Snipes in Cuba

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Trophy presentation. From the flags hanging behind them I gather it could be the 1951 Worlds or 52 Western Hemisphere. Looks like Mantilla and Barrazal are receiving trophies.

Snipes in Cuba

Left to right: Mantilla, Carlos Sela (el Cheque) (That is why Fred Schenck named his Snipe # 10101 “Chequendeque”), Clemente (Mente) Inclan (my hero) and Carlitos Inclan, his crew. They are in front of the old wood “boat house”. You can see snipe activity in the back where we used to have the wood snipe stables before they built the new ones.

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New Boat House

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Miramar Yacht Club Facing Atlantic Ocean

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Snipe Storage Facility. About 16 Boats

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Jorge Mantilla and Jesus Barrazal approaching the hoist after a race.

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2013 (XLIV ANNUAL) COMODORO RASCO REGATTA PHOTOGRAPHS

 the winners, Ernesto Rodriguez and Hillary Noble with the Comodoro Rasco Perpetual Trophy

the winners, Ernesto Rodriguez and Hillary Noble with the Comodoro Rasco Perpetual Trophy

Susan Walcutt presenting trophies to the Aicardi Fleet winner, Andre and Roberto Guaragna

Susan Walcutt presenting trophies to the Aicardi Fleet winner, Andre and Roberto Guaragna

Susan Walcutt presenting presenting trophies to second place Peter Commette and Bruno Mello

Susan Walcutt presenting presenting trophies to second place Peter Commette and Bruno Mello

 Susan Walcutt with skipper winner Ernesto Rodriguez and the Comodoro Rasco Perpetual trophy.

Susan Walcutt with skipper winner Ernesto Rodriguez and the Comodoro Rasco Perpetual trophy.

 Group photo (at the flagpole) of some of the participants in the 2013 Comodoro Rasco Snipe Regatta

Group photo (at the flagpole) of some of the participants in the 2013 Comodoro Rasco Snipe Regatta

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2013 (XLIV ANNUAL) COMODORO RASCO REGATTA REPORT

19 snipes competed for the 44th Annual Comodoro Rasco Snipe Regatta, hosted by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club and the Miami Snipe Fleet # 7 and sailed February 2-3, 2013.

Ernesto Rodriguez/Hillary Noble tied with Peter Commette/Bruno Mello, but the tie breaker gave Ernesto and Hillary the Championship!  It was a real battle between these two with Kevin and Ashley Reali getting in there, participating in the tough competition and finishing in third place.  The AICARDI TROPHY was awarded this time to the most accomplished skipper, the young  Andre Guaragna with his father crewing for him. The greatest accomplishment is surviving his father, Andre is the coolest guy I have ever seen!! Keep and eye on Andre he will be a top Snipe sailor!

Saturday we sailed three races in typical beautiful Biscayne Bay weather with NE and East winds 10 to 15.  Temperatures around 75 Fahrenheit   On Sunday two races sailed in West and then NW winds around 10 miles turning into very light for the last race.

Saturday evening, after the races, the Fleet and the Race Committee headed for the Lasagna Dinner/Party at Carmen’s.  Nobody was disappointed after such a beautiful sailing day, the traditional Rasco Party, Carmen’s homemade Lasagna, salad, wine, Cuban deserts, sailing videotapes and the Rasco history presentation by the Old Man.  It was a perfect day for the Snipe Sailors and the Race Committee.

Sunday we were back to the Club after the two races at around 2 PM.  Susan Walcutt proceeded to award trophies to the first 3 places (skipper and crew) and to the Aicardi winner.  Right after the award, we all sang the famous “LA BOMBA” to Ernesto Rodriguez, Peter Commette and Bruno Mello.  Peter was the one that really took care of LA BOMBA, and DRANK IT ALL!

Kudos to the Coconut Grove Sailing Club Race Committee headed by Susan Walcutt (PRO) and Club members: Timer: Rick Klein, Recorders:  Zaida Diaz, Suzzane Roberts and Susan Ressler.

Flags: Veronic Aghagan, Bruce Forman, Matt Marious and Laura Walsh.  Line spotter: David Brown and Liz Balbin. Scorer: Jaime Ramon.  Captain of the Sunday Signal Boat: Assad Masoud.

Pin Boat: John Pardillo, Jim Waldron and Esther DiLeo.  Mark boat: Dennis Jansma, Patrick McLister, Paco Calvet, Bonnie Padgett and Richard Horsley.  Thank you very much to this super Race Committee team from the Snipe Sailors.

 

Gonzalo Diaz, Sr.,  Regatta Chairman

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Gonzalo Diaz teaching intro sailing to Belen Jesuit Sailing Club

 

 

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Possible Starting Technique for Newbie. From presentation by Mark Kamilar at CGSC Racing Seminar 9-23-2012

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EXERCISES TO TRAIN A CREW

I have come up with a group of exercises on the water for the purpose of training a new crew that may be interesting:

 Departing from a mark that you can drop or a selected channel marker if there is one without heavy traffic (from now on the “leeward” mark).  Go upwind tacking and tacking for a couple of minutes or more until  you are about a 100 or 150 yards to weather of the “leeward” mark, then turn downwind pretending you are rounding an imaginary “weather” mark. Round the “weather” mark and set pole. The next time around, round the “weather” mark, instead of a set,  first jibe and then set pole out.

Go downwind  jibing a few times and round the “leeward” mark approaching on starboard tack to round to port, or in the next roundings, approaching on port to round to port and also the same two approaches but rounding the mark to starboard.  On the approach to rounding the “leeward” mark go through the exercise of preparation to round the mark: outhaul, jib cloth, let pole in 6″ (to be able to trim the jib halyard all the way in), centerboard down, pole in and anything else you need to do to round the “leeward” mark.

After rounding go upwind again, tacking and tacking for about a minute or two, then turn the imaginary weather mark again, on a set or a jibe (alternating) and go downind again jibing and jibing and round that “leeward” mark again on a different approach as the previous one.

This will nicely tie in after our Snipe Clinic. Please, check this out. Let me know if you like it or if you can see any improvements to the procedure.

Thanks,   Gonzalo Diaz, Sr., Fleet Captain

The things I would add are – strength exercises (iron chair and upper
body strength), weight position in the boat,
compass reading, understanding skipper body language, observing other
boats – particularly on port tack, checking for weeds,
and obstructions in the water, taking notice of the working mechanisms
of the boat (lines, cleats, blocks, etc.) to be sure there are
no broken parts and everything is trimmed properly, looking for
wind-lines and puffs – particularly downwind. The only other
thing I can think of now is the starting line – but that comes with a
race.

Hope this helps – all best, Greg

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