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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World Snipe Day 2018

Friday, 16 February 2018 07:25

February 14, 2018

Dear National Secretaries,

Class promotion is one of the main aspects to work on and the fleet activity is the fulcrum of the promotion.

A lively fleet promotes events, regattas, clinics, training sessions, parties among its members, but should also focuses its attention outside on other sailors.

The aim is to attract new people to our Class by helping them discover our wonderful boat.

This is the reason why 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.

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by Pietro Fantoni

My grandfather, who was a fighter pilot (back when the planes had a propeller and the pilots were like romantic knights with leather helmet and goggles, about the same time that Bill Crosby designed the Snipe) often said: "The planes are driven with the backside."

The same can be said for dinghies in general, and the Snipe in particular. Electronic devices have become increasingly important when sailing big boats. Fortunately, in small boats, sensibility (otherwise known as “backside”) still matters a lot.

Snipe Worlds Survey

Sunday, 04 February 2018 14:51

After the last Junior and the Senior Worlds the Board decided to send a questionnaire to the participants ("Snipe Worlds Survey") for knowing their opinions regarding many issues.

The survey was sent in English and in Spanish.

Check the results


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Saturday, 27 January 2018 06:00

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by Pietro Fantoni, SCIRA Commodore

This is not meant to be a sermon. But an invitation to reflect.

The Board likes to see that there are many races with so many boats around the world. But it would most like to see that all the sailors are members in good standing with the Class Association. Also it would like to see that all the National Secretaries enforce the membership rule.

SCIRA ... Association, asociación, associazione, associação, asocijacija, vereniging, yhdistys, association, verein, association, stowarzyszenie, ассоциация, 協会

From the Webster dictionary: Association is: - a) an organized group of people who have the same interest, job, etc. - b) a connection or relationship between things or people

We have a boat, the Snipe!
We have the same interest: sailing Snipes!
We are all Snipe Sailors!
There is a connection or relationship between Snipes, Sailing Snipe, Snipe Sailors.
Definitely we need an association for sailing and racing Snipes!


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.


The Snipe meets the Star Sailors League

Friday, 22 December 2017 07:34

by Pietro Fantoni

News for 2018: we will have an international Snipe ranking. Not a test, like in 2016, but for real.

At the end of November I went with Daniela Semec (our ranking expert) to Lausanne, Switzerland on Lake Geneva, home of the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Museum. We were invited to discuss about the Star Sailors League Circuit (SSL), which is in my opinion the best idea we have seen in the sailing world in recent years.

The SSL (created by sailors for sailors) will not stop where it is now: SSL's idea is to include other classes in an international ranking. Not just as single rankings for each class, but also, in the future, to create a common ranking that will determine the best of the best small boat sailors. The goal is ambitious, but SSL is determined and has very clear ideas regarding promotion, communication and marketing. SSL collaborators gathers and presents clearly the volcano of ideas coming from hundreds of sailors. They talk, listen, think, and then elaborate on what has been said to them. Their enthusiasm is contagious.


World Sailing - Submission 091-17

Monday, 13 November 2017 19:46

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, November 11, 2017

At the World Sailing Annual General Meeting a submission (091-17 "World Championships") was approved that could have positive impacts on Snipe events. We now have more World Championship options, including mixed and boys/girls youth championships.

Also the number of boats required by World Sailing for a valid World Championship has been reduced. The new requirements are 20 boats (formerly 30), 5 countries, and 2 continents. This can have a positive impact on the Women's and Junior World Championships.


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.


One or Two Fleets for the Worlds?

Friday, 25 August 2017 20:01

by Pietro Fantoni, SCIRA Vice Commodore

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

In La Coruna we split, for the first time in the history of the Snipe World Championship, the boats in two fleets: Yellow and Blue fleet for the qualifying series (5 races) and Gold and Silver for the final series (6 races).

85 boats in total competed for the 2017 Worlds, at the 2015 Worlds in Talamone the boats on the same starting line were 83.

I wrote an article on this topic a few months ago, starting from the positive experience of 2016 Europeans in Santiago de la Ribera (where the fleet of 109 boats was divided into two).

But was the experience in La Coruna just as positive as for the Europeans?