Articles from the Experts

Snipe Class Rules 2018-2020

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 07:30

SCIRA's rules have been approved by World Sailing and will take effect January 1, 2018 through 2020. See the new version posted on the snipe.org website! Thanks for Giorgio Brezich, Antonio Espada and Antonio Bari for getting them across the finish line after 6 years! New Rulebooks will be available after the new year.

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World Sailing - Submission 091-17

Monday, 13 November 2017 19:46

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, November 11, 2017

At the World Sailing Annual General Meeting a submission (091-17 "World Championships") was approved that could have positive impacts on Snipe events. We now have more World Championship options, including mixed and boys/girls youth championships.

Also the number of boats required by World Sailing for a valid World Championship has been reduced. The new requirements are 20 boats (formerly 30), 5 countries, and 2 continents. This can have a positive impact on the Women's and Junior World Championships.

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Quantum's George Szabo has a sailing schedule that most can't keep up with. In order for him to compete at back-to-back regattas around the globe (not to mention win them), he has had to master the art of chartering. Here are his pro-tips for getting up to speed with an unfamiliar boat.

Nothing is quite as valuable as spending time on a specific boat, whether your own or your team’s. Time brings familiarity with the boat and its unique characteristics. But sometimes racing on your boat isn’t practical or possible. Can you create that same level of familiarity with a charter boat you have only just met?

From quantumsails.com

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Alexandre Paradeda is not only a new member of the Quantum family, but also one of the top names in the Snipe class and a Snipe World Champion. Quantum's George Szabo sat down with Xandi (as his friends call him) to learn his secrets to his great racing at the 2017 Worlds and to get his expert tuning tips.

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

George Szabo: What can you tell me about going fast in a Snipe at the Worlds this year?

Alexandre Paradeda: When we joined Quantum last year, we worked with the San Diego Quantum loft to develop and redesign the sails, which proved very important for our speed. We also went into the 2017 Worlds with a heavy crew because we thought the wind would be strong. Brazilian sailors have a strong history of being strong on the reaches and downwind with a good technique. A heavy crew is not a big problem for us because we have good speed off the wind, and the upwind is much better carrying 150 kg of weight. I arrived in Spain weighing around 150 kilos (330lbs), but now I will try to lose some weight!

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Senior Worlds - Statistics

Thursday, 21 September 2017 21:16

Teams, builders, sails

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

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