Measurements Clinic in Croatia

Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:33

Split, December 9-10, 2017

(Photo courtesy of Snipe Cro)

This weekend we have had a great privilege to host Mr. Antonio Bari, SCIRA Rules Committee Chairman and learn all about Snipe Class Rules and Measurements from the best teacher possible. He had also shared some rather useful tips&tricks with us regarding boat setup and tuning. We will definitely take his advice considering his 40-year long experience in Class! Big thanks!

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.


Snipe Challenge: Cover of the new Rulebook

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 20:36

Snipe challenge: Looking for a vertical photo of a Snipe in action for the cover of the new Rulebook. Must be a vertical shot, high resolution and photographers name/credit confirmed. Please send your photo with the information to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Dec. 10!

Measurements at Championships

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 19:08

By Antonio Bari - Rules Committee Chairman

Serious Sailing is part of our motto (the other side, serious fun, is not the responsibility of the Rules Committee...) And Serious Sailing requires serious measurements, to ensure a fair competition.

In the past, international championships were sailed by very small fleets and the regattas were scheduled with 2 days of measurements and 5 or 6 days of racing (depending on the spare day, if present or not).

Now that fleets have grown dramatically (and this is positive, in my opinion), with 100 boats entering a regatta, measurement takes too much time. It was reported that at the 2017 Worlds it lasted 6 days. More days to measure than to sail.


Measurement and Class Rules Compliance

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 23:03

by Pietro Fantoni - SCIRA Vice Commodore

Compliance with Class Rules is critical to ensure that a Class does not lose credibility. If class rules are not respected and they are not enforced, there can be an escalation of fraud (more and more people cheat), and also a disenchantment among those who respect the rules and no longer appreciate this game without rules.

For the rules to be respected, the rules must be well written in a clear and precise manner.

But this is often not enough. It is necessary that they are actually effectively respected. If the rule is not respected and eventually becomes ineffective, it loses its function and the structure of the Class is altered. This can create deep tensions among the members.


The new Rules of Conduct for conducting International & National championships, the new N.o.R and Sailing Instructions templates and the new SCIRA courses have been posted on the snipe.org website.



New Snipe Class Rules - Draft

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 07:26

The Snipe Class has been working with ISAF/World sailing since 2010 to convert our Rules and Restrictions to the ISAF/WS rules format. The content and intent of the Snipe Class rules have not changed, but they have now been converted to a friendlier and easier to use format. Take a look at the draft of the newly re-formatted rules in coordination with the Technical Department of World Sailing. Snipe Class Rules

The new rules are submitted for approval to the SCIRA Board of Governors and finally to World Sailing. Once approved, we will annouce the effective date.

2017 New Rules

Thursday, 29 December 2016 07:20

2017 Rules changes

On March 1, 2016, seven proposals were submitted.

Here’s the table of the approved rules changes (effective from January 1, 2017):


General Restrictions - ERS



Constitution - with Gen restrictions



Bylaws - w/ Gen restrictions



Constitution - new countries/fleets



Women's Committee

did not pass


Roy Yamaguchi DoG



Carmen Diaz DoG


The SCIRA website has been updated: https://www.snipe.org/class/rules-proposals

Comments by Antonio Bari - SCIRA Rules Committee Chairman

Dear Snipe sailors, manufacturers and measurers,

As you all know the class is revisiting the General Restrictions to make them comply with both the ERS (Equipment Rules of Sailing) and the World Sailing template for the International Classes.


Meeting in Barcelona

Friday, 23 September 2016 08:42

High level meeting yesterday in Barcelona between the Chairman of the Rules Committee Antonio Bari and the Chief Measurer Antonio Espada.

After measuring at the Europeans Championship together with the well prepared team coordinated by Pepe Perez, the RC chairman flew to Catalunya to meet the CM.

The long discussion was mainly focused on the improvements of the certifying system of the builders, the possibile solutions to speed up measurements at the main events and some spefications to add to the new class rules which are now underway to be finalized with World Sailing.

Rule 18 as recently approved by the SCIRA Board of Governors, will be enforced at the 2016 European Championship.  Sailors are asked to comply with the following rule:

18. The daggerboard must be restricted while racing in such a manner that no point of the bottom edge extends less than 305mm below the keel. To permit checking the position of the  daggerboard while racing a band of min 25mm wide and 250mm long shall be painted on each side of the daggerboard. The top of the band being even with the surface of the deck at the centerline of the boat while the board is raised on this maximum height.  The daggerboard shall be attached to the hull with a non-adjustable single line at all times while racing (unless for a short period for cleaning garbage or seaweed). The safety line shall be fixed in any part of the daggerboard case and fastened with a shackle above the line connecting the lower part of the stoppers on the daggerboard. The maximum length of this safety line including the necessary fittings shall be 600mm from the top of the daggerboard case and the inner part of the shackle pin.The retaining system shall either consist of a flipping tablet or/and a hook and cutouts on the daggerboard and shall permit the crew to extend the board completely when the boat is capsized without swimming under the boat. Only one board may be used during a regatta unless irreparable damage has occurred. Stripes of any material except carbon or exotic materials may be added on the daggerboard blade or inside the daggerboard case to limit the side movement of the daggerboard.