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 ...

Holiday Greetings from your SnipeToday Editors

Thursday, 22 December 2016 20:50

Dear Snipe Sailors,

2016 marks year five of SnipeToday, and in that time it has truly become “a site for all Snipe sailors.”

As news streams in from around the Snipe world, there is never an off-season and seldom a dull moment.

We have a lot to be grateful for as we close out the year.

Over the past five years, 184 authors have contributed more than 3000 articles. Thank you!

Here are the site statistics for 2016:

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There are 665 subscribers to our weekly SnipeToday Digest, and 3384 of you like the ST Facebook page. During the European Championship, that page had 7,000 viewers.


Frigid Digit - Final

Monday, 03 October 2016 07:30

Annapolis, October 1-2, 2016 Report by Alex Pline

1. Carol Cronin & Kim Couranz, 3

2. Lee Griffith & Nikki Bruno, 8

3. Alex Pline & Jill Bennett, 9

The weekend started out with a lot of rain in the Mid Atlantic on Friday, but at least we knew we wouldn't get blown out like last year. However, while the wind forecast for Saturday looked pretty good, it promised to be very light on Sunday. There are two conditions that always remind me of the Frigid Digit: Cool, wet, foggy Nor 'easter-like and bright, brisk, cool northewester after a cold front-like. Both are tricky conditions to sail in with different challenges. This year's event was no different with the Nor 'Easter-like version for Saturday.


Annapolis, May 8, 2016

It was another interesting weekend on the Chesapeake for the 2016 SSA Snipe Spring Series. 15 boats showed up for Saturday, many hoping to get in a few races before the North Americans in June. Your author was still driving to qualify for the Worlds in Vatican City only to learn that the month-old April Fool's joke only fooled him. Saturday turned into a lovely day for socializing as the wind never came in and we floated around until racing was called a little after 1PM.


Road Trip: Co-pilot, Not Passive Passenger

Thursday, 24 March 2016 21:15

By Carol Cronin (Where Books Meet Boats)

I was really, really looking forward to flying home from Miami last Sunday. For the past several years, I've driven home after the annual DonQ Snipe regatta... by myself. Even if the drive is trouble-free, there are several unavoidable challenges of doing that 1500 mile stretch of I-95 solo: finding a safe place to pull over and sleep for a few hours. Changing from shorts to jeans in time for the first chilly gas stop. Getting through DC before (or after) rush hour. Getting through New York before (or after) rush hour. Staying awake. Finding entertainment on the radio. Staying awake.

This year, I planned to skip all that by doing a three hour flyover instead. I'd made the ideal flight reservation: with a late departure on Sunday night, even a longer than usual day of sailing and packing boats would not make me stress about missing it. And thanks to a non-stop back to Providence, I'd be asleep in my own bed by 1:30AM, easy—about the same time I would usually be pulling into a South Carolina rest area for a few hours' nap.


Scratching the Sailing Itch

Thursday, 19 November 2015 20:02

By Carol Cronin - From Where Books Meet Boats

(Photos courtesy of Thomas Fogh)

No matter what else happens this week, I'm going sailing.

On a global level it seems a bit frivolous, with everything else that's going on. But I can't fix the world, so instead I will join my friends in another celebration of our shared passion for one-design competition.

The occasion is the Florida State Championship, a Snipe regatta in St. Pete, FL. Because it's a qualifier for next year's Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship, we get three days of racing. And with 20 boats registered from various fleets, the competition will be great.


6 Lessons from the Lightweights

Monday, 12 October 2015 19:00

By Carol Cronin  (Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

Kim Couranz and I top out at a combined 280 pounds (127 kg), and more than one well-intentioned friend has quietly suggested we find heavier teammates. But we like sailing together too much for that, so instead we have worked hard to minimize our limitations. Here are six lessons we learned at the 2015 Worlds.


By Carol Cronin

33rd overall? Doesn’t sound very impressive. Four years ago, Kim Couranz and I sure weren’t crowing about that finish at the 2011 Snipe Worlds. So why are we so proud of finishing in exactly the same spot at the same regatta this year? Because it actually shows we’ve gotten better.

First off, there were only 59 boats at the 2011 Worlds and 83 at the 2015 event. Statistically, 33/83 is much better than 33/59—and I would argue that our progress has been even more significant than those numbers would indicate.


Wikipedia defines "The Mystic Lakes" as "closely linked bodies of water in the northwestern suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts." Fed by the Mystic River, which runs all the way to Boston Harbor, the name reportedly comes from the Wampanoag word "muhs-uhtuq", which translates to "big river."

Anyone who has sailed there, however, knows that the name is very appropriate for any regatta held on said waters. Puffs appear from "mystical" locations, or jump over one boat and reward another without rhyme or reason—leaving us all "mystified."

This past weekend the conditions were particularly trying, thanks to a zone of high pressure that kept any gradient wind from building. Northwest fought with northeast on Saturday, while Sunday's puffs filled from an incredibly wide variety of angles. Wisely, the RC pulled the plug early so we could all enjoy Sunday afternoon doing something besides waiting for wind.