District 20  Regatta Report

Sat Feb 7th, 2015 through Sun Feb 8th, 2015

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2015 Zagarino Masters


Report by Larry Whipple:
Twenty two teams raced for the 2015 edition of the Masters Championship. This regatta concept started by Frank Zagarino has become the highlight of the year 's sailing for many longtime Star sailors. This year we had entries from Great Britain, Germany, Canada, and the United States.

On Saturday the winds were 15- 20 knots from the East. Rich Raymond, the veteran PRO, postponed on shore for one hour to let the wind settle in direction and velocity. Rich posted the number 5 course, which is a double triangle. It was fun to do reaches in a Star boat. Something we rarely get to do. Augie Diaz and super crew Arnie Baltins led wire to wire. Close behind in second were veteran sailors Kevin McNeil and Shane, the "Z" man, Zwingelberg. The always colorful Mike Phinney surfed in for third with his fit first crew Mark Strube riding the rail.

The dinner Saturday evening was at Coral Reef Yacht Club. With music and wine we were treated to many a good sea going story. Myles Pritchard was presented with the "Shot of the day Trophy", a special club made by Frank Zagarino for the golf tournament held on Friday which saw 14 sailors tee off at the Biltmore country club.

Sunday saw lighter breezes from 7-12 knots at 120-130 degrees. For the first race , The "A" team of Augie and Arnie had a narrow lead at the weather mark. Two time gold medalist Mark Reynolds , sailing with Myles (I can hit my tee shot that far) was a close second at the mark. The father son team of Tony and Mark Herrmann seemed to be the fastest as they rounded in a group with the Canadian Bandit Brian Cramer and his seasoned crew Matt Johnston, closely followed by the West coasters Doug Smith and his crew Eugenio "the heart of Santa Monica Bay". John Chiarella and Rick Burgess were coming in so hot there was a vapor trail behind them at the weather mark! On the run things stayed close with four boats rounding the gate within 12 seconds. The "A" team continued to lead at the second weather mark. On the final run to the finish things got even closer. Augie/Arnie, Reynolds/Pritchard and Whipple/Hoss daddy Sperry were all neck and neck. As Whip/Hoss took the lead with 15 yards to go, the "A" team actually turned their glutes to the transom and flew across the line for a six inch victory! With the golf pro crewing and the multiple gold medalist helping they secured third place.

The final race was somewhat shifty. Team Herrmann was hot again. Reynolds/Pritchard led at mark one, Diaz/Baltins, Chiarella/Burgess, Smith/Eugenio and Cramer/Johnston. All very close. On the final run Reynolds/Pritchard held their lead over Whip/Sperry with Augie and Arnie 3rd.

Next year, the 30th anniversary of the Zag Cup, there are special events planned which will be announced in the coming months. Stay tuned for a very special regatta in February 2016. Many thanks to Mandy Whipple and Kathey Phinney for their part in making it a great event.

Congratulations to winners; Augie and Arnie - Masters champs
Whip and Austin - Grand masters champs
John and Rick - Exalted Grand masters champs
Father & son champs - Tony and Mark
Doug ( tougher than steel) Steele - Oldest sailor award!

Hope to see more sailors at this great event next February. Plan now so you will not miss the great sailing on Biscayne bay, and the great parties , and golf, and renew great friendships with sailors in the "Greatest class on the planet".

Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 Total
1 8465   Augie Diaz   Arnis Baltins   USA 8465   BisB   1.0 1.0 3.0 5
2 Quantum   Mark Reynolds   Myles Pritchard   USA 8320   SDB   4.0 4.0 1.0 9
3 8484   Larry Whipple   Austin Sperry   USA 8484   BisB   6.0 2.0 2.0 10
4 Remarc   Brian Cramer   Matt Johnston   CAN 8143   WLOC   5.0 3.0 4.0 12
5 8072   Doug Smith   Eugenio Cingolani   USA 8072   SMB   7.0 5.0 12.0 24
6 8466   Stuart Hebb   Philip Carlson   CAN 8466   BisB   10.0 9.0 5.0 24.0001
7 Grinch   Bert Collins   Jake Doyle   USA 8063   AN   11.0 7.0 6.0 24.0002
8 Georgin   Michael Hicks   Larry Scott   CAN 8401   SO   8.0 10.0 8.0 26
9 8000   Mark Dolan   Arthur Anosov   USA 7741   ISOL   9.0 8.0 9.0 26.0001
10 Tesser   Mike Phinney   Mark Strube   USA 8410   SLE   3.0 14.0 10.0 27
11 Carebear   Kevin McNeil   Shane Zwingelberg   USA 8408   AN   2.0 18.0 17.0 37
12 Sonya   John Chiarella   Rick Burgess   USA 8215   Sun   12.0 6.0 19.0 37.0001
13 Ukraine   James Babel   Scott Benson   CRO 8247   GL   13.0 20.0 7.0 40
14 8094   Manfred Kanter   Anne Marie Willan   CAN 8094   ISOL   17.0 12.0 14.0 43
15 7315   John Hokanson   Brian Fatih   CAN 7315   BisB   15.0 13.0 15.0 43.0001
16 Babe   Doug Steele   Erick Lange   USA 8065   LB   18.0 17.0 11.0 46
17 Tony   Tony Herrmann   Mark Herrmann   USA 8000   WLM   14.0 11.0 23.0 [OCS] 48
18 Spax   Sandy McAllister   Spencer McAllister   USA 7828   ES   16.0 19.0 13.0 48.0001
19 Goodfellas   Charles F Kohlermann III   Chuck Kohlermann IV   USA 7964   NCB   23.0 [DNF] 15.0 16.0 54
20 8416   Axel Hampe   Tobias Steffen   GER 8416   ZuW   23.0 [DNF] 16.0 18.0 57
21 Brillo   Joe Zambella   Peter Costa   USA 8129   BH   23.0 [DNS] 21.0 20.0 64
22 8236   Ralph Grossmann III   Jack Grossmann   USA 8236   LH   23.0 [DNS] 23.0 [DNC] 23.0 [DNC] 69

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