2019 World Allocation Timeline

Thursday, 06 December 2018 07:32

Per the Deed of Gift for the Hub E Isaacs World Championship Trophy, the following allocation timeline is in effect:

Initial Registration Period 8-Apr 6 months prior
Initial Registration closed 8-Jul 3 months prior
Allocations open, posted 15-Jul 3 months less 1 week
Unfilled reallocation entries lost 13-Aug 8 weeks prior
Close of entries 24-Sep 2 weeks prior

Please note: qualifiers for the 2019 Worlds for your country must follow the attached schedule.

Please also make your final registrations & payments of dues for 2018 in the next few weeks so we can finalize allocations for each country.

Read the letter from the Commodore to National Secretaries and the corresponding Deed of Gift for the World Championship.


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.


Scoring System for Big Events

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 20:02

by Cesar Travado

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

A new scoring system was used for the 2016 Europeans and the Worlds 2017. It consists, as most of you know, on a Qualifying Series and Final Series.

For the Final Series, each competitor carries his/her Overall position of the Qualifying Serie as Race #1 of the Final Series. This Race #1 is not excluded as discard.

When César Sans and I wrote the Sailing Instructions for the Europeans 2016, we spent a lot of time on the phone (and emails) discussing how to write them to be the most clear and understandable for competitors, specially in the point about the Fleets and Scoring System. We put special care on finding the exact words to not let space to doubts. No modifications to the Sailing Instructions during the Europeans, so I guess we made a good job.


Senior World Championship - Day 1

Monday, 07 August 2017 23:14

La Coruna, August 7, 2017. Results after 3 races

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

1. ESP Alvaro Martinez & Gabriel Utrera, 9

2. ESP Gustavo del Castillo Pallo & Rafael del Castillo Palop, 15

3. ESP Jordi Triay & Lluis Mas Barcelo. 16

4. ESP Jose Maria Guerrero Macias & Pablo Martinez Iribarne, 20

5. BRA Mario Tinoco & Alexandre Muto, 22

6. JPN Yuichi Ohi & Ueda Shinsei, 22

7. PUR Raul Rios & Mac Agnese, 23

8. JPN Tetsuo Watanabe & Koji Saito, 25

9. ESP Damian Borras Camps & Sara Franceschi, 26

10. USA Augie Diaz & Eduardo Mintzias, 27

... full results ...

1973 World Championship in Malaga

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 21:26


Malaga, October 12-20, 1973

1. Felix Gancedo & Rafael Parga, Spain

2. Per Brodsted & Steen Brodsted, Denmark

3. Erik Thorsell & Claes Nordwall, Sweden

4. Earl Elms & Donnie Bedford, United States

5. Paulo R. Paradeda & Carlos Goncalves, Brazil

22 nations and 43 starters

Splitting a Big Fleet

Tuesday, 27 December 2016 20:25

by Pietro Fantoni, SCIRA Vice Commodore

At a major international event (essentially at a World Championship or an Open European Championship), with many boats, I believe it is better to divide the fleet in two and sail qualifying races (during the first 2 days) and then the final races as gold and silver fleets.

I know, it is a hotly debated topic and discussions have often been lively. In my opinion the "critical mass" is 70 boats. So if we have an event with 70 teams or more, we should divide the fleet into two.


Worlds Entry Timetable

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 07:37

Several years ago the Snipe Board of Governors voted to amend the entry system for the Hub Isaacs World Championship Deed of Gift. Let's do a quick history of how the Snipe World Championships have evolved:

  • 1934: In the first edition of the Worlds in 1934, only 2 countries were represented with 14 entries.
  • 1947: The first time the event went overseas was in 1947 to Geneva, Switzerland with one entry per country – 13 countries participated.
  • 1969: The one entry per country rule continued through to 1969 when Brazil was allowed two entries to accommodate the prior World Champion Nelson Piccolo to also compete.
  • 1973: the entry system was changed to allow two entries per country plus the current World Champion.
  • 1985: the addition of hemisphere champions was added to the entry quotas.
  • 1992: the Board of Governors moved to a quota system based upon the number of registered boats for the prior year with 2, 3 and 4 maximum entries, plus the hemisphere champions.
  • 2001: the entry quota was changed to include the average number of registered boats for the prior 2 years, and a sliding scale of entries from a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 8; the hemisphere champions; the addition of the top 2 junior world finishers and an additional entry for the host country and fleet.
  • 2011: the Board approved the latest re-allocation method to allow more competitors to attend the worlds if they meet certain criteria.
  • Minor adjustments have been made since 2011 to help clarify the process through wait lists etc. And that is where SCIRA stands now.

The current list of entry quotas is waiting to be finalized after Dec. 31, but initial allocations are shown on the attached chart.



Tuesday, 20 September 2016 17:35

Snipe #12000

1959 Snipe World Champion in Porto Alegre, Brazil - skipper Paul Elvstrom, Denmark.

Today the owner is Mariano Arroyo, from Rosario, Argentina, and he is still racing in some regattas.

... photos ...


1959 World Championship

Thursday, 15 September 2016 00:00
Porto Alegre, Brazil, October 16-25, 1959
  1. Paul Elvstrom, Denmark
  2. Gonzalo Diaz, Sr., Cuba
  3. Masyuki Ishii, Japan
Sailed on the Guaiba River, 16 nations

Photos from the Fleet 426 archives


Memories from a Friend - By Luis Soubie

It is difficult for me to write about Santiago Lange without mixing personal feeling in with the journalist's work.

Everyone knows his official biography:
• 3 time Snipe World Champion (1985, 1993, 1995)
• Two silver medals at the Pan Am Games (1983 and 1987)
• Tornado World Champion (2004)
• 2 Olympic bronze medals in the Tornado (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008)

And now at Rio 2016, Gold in the Nacra17!

He would tell you that his biggest achievement, the one that makes him the proudest, was winning the Argentinian Optimist Nationals in 1976, because that was the beginning of thinking that "everything is possible."

But since everybody knows most of this already, I'll tell you several things that few people know.