Key Largo, FL, USA, February 12, 2023
Key Largo, FL, USA, February 12, 2023. Final results after 6 races (1 discard):
- Ernesto Rodriguez & BB Bellacosa, 7
- Raul Rios & Lexi Pline, 17
- Enrique Quintero & Charlie Bess, 19
- Trevor Bornath & Kathryn Bornath, 26
- Felipe Canela & Alfredo Rovere, 28
80th Snipe Midwinters: New Venue, Old Friends
by Carol Cronin
After four years without a Midwinter championship, the Snipe Class leaped at an offer from the Upper Keys Sailing Club on Key Largo to host a weekend regatta immediately following the Comodoro Rasco in Miami. And after six races over two fantastic but quite different sailing days, I think all of the 28 teams appreciated the well-honed balance of Serious Sailing, Serious Fun found on Buttonwood Sound. A large bay on the “inside” of the Keys, depths of around six feet keep powerboat traffic to a minimum (even on a chamber of commerce Saturday). Onshore, UKSC Commodore Mike Austin led a large welcoming group of volunteers who organized trailer dropoff and storage, keeping traffic calm and flowing through the tight parking area. And there was pizza after rigging!
Commodore Mike was also our PRO, and his RC team fit in four races Saturday in a warm and gentle 8-12 knot southerly. Ernesto Rodriguez/BB Bellacosa had three bullets; Enrique Quintero/Charlie Bess also started off strong with a 2,1, but a pair of eighths left them tied with Raul Rios/Lexi Pline overnight.
After racing, UKSC offered up their friendly bar service as well as a great Cuban dinner. Dessert? That was a gorgeous sunset easily viewed from the dock and beach, surrounded by Snipe friends new and old. An excellent opportunity to chat with Commodore Mike about how to make this our new Midwinters home…
A cold front went through Saturday night, and we arrived on Sunday to see whitecaps kicked up by a 15-17 knot westerly, with breaking waves on the launching beach. With the breeze forecast to increase as the day went on, a few boats chose to pack up. Everyone else managed to launch safely and head out for a planned three races.
The course was a two lap double triangle with the start/finish line in the middle, appropriate for the 15-18 knot breeze that built to the low 20s by the finish of race six. Reaches were fairly deep, so staying low always paid off. When Rodriguez/Bellacosa capsized on the second beat of the first race in a tack, the door opened for Rios/Pline to take the regatta (and also gave Trevor and Katie Bornarth a race win). But Rodriguez/Bellacosa came from behind to win the sixth race, and when the race committee decided the breeze had built too much and sent the fleet home, they took the regatta by 10 points over Rios/Pline.
Getting back ashore required a lot of cooperation and skillful boathandling, but soon we were all packing up—fueled by both an active bar and the burgers/hot dogs cooked up by regatta supporters. At the awards, when Commodore Mike offered to host the regatta again next year, there was a rousing cheer from the fleet. Dare I suggest that a new Midwinter tradition has been created?
|SAILORS||SAIL NUMBER||BOAT NAME||CLUB/ORG||NET||TOTAL||R1||R2||R3||R4||R5||R6|
|31337||None||Royal Hialeah Yacht Club||7||17||1||3||1||1||||1|
|31144||MAQ||Coral Reef Yacht Club||19||27||2||1||||8||5||3|
|29940||Bad Panda Racing||Severn Sailing Association||30||42||9||||5||3||2||11|
|31300||Geaux Fast||Ocean Beach Yacht Club||34||51||4||||4||12||7||7|
|1300||None||Tulane / CofC / Lakewood Yacht Club||38||53||11||11||||2||9||5|
|31295||None||Severn Sailing Association||41||57||||10||7||14||6||4|
|10||Charles Green||31776||None||US Sailing Center||41||41||–||–||–||–||21||20|
|31770||Pickle Rick||San Diego Yacht Club||48||67||3||6||10||||14||15|
|31313||Old Folks Boogie||Severn Sailing Association||51||65||12||9||||10||11||9|
|31442||Ana & the King||Lauderdale YC/Mantoloking YC||57||77||19||2||12||||12||12|
|30928||TBD||Severn Sailing Association||61||83||15||15||||13||8||10|
|30202||None||Nassau yacht club||65||87||10||||11||15||16||13|
|30023||None||Fleet 007 – Miami||67||86||14||5||||18||13||17|
|BAH30511||None||Nassau Yacht Club||82||111||24||18||13||7||20||[DNC – 29]|
|30743||Echo||Miami #7||88||117||13||19||16||11||[DNC – 29]||DNC – 29|
|30860||Her Fault||Severn Sailing Association||92||115||21||||17||17||18||19|
|31805||None||Severn Sailing Association||94||117||18||20||21||||17||18|
|31104||None||Yacht Club Paulista||96||121||17||24||20||||19||16|
|31790||None||Fleet 210 – Rocky Mountain||97||126||23||14||9||22||[DNS – 29]||DNC – 29|
|24||Charles Green||31776||Forever Young||US Sailing Center Miami||105||105||25||RET – 29||25||26||–||–|
|28812||RealtyWonders.com||US Sailing||110||139||20||13||24||24||[DNC – 29]||DNC – 29|
|30888||None||Jaimanitaclub||114||143||22||16||26||21||[DNC – 29]||DNC – 29|
|30687||None||Edgewater Yacht Club||115||144||26||21||23||16||[RET – 29]||DNC – 29|
|28||Sarah Alexander||31635||None||Severn Sailing Association||145||174||[DNS – 29]||DNS – 29||DNS – 29||DNS – 29||DNC – 29||DNC – 29|
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