Membership and SCIRA Rules

Thursday, 18 January 2018 18:27

by Antonio Bari - Rules Committee Chairman

Not only is a sailing Class strong when a lot of wonderful regattas are organized all over the world, but also if it has a large membership. Statistics say that the Snipe is still one of the largest one design classes in the world, where the word "large" means boats, regattas, organization, strong rules and membership. I put "membership" at the end because it's the membership that holds it all together.

But, here my role of RC Chairman comes out, membership is also required by our rules, specifically Section 14 of the By Laws:


Why join SCIRA?

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 22:16

by Jerelyn Biehl

What are some of the benefits of a strong class association?

  • A strong class association means lots of boats to race against, near you and around the world!
  • A strong class association with lots of racing attracts the world's best sailors - giving you the best racing possible!
  • A strong class association means major events scheduled at the best sailing locations and moving all over each continent- there will always be a big event near you!
  • A strong class association means solid class rules making all boats as identical as possible - you are competing against other sailors, not their check books!
  • A strong class association means lots of people looking to buy boats keeping the resale value of your boat high.
  • A strong class association keeps an eye towards the future and works with the builders to make improvements where needed while preserving as well as possible the competitiveness of older boats.

To be strong, a class association needs the support of its sailors!


How to Start Racing Snipes Right

Friday, 18 December 2015 18:48

By Carol Cronin

The Snipe is a two person dinghy that brings the well-balanced class motto “serious sailing, serious fun” to life at every regatta. With a range of ages and abilities, the racing is always competitive and the parties are never dull. It’s a class we can grow old in, with age-appropriate challenges and opportunities for every generation. The article I wrote 20 years ago, Why Sail a Snipe, still holds true today.

Some owners enjoy day sailing their Snipe, but competition is the boat’s primary appeal. And once you join this fraternity, anywhere in the world there is a Snipe sailor you can count on an instant friend.

Your best path to the pleasures and challenges of Snipe racing will vary depending on your location. Here are a few generic tips to get you out sailing the first time.

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)


Long Range Planning Committee selected

Thursday, 11 January 2018 21:14

Commodore Pietro Fantoni has confirmed the Long Range Planning Committee for SCIRA consisting of:

Chairman: Don Bedford
Gweneth Crook and Ricardo Lobato.

All are past Commodores of SCIRA and will be discussing 3 topics:
1. Direct payment of SCIRA Dues
2. Mixed World Championship
3. SCIRA and World Sailing

The LRPC is outlined in SCIRA's Constitution as a standing committee, appointed by the Commodore.

Switzerland Rejoins SCIRA

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 22:32

A new fleet has been created in Switzerland, bringing the Swiss back to the Snipe Class.  Marcel Fux is the Fleet Captain and National Secretary for Switzerland with fleet 901, Lago di Lugano.  Switzerland was host to the first Worlds held outside the United States, in 1947 on Lake Geneva (fleet 79), organized by Dr. Martin Dupan with champions from 13 nations.  Welcome back Switzerland!

The Commodore's Log Book

Friday, 05 January 2018 21:09

Hello Snipe Sailors!

This is my first report as SCIRA Commodore (and the first time the Snipe Bulletin is published in digital format only). I've already met many of you at regattas, or maybe you've read my articles on SnipeToday or in the Snipe Bulletin. I am proud to represent a class born 86 years ago that is still quite lively, which brings together excellent and passionate sailors from 28 countries and 4 continents.

First of all I want to thank outgoing Commodore Gweneth Crook for her competence and dedication to our Class. Gweneth will continue to help out at major events. It was an honor for me to work with her and to have such good discussions the past few years.


SCIRA Decals 2018

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 19:21

The 2018 decals are here! Please ask your National Secretary and join SCIRA or renew your membership!

Why Join the Snipe Class Association?

Why it is so important to be SCIRA member

Salute Gweneth!

Friday, 22 December 2017 19:10

by Gweneth Crook

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and Happy New. My time as Commodore is winding down. It has been a great honour to be on the Board and work for a Class that has meant so much to me and my family.

I know that I leave the Class in great hands with new Commodore Pietro Fantoni; Vice Commodore Luis Soubie; Secretary, welcome back, Zbi Rakocy; Treasurer, welcome, Sue Roberts; European General Secretary Martin Bermudez; Western Hemisphere and Orient General Secretary Raul Rios, Sr.; Rules Chairman Antonio Bari and our Executive Director Jerelyn Biehl. I thank them for all their hard work.

Thank you to everyone for your support of both myself and the Snipe Class. I will see you at a Snipe regatta!

New Chief Measurer: Luis Gonzalez Alvarez

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 21:12

Chief Measurer: Luis Gonzalez Alvarez

Industrial engineer

Born in Cádiz (Spain), on November 19, 1968,

I am responsible for the facilities and maintenance of  Hospital "Universitario Puerta del Mar" in Cadiz.

I have begun my career as measurer in 1991, with Manolo Bernal (famous Snipe sailor), in the Raceboard European Championship.

After that I attended the Olympic Classes Championship the same year.


SCIRA has new officers taking their positions for 2018:

Voting Members:
Commodore Pietro Fantoni, ITA (2018-2019)
Vice Commodore: Luis Soubie, ARG (2018-2019)
Secretary: Zbigniew Rakocy, POL (2018-2019)
Treasurer: Sue Roberts, GBR (2018-2021)
Rules Chairman: Antonio Bari, ITA (2017-2020)
General Secretary - Europe: Martin Bermudez, ESP (2017-2018)
General Secretary - WH&O: Raul Rios, PUR (2017-2018)

Non Voting:
Chief Measurer: Luis Gonzalez Alvarez, ESP (2018-2020)

Legal Counsel: Leigh Savage, USA
Chief Information Officer: Don Bedford
Vice Rules Chairman, Gus Wirth, USA
Executive Director, Jerelyn Biehl