• More than 300 sailors from 35 countries — many of them launching campaigns for the 2016 Olympic Games — are in Miami for Monday’s opening of the ISAF Sailing World Cup on Biscayne Bay. The World Cup, formerly known as the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, is for sailboats chosen for Olympic and Paralympic competition in Rio de Janeiro. The 10 Olympic classes for 2016 are: Laser (men); Laser Radial (women); Finn (men); Men’s RS:X; Women’s RS:X; 49er (men); Men’s 470; Women’s 470; and two new classes, Nacra 17 — a mixed catamaran class; and 49er FX, a women’s double-handed skiff. The Paralympic classes for disabled sailors are: 2.4mR (open); SKUD (mixed); and Sonar (mixed). The regatta, which runs through Saturday, is the second of four stops on the ISAF World Cup circuit.
Among the South Florida competitors: 2008 Olympic gold medalist Anna Tunnicliffe, Miami, 49er FX; Sarah Lihan, Fort Lauderdale, Nacra 17; Sarah Newberry, Miami, Nacra 17; Elizabeth Kratzig, Miami Beach, Nacra 17; Kathleen Tocke, Miami, RS:X (women); Nikki Medley, Fort Lauderdale, 470 women; Brad Funk, Plantation, 49er; David Brockbank, Key West, Finn; Craig Johnson, Fort Lauderdale, Finn; Eric Ferrier, Fort Lauderdale, Laser; Christina Persson, Weston, Laser Radial; Erika Reineke, Fort Lauderdale, Laser Radial; Daniel Evans, Miami, 2.4mR; and Dave Humble, Fort Lauderdale, 2.4mR.
Regatta headquarters is the US Sailing Center in Coconut Grove, with help from Coral Reef Yacht Club; Coconut Grove Sailing Club; Miami Rowing Club; and Shake-A-Leg Miami.
Miami’s Maximo Nores is one of 12 young sailors who have qualified for US Sailing’s 2013 Youth World Team, based on top finishes in last week’s 2013 ISAF Youth World qualifier regatta held in Clearwater. Maximo, who sails the RS:X boys’ class, has received an invitation to compete July 11-20 in the ISAF Youth World Championship in Limassol, Cypress. He also has received membership to the 2013 US Sailing Development Team for top youth sailors with potential to represent the United States in the Olympics. Maximo trains at Miami Yacht Club.
• Jupiter commercial fisherman Jason Cardinale, 41, has pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center on Virginia Key, according to a news release from the Miami U.S. Attorney’s office.
Cardinale was indicted for submitting false “no fishing activity” reports to the science center from January 2010 through February 2012, according to the release.
“Falsely reporting data leaves fishery scientists with an incomplete picture of what is truly happening on the water, which can ultimately lead the entire industry to shorter seasons and weaker fish populations,” fisheries center director Bonnie Ponwith said in a statement.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 4 before U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks.
• The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a public workshop Wednesday 30 in Key Largo on two fishery rule amendments: amendment five to the dolphin/wahoo fishery management plan and amendment 27 to the snapper/grouper plan. The dolphin/wahoo measure would affect annual catch limits and sector allocation between commercial and recreational anglers. The snapper/grouper amendment takes up a bag retention limit for captains and crews on charterboats and includes alternatives for harvesting blue runners. The meeting is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 99701 Overseas Highway, Key Largo. For more information, visit safmc.net.
• Improve your saltwater fishing success by spending March 2 learning from local experts at the Salt Water Sportsman Seminar at Jupiter Community High School, 500 N. Military Trail, Jupiter. Hosted by TV personality/magazine editor George Poveromo and West Palm Beach Fishing Club director Tom Twyford, the seminar covers nearly all aspects of inshore and offshore fishing from Palm Beach south through the Keys.
The slate of expert instructors includes: Dan O’Neill of Palm Beach; Jeffrey Liederman of Miami; captain Danny Barrow of Palm Beach; captain Patrick Price of Stuart; captain Nick Stanczyk of Islamorada; captain Mike Holliday of Stuart; captain Greg Bogdan of Palm Beach; captain Butch Constable of Jupiter; and captain Craig Korczynski of the Lake Worth/Indian River area.
New this year is a special kids’ seminar, free for attendees aged 15 and younger accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are $55. For more information, call 1-800-448-7360 or visit www.nationalseminarseries.com.
• Fishing: Poor conditions sent anglers looking far and wide to find a bite. The Mayor’s Cup lures some of the best fishermen in South Florida, and when conditions are slow, that experience counts.
Leading Day One with only five sailfish released is Team Just Do It, skippered by Brett Dudas.
“It was tough all over,” Just Do It owner Roger Ward said. “We caught four in the early morning bite, but didn’t get anything else until after lunch. So I said let’s have lunch again. Everybody was searching. We aren’t getting the fish down here like we usually do.”
Colder weather typically pushes schools of sails down south, but with the warm winter conditions, there haven’t been as many sailfish.
Lisa Marie Diaz is the leading angler in the female division and overall with three sails released.
Fishing continues at 3 p.m. Sunday, and it is still anyone’s tournament. If you would like to get a free boat wash or see the fish being weighed in you can go dockside at Monty’s Raw Bar in Coconut Grove after 3 p.m..
Corey W. Campbell