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Measurement and Class Rules Compliance

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 23:03

by Pietro Fantoni - SCIRA Vice Commodore

Compliance with Class Rules is critical to ensure that a Class does not lose credibility. If class rules are not respected and they are not enforced, there can be an escalation of fraud (more and more people cheat), and also a disenchantment among those who respect the rules and no longer appreciate this game without rules.

For the rules to be respected, the rules must be well written in a clear and precise manner.

But this is often not enough. It is necessary that they are actually effectively respected. If the rule is not respected and eventually becomes ineffective, it loses its function and the structure of the Class is altered. This can create deep tensions among the members.

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One or Two Fleets for the Worlds?

Friday, 25 August 2017 20:01

by Pietro Fantoni, SCIRA Vice Commodore

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

In La Coruna we split, for the first time in the history of the Snipe World Championship, the boats in two fleets: Yellow and Blue fleet for the qualifying series (5 races) and Gold and Silver for the final series (6 races).

85 boats in total competed for the 2017 Worlds, at the 2015 Worlds in Talamone the boats on the same starting line were 83.

I wrote an article on this topic a few months ago, starting from the positive experience of 2016 Europeans in Santiago de la Ribera (where the fleet of 109 boats was divided into two).

But was the experience in La Coruna just as positive as for the Europeans?

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(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

How did you prepare for the Worlds?

For Worlds, Mac and I started talking about making a plan in order to be able to compete at such high level. Our plan came into effect once we sailed the Commodore Rasco in Miami. Since then, we set out to sail three events hoping conditions would vary and we could work on our weaknesses. At the end, we only practice four days in Puerto Rico, two days in Fort Lauderdale and three regattas together. For Mac it was all about working on boat handling, while for me was all about working together in order to develop good speed around the course.

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Scoring System for Big Events

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 20:02

by Cesar Travado

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

A new scoring system was used for the 2016 Europeans and the Worlds 2017. It consists, as most of you know, on a Qualifying Series and Final Series.

For the Final Series, each competitor carries his/her Overall position of the Qualifying Serie as Race #1 of the Final Series. This Race #1 is not excluded as discard.

When César Sans and I wrote the Sailing Instructions for the Europeans 2016, we spent a lot of time on the phone (and emails) discussing how to write them to be the most clear and understandable for competitors, specially in the point about the Fleets and Scoring System. We put special care on finding the exact words to not let space to doubts. No modifications to the Sailing Instructions during the Europeans, so I guess we made a good job.

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Worlds Entry Timetable

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 07:37

Several years ago the Snipe Board of Governors voted to amend the entry system for the Hub Isaacs World Championship Deed of Gift. Let's do a quick history of how the Snipe World Championships have evolved:

  • 1934: In the first edition of the Worlds in 1934, only 2 countries were represented with 14 entries.
  • 1947: The first time the event went overseas was in 1947 to Geneva, Switzerland with one entry per country – 13 countries participated.
  • 1969: The one entry per country rule continued through to 1969 when Brazil was allowed two entries to accommodate the prior World Champion Nelson Piccolo to also compete.
  • 1973: the entry system was changed to allow two entries per country plus the current World Champion.
  • 1985: the addition of hemisphere champions was added to the entry quotas.
  • 1992: the Board of Governors moved to a quota system based upon the number of registered boats for the prior year with 2, 3 and 4 maximum entries, plus the hemisphere champions.
  • 2001: the entry quota was changed to include the average number of registered boats for the prior 2 years, and a sliding scale of entries from a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 8; the hemisphere champions; the addition of the top 2 junior world finishers and an additional entry for the host country and fleet.
  • 2011: the Board approved the latest re-allocation method to allow more competitors to attend the worlds if they meet certain criteria.
  • Minor adjustments have been made since 2011 to help clarify the process through wait lists etc. And that is where SCIRA stands now.

The current list of entry quotas is waiting to be finalized after Dec. 31, but initial allocations are shown on the attached chart.

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1959 World Championship

Thursday, 15 September 2016 00:00
Porto Alegre, Brazil, October 16-25, 1959
  1. Paul Elvstrom, Denmark
  2. Gonzalo Diaz, Sr., Cuba
  3. Masyuki Ishii, Japan
Sailed on the Guaiba River, 16 nations

Photos from the Fleet 426 archives

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By Pietro Fantoni

Diagrams and calculations by Stefano Longhi - Photos by Matias Capizzano

It is quite difficult to get a good start with a fleet of 40 Snipes fighting for the best position. Even more difficult is trying to start in an 83 boat fleet on one long starting line, as we did at the 2015 Snipe Worlds in Talamone, ITA, especially when the wind was shifting back and forth as much as 30 degrees. Difficult for the sailors, and for the Race Committee.

The starting lines were around 0.30 miles (about 550 meters). With a line so long, a wind shift of only 10 degrees results in a very big advantage to one end or the other. When the wind oscillates 20 or 30 degrees - as it did during the fourth and fifth day of racing, from N to NW, then back to N, then NE, and sometimes even from ENE - the advantage (or disadvantage) of one end over the other was even more amplified.

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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.

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14 Questions to ... Gustavo Carvalho

Thursday, 19 November 2015 19:47

Gustavo Carvalho, from Salvador de Bahia, 2015 Snipe World Champion with his skipper Mateus Tavares

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My first time on a sailing boat was when I began on Optimist, December of 2010

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

My first time on a Snipe was last year when I sailed with my brother, but we sailed just a little because we together weighed only 110kg. Really seriously, I began on a snipe in January.

- 3) The most bizarre thing that happened in a regatta?

i think nothing really bizarre has already happened to me.

- 4) What is the thing that most angers you in a race/regatta?

When i am doing well in a race and the wind just shifts like 40 degrees.

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By Carol Cronin

Over the past several years, there has been a lot of discussion about how to provide good charter boats for international championships—and how to get them returned in equally good shape. It's a tough challenge, and an important one to solve if we want to encourage as many people as possible to attend distant events.

The 2015 Worlds in Talamone set a new high standard for charter boat quality and repair work. From 7-27 September, DB Marine had three people always on site—and at critical times like measurement and practice days, there were four or five. Before the regatta, Enrico and Daniela Michel and their team (Andrea Pribaz, Fulvio Levantini and Antonia Contin) rigged charter boats (and then if necessary re-rigged them to a sailor's specific needs). During the event, they made 85 boat repairs, both on their own charter boats and on other boats in the fleet. And they did it all with a smile and "yes we can" attitude. The only times I saw either one sitting down was for their daily coffee break—and the day's repairs were usually curing during that short rest.

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