Treadwell / Mitchell Win US Womens Nationals!
Date: February 26, 2007
Author: Jeff Johnson, SDYC
The 2007 US Women’s Snipe Nationals held Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25, was hosted jointly by Coronado Yacht Club and San Diego Yacht Club in the breezy but flat waters of south San Diego Bay.
Saturday morning the early breeze was a little south of the predicted thermal northwesterly. The 1100 warning for the first race started on a course axis of 250 degrees. However about 30 minutes into the first race, the NW thermal arrived and clocked the breeze right to about 300…all at once. This caught some of the pre-race favorites on the wrong side of the course and with no discards, it resulted in some extra ‘keeper’ points.
Aimee Graham managed a win in the second race but was one of those caught by the ‘righty’ in Race 1 that added 9 points to her score. With a bullet in the first race and a third in the second race, Sarah Davis from Coronado Yacht Club was leading the fleet and looking strong after two races, and tied with Barb Tillson.
Race 3 belonged to Fiona McLean, with sister Aine Fretwell placing 3rd and taking the lead in the series with 11 points on the day. Right behind were Barb Tillson and Sam Treadwell each with 12 points, and Aimee Graham in 4th with 14.
Sunday, February 25 was cloudy with two different breeze systems competing. A frontal system with approaching rain clouds from the southwest dominated the first course until midway through the final run, when it banged right (sound familiar?). In the tight quarters of the top four competitors, it was still anyone’s race, but the leaders became the chasers, and vice versa. Samantha Treadwell did a great come from behind to take first followed by Tillson, Graham and in fifth, Fretwell.
The Race Committee squared up the course and Race 5 began in the biggest breeze of the day (14 kts). Fretwell had an early lead and two great upwind legs, but got caught from behind on both runs and finished 3rd for a series total 4th place/19 points. Aimee Graham (defending 2006 Women’s Snipe Champion) was also in the hunt and got her second win of the series, but couldn’t shake the extra points from Race 1, finishing in second overall with 18 points (winning a tie breaker with two 1st places to none) over Barb Tillson (3rd overall).
Samantha Treadwell (defending 2006 Women’s Snipe Champion CREW) and crew Julie Mitchell finished the final race in second place which put them solidly in first place as the new US Women’s Snipe National Champion.
Many thanks to The Suddath Companies and Full Plane Sailing Gear for their continued support of this Women’s Championship. Big shout outs are due to several groups involved in this event: to Regatta Chair Steve Stewart and Karen Butler for their hard work getting everything organized. To Principal Race Officer Michael Foster and the San Diego Yacht Club Race Committee for their efforts in the shifty conditions. To the World Class Boat Boys for all that they do. To Coronado YC as a gracious venue and Saturday night party host. To San Diego Yacht Club for hosting the Sunday awards dinner. And to the 15 Women’s Snipe Teams that chose to spend their weekend competing in this venerable one design class – Thank you very much.
For great photos, go to this link: www.sdsailing.com/Images/wsn/07/final/index.html
Congratulations to Samantha and Julie - well done!
(Posted by David Odell)
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