Stellar Competition at Snipe Worlds

The Circolo Vela Talamone in Tuscany hosted the semi-annual Snipe World Championship.  Eighty-three teams, representing 18 nations and hailing from four continents went to battle this past week for the coveted Isaac Hubbs Trophy.   Kathleen and her skipper, two-time Snipe World Champion Augie Diaz, were the top placing American team, finishing the Championship in an impressive seventh place.  Kathleen was the only female sailor in the Top 10.        

SSL Lake Grand Slam

Grandson, Switzerland was the backdrop for the Star Sailor’s League (SSL) Lake Grand Slam.  Sixty-seven teams from 3 continents competed for prize money on Lake Lausanne.  Thirteen Olympic medalists were on-hand to vy for the purse.  Kathleen was once again in the SSL studio with fellow broadcasters, Digby Fox (England) and Tyler Bjorn (Canada) to provide viewers with exciting play by play action out on the water. The regatta got off to an exiting start with reception and ribbon cutting at the Olympic Museum in  […]

Magic in Marsala – a windsurfing paradise

Italy is known for producing some of the World’s best Olympic windsurfers, so following her third place finish at the US Snipe Nationals in San Diego, Kathleen packed her bags and headed back to Sicily to the magical town of Marsala.  While Marsala is famous for it’s chicken dish and beautiful islands, it is also known for Italian windsurfer, Laura Linares.  For two weeks, the Linares family and the Societa Canottieri Marsala were gracious hosts.  Also in town for training and the annual Regata Zonale were the  […]

Taking Home Bronze – A Special Games Concludes

For any athlete, participating in a Games, let alone winning a medal is a proud moment, but when the Games are in your own backyard, there is something even more sweet about success.  Such was the case for Kathleen this July as she stood on the podium in Toronto after earning a bronze medal in the Snipe Class with teammate Augie Diaz. “These Games will always be special to me.  The people of Toronto and the RCYC were amazing hosts, so welcoming to all the  […]

Pan American Games Underway in Toronto

The Canadians are putting on a show.  The Pan American Games are underway in Toronto after an amazing Opening Ceremonies. The International Olympic Committee puts on the Games are every four years in the year preceding the Olympics. Tocke and Diaz were a part of Team USA for the 2011 Games, where they earned a silver medal.  This year, their sights are set on gold. The sailing competition will take place  just off of Toronto Island on Lake Ontario and also on the city front, so  […]

Sicily – Land of Sweet Sand & Sunshine

Every year the World Festival on the Beach in Mondello (Palermo), Italy welcomes windsurfers to its stunning waters on the coast of Sicily.  This year, RSX sailors from around the world arrived in droves for the RSX European Championship.  Kathleen flew direct from her win at the Regata Nazionale in Tuscany to Palermo. In Mondello she met up with her training group, including Farrah Hall (USA), Gabriel Verrier-Paquette (Canada), Diana Detre (Hunary), and coach Christophe Boutet (France).  Sailors who arrived for training prior to the Championship  […]

Diaz & Tocke Second at Regata Nazionale Italia

Following the Star European Championship in Gaeta, Italy, Kathleen and Augie headed  north to Tuscany to compete in the Regata Nazionale, one of the ranking regattas for the Italian Snipe Class.  Being a qualification regatta for the World Championship, the best of Italy’s Snipe sailors were in attendance.  The event was hosted by the Circolo Vela di Talomone.  The club will also host the Snipe World Championship later this year.  After three days of racing, Kathleen and Augie finished second to the Italian team of  […]

Lights, Cameras, Action!

This week, Kathleen could be found, not on the water, but in front of the camera at the Star Class European Championship in Gaeta, Italy.  Sitting along side America’s Cup commentator Louay Habib, Kathleen gave play by play commentary to an international sailing audience. “I totally didn’t expect this.  I was in Gaeta training on my board, waiting for Augie [Diaz] to finish the event before heading down to Talamone to race in a Snipe regatta together. They needed a second person in the studio  […]

Fantoni & Tocke – Crowned Adriatic Champions at Piada Trophy

After being the Piada Trophy runner-up four-times, Kathleen finally claimed the title with Italian teammate, Pietro Fantoni.  The Piada Trophy is the second stop on the Snipe Class Summer Circuit.   The victory also established Fantoni and Tocke as Adriatic Champions. This year Piada was held in Choiggia, Italy, a small city on the Venetian lagoon.  The sailing around Venice is know for extreme conditions, either very light or very heavy winds, and a lot of current.  This year, competitors sailed in very tricky light winds,  […]

Spring Training & European Circuit

Every spring, aspiring Olympic sailors from around the globe travel to Europe for training and competition.  The first stop is Palma, Mallorca, Spain for the Trofeo Princesa Sofia.  This year, Kathleen was coached by Christophe Boutet of France.  After a year off from the windsurfing circuit, it has been a tough climb to get back to form, in a year when all the athletes are at their peak, each vying for their country’s Olympic spot. After Palma, the next event on the schedule was the Trentino Olympic week on  […]