Inaugural Snipe Invitational broadens sailing skills

From Capital Gazzette

By Bill Wagner

(Photo courtesy of Jill Bennett)

There has been considerable discussion and debate about how the United States trains its junior sailors. Some have suggested the current model, which features youngsters racing in Optimist and Club 420 dinghies from beginner through college, is not adequately developing the next generation of Olympic competitors.

Critics think American juniors should be introduced to more technical race boats at an earlier age so as to broaden their knowledge and skills.

Members of Annapolis Snipe Fleet 532 are doing their part to expand the horizons of local junior sailors. Last weekend, they came together to conduct the inaugural Snipe Invitational to give area youngsters an opportunity to learn about a new type of dinghy racer.

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