Ron Payne Memorial Regatta

Sunday, 20 May 2018 17:10

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, May 19, 2018. Final results after 4 races

1. Augie Diaz & Kathleen Tocke, 8

2. Ernesto Rodriguez & Alex Sidi, 10

3. Peter Commette & Connie Commette, 11

By Connie Commette

Wow! What a day!

It was wild and crazy for all of us out in the ocean. Even with huge waves, pouring rain and the wind picking up to 30+ knots, the RC and sailors tried their best to have a race.... but mother nature was stronger and races were postponed. All so anxious and eager to sail, but the RC had no choice but to send us in with only one bent mast and some bruised egos after several capsizes. Fortunately, we were able to get in 4 good races in the protected Intracoastal Waterway right off the LYC dock. Augie Diaz and Kathleen Tocke got the band back together and beat us all. Ernesto Rodriquez and new crew Alex Sidi were second; Peter and Connie Commette were third.


2018 North American Championship

Saturday, 06 October 2018 00:00

(Photo courtesy of Michele Postinghel)

San Diego Yacht Club will host the 2018 North Americans October 6-8.

The website, registration & NOR are all open for the 2018 North American Championship.  This will also be a country qualifier for 4 nations for the Pan Am Games.



Notice of Race

US Women's Nationals

Sunday, 22 April 2018 20:59

Acworth, Georgia on Lake Allatoona, April 22, 2018. Final results after 5 races

1. Tarasa Davis & Kim Calnan, 9

2. Anna Lee Bradley & Kate Rose, 15

3. Kristen Herman & Jeanne Herman, 16

4. Bridget Wiatrowski & Jessica Claflin, 16

5. Sharon Seymour-Johnson & Isa Duplessis, 21

Report by Don Hackbarth

The 2018 USA Snipe Women’s Nationals was sailed this past weekend at the Atlanta Yacht Club in perfect sailing conditions; winds of 10-13 mph from the east straight down the full length of Allatoona Lake, clear sunny skies on temps in 70’s on Saturday and a little cooler and cloudy on Sunday, flat water, intense competition and free beer and special mixed drinks. All scheduled races were sailed, 3 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday AM with the boats off the water by noon.


New England Championship

Friday, 20 July 2018 00:00

Beverly, MA, United States, July 20-22, 2018

Event's website

Save the Date! – We want young sailors at the Snipe NEC's (July 20-22)

In Beverly we take "Serious Sailing...Serious Fun™" to heart. We are planning a strong event with 3 days of very competitive sailing and two nights of serious fun.

Here are the top five reasons to get to Jubilee Yacht Club on July 20, 2018:


Earl Elms Memorial Regatta

Monday, 16 April 2018 17:50

Mission Bay, April 15, 2018. Final results after 11 races (1 discard)

1. Doug Hart & ?? , 17

2. Randy Lake & Dian Waterbury, 25

3. Diego Escobar & Marianna Shand, 34

4. Eric Heim & Kara Voss, 36

5. Chris Wright & Sean Ros, 57

... full results ...

This Snipe was owner-built in 1935 in Wichta Falls Texas USA, where there was a Snipe Fleet (#34) at that time before WW II. It has been stored for many years in an old building in Wichita Falls, and may not have been sailed since the end of WW II. The current owner is beginning a restoration process soon. The old cotton sails are original, and the mainsail appears to have been modified to adapt to a slotted mast and boom. The centerboard is a pivot board setup.


Miami Women's Snipe Invite

Monday, 09 April 2018 07:30

Miami, April 8, 2018.

Taylor Scheuermann and Isa Du Plessis win the Miami Women's Snipe Invite

Lighter winds prevailed on day two with Scheuerman and Du Plessis winning two of the three final races. Rounding out the podium were Dubovik and Baab in second and Sharon Johnson and Tara Lobo in third. Ernesto Rodriguez and Peter Commette were the on-water fleet coaches of the day.

A huge thanks to Miami Fleet Captains Kay and Ken Voss for organizing the event, Ernesto Rodriguez, Peter Commette, and Augie Diaz for lending boats and coaching.


Don Q - Final

Monday, 26 March 2018 00:11

Miami, March 25, 2018. Results after 8 races (1 discard)

Report by Carol Cronin

The 52nd DonQ Rum Keg Regatta delivered its dependable mix of Serious Sailing, Serious Fun over three days and eight races on Biscayne Bay. With seven countries and 31 boats, it remains one of the premier Snipe events. Friday's forecast was for 15-18 knots of NE breeze, but it never built to anything over 14 knots and the shifts provided plenty of opportunity for gains and losses on the four leg windward leewards. Ernesto Rodriguez/Kathleen Tocke won all three races, so the battle was for second overall with the points tight behind them. (This theme would continue for the next two days.)

Don Q - Day 2

Sunday, 25 March 2018 01:47

Miami, March 24, 2018. Results after 6 races (one drop)

1. USA Ernesto Rodriguez & Kathleen Tocke, 5

2. USA Carol Cronin & Kim Couranz, 18

3. MEX Alfonso Garcia Bringas & Danel Belausteguigoitia, 24

4. USA George Szabo & Diana Waterbury, 26

2. USA Peter Commette & Connie Commette, 27

... full results, interviews and photos ...

Eight Bells: Ralph Heinzerling

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:46

SCIRA is sad to hear of the passing of the 1942 World Champion Ralph Heinzerling. Ralph & brother Cliff won the 1942 Worlds as well as numerous other titles. The US National Championship is named after the Heinzerlings. Ralph was 94.