Snipe Midwinters

Key Largo, FL, USA, February 12, 2023

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Photo courtesy of Taylor Scheuermann

Key Largo, FL, USA, February 12, 2023. Final results after 6 races (1 discard):

  1. Ernesto Rodriguez & BB Bellacosa, 7
  2. Raul Rios & Lexi Pline, 17
  3. Enrique Quintero & Charlie Bess, 19
  4. Trevor Bornath & Kathryn Bornath, 26
  5. 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?

1Ernesto Rodriguez
BB Bellacosa
31337NoneRoyal Hialeah Yacht Club7171311[10]1
2Raul Rios
Lexi Pline
3Enrique Quintero
Charlie Bess
31144MAQCoral Reef Yacht Club192721[8]853
4Trevor Bornarth
Kathryn Bornarth
30321Black JackUsscmc26346[8]6518
5Felipe Caneppa
Alfredo Rovere
31111Black BeltFlamengo284684[18]646
6Trevor Davis
Diego Escobar
29940Bad Panda RacingSevern Sailing Association30429[12]53211
7Ava Anderson
Watt Duffy
31300Geaux FastOcean Beach Yacht Club34514[17]41277
8Asher Zittrer
Noah Zittrer
1300NoneTulane / CofC / Lakewood Yacht Club38531111[15]295
9Carol Cronin
Kim Couranz
31295NoneSevern Sailing Association4157[16]1071464
10Charles Green31776NoneUS Sailing Center41412120
11Marina Cano
Martin Hermida
12Evan Hoffmann
Shira Golub
31770Pickle RickSan Diego Yacht Club48673610[19]1415
13Alex Pline
Lisa Pline
31313Old Folks BoogieSevern Sailing Association5165129[14]10119
14Peter Commette
Ana Smith
31442Ana & the KingLauderdale YC/Mantoloking YC577719212[20]1212
15Tyler Mowry
Marissa Milliken
30928TBDSevern Sailing Association61831515[22]13810
16Gavin McKinney
Nikki Bruno
30202NoneNassau yacht club658710[22]11151613
17Andre Guaragna
Logan Brickhouse
30023NoneFleet 007 – Miami6786145[19]181317
18James Lowe
David Weir
BAH30511NoneNassau Yacht Club82111241813720[DNC – 29]
19Roberto Guaragna
Isabel Guaragna
30743EchoMiami #78811713191611[DNC – 29]DNC – 29
20Devon Feusahrens
Jill Bennett
30860Her FaultSevern Sailing Association9211521[23]17171819
21Greg Virgin
Chloe Constants
31805NoneSevern Sailing Association94117182021[23]1718
22Luis Borba
Sarah Smith
31104NoneYacht Club Paulista96121172420[25]1916
23Amanda Kremer
Ryan Schubert
31790NoneFleet 210 – Rocky Mountain971262314922[DNS – 29]DNC – 29
24Charles Green31776Forever YoungUS Sailing Center Miami10510525RET – 292526
25Rafael Jarauta
Katrina Washburn
28812RealtyWonders.comUS Sailing11013920132424[DNC – 29]DNC – 29
26Roberto Lizano
Lorena Fundora
30888NoneJaimanitaclub11414322162621[DNC – 29]DNC – 29
27Corinne Sackett
Maddy Mcsweeney
30687NoneEdgewater Yacht Club11514426212316[RET – 29]DNC – 29
28Sarah Alexander31635NoneSevern Sailing Association145174[DNS – 29]DNS – 29DNS – 29DNS – 29DNC – 29DNC – 29



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