86th Southwestern Snipe Championship

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Heavy winds challenge inland lake sailors at Southwestern Snipe Championship

by Mindy Michaels

DALLAS, May 30, 2022 – Nineteen snipes competed in the 86th Southwestern Snipe Regatta hosted by Dallas Snipe Fleet 001 at White Rock Lake in Dallas, from May 28-29. Members of the Dallas Snipe Fleet 001 earned the top three finishes with skipper Gene Soltero and crew Laura O’Leary sailing into first place. Father and son duo, Otto Beall and John Beall snagged second place with son, Otto, performing skipper duties. Top finishers rounded out with skipper Taylon Starr, of Dallas. She sailed with crew Derek Morris, of Dallas, on Saturday and Arosh Chaudari, of Austin, on Sunday. 

Skipper Frederick Winguth and crew Gabby Wong, of Austin, Texas, earned the Newcomer Award, as well as achieving fourth place overall. While they are former members of UT-Austin’s sailing team, this was their first effort in a Snipe.  Other newcomers also sailing in their first SCIRA sanctioned regatta were Rohit Rajan and Alana Babilonia from the North Texas University sailing team and Doug Moldawsky with his son Lukas.

The first day of sailing allowed for three races. However, with winds of 18-22 knots and gusts above 25 knots, the second race only saw 13 of the boats start, five of which either capsized or suffered breakdowns. That dropped to seven starters and five finishers for the third race. This was quite the day for capsizes and broken equipment. 

Sunday morning brought with it even heavier air with winds building to 27 knots during the only race held that day. Nine teams competed Sunday with all boats successfully finishing the race. Sailors traveled from throughout the region with a strong contingent from as far away as Longmont, Colorado to participate in the regatta.

Dallas Snipe Fleet 001 will host its next SCIRA sanctioned regatta, the Texas State Championship, on Oct. 29-30. For more information, contact Regatta Chair Jose Babilonia at [email protected] or Fleet Captain Gene Soltero at [email protected].


Final PlaceSKIPPER/CrewLocationRace 1 (Sat)Race 2 (Sat)Race 3 (Sat)Race 4 (Sun)Total Points
1GENE SOLTERO Laura O’LearyDallas, TX22127
2OTTO BEALL John BeallDallas, TX844420
3TAYLON STARR Derek Morris/ Arosh ChaudariDallas, TX
Austin, TX
5AMANDA KREMER Ryan SchubertLongmont, CO11DNS123
6TIM TETSCH Akash KalsekarDallas, TX5DNF2723
7JAMES RIX Arosh ChaudariWichita, KS333DNS29
8ROHIT RAJAN Alana BabiloniaDallas, TX Austin, TX15DNFDNF939
9JEFF URBANKSI Mindy MichaelsDallas, TX9DNFDNS543
10PATRICK LEAHY Amy JonesCouncil Bluffs, IA Dallas, TX128DNS848
11DAVID FOSTER Poonam BenakattiDallas, TX167DNSDNS63
12JOSE BABILONIA Mildred BabiloniaDallas, TX14DNFDNSDNS63
13MARTIN BEBB Ardi DushiMuskogee, OK
Dallas, TX
14DOUG MOLDAWSKY Lukas MoldawskyLongmont, CODNF
15ADAM FIELD Alanna FernandezLongmont, CO10DNSDNSDNS70
16KIM ADAM Andy BlitzLongmont, CO11DNSDNSDNS71
17JAMES BLAND Emily GomezAustin, TX Dallas, TX13DNSDNSDNS73
Skipper Amanda Kremer and crew Ryan Schubert, of Longmont, Colorado, hike to combat wind speeds building to 27 knots on White Rock Lake, as they sail towards the windward mark in Sunday’s race. Placing fifth overall due to a DNS on Saturday, they captured bullets in all three races they sailed at the Southwestern Regatta in Dallas, Texas over Memorial Day Weekend.
Sailors from a five-state area gather to compete in the 86th Southwestern Snipe Championship at White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas, hosted by Dallas Snipe Fleet 001 over Memorial Day Weekend.



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