Over 60 boats came to Annapolis this summer to sail the Snipe US Nationals. One thing that stood out was how many young people were racing this year. It wasn’t just the 20 something teams, of which there were a bunch. It was also the parents sailing with their kids. Maybe it was the light air venue but I think it was the harbinger of a resurgence of good one design racing in a boat that can be sailed competitively by young and old.
The US Snipe Class has been working hard to get younger sailors to experience the boat for the past 10 years. From the looks of the turnout at this regatta, they have succeeded.
The competition for winning the Heinzerling trophy got a whole lot more heated this year. When it came time to add up the points, two of the top five teams were younger Snipers and one of the others was a women’s team. All five of those teams qualified for the Snipe Worlds next year in Denmark and that team harks back to the early days of Snipe sailing when younger Snipers made up the vast bulk of the Class.