5 Life Lessons from Winning a Worlds

Friday, 24 August 2018 07:15

by Carol Cronin

As a writer and sailor, there are few chances for me to sit back and, well, CROW about a recent accomplishment. But that’s exactly what I’m going to do today, because supercrew Kim Couranz and I just won a World Championship! For those of you who don’t speak sailing, these five lessons do apply to any of life’s challenges—and I promise to go easy on the lingo.

The Snipe Women’s Worlds in Newport included four days of sailing in a wide variety of conditions, just as any world championship should. Sailors have different specialties, and though mine has always been light air we won the event on the final and windiest day because we’ve been working hard to get stronger and faster in big breeze. Lesson #1: Work on your weaknesses.


From the book "Master of the Sky and Sea – The Story of Ted Wells" by James Rix

A few regattas in the early '40s had participants from other countries making them informal international regattas including one in 1946 at Lake Chautauqua, New York. Sailors from Brazil, Newfoundland, Portugal, and Switzerland participated as well as many from USA fleets. Dr. Martin Dupan, representing Switzerland, was so impressed with the regatta at Chautauqua, New York, that he became the initiator for the first world championship to be held outside of the US in Geneva, Switzerland in 1947.

This was the first invitational contest just between the national champions from different countries. Since Ted had won the US National regatta, he qualified as the United States representative to the World Championships.


#7082 "Snowball"

Monday, 23 July 2018 22:07

The 1953 Snipe Worlds Championship (Monaco) is described in Ted Wells "Wells' Wanderings" column in the October 1953 Snipe Bulletin, and there is also an article with boat equipment and regatta observations by the winning crew in the December 1953 Snipe Bulletin. The winning skipper that year was A.J. Conde Martins (age 17 at the time) and the crew was Fernando Lima Bello, both from Portugal. Their results in the 5-race series were 2-2-5-3-3. The USA (2nd place, finishes 1-DSQ-2-1-1) was represented by Tom Frost (also age 17 at the time) and crew Fred Schenck sailing 1948 Varalay Snipe #7082 "Snowball" which was also winner of the USA Snipe Nationals that year.


The Commodore's Log Book

Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:11

Hello Snipe Sailors!

In the northern hemisphere we are at the height of the competitive season: many national championships have already been held as well as a successful World Masters in Vilamoura, Portugal.

In particular, this regatta was a successful event with 77 participants from 15 nations. The race area of Vilamoura gave the sailors every day different and challenging conditions, with current, different wind strengths. In the end, the Spaniards Damian Borras and Jordi Triay dominated the series with 5 bullets out of 7 races. The organization on and off the water was very good. I think everyone had fun, both at sea and on land with social events. For me, as often happens with the Snipe regattas, it was possible to meet old friends and make new ones.


Snipe Bulletin

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 07:41

Read the latest Snipe Bulletin - summer issue

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