Article by Carol Cronin
A rally brings together Snipes from every decade since the 1930s.
Last weekend I went to the Winchester Invitational and Classic Snipe Rally. Admittedly, I originally showed up because there would be tight racing between old friends in new boats. But that turned out to be a sideline to the main event of the weekend: making new friends who owned old boats.
Organized by spark plug Art Rousmaniere, the Snipe Rally was designed to celebrate the long and colorful almost-eight-decade history of this small sailboat. Owners (and borrowers) dragged boats to the Winchester Boat Club from as close as a neighboring town and as far away as Rochester, NY.