailing, Serious Fun over three days: the largest number of registrants for a national regatta on the continent since at least 2009 (69); and a far wider variety of conditions than expected. Two drifter races on Friday, everything from drifter to full hiking breeze on Saturday (with the expected weekend powerboat chop), and then solid breeze and a lonely Chesapeake Bay on Sunday—which provided great sailing conditions for the final three races of the event. Variety may be the spice of life, but it is also a great test of skill. This was definitely not a "one setting" regatta.

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With three races on the final day and a lot of mixed up scores, it was hard on the sail back to the dock to figure out who won—even for the two top teams. When the dust settled, George Szabo/Diana Waterbury would've needed three less points to beat out Doug Hart/Ryan Hopps, in spite of the winning team's 17th in the first race Sunday. Nick Voss/Nicole Popp had been lurking well down the results sheet, but once they were able to drop a 45th from day one, they slid up to third overall. Fourth place team Jensen McTighe/Brendan Feeney counted no finish worse than ninth, a great result just ahead of their departure for the Snipe Western Hemispheres in Brazil.

Much appreciation goes to the race committee, led by PRO Steve Podlich, who rightly prioritized racing in good breeze over sending us home early on Saturday and Sunday. And with two great dinners, the ever-present beer truck, and a mix of socializing and learning that included a winner's debrief on Saturday evening, Severn Sailing Association's Fleet 532 (led by Chris Ryan) set a new standard for Serious Sailing, Serious Fun. This will be a hard one to beat—though hopefully the participation record will be broken again very soon. 

1 20/ 31297 Doug Hart/Ryan Hopps MBYC 1 1 2 [25] 4 17 6 3 34.00 1
2 57/ 30337 George Szabo/Dianna Waterbury San Diego Yacht Club 4 8 7 [11] 3 4 4 6 36.00 2
3 63/ 28814 Nicholas Voss/Nicole Popp Coral Reef Yacht Club 3 [45] 5 4 6 12 8 5 43.00 3
4 36/ 30027 Jensen McTighe/Brenden Feeney Lauderdale Yacht Club 8 5 [32] 8 9 7 3 8 48.00 4
5 09/ 31027 Edgar Diminich/Jaime Santos FEVELA/SYC [70/OCS] 2 10 13 5 2 2 16 50.00 5
6 49/ 31130 Ernesto Rodriguez/Eduardo Supercrew 7 [22] 3 16 7 11 5 2 51.00 6
7 08/ 30288 Augie Diaz/Julia Melton BBYC/CRYC/CGSC 21 6 6 7 1 1 [24] 10 52.00 7
8 02/ 30473 Arthur Blodgett/Terra Berlinski 9 7 1 3 [27] 3 12 17 52.00 8
9 34/ 28854 Randy Lake/Nikki Bruno 5 4 12 [19] 2 14 19 1 57.00 9
10 05/ 30860 Carol Cronin/Kim Couranz Severn Sailing Association 16 [18] 13 2 11 6 11 4 63.00 10

Full results

North Americans day 1 report

North Americans day 2 report

Photos by Ted Morgan

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