Interviews & Videos

2017 Snipe North Americans - Video

Thursday, 15 June 2017 07:34

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Snipe: Serious Sailing, Serious Fun

Monaco, 1952

Organisé par la Société des Régates à l'occasion des fêtes pascales 1952, une compétition de « snipes » s'est déroulée dans les eaux monégasques, sous l'œil attentif des cinéastes amateurs de Monaco qui n'ont rien raté des diverses manœuvres.

Video: AAPM Monaco

1973 World Championship in Malaga

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 21:26


Malaga, October 12-20, 1973

1. Felix Gancedo & Rafael Parga, Spain

2. Per Brodsted & Steen Brodsted, Denmark

3. Erik Thorsell & Claes Nordwall, Sweden

4. Earl Elms & Donnie Bedford, United States

5. Paulo R. Paradeda & Carlos Goncalves, Brazil

22 nations and 43 starters

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.


1944, Snipe Regatta in Palma de Mallorca

Thursday, 12 January 2017 18:47

Palma de Mallorca, 1944

Video: Fotos Antiguas de Mallorca

SnipeToday 2016 Photos

Friday, 06 January 2017 16:00

2016 Snipe regattas around the world.

No soundtrack, so we suggest you to choose and listen your favourite music and enjoy the 39' video.

Thanks to: SCIRA Peru, Mauricio Cunha, Matias Capizzano, SCIRA UK, Club Nautico Ibiza, Blake Middleton, Elizabeth Balbin Bransgrove, Camilla Baptistin, Artur Moreira Rodriguez, RCN Vigo, Judy Tillson, A. Lucchi, SCIRA Portugal, SCIRA Spain, Fred Hoffmann, RCM, Deb Fewell, YCPA, LYC, SCIRA Japan, Liga de Vela Bolivar, SCIRA Sweden, SCIRA Poland, Flota 290, AVT, Rodrigo M. Rato, SCIRA Finland, Ted Morgan, SCM, Roberto Baroncini, Jill Bennett, SCIRA France, SCIRA Brazil, SCIRA Cuba, Club Naval Cascais, Analia Fernandez, Dale Benham, SCIRA Canada, Guille Gut, SCIRA Italy, Flota Snipe RCAR, Alex Pline, Jorge Esteban Cousillas, CNC, SCIRA Belgium, Jan Mellis, Giuseppe Amato, SCIRA USA, Joanna Prestwich, RCRSR, Jangadeiros, Neuza Aires Pereira, Elena Giolai, Es Nautic, Snipe Sao Paulo, Junichi Hirai, Primi Murgui, Paolo Cardoni

14 Questions to ... Art Rousmaniere

Monday, 02 January 2017 18:06

Art Rousmaniere is the US National Secretary and a long-time member of the Snipe Class along with his wife Jennifer. He sails out of the Winchester Boat Club in Massachusetts, the host of the 2017 US Nationals.

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

I have 6 older brothers and a younger sister in a sailing family so I suspect my first time in a sailboat was in my father's 30-foot Atlantic. These typically race with 3-4 crew members but my father was a social animal so we oftentimes sailed with 6-7 and there was always continuous chatter aboard – not necessarily about sailing.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

My first time was on the maiden voyage of our "Swedish Chef" (McLaughlin 25412). I bought it with my wife based solely on her enthusiastic review of her first sail on a Snipe the previous summer as crew for Meredith Adams in Newport.


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!