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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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.


14 Questions to ... Reino Suonsilta

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 22:42

Reino Suonsilta, Snipe sailor from Helsinki and member of the Promotion Committee

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

I rented a 20 ft daysailer with my girlfriend (later my wife) after reading tons of sailing books. We barely managed to get back in one piece, with only one lost jib bag.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

In 1979 we bought our first Snipe, a Persson copy built by Svante Lindholm in 1974. We sailed that for 2 years, went away from sailing for 20 years and then started again in 2004.

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

I was sailing with my son on a national ranking series regatta. We were late from the start and other had already gone a couple of minutes ago. By pure unbelievable luck, we were the first rounding the windward mark. We were so excited that we capsized the boat when setting up the pole. Well, at least the photographer got good series of pictures on how to get the boat up again.


14 Questions to ... Arthur Blodgett

Thursday, 01 December 2016 18:42

Arthur Blodgett, Snipe sailor and coach from Fort Lauderdale

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My first memory was when I was 5 my dad rented a Wooden Beetle Cat at Mystic Seaport and took me and my little brother sailing. I think he let me steer before the end of it.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

Fear Of Missing Out led me to my first Snipe sail in a regatta -the 2009 FL State Champs. My schoolmates Sheehan Commette and Julia Melton were sailing Sheehan's boat, so I went down to the club the day before, Dr. Lang agreed to loan me a boat (an '84 Muller), and Kaye Siemers and I went racing the next day. I remember doing a fan-the-leech move upwind while looking up at the sail, noticing that the whole mast flexed and thinking "this is going to be fun."

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

Blowing the rudder out of the back of my friend's borrowed Snipe on an underwater pipe just off the dock at Coconut Grove. I have never heard such a loud bang as was made by the gudgeon popping out of the thin, acoustical Persson transom. Fortunately, it was "daiquiris on the dock day" provided by Carmen Diaz, and I soon had a restorative beverage in my hand as I watched Sheehan and Peter patch the boat with some fine use of Marine-Tex. Mitch Hall if your reading this I'm sorry I didn't tell you about this but your rudder is right on center!


Martin Bermudez de la Puente, 2017-2018 SCIRA General Secretary for Europe, is an avid Snipe sailor and organizer of the famous "Open de Espana."

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My first time was when I was 6 years old, my father and a friend of his took us out in his boat. That summer my father registered me in the sailing school of Vilagarcía.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

In Vilagarcía there was a small fleet of Snipe, and sometimes they didn´t have enough people for all boats and they took us.

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

I coudn't tell just one, I think that it happens to me almost every time.


By Pietro Fantoni – SCIRA Vice Commodore

(Photo courtesy of Luigi Gangitano)

109 boats is a great number! This is the number of boats that attended the 2016 Open European Championship in Santiago de la Ribera, Spain, last September. It is a record and we can be proud!

But, as many of you know, the topic "Open or Closed Europeans" is an ongoing one. We had a lot of discussion about it on SnipeToday and some Snipe sailors are in favor of an open event. Others (I think now a minority) are for a closed event.

In August, the Promotion Committee shared a lot of ideas and, just before the Europeans, I posted an article about the Open Europeans (and Open events in general): http://www.snipetoday.org/articles/exchange-of-views/item/2979-promotion-committee-about-open-europeans-and-major-open-events-in-general

In that article I wrote: "We should again consider the same topic after the "hundred boat" Open European Championship in Santiago de la Ribera in late September 2016. It will be a good test of this open concept, and an indicator for the Snipe Class for future important decisions".

So now we can analyze the regatta we had in Spain and talk again about Open Europeans and open events in general.

As asailor, I can say that the Europeans in Spain were a great success.

Here are some details: