18 competitors dealt with strong winds all weekend;
Heavy air challenge inland lake sailors
At Southwestern Snipe Championship
DALLAS, May 30, 2022 – Nineteen snipes competed in the 86th Southwestern Snipe Regatta hosted by Dallas Snipe Fleet 001 at White Rock Lake in Dallas, from May 28-29. Members of the Dallas Snipe Fleet 001 earned the top three finishes with skipper Gene Soltero and crew Laura O’Leary sailing into first place. Father and son duo, Otto Beall and John Beall snagged second place with son, Otto, performing skipper duties. Top finishers rounded out with skipper Taylon Starr, of Dallas. She sailed with crew Derek Morris, of Dallas, on Saturday and Arosh Chaudari, of Wichita, Kansas, on Sunday.
Skipper Gabby Wong and crew Frederick Winguth, of Austin, Texas, earned the Newcomer Award, as well as achieving fourth place overall. While they are former members of UT-Austin’s sailing team, this was their first effort in a Snipe.
The first day of sailing allowed for three races. However, with winds upwards of 18 knots and gusts around 25 knots, the second race only saw 12 of the boats start. That dropped to five competitors for the third race. The day saw a few capsizes and many boats reporting broken equipment.
Sunday morning brought with it even heavier air with winds building to 27 knots during the only race held that day. Nine teams competed Sunday with all boats successfully finishing the race. Sailors traveled from throughout the region with a strong contingent from as far away as Longmont, Colorado to participate in the regatta.
Dallas Snipe Fleet 001 will host its next SCIRA sanctioned regatta, the Texas State Championship, on Oct. 29-30. For more information, contact Regatta Chair Jose Babilonia at email@example.com or Fleet Captain Gene Soltero at firstname.lastname@example.org.