Pietro Fantoni

Pietro Fantoni

Pietro Fantoni, Moruzzo, Italy, SCIRA Commodore. He has been Vice Commodore (2016-2017) and SCIRA Secretary (2012-2015). He discovered the Snipe in 2000. He is an avid Snipe sailor and represented the Italian team at 8 World Championships (2001-2005-2007-2009-2011-2013-2015-2017) and 8 Europeans (2002-2004-2006-2008-2010-2012-2014-2016). Additionally he is a lawyer.

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Participation at Snipe Nationals

Friday, 21 September 2018 19:11

Or  how to have a good number of boats at our main events

Open Letter to the National Secretaries: by Pietro Fantoni - SCIRA Commodore

These are difficult times for sailing in general, and the numbers are going down in many events and for many classes. Sometimes, somewhere and for some reason a regatta can be a great success in term of number of boats.

For example last year the US Nationals in Winchester (Boston area) attracted 53 boats, the biggest participation in recent memory, on one of the smallest lakes used for Snipe sailing.

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2018 Europeans Sailors' Forum

Monday, 03 September 2018 21:32

On Wednesday 22 August we held the traditional Sailors' Forum in Yyteri, Pori, Finland, the site of the Snipe Europeans.

There were a good number of sailors present and lively discussion in the room, with a variety of opinions.

Three topics were addressed:

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The Commodore's Log Book

Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:11

Hello Snipe Sailors!

In the northern hemisphere we are at the height of the competitive season: many national championships have already been held as well as a successful World Masters in Vilamoura, Portugal.

In particular, this regatta was a successful event with 77 participants from 15 nations. The race area of Vilamoura gave the sailors every day different and challenging conditions, with current, different wind strengths. In the end, the Spaniards Damian Borras and Jordi Triay dominated the series with 5 bullets out of 7 races. The organization on and off the water was very good. I think everyone had fun, both at sea and on land with social events. For me, as often happens with the Snipe regattas, it was possible to meet old friends and make new ones.

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Snipe Open Day in Trieste

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 07:20

Trieste, May 5, 2018

Italian National Secretary Daniela Semec and SCIRA Italy District XIII Governor Marinella Gorgatto organized the Snipe Open Day in Trieste, with the collaboration of the Triestina della Vela, XIII Zona FIV and the Fleet Sistiana. Thanks to Fabio Rochelli and Michele Meotto for their help.

The World Snipe Days are initiatives to promote the Snipe and attract new people to our Class. The Board warmly encourages fleets in all countries to organize a World Snipe Day, at the best time of year for such activities in your region.

Snipe Open Day in Austria

Sunday, 22 April 2018 08:48

Mattsee, Austria, April 21, 2018

Austrian National Secretary Ezio Prataviera organized the Snipe Open Day at Mattsee, Salzburger Land, to promote the Class in Austria, with the collaboration of the Segelclub Mattsee and the Fleet 897 Habsburg. Thanks to Enrico Michel and Stefano Longhi for technical support.

The World Snipe Days are initiatives to promote the Snipe and attract new people to our Class. The Board warmly encourages fleets in all countries to organize a World Snipe Day, at the best time of year for such activities in your region.

The next event in Mattsee Austria will be the 3rd Snipe Alpen Grand Prix on April 28-29.

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The Commodore's Log Book

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 20:52

From the Snipe Bulletin - Spring 2018

Hello Snipe Sailors!

The Board has revised the Class Rules and Class documents. This was a long and difficult job for the Rules Committee, but they have been posted on the World Sailing website and we recently emailed the complete and updated Rulebook to all members. You can always find and download the most up to date version of rules and other official documents on the class website: https://snipe.org/class/rules. Why not download and have all the rules on your mobile or iPad?

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By Pietro Fantoni

Originally published on Snipe.it on January 2006

Attention! Today you will not read of tactics, strategies, spreader lengths and shroud tension. You will read about something much more important and vital for you to win a championship, a race, or just to touch the ground safely. So concentrate and take notes!

There are very few who, in the age of the Internet, admit to being superstitious. They will only admit that they follow some habit or routine. But superstition has been part of our sport since man became a sailor. He instantly realized that the sea can be a hostile place, especially when it was still believed that the earth had an edge that could be sailed off. The sea imposes respect and evokes fears, so there are many superstitions, rituals and taboos. The intelligent modern sailor, not leaving anything to chance, should still observe these.

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Dear National Secretaries, Fleet Captains, regattas organizers,

The purpose of these guidelines is to facilitate the loading of results into the SSL database.

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Driving (a car) and Steering (a Snipe)

Friday, 13 April 2012 19:22

When I think of the (little) time we spend racing, compared to the (much) time spent traveling, loading boats, rigging boats, waiting for the wind or waiting until the wind decreases--in a busy life with not a minute to spare, sailing is the “sport of waitings.” The waitings, however, are amply compensated by the fun at sea.

In terms of time and effort, we spend a lot of time on the roads and, in rare cases by plane. How much time is spent traveling? I think it is difficult to calculate the hours that each of us has spent driving a car or van towing a trailer with a boat. I am often inclined to think that those who race dinghies, more than being sailors, are professional car or truck drivers!

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The Care, Feeding, and Training of a Snipe Crew

Saturday, 27 December 2014 22:47

By Pietro Fantoni

I do not want to explain in this article how the maneuvers should be done and how a crew has to move in a boat. There are already excellent videos and articles written by sailors better than me.

I simply want to explain what aspects it is useful to focus on if you sail with a crew who is not your usual. These suggestions can be useful whether your crew is a beginner or is already experienced. The common factor is that they sailed a little or not at all with you.

2014 was perhaps my own personal record: 15 crews for 20 regattas.

(Photo courtesy of Robert Hajduk)

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