Patience rewarded at Snipe Westerns

Published on September 24th, 2021

Boston, MA (September 24, 2021) – The fourth day of the 2021 Snipe Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship was met with ominous skies and an impending forecast which kept competitors ashore for most of the day with AP over H raised early in the morning.

Keeping a watchful eye on the radar, PRO Matt Hill and SCIRA Representative Jimmie Lowe made the call at 2pm to lower the flags and head out. Sailors were met with warm temperatures and beautiful breeze in the 12-16 knot range with a short chop on Boston Harbor.

Race 7 begin around 3pm with a general recall but the second start was clear and the fleet was off. The Guatemalan team of Diego Silvestre/ Marisleysis Cedeno tacked off the start and hit the right side, rounding second behind Ernesto Rodriguez/ Kathleen Tocke (USA) followed by Alfonso Garcia Bringas/ Andre Guaragna (MEX) and Matias and Constanza Seguel (CHI).

After several windward/leeward legs, Rodriguez/ Tocke finished first with Bringas/ Guaragna second and Matias Poncell/ Christian Obermoller (CHI) in third and Arthur Blodgett/ Gracie Howie (USA) crossing fourth. Augie Diaz/ Barbie Brotons (USA) rounded the weather mark in last but managed to grind through the fleet to post a 17, their discard. The points were now tight with Rodriguez/ Tocke one point behind Diaz/ Brotons.

The RC took no time in starting the eighth race, under the U flag and five teams were caught including Rodriguez/ Tocke who led the race crossing first, only to learn they were caught under the U flag. The fleet had hit the right side hard with more pressure and and ebb current with local team Jim Bowers/ Julia Marsh Rabin (USA) winning.

Matias and Constanza Seguel (CHI) had a great day posting a 5-3 which moved them into third overall.

Day Four Results (Top 5 of 27; 8 races, 1 discard)
1. Diaz/Brotons (USA) 25
2. Blodgett/Howie (USA) 35
3. Seguel/Seguel (CHI) 39
4. Rodriguez/Tocke (USA) 46
5. Bowers/Marsh Rabin (USA) 49

Nine races are planned for September 21-25, with tomorrow’s forecast calling for light winds. The winner has an automatic entry into the 2022 World Championship.

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