The ultimate day of the Snipe U.S. Nationwide Championship, hosted by the San Diego Yacht Membership, obtained off to a late begin, with a delay attributable to winds of simply three knots.
However as soon as the races started, Ernesto Rodriguez and Kathleen Tocke cemented their efficiency within the four-day occasion – wherein they positioned within the high three in six out of the eight races – to win the championship.
The world’s top-ranked SSL Snipe crew concluded the regatta Friday with 19 factors, three factors forward of second-place finishers Augie Diaz and Christine De Silva. Arthur Blodgett and Grace Howie, with 40 factors, completed third.
Rodriguez referred to as the competitors “a troublesome regatta with robust circumstances.”
“We have been lucky in the present day to have a very good first race. We have been going into the final day with Augie a few factors behind us. We ended up utilizing our drop on the second race and that was ok to win the regatta,” he stated. “However I felt like Augie sailed higher than us. In actual fact, I spotted that in eight races, we solely beat him in three. That’s how robust crusing is. It might have went both method.”
As soon as the wind reached 5 knots, race seven came about, with Mary Baker and Trisha Kelly ending in first. Rodriguez and Tocke adopted in second place.
Within the final race, race eight, Diaz and De Silva beat the fleet to the end, with Randy Lake and Maddy McGrath in second and David and Paige Tillson in third.
Rodriguez and Tocke hit a street bump on the finish, ending eleventh within the closing race, however the end result didn’t scuttle their championship pursuit.
Amongst junior sailors, Justin Callahan and Aiden Hoogland topped the sphere, adopted by Trevor Davis and Ale Torres in second and Peter Busch and Cam Spriggs in third. 5 of the eight junior groups competing completed within the high half of the fleet.
The regatta was held on two programs, the Pacific Ocean course southeast of Level Loma and the South San Diego Bay course.