Sunfish championship week in Tampa

Published on March 23rd, 2024

The Sunfish class held its International Masters on March 17-19 and its US Nationals at Midwinters on March 21-23 in Tampa, FL. The two regattas had a combined 153 competitors.

A record 84 boats sailed in the 9-race International Masters which was won on a tiebreaker by Andy Beeckman over Chris Carroll with Rich Chapman one point back in 3rd. Mary Ellen Ingham was the top female in 15th place. The conditions ranged from a difficult light and lumpy on day one to breezes in the teens for the next two days.
Beeckman also won the Masters division (50-59) with Emily Wagner taking the Apprentice Masters (40-49), Rich Chapman topping the Grand Masters (60-69), Ron McHenry winning the Great Grand Masters (70-79) and George Sechrist claiming the Senior Masters division (80+) title. – Details

The planned 3-day Sunfish US Nationals at Midwinters became a one-day event due to a lack of wind on the first day and too much on the second. Four races were completed for 69 competitors in 15-18 knots, with David Hernandez of Guatemala winning with a 1-1-1-4 scoreline, besting Juan Carlos Canizalez, also of Guatemala in 2nd, and Sebastian Medina of Puerto Rico in 3rd. Josselyn Echeverria, who represented Guatemala in Women’s Sunfish at the 2023 Pan Am Games, was the top female in 11th place. – Details

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