US Nationals - Final

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Winchester, August 25, 2017.

(There are lots of great regatta and party photos courtesy of SCIRA USA - visit vhetheringtonyoung)

Report by Carol Cronin

“Where is the opening to the real sailing area?” asked the Colombian team when they first sailed out onto Upper Mystic Lake. It was a valid question; lined up bow to stern, the fifty-three Snipes sailing in the 2017 Nationals would have almost touched trees on either side of the tiny lake. But despite a micro-sailing area with mystical sailing conditions, the regatta was a great success—thanks to a well-organized team of volunteers at the Winchester and Medford Boat Clubs, and a serious emphasis on Serious Fun.

 

For the first time in seven years, enough Snipes attended Nationals to sail the 32 boat championship Heinzerling (and 22 boat consolation Wells) series. And it wasn’t just a bunch of aging class regulars, either; with fourteen college sailors, fifteen recent college grads, eight high school aged sailors, and six sailors younger than high school, youth came out in force. The other end of the age spectrum was also well represented, topped by Gonzalo “Old Man” Diaz, age 87, who won the Masters Endurance trophy for the eighteenth time.

We Snipe class veterans found ourselves explaining to all those younger sailors how the championship would be scored: After a four race qualifying series for the Crosby trophy, the Heinzerling fleet would carry that overall score forward and the Wells fleet would start clean. Unfortunately we forgot to tell local young favorites (and Crosby winners) Cam Fraser and Liz Glivinski about the “Crosby curse:” the winner of that first trophy rarely wins the Heinzerling championship as well. (I doubt Cam and Liz will need to be reminded ever again.)

And why 32 boats, rather than the top half of the fleet? I passed on what I was told at my first Nationals: Commodore Charles E. Heinzerling felt that 32 boats was the “perfect” number of Snipes on a starting line. True or false, it’s just one of many class traditions that was successfully transferred to a fresh generation. 

With very short courses made necessary by westerlies (which blew across, rather than down, the tiny lake), collision avoidance and snappy boathandling were key. In addition, there were three basic skills needed to do well. (Some of them will even be useful elsewhere.) 

1. Low-risk starting technique. The pin often felt as far away as the weather mark—particularly when it was a beat to get to the “leeward” end of the line. Keeping options open until quite late in the sequence was key. 

2. Sailing fast in bad air. With huge shifts that sometimes lasted an entire leg, tacking away to find a clean lane usually wasn’t an option. The race committee did a fantastic job of setting a course that “averaged out” to be right more than it was wrong, but since the lake is surrounded by high hills and trees, they were as clueless as the sailors about which breeze direction was going to win over the course of a twenty minute race.

3. Put on your patience pants. Everyone found a private pothole at some point; the best thing to do was to find the quickest exit, because the only alternative was to stomp a hole through the bottom of your boat. 

Forty years of racing Snipes on Mystic Lake finally paid off for winner Jim Bowers and his crew Julia Marsh Rabin; they posted only two finishes worse than sixth over five days and sixteen races to win the event by 25 points. “It’s like the mini-golf of sailing,” Jimmy said. During one lunch break, when asked what to do on a run when the jib backed but the telltales were still streaming from straight astern, he responded easily, “Don’t do anything, just wait—it’s just a hole.” 

Art and Jennifer Rousmaniere finished second, proving that it is in fact possible for a husband and wife to run the regatta, sail together well, and still stay married. They also finished third in the Monday night Bocce tournament. (Perhaps there should be a Rousmaniere trophy at future Nationals, awarded to the team that best combines those two usually competing skill sets, Serious Sailing and Serious Fun?)

Third place went to Floridians Augie Diaz and Pam Kelly, who despite their non-local status somehow managed to avoid enough of the lake’s potholes to post only three scores out of the top ten. Five time national champion George Szabo and crew Diana Waterbury had to be content with fourth overall; they were also the only team who admitted to setting a pole to get to the (upwind) finish line.

Fortunately for the rest of us, the racing pain was over quickly each day… and the split fleets made for plenty of time on shore each day to catch up with our old Snipe friends and make a few new ones. Evenings were well occupied with parties, bocce, and a few more fun Snipe traditions like relocating a Snipe to the pool. Boston-area college sailors can usually be counted on for engineering know-how, and they figured out both the lowest point in the fence and also how to securely tie up the boat for its overnight chlorine cleanse.

The final awards dinner was held at a local country club. Besides the long table full of silver class trophies engraved with decades of famous names, there were some less permanent awards handed out: Jacques Cousteau goggles (for teams that capsized on the one windy afternoon); water wings (won by Liz Givlinski, who was not the only person to fall out of the boat but was definitely the quickest to get back in); and pool noodles (for those who failed to keep their masts erect). 

This year’s US Nationals took place on a tiny mystical lake, requiring many adjustments from the fifty-three teams in attendance—as well as a reversal of the usual order of priorities, since Serious Fun definitely came before Serious Sailing. And thanks to excellent organization, good sponsorship, and the ability to laugh at ourselves, that turned out to be just fine.

 

 

1. Jim Bowers & Julia Rabin, 30

2. Art Rousmaniere & Jennifer Rousmaniere, 55

3. Augie Diaz & Pam Kelly, 67

4. George Szabo & Diana Waterbury, 76

5. Arthur Blodgett & Hannah Chapman, 88

... full results ...

Heinzerling:

Position

 Sail NumberSailor(s)Boat Name/ClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13TotalNet

1

#9

USA 31171

Jim Bowers

Julia Rabin

Winchester BC

3 2 6 5 1 1 1 4 1 (14) (10) 5 1 54 30

2

#3

USA 31280

Art Rousmaniere

Jennifer Rousmaniere

Winchester BC

2 1 2 3 9 6 4 (14) 7 4 6 11 (15) 84 55

3

#36

USA 30288

Augie Diaz

Pam Kelly

CRYC/CGSC/BBYC

4 3 9 9 6 (19) 7 5 9 (15) 1 8 6 101 67

4

#30

USA 30337

George Szabo

Dianna Waterbury

SDYC

16 (19) 4 1 15 4 5 6 3 16 (29) 3 3 124 76

5

#45

USA 30473

Arthur Blodgett

Hannah Chapman

LYC

12 10 12 (24) 11 7 (16) 2 13 2 4 1 14 128 88

6

#29

MEX 28701

Alfonso Bringas

Danel Belausteguigoitia

na

7 7 19 (29) 3 11 10 (32) 24 6 9 4 2 163 102

7

#37

USA 27861

Connor Astwood

Maggie Swanson

Boston Univ

15 8 11 4 12 (22) 9 (19) 2 7 16 15 11 151 110

8

#13

USA 30903

Cameron Fraser

Elizabeth Glivinski

Medford

1 (DNF-33) 13 19 14 3 11 9 (28) 11 2 17 12 173 112

9

#31

USA 29727

John MacRae

Myrna Chan MacRae

Winchester BC

17 14 1 15 7 24 6 1 10 13 14 (25) (26) 173 122

10

#16

USA 30904

Lee Griffith

NIkki Bruno

Surf City YC

5 23 3 8 20 13 (32) 11 (25) 18 7 10 4 179 122

11

#22

COL 30839

Esteban Echavarria

Juan Esteban Restrepo

na

11 4 14 (27) 4 10 14 12 (23) 1 23 21 10 174 124

12

#40

USA 31424

Andrew Pimental

Sandra Tartaglino

Sail Newport

13 6 (26) 2 17 15 15 (18) 4 17 12 6 18 169 125

13

#52

MEX 30188

Hector Guzman

Hector Guzman Sr

na

(29) 13 8 25 10 2 3 16 (26) 9 15 12 13 181 126

14

#49

USA 29882

David Larson

Greta Farrell

SDYC

(30) 11 16 6 2 (27) 22 13 15 27 3 7 5 184 127

15

#34

USA 31313

Robby Gearon

Lexi Pline

na

6 16 (27) 11 (26) 16 24 15 16 3 17 2 8 187 134

16

#24

USA 30860

Carol Cronin

Hillary Noble

SSA/Sail Newport

8 20 (22) (22) 8 20 20 7 6 19 13 9 7 181 137

17

#20

USA 29956

Andrew Sommer

Jess Hardin

CSC

10 5 17 14 (25) 25 (31) 3 21 8 8 19 22 208 152

18

#51

USA 30606

Peter Wolcott

Danielle Stonely

Quassapaug SC

9 21 21 (31) 19 9 19 21 18 5 19 22 (25) 239 183

19

#39

USA 29788

Andre Guaragna

Emily Gilreath

AGYC/FYC/Jacksonville Uni

21 15 (31) 21 22 8 2 8 11 26 20 30 (DNF-33) 248 184

20

#18

USA 29671

Tarasa Davis

Alan Capellin

Atlanta YC

18 (30) 24 12 21 5 17 (27) 5 24 22 27 9 241 184

21

#28

USA 30404

Bridget Wiatrowski

Jessica Claflin

Winchester BC

24 (31) 23 20 16 17 18 17 14 20 5 (32) 23 260 197

22

#8

USA 31309

Andrew Klein

Michelle Morphew

Winchester BC

27 (29) 10 18 27 12 13 23 8 23 28 (OCS-33) 19 270 208

23

#46

USA 31013

John Tagliamonte

AnnWalt Stallings

Winchester BC

26 9 20 26 23 21 8 20 22 21 (32) 18 (29) 275 214

24

#7

CAN 29317

Harri Palm

Bridget Walsh

Guelph Community BC

31 27 18 17 13 (OCS-33) 28 10 (32) 25 11 23 17 285 220

25

#2

USA 30422

Stephen Braverman

Ben Braverman

Winchester BC

23 18 29 23 5 (30) 29 22 (31) 12 24 28 16 290 229

26

#1

USA 29704

Kevin Hetherington-Young

Audrey Hetherington-Young

Winchester BC

14 12 (32) 10 18 28 30 26 12 30 27 (31) 28 298 235

27

#5

USA 29111

Joel Zackin

Ian McCaffrey

Quassapug

22 28 7 28 (29) 23 12 28 17 29 (30) 24 24 301 242

28

#10

USA 29672

Molly Pleskus

Lara Dieneemann

SDYC/MBYC

(32) 22 28 7 24 14 26 (31) 30 28 31 14 20 307 244

29

#41

USA 28542

Bob Coyle

Jackie Farnsworth

Medford/Cottage Park

25 25 15 16 28 26 27 (29) 27 (31) 18 20 21 308 248

30

#32

USA 30089

Nicholas Giacobbe

Tyler Mowry

Tufts

28 24 5 (32) 31 (DSQ-33) 23 25 29 10 21 26 27 314 249

31

#44

USA 30325

Harry Waskow

Gabe Vande Hei

SCYC

19 17 25 13 32 29 25 30 20 (OCS-33) 25 16 (DNF-33) 317 251

32

#19

USA 26132

Simon Strauss

Hawley Waldman

na

20 26 (30) (30) 30 18 21 24 19 22 26 29 30 325 265

 

Wells:

Position

 Sail NumberSailor(s)Boat Name/ClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10TotalNet

1

#42

USA 25090

Kyle Easton

Anna Flaherty

na

1 5 1 (7) 2 2 2 (SCP-9) 4 1 34 18

2

#15

USA 29842

Katie Levinson

Sarah Levinson

Winchester BC

3 4 3 2 4 (6) (6) 1 5 2 36 24

3

#43

USA 25412

Chris Sinnett

Iain Jaeger

na

2 6 4 1 1 (7) 3 5 6 (8) 43 28

4

#48

USA 30301

Chris Ryan

NIcole Ryan

SSA

9 3 5 (12) 8 1 5 3 3 (13) 62 37

5

#38

USA 30082

John Drayton

Lily Lichtenstein

NHYC

4 7 8 3 5 (11) (9) 2 7 3 59 39

6

#14

USA 30470

David Lence

Kerry O'Brien

na

(DNF-21) 2 9 4 3 3 4 6 10 (11) 73 41

7

#21

USA 31001

Jim Tomassetti

Carol Tomassetti

na

8 10 (14) 5 9 4 8 9 (17) 7 91 60

8

#11

USA 30330

Steve Milt

Alex Milt

Winchester BC

5 8 6 10 7 13 (15) (14) 2 14 94 65

9

#6

USA 30600

Maxwell Hetherington-Young

Gus Wirth

Winchester BC

(DNF-21) 11 12 8 (16) 5 14 4 8 5 104 67

10

#50

USA 31204

Ray Schmit

Margaret Lawrence

Cottage Park

(DNC-21) 14 (17) 16 13 12 1 10 1 4 109 71

11

#4

USA 29955

Edward Keenan

Andy Bowers

Winchester BC

(DNF-21) 1 2 11 12 10 (17) 16 14 9 113 75

12

#27

USA 28442

Susan Lodico

Janice Tabor

Winchester BC

7 (12) 10 9 10 (14) 12 7 11 10 102 76

13

#53

USA 27999

Hugh Dougherty

Nicholas DeConto

Cottage Park

6 13 13 6 11 (18) 11 12 (18) 6 114 78

14

#35

USA 30336

Gonzalo Diaz

Patti Bess

CGSC

(DNC-21) 9 7 13 6 17 7 13 16 (DNF-21) 130 88

15

#25

USA 25991

Jurgen Holleck

Brendan Holleck

Quassapaug SC

11 (19) (19) 18 17 8 16 15 9 16 148 110

16

#33

USA 29008

Venkat Chalasani

Jackson Hurd-Messom

Winchester BC

10 16 15 17 (18) 15 13 (19) 12 12 147 110

17

#26

USA 30236

Kay Voss

Barbara Mann

CRYC/CGSC

(DNF-21) 15 11 15 14 9 18 17 13 (DNF-21) 154 112

18

#17

USA 29964

Robert Panza

Jane Panza

Quassapaug SC

(DNC-21) 17 16 (19) 15 16 10 11 15 17 157 117

19

#47

USA 29972

Peter Bronk

Diane Schilder

Medford BC

(DNC-21) 18 18 14 (19) 19 19 18 19 15 180 140

20

#12

USA 30999

Martin Fraser

Suzette Fraser

Medford

(DNF-21) (DNC-21) DNC-21 DNC-21 DNC-21 DNS-21 DNS-21 DNS-21 DNC-21 DNC-21 210 168

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