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14 Questions to ... Yannick Laumans

Thursday, 12 January 2017 19:12

Yannick Laumans from Antwerp, Belgium

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My father got in to Snipe sailing around the time I was born. After that it took me about 4 years to have my first laps around the lake, in a Snipe. After two years of gym and spinach shakes I started sailing myself in the Optimist when I was 6 years old.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

Isn't this question a little bit too personal?
However, as mentioned before, my first step in boat was in a Snipe. So, was it really inevitable that I became a Snipe sailor?
I remember I didn't like that the boat was heeling. Already at a young age I knew a boat hat to be sailed flat in order to go fast. (Fear was definitely not involved.)

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

One bizarre event that will stick to me was during the Europe Worlds in Vilamoura (Portugal), 2001.
From a smooth 16 kn thermal breeze all of a sudden the wind changed into complete disorder. From wind gaps to +30 kn and back, from South to North and back. In the meantime the air changed color from sky blue to muggy orange and the sense from ocean fresh to dry, warm and sultry. The circumstances got kind of apocalyptic. Impossible to complete fair racing, so the race was cancelled and we were send back in. Once ashore we got informed that, in a way of speaking, the whole country was on fire. It appeared to be biggest forest fire up to that time. Now, when I hear Smoke on the water by Deep Purple, I can somehow imagine what it looks like.

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14 Questions to ... Art Rousmaniere

Monday, 02 January 2017 18:06

Art Rousmaniere is the US National Secretary and a long-time member of the Snipe Class along with his wife Jennifer. He sails out of the Winchester Boat Club in Massachusetts, the host of the 2017 US Nationals.

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

I have 6 older brothers and a younger sister in a sailing family so I suspect my first time in a sailboat was in my father's 30-foot Atlantic. These typically race with 3-4 crew members but my father was a social animal so we oftentimes sailed with 6-7 and there was always continuous chatter aboard – not necessarily about sailing.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

My first time was on the maiden voyage of our "Swedish Chef" (McLaughlin 25412). I bought it with my wife based solely on her enthusiastic review of her first sail on a Snipe the previous summer as crew for Meredith Adams in Newport.

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14 Questions to ... Reino Suonsilta

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 22:42

Reino Suonsilta, Snipe sailor from Helsinki and member of the Promotion Committee

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

I rented a 20 ft daysailer with my girlfriend (later my wife) after reading tons of sailing books. We barely managed to get back in one piece, with only one lost jib bag.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

In 1979 we bought our first Snipe, a Persson copy built by Svante Lindholm in 1974. We sailed that for 2 years, went away from sailing for 20 years and then started again in 2004.

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

I was sailing with my son on a national ranking series regatta. We were late from the start and other had already gone a couple of minutes ago. By pure unbelievable luck, we were the first rounding the windward mark. We were so excited that we capsized the boat when setting up the pole. Well, at least the photographer got good series of pictures on how to get the boat up again.

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14 Questions to ... Arthur Blodgett

Thursday, 01 December 2016 18:42

Arthur Blodgett, Snipe sailor and coach from Fort Lauderdale

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My first memory was when I was 5 my dad rented a Wooden Beetle Cat at Mystic Seaport and took me and my little brother sailing. I think he let me steer before the end of it.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

Fear Of Missing Out led me to my first Snipe sail in a regatta -the 2009 FL State Champs. My schoolmates Sheehan Commette and Julia Melton were sailing Sheehan's boat, so I went down to the club the day before, Dr. Lang agreed to loan me a boat (an '84 Muller), and Kaye Siemers and I went racing the next day. I remember doing a fan-the-leech move upwind while looking up at the sail, noticing that the whole mast flexed and thinking "this is going to be fun."

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

Blowing the rudder out of the back of my friend's borrowed Snipe on an underwater pipe just off the dock at Coconut Grove. I have never heard such a loud bang as was made by the gudgeon popping out of the thin, acoustical Persson transom. Fortunately, it was "daiquiris on the dock day" provided by Carmen Diaz, and I soon had a restorative beverage in my hand as I watched Sheehan and Peter patch the boat with some fine use of Marine-Tex. Mitch Hall if your reading this I'm sorry I didn't tell you about this but your rudder is right on center!

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Martin Bermudez de la Puente, 2017-2018 SCIRA General Secretary for Europe, is an avid Snipe sailor and organizer of the famous "Open de Espana."

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My first time was when I was 6 years old, my father and a friend of his took us out in his boat. That summer my father registered me in the sailing school of Vilagarcía.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

In Vilagarcía there was a small fleet of Snipe, and sometimes they didn´t have enough people for all boats and they took us.

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

I coudn't tell just one, I think that it happens to me almost every time.

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14 Questions to ... Juliana Duque

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 22:25

Juliana Duque, from Salvador, Brazil, winner of the 2016 Women's Championship in Bracciano

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My first time was at 2 years old in a Fast 31 of my parents.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

16 years old.

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

It was one of the first times I sailed in the Laser class and it was very windy and serious, I never saw anything like it. I surfed good waves but I spent most of the time with the boat upside down.

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14 Questions to ... Yuichi Ooi

Sunday, 21 February 2016 20:09

Yuichi Ooi, with his crew Noriaki Sakai, was ninth (first Japanese team) at the 2015 Snipe World Championship in Talamone.

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14 Questions to ... Kenta Nakagawa

Thursday, 07 January 2016 21:36

Kenta Nakagawa, from Doshisha University, Japan, was 6th at the 2015 Junior Worlds.

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My first time was when I was 15 years old on a Snipe.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

Same as 1.

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

I do not know what to write. Too many things bizzare things happened in various ways. hahaha

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

When I am on the wrong side, like during the Snipe Junior Worlds in 2015. I dropped a big opportunity and through it lost first place.

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14 Questions to ... Alvaro Martinez Iribarne

Saturday, 02 January 2016 16:13

Alvaro Martinez Iribarne, from Malaga, Spain, was third at the 2015 Snipe Open Worlds in Talamone, Italy. He won the 2011 Junior Worlds in Rungsted, Denmark.

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My first time was when I was 8-9 years old in an Optimist.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

When I finished my time in the Optimist, I changed directly to the Snipe class.

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

On the last day of the 2011 Juniors Worlds in Denmark, when we were rounding the last downwind mark, the Race Committe changed the course and I remember it was like a 220º. When I was on port tack, after I rounded the mark I looked at the compass and the finish line should be set in front of me! 10 minutes after, the R.C set the finish line in front of me and I finished the race first. Maybe I was the only person who looked at the board with the new compass bearing for the finish line.

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14 Questions to ... Michele Meotto

Saturday, 12 December 2015 15:27

Michele Meotto, from Udine, Italy, was third with his crew Alberto Cassandro at the 2015 Junior Worlds

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

I was ten years old, when my parents, annoyed because I used to play video games all the day, sent me to the Yacht Club Lignano's sailing school, where I began with the Optimist.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

Two years ago. Pietro Fantoni asked me to join him for a Snipe National Regatta in Pescara and I accepted with almost no idea of what a Snipe was. We raced nicely and I had lot of fun both on land and water.

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

At a Laser Regatta, the Race Comitee raised N flag 5 minutes after the start without any sound, so we kept racing. The absurd was that at the starting line the RC had already started a new procedure with all the boats far away from the line!

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