Hello Snipe Sailors!
The 2019 season began with the first important regattas. Later in the spring, two regattas will be very interesting: the Master European Championship in Valencia, Spain, and the South American Championship in Algarrobo, Chile. In Valencia it is foreseeable that we would have a very high number of boats, proving that the masters events, especially on the Iberian peninsula, are very attractive. In Algarrobo, as often happens with the South American Championship, the level will be very high since this is the year of the Pan American Games.
At the end of June the Snipe Women’s Europeans will be in Antwerp, Belgium. This regatta for many years has not been sailed. Finally, thanks to SCIRA Belgium, we will have a continental regatta dedicated to female teams. This is a great opportunity to focus on women’s sailing in Europe and to visit the small lake in Antwerp, where our Belgian friends usually race. We all know their hospitality will be memorable.
I would like to update you all about the Snipe SSL Ranking. This was a project that I really cared about and that finally came true. After two visits to Lausanne / Montreux and many hours of work together with the SSL team, we were the first class (after the Star) to be included in the global ranking project. In fact, within the Star Sailors League, the Snipe Class now has its own ranking and participates in the global ranking. The rankings are divided between skippers and crews. Certainly the system can be perfected and refined, for example by solving problems in the duplication of names and the coefficients to be attributed to the different events. I hope that the Snipe SSL Ranking will grow to include more and more Snipe sailors.
By becoming part of the SSL ranking before many other classes, we have been recognized as a truly international class in many countries, both for the number of countries, sailors, and regattas, and for our organization.
Obviously there are not only rankings and top regattas; there are also local regattas and promotional initiatives. During the winter the Snipe Class took part in boat shows in Poland and Finland. I hope that in the upcoming months each fleet will organize at least one Snipe Open Day to introduce new people into our class.
See you soon, on the race course!