Last version: February 18, 2018

All Sanctioned or Club/Fleet Regattas shall be conducted in accordance with the WS RRS. The use of the following prescriptions is strongly recommended, unless the NoR establishes the use of the RoC for National and International Championship regattas.

World Snipe Day 2018

Friday, 16 February 2018 07:25

February 14, 2018

Dear National Secretaries,

Class promotion is one of the main aspects to work on and the fleet activity is the fulcrum of the promotion.

A lively fleet promotes events, regattas, clinics, training sessions, parties among its members, but should also focuses its attention outside on other sailors.

The aim is to attract new people to our Class by helping them discover our wonderful boat.

This is the reason why the Board warmly encourages fleets in all countries to organize a World Snipe Day, at the best time of year for such activities in your region.

Read the open letter


The 2018 Snipe Rules of Conduct for Championships (Nationals on up) are posted and updated on the Snipe website.

by Pietro Fantoni, SCIRA Commodore

This is not meant to be a sermon. But an invitation to reflect.

The Board likes to see that there are many races with so many boats around the world. But it would most like to see that all the sailors are members in good standing with the Class Association. Also it would like to see that all the National Secretaries enforce the membership rule.

SCIRA ... Association, asociación, associazione, associação, asocijacija, vereniging, yhdistys, association, verein, association, stowarzyszenie, ассоциация, 協会

From the Webster dictionary: Association is: - a) an organized group of people who have the same interest, job, etc. - b) a connection or relationship between things or people

We have a boat, the Snipe!
We have the same interest: sailing Snipes!
We are all Snipe Sailors!
There is a connection or relationship between Snipes, Sailing Snipe, Snipe Sailors.
Definitely we need an association for sailing and racing Snipes!


Membership and SCIRA Rules

Thursday, 18 January 2018 18:27

by Antonio Bari - Rules Committee Chairman

Not only is a sailing Class strong when a lot of wonderful regattas are organized all over the world, but also if it has a large membership. Statistics say that the Snipe is still one of the largest one design classes in the world, where the word "large" means boats, regattas, organization, strong rules and membership. I put "membership" at the end because it's the membership that holds it all together.

But, here my role of RC Chairman comes out, membership is also required by our rules, specifically Section 14 of the By Laws:


Why join SCIRA?

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 22:16

by Jerelyn Biehl

What are some of the benefits of a strong class association?

  • A strong class association means lots of boats to race against, near you and around the world!
  • A strong class association with lots of racing attracts the world's best sailors - giving you the best racing possible!
  • A strong class association means major events scheduled at the best sailing locations and moving all over each continent- there will always be a big event near you!
  • A strong class association means solid class rules making all boats as identical as possible - you are competing against other sailors, not their check books!
  • A strong class association means lots of people looking to buy boats keeping the resale value of your boat high.
  • A strong class association keeps an eye towards the future and works with the builders to make improvements where needed while preserving as well as possible the competitiveness of older boats.

To be strong, a class association needs the support of its sailors!


How to Start Racing Snipes Right

Friday, 18 December 2015 18:48

By Carol Cronin

The Snipe is a two person dinghy that brings the well-balanced class motto “serious sailing, serious fun” to life at every regatta. With a range of ages and abilities, the racing is always competitive and the parties are never dull. It’s a class we can grow old in, with age-appropriate challenges and opportunities for every generation. The article I wrote 20 years ago, Why Sail a Snipe, still holds true today.

Some owners enjoy day sailing their Snipe, but competition is the boat’s primary appeal. And once you join this fraternity, anywhere in the world there is a Snipe sailor you can count on an instant friend.

Your best path to the pleasures and challenges of Snipe racing will vary depending on your location. Here are a few generic tips to get you out sailing the first time.

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)


Long Range Planning Committee selected

Thursday, 11 January 2018 21:14

Commodore Pietro Fantoni has confirmed the Long Range Planning Committee for SCIRA consisting of:

Chairman: Don Bedford
Gweneth Crook and Ricardo Lobato.

All are past Commodores of SCIRA and will be discussing 3 topics:
1. Direct payment of SCIRA Dues
2. Mixed World Championship
3. SCIRA and World Sailing

The LRPC is outlined in SCIRA's Constitution as a standing committee, appointed by the Commodore.

Switzerland Rejoins SCIRA

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 22:32

A new fleet has been created in Switzerland, bringing the Swiss back to the Snipe Class.  Marcel Fux is the Fleet Captain and National Secretary for Switzerland with fleet 901, Lago di Lugano.  Switzerland was host to the first Worlds held outside the United States, in 1947 on Lake Geneva (fleet 79), organized by Dr. Martin Dupan with champions from 13 nations.  Welcome back Switzerland!

The Commodore's Log Book

Friday, 05 January 2018 21:09

Hello Snipe Sailors!

This is my first report as SCIRA Commodore (and the first time the Snipe Bulletin is published in digital format only). I've already met many of you at regattas, or maybe you've read my articles on SnipeToday or in the Snipe Bulletin. I am proud to represent a class born 86 years ago that is still quite lively, which brings together excellent and passionate sailors from 28 countries and 4 continents.

First of all I want to thank outgoing Commodore Gweneth Crook for her competence and dedication to our Class. Gweneth will continue to help out at major events. It was an honor for me to work with her and to have such good discussions the past few years.