Pietro Fantoni

Pietro Fantoni

Pietro Fantoni, from Moruzzo, Italy, has been SCIRA Secretary for the last four years (2012-2015) and now he is Vice Commodore. He discovered the Snipe in 2000. He is an avid Snipe sailor and represented the Italian team at 7 World Championships (2001-2005-2007-2009-2011-2013-2015) and 7 Europeans (2002-2004-2006-2008-2010-2012-2014). Additionally he is a lawyer.

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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?


(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

How did you prepare for the Worlds?

For Worlds, Mac and I started talking about making a plan in order to be able to compete at such high level. Our plan came into effect once we sailed the Commodore Rasco in Miami. Since then, we set out to sail three events hoping conditions would vary and we could work on our weaknesses. At the end, we only practice four days in Puerto Rico, two days in Fort Lauderdale and three regattas together. For Mac it was all about working on boat handling, while for me was all about working together in order to develop good speed around the course.


South European Championship - Sergio Michel Memorial Trophy

Snipe Alpen Grand Prix

Mattsee, Austria, June 3-4, 2017. Final results after 3 races (no discard)

1. ITA Pietro Fantoni & Marinella Gorgatto, 3

2. ITA Fabio Rochelli & Daniela Semec, 7

3. ITA Lapo Savorani & Federico Milone, 8

4. ITA Alessandro Bari & Leonardo Franzini, 13

5. BEL Patrick Laumans & Marc Cornelius, 16

Report by Pietro Fantoni

For the second time, Austria hosted the Snipes for the Alpen Grand Prix, this year also serving as the European South Championship - Sergio Michel Memorial Trophy.

This regatta is also part of the Alpe Adria Region Snipe Series (Franz Joseph Cup and Sissi Cup) together with the Moschenicka Draga race (already sailed the previous weekend) and the German Open of Caldonazzo (next wekend).

Twenty-two Snipes from Austria, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Croatia and Italy gathered at the small lake of Mattsee. This is a picturesque area of Austria, with gentle hills, woods, green meadows, farms, small villages and numerous lakes around the city of Mozart, Salzburg. In the background were the mountains of the High Tauern, the Salzburg Alps, and the Bavarian Alpen foothills.



April 1st 2017

In order to make sailing more fun and appealing for spectators and TV viewers, today the SCIRA Board approved a new and revolutionary format for the 2017 World Championship in La Coruna, Spain.

Here are the details:


World Snipe Days

Thursday, 10 March 2016 20:07

SCIRA Promotion Committee warmly encourages fleets in all countries to organize World Snipe Days, in the best time of year for such activities in each region.

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

We are convinced that, with the commitment of passionate Snipe sailors of each fleet, it is possible to re-launch and give new vigor to our Class in each region, even guaranteeing a generational change.

We believe that communication to the outside and the promotional activities of individual fleets is a fundamental aspect for this effort.

The first step is to introduce and allow potentially interested sailors to sail the Snipe.

Then we will be happy to publish on SnipeToday and on the Bulletin your World Snipe Day's report. It is important for us and for the other fleets share your experiences and receive suggestions and comments about this promotional activities.

Below are some guidelines and suggestions:


14 Questions to ... Yannick Laumans

Thursday, 12 January 2017 19:12

Yannick Laumans from Antwerp, Belgium

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My father got in to Snipe sailing around the time I was born. After that it took me about 4 years to have my first laps around the lake, in a Snipe. After two years of gym and spinach shakes I started sailing myself in the Optimist when I was 6 years old.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

Isn't this question a little bit too personal?
However, as mentioned before, my first step in boat was in a Snipe. So, was it really inevitable that I became a Snipe sailor?
I remember I didn't like that the boat was heeling. Already at a young age I knew a boat hat to be sailed flat in order to go fast. (Fear was definitely not involved.)

- 3) The most bizarre thing that happened in a regatta?

One bizarre event that will stick to me was during the Europe Worlds in Vilamoura (Portugal), 2001.
From a smooth 16 kn thermal breeze all of a sudden the wind changed into complete disorder. From wind gaps to +30 kn and back, from South to North and back. In the meantime the air changed color from sky blue to muggy orange and the sense from ocean fresh to dry, warm and sultry. The circumstances got kind of apocalyptic. Impossible to complete fair racing, so the race was cancelled and we were send back in. Once ashore we got informed that, in a way of speaking, the whole country was on fire. It appeared to be biggest forest fire up to that time. Now, when I hear Smoke on the water by Deep Purple, I can somehow imagine what it looks like.


By Pietro Fantoni

At the end we have an International Ranking for the Snipe Class: Snipe Super Series - Proposal #1 - Final

First of all, thanks to Daniela Semec Rochelli for the patient work of loading data.

The Ranking for this year was experimental, because it was necessary to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each system.

The stated goals of the Ranking are:

  • to promote the Snipe Class
  • to encourage participation at regattas in every SCIRA country and continent
  • to compare technical skills of both skippers and crews
  • to provide a simple and attractive tool of communication
  • to promote the popular regattas to sailors, the general public and the media
  • to promote SCIRA membership

Here's a summary of the regulations:


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.