The Commodore's Cup is held every September and allows Coconut Grove Sailing Club members to push themselves in a typical race setting but without the added pressures of competing with racers outside the club. Two separate divisions participated in this year's event, which included the Red, White and Blue Opti Class, coached by Maykel Alonso, and the Laser/420/Flying Junior Racers, coached by Sara Fox, a University of Miami graduate.
A deafening horn blast signaled the beginning of the race as 11 sailboats veered off in opposite directions, tacking back and forth, left and right, across the bay.
The two-handed boats, each manned by a youth sailor and a mentor, competed in the Florida State Snipe Junior Championship, an annual event in Coconut Grove. Read more about it in the Grand Avenue News.