SCIRA Promotion Committee warmly encourages fleets in all countries to organize World Snipe Days, in the best time of year for such activities in each region.
The aim is to attract new people to our class by helping them discover our wonderful boat.
We are convinced that, with the commitment of passionate Snipe sailors of each fleet, it is possible to re-launch and give new vigor to our Class in each region, even guaranteeing a generational change.
We believe that communication to the outside and the promotional activities of individual fleets is a fundamental aspect for this effort.
The first step is to introduce and allow potentially interested sailors to sail the Snipe.
Then we will be happy to publish on SnipeToday and on the Bulletin your World Snipe Day's report. It is important for us and for the other fleets share your experiences and receive suggestions and comments about this promotional activities.
Below are some guidelines and suggestions:
By Reino Suonsilta - Promotion Committee
The following is based on an email discussion by a small group from the Promotion Committee: Zibi Rakocy, Ivo Gattulli, Reino Suonsilta and Pietro Fantoni (Fleet and Small Countries Development Sub Committee)
The Snipe Class is vital and active. Introducing new sailors to the class is critical for the future success of the class. Local Fleets are the core of our activities, and they build the base for international prosperity by ensuring that new and old sailors stay active in the class and enjoy Serious Sailing and Serious Fun.
by Art Rousmaniere, US National Secretary
I like to sail Snipes, but I love the greater sport and pastime of sailing, so I make a point to get in other boats when I can. Like last year, when I crewed on a Thistle for the first time, and with a way-back-of-the fleet but eager skipper. Or getting back into Atlantics as a crew for a childhood friend after growing up racing in my father's Atlantic in Cold Spring Harbor NY as a kid. Or sailing my and my wife's college alumnae regattas this past fall (for those who do not know me, I have been out of college for a while~~~~). Or even cruising the New England coast with another childhood friend. All these remind me of what it is like to be new to a class.... not knowing anybody.... not knowing the tricks to the boat.... not knowing the culture on the race course or at the parties. My resultant theorem is that it takes at least three separate and distinct engagements (i.e. regattas or separate days of fleet racing) before a sailor feels "at home" with a new fleet or class.