Eight Bells: Peter Christie

Monday, 19 February 2018 18:21

William McPherson (Peter) Christie, 1929-2018

Peter was a great supporter of the Snipe Class. We shall miss him, his energy and enthusiasm. Our sympathy to his family.

For more than 50 years an enthusiastic and very competitive Snipe Sailor and a leader in the Bahamas Nassau Snipe Fleet.

2018 Snipe Winter Circuit

Friday, 12 January 2018 22:00

3 great regattas -11 days of racing, large fleets, warm water, great hospitality
–Nassau, Bahamas
–Clearwater, Florida
–Miami, Florida


  • Winter Series Events 1 | Bacardi/Gamblin Series | March 1-4 | Nassau, Bahamas
  • Winter Series Event 2 | 80th Midwinters | March 18-20 | Clearwater, Florida
  • Winter Series Event 3| 51st Don Q Rum Keg | March 23-25 | Coconut Grove, Florida


Bacardi/Gamblin Series

Monday, 13 March 2017 07:40

Nassau, Bahamas, March 12, 2017

(Photo courtesy of Karin Goodfellow)

Three races were sailed day 4 to finish off the Dudley Gamblin. Winds were light again around 4-6kt with puffs around 8. It was another day of lake-like conditions, shifting E to SE and the racing depending mostly on whether you caught some wind. Robert Dunkley came in first race 3, and team Cuba secured the final two firsts as well as winning the overall first place.

RNSC hosted a beautiful dinner for us, capped off with a surprise Bahamian band showing off the local culture.

Thanks to our hosts for a fantastic event. Next up on the winter circuit - Don Q!

Dudley Gamblin:

1. CUB Raul Diaz Herrera & Carlos Esposito Rodriguez, 8

2. BAH Robert Dunkley & Eldon/Goodfellow, 11

3. USA Steve Tautz & Peggy Tautz, 13

... full results: Bacardi & Dudley Gamblin ...

Bacardi - Day 2

Saturday, 11 March 2017 23:19

Nassau, March 11, 2017

No racing today in the Bahamas - beach day. Enjoy photos from yesterday.

by Nikki Bruno

We had another 2pm start on Day 2 due to the spring tide. A relaxed morning was had by all.

The wind was light, it took about a half hour from scheduled start time to hit 5kts. Two races were sailed in conditions of 4-7kts, mostly on the light side, with the water mostly flat. All the lake sailors felt at home! The breeze shifted back and forth from N to NNE, so it was all about picking the right side of the course at the right time.

The first race ended the Bacardi series. Raul came in first, as well as claimed first overall. Robert came in second, and second overall. Jimmie came in third, and third overall.

The second race started the Gamblin series. Still duking it out, Robert came in first, Raul in second, and Jimmie in third.

Thanks to Jimmie who hosted us all at his house for a delicious BBQ after racing, with juicy rare steak and Bahamian mac and cheese!

Bacardi - Day 1

Friday, 10 March 2017 07:45

Nassau, Bahamas, March 9, 2017. Two races completed. Tomorrow is the last day of the Bacardi (3rd and last race), followed by 1 race for the Dudley Gamblin.

(Photo courtesy of Karin Goodfellow)

1. CUB Raul Miguel Diaz Herrera & Carlos Esposito Rodriguez, 2

2. BAH Robert Dunkley & Eldon Goodfellow, 5

3. BAH Jimmie Lowe & Tyler McSweeney, 7

Report by Nikki Bruno

Sixteen boats representing five countries are here at the Bacardi/Gamblin Regatta hosted at the Royal Nassau Sailing Club in the beautiful Bahamas.

While the typical big breeze was around the days leading up to the regatta, it faded into a perfect medium-breeze for the first day. Due to the spring tide, the usual race schedule that involves a morning race, break for lunch, then an afternoon race had to be modified because it was too shallow to even put the boats in the water!


Jimmy and Lori Make It Happen

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 07:00

by Carol Cronin

I’ve sailed against Bahamians Jimmy and Lori Lowe for more than two decades, and I’ve always felt they perfectly embodied the Snipe class motto of Serious Sailing, Serious Fun. Don’t try to cross them on the race course (unless of course you’re going the wrong way, and have also asked politely). And at the parties, definitely give the pair some space on the dance floor— especially if Jimmy is starting to “sway.”

Last week, I watched them pull off a miracle. Despite all predictions, the Id Crook Memorial Snipe Master World Championship took place in Nassau as planned, just two weeks after Hurricane Matthew brought 140 mph winds and 10 feet of storm surge to the island.

The Royal Nassau Sailing Club is a Snipe haven. Every year this small but welcoming white concrete building hosts two of the four regattas that make up the Winter Circuit. Once RNSC was awarded the 2016 Master Worlds, members committed a lot of time and money to rebuilding, repainting, and restoring their facilities. And by late September, everything was ready to go.

Until Matthew blew through.


Master Worlds - Final

Saturday, 22 October 2016 23:39

Nassau, Bahamas, October 22, 2016. Results after 7 races, 1 discard

(Photo courtesy of Primi Murgui)

1. USA Ernesto Rodriguez & Kathleen Tocke, 11

2. ARG Luis Soubie & Diego Lipszyc, 17

3. BRA Ralph Rosa & Alfredo Rovere, 26

4. USA Augie Diaz & Christine DeSilva, 28

5. USA Doug Hart & Christina Persson, 30

Report by Carol Cronin, photos and full results

In spite of a category 4 hurricane that hit only two weeks before the first race, the 2016 Snipe Masters Worlds went off without a hitch. It was a truly impressive show of Bahamian get-it-done attitude, and we all owe the locals a HUGE thank you for all the work they put in. No docks? No problem. Temporary docks were donated and installed to provide hoisting and launching space—though thanks to the unusual northerly breeze direction, there was not enough space for all the boats to tie up at once. As a result, the traditional Nassau lunch break between each day's two races was abandoned in favor of two races back to back. Otherwise it was business as usual, both on the crystal clear waters of Montagu Bay and back at the Royal Nassau Sailing Club after sailing.


Master Worlds - Day 4

Friday, 21 October 2016 22:06

Nassau, October 21, 2016. Results after 5 races

(Photo courtesy of Primi Murgui)

1. USA Ermesto Rodriguez & Kathleen Tocke, 14

2. ARG Luis Soubie & Diego Lipszyc, 16

3. BRA Ralph Rosa & Alfredo Rovere, 17

4. USA Doug Hart & Christina Persson, 26

5. JPN Motoharu Nishii & Eisuke Nord, 36

Report by Carol Cronin

Two races today in very challenging conditions. Northwest breeze came right down Montagu Bay, but it varied in speed from 10-18 knots and from 300-010 degrees. Those who got off the line in a position of the next shift were quickly launched, leaving the rest of us with few options for a clean lane. After that it was a matter of staying in the pressure, which filled in from side to side with no predictable pattern


Master Worlds - Day 3

Friday, 21 October 2016 07:14

Nassau, The Bahamas, October 20, 2016. Results after 3 races

(Photo courtesy of Primi Murgui)

1. ARG Luis Soubie & Diego Lipszych, 6

2. USA Ernesto Rodriguez & Kathleen Tocke, 11

3. BRA Ralph Rosa & Alfredo Rovere, 12

4. USA Andrew Pimental & Megan Place, 18

5. USA Doug Hart & Christina Persson, 19

By Carol Cronin

We sailed two races back to back today in a shifty, puffy northerly that even had the locals wondering what would happen next. It was a little windier (11-14) for the first race, and also a little bit steadier and slightly more predictable. Staying in phase was the key, though the left side seemed to win out more than the right. Augie Diaz/Christine DeSilva led the whole race but lost the lead just before the finish to Rodriguez/Tocke. Rumor has it there may have been some swimming involved...


Master Worlds - Day 2

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 21:54

Nassau, October 19, 2016

(Photo courtesy of Primi Murgui)

With puffs already to 17 knots, the RC has given the fleet a lay day today instead of tomorrow. Plans for entertainment include the rum distillery, pirate museum, casinos, pool/bar, and kiteboarding for anyone who brought gear. Tonight is Bahamian night at the RNSC. Tomorrow"s forecast looks very nice.