St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather

printer version

Husband-and-wife team wins regatta


© St. Petersburg Times, published October 22, 2000

With a husband-and-wife team sharing the driving duties, the sailors aboard Fire & Ice took top honors at the Tampa Sailing Squadron's Fall Regatta on Tampa Bay with a narrow win in the deciding race.

Blessed with perfect sailing conditions, George and Anne Cussins' J/105 won two of three around-the-buoy races in the seven-boat spinnaker class. The team didn't know it had clinched the overall title until the Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) time adjustments were tallied with Fire & Ice edging Pocket Rocket by less than a minute in the closing race.

"It was important to watch the windshifts at the windward mark to know what jibe to take on the downwind run," George Cussins said about his team's winning strategy. "The downwind legs were key for us." The Cussins are co-owners of Fire & Ice and share the time driving the boat, George said.

"She (Anne) steers the windward legs and I usually take the helm on the downwind legs," he said. "She's pretty good at the helm, and that works out pretty well."

The teamwork seems to work. This is the second regatta in recent months on Tampa Bay the Cussins have won, having taken honors at the TransBay regatta in June.

Behind George Wolf's J/27 Pocket Rocket was Donald Rychel's Tripp 28 Volcano, third in the spinnaker class.

Tampa Sailing Squadron member Woody Fraser posted three consecutive wins in Non-Spinnaker A division aboard the Morgan 27 Thunder, and James Nunn won two of three races to top Non-Spinnaker B division aboard his Southerly 23 Aardvark.

Sailing one race on a distance course across Tampa Bay, Bill Mundy's Sarasota-based Contour 34 trimaran Carin took honors in the multihull division, and Bob Meyer's Catalina 27 Godspeed won the cruising division on the same course.

Conditions for the fall race were ideal, with a moderate northeasterly wind holding up for most of the day and offering the 24-boat fleet a tricky but fast day of racing. The event was a benefit for Habitat for Humanity.

Back to Sports
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Contact the Times | Privacy Policy
Standard of Accuracy | Terms, Conditions & Copyright

From the Times sports desk

Hubert Mizell

  • Couples is content, but fire still burns
  • Gary Shelton

  • Bombers aging, but know how to win
  • World Series

  • Yanks last longer
  • Paths cross again
  • Ridin' (yawn) rails to Subway Series
  • What they're saying
  • Hampton says he's rested, ready
  • Slices of the big apple
  • Red Sox fan Mara is bummed
  • World Series glance
  • Cards, M's rue missed chances
  • Lightning

  • Lightning falls again, only harder
  • College football

  • UM, Moss trample Temple
  • Seminoles put foot down
  • Bulls extinguish Flames
  • College football this week on TV
  • College football briefs
  • FSU sideliners
  • Minor keeps up run of success vs. Cavs
  • Career day comes at a price
  • Sipp's starts streak in jeopardy
  • USF sideliners
  • Two Bulls receivers catch on in a hurry
  • Bucs

  • Bucs must remember their essence
  • NBA briefs
  • Speaking of memories
  • Nothing but child's play for Quezie
  • Bucs chat
  • The sun is shining on Wunsch
  • NFL briefs
  • Best and worst: game 7
  • NFL games
  • NFL briefs
  • Golf

  • Pressure building at Innisbrook
  • Cook: Keep hot new drivers out of the game
  • How suite it is for some fans
  • Sports Etc.

  • NHL briefs
  • Star Ethiopian runner out to conquer Chicago
  • Mizell's mailbag
  • Husband-and-wife team wins regatta
  • U.S. wins big at Paralympics
  • Boxing briefs
  • Another triumph for the big spenders
  • Slap shots
  • Roy at top of his game, but will Avs keep him?
  • Gordon: Leader has it together
  • Auto racing briefs
  • Structure is the keyto uncovering fish
  • Captain's corner
  • New training method gives Wildcats big lift
  • Victories don't come as easy now
  • Carr makes history with victory
  • Spartans have few problems in dominating Florida Tech
  • Buc wins Rotary diving title
  • Coaches, players praise new post-season format
  • Northeast crushes competition
  • Warhawk boys pull off upset
  • Countryside wakes up, cruises to PCAC title

  • From the wire

    From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts