Snipe Fleet #24 Santa Monica Bay

From Ted Wells, Scientific Sailboat Racing 1958 edition, Dodd, Mead & Company

Fleet #24 was one of the early chartered Snipe fleets in the USA.  It has been relocated from Santa Monica to Marina del Rey, a suburb of Santa Monica.  They are working to acquire one of the early original Snipes #3244 (built in 1939) that was a member of the fleet in pre-WW II years.

From Ted Wells, Scientific Sailboat Racing 1958 edition, Dodd, Mead & Company

Fleet #24 was one of the early chartered Snipe fleets in the USA.  It has been relocated from Santa Monica to Marina del Rey, a suburb of Santa Monica.  They are working to acquire one of the early original Snipes #3244 (built in 1939) that was a member of the fleet in pre-WW II years.

 

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Snipe Fleet 24 is celebrating its first birthday since reactivation.
What started with just one Snipe has grown to 7 boats in less of a year.

We have assembled a remarkable collection of boats ranging from the 30’s to the 80’s. Some of these boats represent a significant part of our local Snipe history.

Here they are!

#1953 Built 1936, by Francis Schwander
#3543 Built 1939, by Lou Varalyay
#10948 Built 1953, by Clark Boatworks
#12521 Built 1963, by Alfred Kirch
# Unknown Plywood Snipe approx. 60’s
# 12415 Built 1968 by Varalyay Boatworks
# 25911 Built 1984 by McLaughlin Boatworks

#25911 is the only fiberglass Snipe so far and needs a few companions.

Finally, summer and vacations are over, time to get back to work on those Snipes in garages and driveways, so we see them back on the water.

Let’s sharpen the tools and get the boats ready to race. Motivate others to join the fleet, there are plenty of good boats out there, let’s go and get them!

A lot of information about our boats can be found on on www.snipefleet24.org

Here you find also an archive of our old newsletters, which traces our fleet development. There are also links to various articles about the fleet and our boats.

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