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2024 Snipe Junior World Championship at Coconut Grove Sailing Club

by Lexi Pline 16 Jan 12:45 GMT January 2-7, 2024

After five days of competitive racing on Biscayne Bay, Miami, Americans Justin and Mitchell Callahan captured the 2024 Snipe Junior World Championship title. The pair sailed a consistent event despite the wide range of conditions, with only one race outside the top ten.

"Winning this championship is just incredible," said Justin Callahan, winning skipper. "Two years ago I finished fourth, so it's amazing to come out and win the trophy on our home waters and in front of all our family and friends."

Callahan teamed up with his twin brother, Mitchell, for the event. The two grew up sailing i420s and C420s in Coconut Grove. They are only the third American team to have their names on the Vieri Lasinio Di Castelvero Trophy.

"Sailing with your brother, especially your twin brother, is one of the most special things you can do," said Justin "We haven't sailed together since 2020, so it's cool to come back four years later and jump right back into it. We couldn't be happier to win this together."

"Our key was constant communication in the boat," said Mitchell. "We stayed consistent, stayed levelheaded, and that really prevailed."

The Callahans topped an all-American podium. Miami locals Liam O'Keefe and Noah Zittrer took second after starting the event with a UFD in race one. They were able to drop that score after race 7, catapulting them to podium, finishing with 39 points overall.

Americans Peter Foley and Henry Tindall rounded out the top three. With only two scores outside the top ten, the pair finished third with 53 points, just barely edging out the Spanish team of Carlos Bermudez de Castro Castro and Cesar Herrero Baspino.

Americans Audrey Foley and Avery Baldwin captured the top female team trophy, finishing sixth overall. Both Foley and Baldwin are Laser sailors who have only recently started training in the Snipe. Foley was the US representative in the girl's ILCA 6 at the most recent Youth World Championship. Spaniards Juan Fernandez Maldonado / Martin Fresneda Gazquez earned the top U-18 trophy, finishing fifth overall.

Biscayne Bay treated competitors to a wide range of conditions, from light and variable on day one to 16 knots gusting 20 on the fourth and sixth days of the championship. Sailors that rose to the top were able to handle everything the Miami weather threw at them.

This year's Junior World Championship was the largest iteration of the event since its inception in 1973. 46 boats from 19 countries and five continents took to the water in Miami, "None of this would be possible without the amazing race committee at Coconut Grove Sailing Club and without the support of the Miami Snipe fleet," said Andi Hoffman, Regatta Chair. "Coconut Grove has hosted three world championships in the 2023-2024 season, and I have to say this was the most inspiring."

Overall Results:

PosBow NoSail NoBoat NameHelm / CrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
19  USA 31640 Justin Callahan / Mitchell CallahanBiscayne Bay YC692211133226
223  USA 31300YupLiam O'Keefe / Noah ZittrerBiscayne Bay Yacht ClubUFD17113842339
334  USA 31384Ya Like Jazz?Peter Foley / Henry TindallCGSC/CRYC/EYC2752517464153
435  ESP 27855 Carlos Bermudez de Castro Castro / Cesar Herrero BaspinoClub Nautico Marina Coruña16411541771654
522  ESP 28266JUANJISONJuan Fernandez Maldonado / Martin Fresneda GazquezCLUB DE MAR ALMERIAUFD212313121121469
61  USA 31639Prime Real Estate Audrey Foley / Avery BaldwinLauderdale Yacht Club/RHS821228922RDG969
727  CAY 31771The bootMatheo Capasso / Kelly HolthusCayman Islands Sailing Club1515318181137577
846  BRA 31866BAN BANNewton Passos / Joaquim FernandezIATE CLUBE DO RIO DE JANEIRO38101412559241190
917  USA 30027 Sean Trudell / Rebecca SchillNorfolk Yacht Club17181151634517493
106  CHI 31806MacanudoAgustin Segovia / Vicente Larraincofradia nautica del pacifico38410192225131796
1137  JPN 31373 Kaito Nishiuchi / Kazumasa MatsuiDoshisha University Yacht ClubUFD131814262216798
124  LTU 31604IbituErik Scheidt / Luiz Felipe Giagio do AmaralFraglia vela riva76172115DSQ81912105
1349  BRA 31249BauduccoBernardo Martins / Antonio GandolphoIate Clube do Rio de Janeiro14245OCS21320148109
1424  USA 29242 Owen Fretwell / Efe DermanMission Bay Yacht Club972878DNF141521109
1532  PER 30288FlyingAlec Hughes / Valentina LyonYacht Club Ancon293219111515DSQ20123
1615  JPN 31565 Ayaka Yamazaki / Keita OtiaiDoshisha University Yacht Club30296231014122010124
1747  ARG 29827Juan Cruz Garcia Quiroga / Santiago GaeteYCOUFD1115132625101115126
1838  JPN 31358 Riku Kawano / Koshi Fukunagakansai University sailing team52213OCS1718232319140
197  USA 29907Dougs SnipeDevon Owen / Paige TillsonSan Diego YC & Mission Bay YC220294DNF2929525143
2016  JPN 31716 Yuka Akamatsu / Akari EmiKansai‑univ sailing team / Doshisha‑univ sailing team211224261219OCS1023147
2118  JPN 31518 Gen Nishimura / Takumi ChikamatsuKeio‑Univ sailing team20UFD9162816262213150
2219  USA 29992 David Coates / Cole FanchiLauderdale Yacht Club23143720627112129151
2348  JPN 31584 Shun Shigematsu / Kakeru HatakeyamaWaseda University Sailing Team22162627272318816156
2421  ESP 29514SnipeAndrea Stinga González / Gabriel Gallego RodríguezReal Club Náutico de Arrecife25252719232617638168
2540  AUS 30587UnisonoAnneke Meyer / Cole AmaralRoyal Queensland Yacht Squadron182320352424161827170
2633  POR 30280BretoaIIAntónio Pires de Lima / Sebastião RamirezClube de Vela Atlântico1178OCSDNF7OCS936172
2731  BRA 31531 Lucas Sant’anna / Eduardo MagalhãesCICP102616312521322724180
2813  USA 29013 Ben Conroy / Kaya HancockMisson Bay Yacht Club/San Diego Yacht Club32311036319192930191
298  NOR 29088Salt ShakerSindre Sørebø / Edward Pegg LysbergÅsgårdstrand seilforening428302829103132DNF192
303  GBR 27782 Joseph Warwicker / Finley SouthernBough Beech Sailing Club13UFD32622132435DNF192
3144  USA 31144El DiabloSophia Devling / Amelia NeumannBalboa Yacht Club113019293533272532206
322  ITA 31102OchinchinLeonardo Prada‑Lorenzi / Jacopo BellatoAssociazione Velica Trentina193535173028302622207
3325  GBR 28385 Connor Line / Danika TorresRoyal Hospital School262736333431213028230
3412  POR 28767NortadaLuísa Peres / Ana SmithClube de Vela de Viana do Castelo3138OCS412020283618232
3543  BRA 31343 Joao Cardoso / Luiz Guilherme Sant'annaCICP/ICI373223223336342837245
3628  BAH 30511 Enzo Godoy / Norman CartwrightNassau Yacht Club363631301435OCS3433249
3726  URU 28026Huicky‑Top!Gonzalo Grun / Victoria TachinoACAL Náutico Club24333425DNF3035DSQ31259
3829  GBR 29677 James Alexander / Fin WaterhouseBudworth Sailing Club123443393738363734267
3930  ITA 31131PulsatillaAndrea Cabrini / Pietro MianiCircolo Vela Cremona35UFD38323632393826276
4045  NOR 31645Bastø rockersScott Berg / Jenny E PøhnerHorten Seilforening2837412439404233DNF284
4114  COL 29353JupiterFrancisca Fonseca Naranjo / Antonia Fonseca NaranjoClub Náutico el Portillo404033403241333135284
425  CAN 30765 Emilie Leung / Baruch SafferPort Credit Yacht Club34193937DNFDNC37OCS40300
4341  ITA 28961GiovannaCarlo Prada / Guilia VezzoliAssocizione velica trentina33UFD403438374039DNF308
4420  GUA 31567 Jose Mayorga / Fermín HoffmanLos sauces Amatitlán393944384039384141315
4536  CAN 31656Leite QuenteLucas Conrad / Oliver InglisGuelph Community Boating Club414142434142414239329
4611  CAN 30111 Simone Maksym / Henry NoelGuelph Community Boating Club42424542OCSDNF4340DNF348

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