Snipe Sailing in the Orkney Islands

Friday, 07 April 2017 18:32

The Orkney Islands lie North of the Scottish Mainland.

The Snipe Class has been popular in the Orkney Islands for many years now. The picture attached shows snipes racing in the 1960s in Kirkwall Bay. This summer Orkney Sailing Club will be hosting the 2017 Snipe UK Championships. The event will run from 12 to 14 August. See the event website for more details: http://www.uksnipenationals2017.org.uk/

Many thanks to the Orkney Archives for the picture taken by Wilfie Marr.


Andrew Leslie

Holm Sailing Club

Orkney Snipes

Saturday, 14 September 2013 19:36

UK Nationals 2013


UK Nationals

Friday, 09 August 2013 00:00

Stromness, Orkney Islands, Scotland, UK. Regatta report by Andy Gibson

August 2-4, 2013. Full results and photos

25 snipe competed in the UK nationals at Stromness, Orkney. This is the largest fleet at a UK national for many years thanks to the large turnout from the local Orkney snipe fleets.
This was a memorable event for many reasons
- Meeting a new community of avid snipe sailors in a region where none of the regular fleet had visited before
- The weather was awesome, including the days before & after the event (unusual for these Islands even in August)
- The sailing waters were beautiful with crystal clear bays surrounded by hills and mountains
- the racing was great, masterminded from a classic 1920s lifeboat that served as committee boat - on loan from a local museum
- The Orkney hospitality, music, beer and whisky led to some serious fun
- The wildlife that we saw included seals every day, a minke whale, puffins

Maxim Romain sailed a great event and was a worthy winner

(courtesy SCIRA UK)

... full results and photos ...