Articles from the Experts

Board Approves Rule Changes

Friday, 27 July 2018 07:25

The SCIRA Board has approved several rule changes that will go into effect January 1, 2019.

To see what passed (and did not), visit the Class page on The Board is still in discussion on 18-03.

Snipe Rigging 101

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:14

By Carol Cronin

A recent question from the fleet forming in Costa Rica made me realize: we don't have any stories that explain how to get started rigging a Snipe. So I offered to write one, and because I keep my promises... well, here we are.
Most of SnipeToday's stories speak to the folks who already know the basics and want to learn the tweaking secrets of those whose transom they are eyeing around the race course. This article is not for those people. The point is to begin at the beginning, with a bare deck, and try to cover the most important aspects of rigging a Snipe.


Snipe Rulebook 2018-2020

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 21:30

Snipe members were all mailed a digital copy of the Snipe Rulebook 2018-2020 today. If your email is part of your membership registration, look in your inbox. If you have not given your email address, you can download from the Snipe website.

The Rulebook includes:

  • History
  • SCIRA Officers
  • Board of Governors
  • Technical Committee
  • Past Commodores
  • Honorary Vice Commodores
  • National Secretaries
  • Hemisphere Officers
  • Fleets
  • Constitution
  • Bylaws
  • Class Rules
  • Rules of Conduct
  • SCIRA Courses
  • Beaufort Wind Speed Scales
  • Deeds of Gift

Snipe Maintenance: Little Things Matter

Friday, 09 March 2018 15:33

by Carol Cronin

The first day of this year’s Comodoro Rasco was a glorious Biscayne Bay northeast hiking breeze. On the second beat of the second race, Kim and I were sailing upwind, still getting used to the feel of our new ride, trying to think big and keep hiking hard—when a loud bang from the back of the boat reminded us that sh#thappens in sailboats when we least expect it. (First day in the new boat? Why yes as a matter of fact.)

I looked aft, not knowing what to expect (there’s not much structural stuff back there), and soon spotted the outhaul block standing upright; it should’ve been happily lying down against the top of the boom, out of sight and out of mind. But the aft rivet had pulled out, allowing the block to lift up with the outhaul line.


Last year my Snipe traveled more than 10,000 road miles on its Frankentrailer, taking me to sailing adventures in Florida, San Diego, and Iowa—as well as to several local regattas in the northeast US. Since packing up after an event is definitely not the fun part, Kim and I have developed a system that saves us time and effort. Here are six tips that will hopefully make your next road trip more about the sailing and less about the loading and unloading.