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Augie DIAZ (USA)

Augie DIAZ (USA)The past twelve months have seen one of the most successful series of events for Augie Diaz, with his pinnacle achievements being the Gold Medals at the Snipe Masters World Championship last year and the Snipe World Championship in August 2003.

Augie's success seems to be in the variety of crews he sails with, and added to the World Championship results, he has claimed a number of regional Championship titles.

In addition to his Snipe successes, Augie has enjoyed some solid performances on the Star and Laser circuits, placing top 15 results in each of the three ISAF Graded Star events. His most significant result in the Laser was the Laser North American Masters title back in November 2002.

The Achievements of Augie Diaz

1st - Western Hemisphere Championship, September 2002 (crew Jon Rogers)
1st - Snipe World Masters Championship, Oct 2002 (crew John Kehoe)
1st - Florida State Snipe Championship, November 2002 (crew John Kehoe)
1st - Laser North American Masters, November 2002
6th - Levin Memorial Trophy (Star), January 2003 Grade 3
14th - Rolex Miami OCR (Star), February 2003 - Grade 1
5th - Barcardi Cup (Star), March 2003 - Grade 1
1st - Zimmerman Trophy (Clearwater Midwinters, Don Q Regatta, Barcadi Cup and the Gamblin Trophy) April 2003
2nd - Colonial Cup, June 2003 (crew John Kehoe)
3rd - Heinzling Series, July 2003 (crew Jon Rogers)
7th - Crosby Series, July 2003 (crew Jon Rogers)
1st - Snipe World Championship, August 2003 (crew Jon Rogers)

Name Augie Diaz
Date of Birth 19881
Place of Birth Havana, CUB
Profession Medical Equipment Sales
Age started sailing 9
First boat sailed Optimist
Age started racing 9
First boat raced Optimist
What inspired you to take up sailing? My father, he is a very accomplished and enthusiastic sailor
How did you buy your first boat? My father bought it for me
Which was your first sailing club? Coconut Grove Sailing Club
First Event competed in and Year Clearwater Optimist Pram Regatta in 1963
First Event won and Year Probably the Florida State Snipe Junior Championships in 1968
Principle achievements I have three children all college graduates an on 'their way' and together with my brother and my cousin, I lead a successful company in the medical equipment industry.
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Snipe World Championship - 2003
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date IYRU Single-Handed Dinghy World Youth Champion 1973
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Twice Snipe Western Hemisphere Champion 1972 and 2002
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date 1st in FD Kieler Woche 1979
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date 4th Star World Championship 1985
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date 5 time Snipe National Champion 1976-2002
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date 3 time collegiate All-American
What are your future sailing aspirations? I will continue to compete in the Snipe, Star and Laser and try to finish as high as possible in future Snipe, Star and Laser Master World Championships
Briefly state what sailing means to you Except for a ten-year period between 1986 and 1996 when my kids were of the age that I was supporting their sports activities, I have basically been sailing all of my life since I was nine. So, I just simply love racing sailboatas and competing. And sailing is the best sport for me because I love being deep in a large fleet and getting past that one more boat before the finish line as much as winning the race. I also love the camaraderie that we have in our sport; the fact that we can compete intensely and right after the race, we can say 'good race' and enjoy a prize giving party with our competitors at the end of the regatta.
Who has had the greatest impact or inspiration in your sailing career and why? My father Gonzalo; he has been a wonderful example and inspiration for me and has shown me how to win fair and square.
What other sports do you participate in outside of sailing? I have not had time lately because when I am not working, I am sailing, but a few years ago I was playing in adult basketball and baseball leagues
Who do you consider to be the greatest sailor in the World and why? I would have to say Paul Elvström because of his versatility and ability to do well in the different classes.
Briefly state what being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award 2003 means to you It is an incredible honour. I am not sure I am deserving, but I am very appreciative of being nominated.
if voted as the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2003, briefly state what this will mean to you It will be the highest honour that I could receive and one that I would appreciate for the rest of my life. It would be an honour that \I would share with so many people: my father and mother, my brother, Jon Rogers, Mark Strube and others.
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