Okoboji, July 29, 2014. Report by Danielle Richards (SCIRA USA)
Day 2 Report
Second verse same as the first. The fleet arrived to slightly sunnier skies this morning and light but steady breeze enabling to meet their scheduled 10:00am start time. After enjoying a continental breakfast and warm coffee (welcomed by the teams who spent the night in tents in what has turned out to be cooler than expected temperatures) the sailors slowly prepared their boats and headed out.
Okoboji, July 28, 2014. Report by Carol Cronin
Day 1 of US Nationals, Okoboji Yacht Club, Iowa:
The US Nationals began today and continues through Friday. 3 races were completed of the 10 race series, in anticipation of lighter air later in the week. The predicted 10-15 knots never materialized, however, and the max we saw was about 8 knots. That seemed like a hurricane when it followed on the heels of a significant no-wind period.
It was a tricky day of sailing with irrational puffs, cornfield-sized holes, and angles that were drastically different for boats sailing side by side. Raul Rios/Henry Dumke made it look pretty easy with a 1,3,1.
After sailing we were treated to Iowa pork chops, corn on the cob, coleslaw, and potatoes. With full bellies, we are now hopeful that the forecast will be wrong in the opposite direction tomorrow and beyond.
Anguillara Sabazia, July 24-27, 2014. Enrico Solerio and Sergio Simonetti win again.
Results report (in English and in Italian) by Alberto Perdisa and Italian Ranking
Forty-six teams were at the starting line for the seventy-third edition of the Italian Nationals in Vigna di Valle.
These are good numbers that need to be commented on. The very first Snipe National Championship was sailed on the waters of Genova Sturla in 1937 and won by Piero and Emilio Reggio.
It was incredible that, despite the World War II, the Snipes sailed some edition of the Nationals in '41 and in '42, though not in '40 or '43-'46.
From 1947 to 2014 we have had an uninterrupted series of Championships that have seen several generations of sailors and the extraordinary technical evolution of a boat, ever renovated, economic and with so many qualities, part of the history of dinghies and sailing in Italy.