Rodriguez & Tocke Win Snipes in Nassau

14715710_1257425357649334_7775122863445189780_oEvery other year, the International Snipe Class holds its Master World Championship.  This year the event was held in spectacular Nassau, Bahamas, a city with a strong Snipe tradition. Kathleen won this edition of the Master Worlds sailing with Miami’s Ernesto Rodriguez, a former member of the Cuban National Laser Team and a Snipe Western Hemisphere Champion. The last event the team sailed together was the Don Q over 5 years ago.  14691406_1252585884799948_4056027557141307301_o

The five day series, was hosted by the Royal Nassau Sailing Club on Montagu Bay.  In the Snipe Masters, the skipper must be 45 years old and there is a starting wind limit of 15 knots.  In the wake of Hurricane Mathew, the wind was often at or above the maximum during races, requiring power hiking and tricky downwind conditions.

Competition at the top of the fleet was tough as usual with two-time Snipe World Champion and reigning Star World Champion, Augie Diaz, current North American Champion, Doug Hart, Newport’s Andy Pimental.  The young Masters team of Rosa & Rovere, from Brazil showed excellent speed in the heavy air, but it was only Argentina’s Luis Soubie and Diego Lipszyc, who could challenge the American duo for the title in the last race.  14650629_1255440027847867_1335159785835860109_n

” We worked really hard.  It’s a great feeling after a hectic start [capsize in race 1]” to win against such great competition.  Luis and Diego (ARG) were second in the Worlds and Pan Am Games last year and Augie is always strong in breeze, so we knew we would have to battle.  We got better with more time in the boat together.  I was in a body coma for two days after the regatta.  I was so tired from hiking.  It was definitely our team’s strength and gave us a speed advantage when we needed it.

Master Worlds – Final
Nassau, Bahamas, October 22, 2016. Results after 7 races, 1 discard
1. USA Ernesto Rodriguez & Kathleen Tocke, 11
2. ARG Luis Soubie & Diego Lipszyc, 17
3. BRA Ralph Rosa & Alfredo Rovere, 26
4. USA Augie Diaz & Christine DeSilva, 28
5. USA Doug Hart & Christina Persson, 30  14711658_1252585654799971_8910842654721186264_o

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