Colonial Cup

Monday, 04 June 2018 07:24

Annapolis, June 3, 2018

Report by Kim Couranz

26 Snipes descended on Annapolis, Maryland, for the annual Colonial Cup Regatta hosted by Severn Sailing Association. As always, it featured fun both on and off the water with sailors from up and down the East Coast of the United States. 

A few days before the regatta, the weather forecast for Saturday was grim: heavy thunderstorms and no wind. Thankfully, that forecast did not hold, and sailors enjoyed four races on the Chesapeake Bay in light wind. Competitors had to choose best routes to take advantage of wind and had to consider outgoing current, which was stronger on the righthand side of the course. The fourth race proved especially challenging as the breeze shut off during the final beat. But cloud cover and the threat of rain kept Annapolis's famous powerboat fleet ashore, and with flat water, Snipes kept sailing upwind!


Snipe Rigging 101

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:14

By Carol Cronin

A recent question from the fleet forming in Costa Rica made me realize: we don't have any stories that explain how to get started rigging a Snipe. So I offered to write one, and because I keep my promises... well, here we are.
Most of SnipeToday's stories speak to the folks who already know the basics and want to learn the tweaking secrets of those whose transom they are eyeing around the race course. This article is not for those people. The point is to begin at the beginning, with a bare deck, and try to cover the most important aspects of rigging a Snipe.


Snipe Maintenance: Little Things Matter

Friday, 09 March 2018 15:33

by Carol Cronin

The first day of this year’s Comodoro Rasco was a glorious Biscayne Bay northeast hiking breeze. On the second beat of the second race, Kim and I were sailing upwind, still getting used to the feel of our new ride, trying to think big and keep hiking hard—when a loud bang from the back of the boat reminded us that sh#thappens in sailboats when we least expect it. (First day in the new boat? Why yes as a matter of fact.)

I looked aft, not knowing what to expect (there’s not much structural stuff back there), and soon spotted the outhaul block standing upright; it should’ve been happily lying down against the top of the boom, out of sight and out of mind. But the aft rivet had pulled out, allowing the block to lift up with the outhaul line.


Last year my Snipe traveled more than 10,000 road miles on its Frankentrailer, taking me to sailing adventures in Florida, San Diego, and Iowa—as well as to several local regattas in the northeast US. Since packing up after an event is definitely not the fun part, Kim and I have developed a system that saves us time and effort. Here are six tips that will hopefully make your next road trip more about the sailing and less about the loading and unloading.

Listen To Your Teammate

Thursday, 15 February 2018 17:15

Story by Carol Cronin

(Photo courtesy Ted Morgan)

At a recent Snipe regatta, Kim Couranz and I counted up the number of lines we each control. Her total? Sixteen (eight on port tack, eight on starboard). My total?


Giving Kim all the controls except the mainsheet allows me to concentrate on steering and trimming without distraction. Of course, that means I trust her completely. So why is it still so hard to listen to her excellent advice about what to do next on the race course?


Why Sail A Snipe?

Thursday, 15 December 2011 20:49

This article was originally published in the Snipe Bulletin, March 1995, but it still holds true today.

by Carol Cronin

Pick up any recent sailing magazine and it will remind you how many racy new one-design options there are for today's recreational races. What, then, keeps such a large group of sailors from all levels addicted to the sixty-two year old Snipe?

Minneford Trophy

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 07:29

Carol Cronin wins Minneford Trophy for 2017. Women dominated the Minneford this year taking top skipper (Carol Cronin) & crew (Nikki Bruno).

... full results ...

2017 Frigid Digit

Monday, 16 October 2017 02:27

Severn Sailing Association Annapolis, MD USA

October 14-15

12 boats, 7 races, 1 discard

12 boats turned out for two fun days of racing on the Chesapeake Bay, two weeks later than the usual Frigid Digit dates (and neatly overlapped with the Lightning Frigid Digit). Weather was hardly "frigid" with summer-like temps both days (and summer-like light winds on Saturday). Three races were fit in on Saturday under gray skies in a 2-7 knot northerly breeze that kept the powerboat traffic down.


Snipe Capsizes for Smaller Skippers

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 18:11

I usually write articles when I have a solution to a particular problem. This one is more of a cry for help from a small skipper: how do I self-rescue after a capsize? 

The first day of the 2017 Snipe North American Championship in Fort Lauderdale was epic: an 18-22 knot easterly, and a huge ocean swell overlaid with smaller mixed up waves rebounding off the beach and reefs. It was a great day for racing Snipes—and also a day where even a small mistake can lead to a capsize.


US Women's Nationals - Final

Sunday, 05 February 2017 21:02

Miami, February 5, 2017. 16 teams completed 6 races over two days on Biscayne Bay. Dominated by light air, we did get to stretch our hiking legs on the last race of the first day. Mafalda and Angela were able to come back from a slow start in today's only race to win the regatta with all firsts and one second. Lisa and Lexi Pline won today's race; Carol Cronin/Kim Couranz will take home the US Women's Nationals trophy, an elegant ship's clock.

Final results after 6 races (1 discard):

1. POR Mafalda Pires de Lima & Angela Pumariega, 6

2. USA Carol Cronin & Kim Couranz, 11

3. USA Aimee Heim & Megan Place, 18

4. USA Kathleen Tocke & Christina Persson, 25

5. USA Lisa Pline & Lexi Pline, 26

... full results and photos ...