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Snipe World Masters

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 21:17

April 30 is the initial deadline before the fee increases! Mark your racing calendar to sail in beautiful Vilamoura, Portugal June 24-30.

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Snipe World Masters

Sunday, 24 June 2018 00:00

Id Crook Memorial Snipe World Masters

Vilamoura, Portugal, June 24-30, 2018

Clase Snipe Portugal, Associação Naval de Lisboa, Marina de Vilamoura, Companhia Náutica

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2004 Master World Championship

Monday, 28 November 2016 18:47

Lake Bracciano 2004

Jimmy and Lori Make It Happen

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 07:00

by Carol Cronin

I’ve sailed against Bahamians Jimmy and Lori Lowe for more than two decades, and I’ve always felt they perfectly embodied the Snipe class motto of Serious Sailing, Serious Fun. Don’t try to cross them on the race course (unless of course you’re going the wrong way, and have also asked politely). And at the parties, definitely give the pair some space on the dance floor— especially if Jimmy is starting to “sway.”

Last week, I watched them pull off a miracle. Despite all predictions, the Id Crook Memorial Snipe Master World Championship took place in Nassau as planned, just two weeks after Hurricane Matthew brought 140 mph winds and 10 feet of storm surge to the island.

The Royal Nassau Sailing Club is a Snipe haven. Every year this small but welcoming white concrete building hosts two of the four regattas that make up the Winter Circuit. Once RNSC was awarded the 2016 Master Worlds, members committed a lot of time and money to rebuilding, repainting, and restoring their facilities. And by late September, everything was ready to go.

Until Matthew blew through.


Master Worlds - Final

Saturday, 22 October 2016 23:39

Nassau, Bahamas, October 22, 2016. Results after 7 races, 1 discard

(Photo courtesy of Primi Murgui)

1. USA Ernesto Rodriguez & Kathleen Tocke, 11

2. ARG Luis Soubie & Diego Lipszyc, 17

3. BRA Ralph Rosa & Alfredo Rovere, 26

4. USA Augie Diaz & Christine DeSilva, 28

5. USA Doug Hart & Christina Persson, 30

Report by Carol Cronin, photos and full results

In spite of a category 4 hurricane that hit only two weeks before the first race, the 2016 Snipe Masters Worlds went off without a hitch. It was a truly impressive show of Bahamian get-it-done attitude, and we all owe the locals a HUGE thank you for all the work they put in. No docks? No problem. Temporary docks were donated and installed to provide hoisting and launching space—though thanks to the unusual northerly breeze direction, there was not enough space for all the boats to tie up at once. As a result, the traditional Nassau lunch break between each day's two races was abandoned in favor of two races back to back. Otherwise it was business as usual, both on the crystal clear waters of Montagu Bay and back at the Royal Nassau Sailing Club after sailing.


Master Worlds - Day 4

Friday, 21 October 2016 22:06

Nassau, October 21, 2016. Results after 5 races

(Photo courtesy of Primi Murgui)

1. USA Ermesto Rodriguez & Kathleen Tocke, 14

2. ARG Luis Soubie & Diego Lipszyc, 16

3. BRA Ralph Rosa & Alfredo Rovere, 17

4. USA Doug Hart & Christina Persson, 26

5. JPN Motoharu Nishii & Eisuke Nord, 36

Report by Carol Cronin

Two races today in very challenging conditions. Northwest breeze came right down Montagu Bay, but it varied in speed from 10-18 knots and from 300-010 degrees. Those who got off the line in a position of the next shift were quickly launched, leaving the rest of us with few options for a clean lane. After that it was a matter of staying in the pressure, which filled in from side to side with no predictable pattern


Master Worlds - Day 3

Friday, 21 October 2016 07:14

Nassau, The Bahamas, October 20, 2016. Results after 3 races

(Photo courtesy of Primi Murgui)

1. ARG Luis Soubie & Diego Lipszych, 6

2. USA Ernesto Rodriguez & Kathleen Tocke, 11

3. BRA Ralph Rosa & Alfredo Rovere, 12

4. USA Andrew Pimental & Megan Place, 18

5. USA Doug Hart & Christina Persson, 19

By Carol Cronin

We sailed two races back to back today in a shifty, puffy northerly that even had the locals wondering what would happen next. It was a little windier (11-14) for the first race, and also a little bit steadier and slightly more predictable. Staying in phase was the key, though the left side seemed to win out more than the right. Augie Diaz/Christine DeSilva led the whole race but lost the lead just before the finish to Rodriguez/Tocke. Rumor has it there may have been some swimming involved...


Master Worlds - Day 2

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 21:54

Nassau, October 19, 2016

(Photo courtesy of Primi Murgui)

With puffs already to 17 knots, the RC has given the fleet a lay day today instead of tomorrow. Plans for entertainment include the rum distillery, pirate museum, casinos, pool/bar, and kiteboarding for anyone who brought gear. Tonight is Bahamian night at the RNSC. Tomorrow"s forecast looks very nice.

Master Worlds - Day 1

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 07:29

Nassau, October 18, 2016. Results after 1 race

(Photo courtesy of Primi Murgui)

1. BRA Ralph Rosa & Alfredo Rovere

2. ARG Luis Soubie & Diego Lipszyc

3. USA Ernesto Rodriguez & Kathleen Tocke

4. FIN Claus Carpelan & Freddy Wegelius

5. JPN Motoharu Nishi & Eisuke Nord

We had one race in 13-16 with one puff to 20 on the last beat. after a short postponement the RC abandoned for the day, since the wind was over the limit. We are planning on two back to back races tomorrow starting at 1030am.

... full results and photos ...