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14 Questions to ... Mafalda Pires de Lima

Sunday, 06 December 2015 19:12

Mafalda, a very talented young girl from Porto, sailed the 2015 Junior Wolrds with is brother Tomas (8th place).

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

When I was about 5 years old, in my family boat "Bretoa". My father went inside the deck so that the others think I was sailing alone with my little brother that was about 3 years old. And after that experience I started sailing optimist when I was 10.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

It was in 2014 at the Portuguese Nationals. I got a call the day before from brother at mid-night asking me to replace the guy he was supposed to crew with and I did him a favour and said yes.

I ended up loving the boat and if we didn't break a ...... we would have been at the top 10!

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

When many jellyfish came inside my boat, they can cause 3rd degree burns!

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14 Questions to ... Felipe Rondina

Thursday, 03 December 2015 07:24

Felipe Rondina, from Brazil, was second at the Junior Worlds in Talamone, and he won a race at the Open Worlds.

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My first time sailing was with my father and my brother when i was three years old, but by myself was in an Optimist when I was 7.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

My first time on a Snipe was when I was 8 years old with my friend Flavio Pimentel.

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

It was here in Brasília, when two boats crossed in opposite ways and both were with spinnaker.

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14 Questions to ... Nicholas Grael

Saturday, 28 November 2015 17:32

A dynasty of sailors. Nicholas Grael, from Rio de Janeiro, is son of Lars and nephew of Torben. Nicholas wasn't lucky at the Junior Worlds in Talamone, he won three races, broke the gooseneck and finished the championship in fifth.

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

Maybe even before I was born, my family always sailed and I learned to sail since I was a baby, but I only began sailing Optis with 9 years old (2006).

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

In Brasilia, 2007, crewing for my friend Felipe Rondina, we were both 10 years old!

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

I was in an Optimist regatta in Ilhabela (near São Paulo) when suddenly I saw a penguin hitting my boat and trying to get on!

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14 Questions to ... Antonio Lopez Montoya

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 07:39

Antonio Lopez Montoya, from Cartagena, Spain, is the 2015 Junior World Champion (with his crew Gregorio Belmonte Cuenca).

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My first time in Optimist was in the summer of 2006.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

Mmmmm, I think that two years and a half ago, during the summer too.

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

I remember one time in an Optimist race in Vigo. The wind was so light and the current was so strong that the boats could only move backwards in the upwind.

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

When something related to my equipment breaks and you lose the race because of this.

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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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14 Questions to ... Mateus Tavares

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 22:20

Mateus Tavares, 2015 Snipe World Champion

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano - Video: surfing Laser in 2007)

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

Maybe when I was 5 years old.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

In 1996 I was Mario Urban's "Maru" crew. We won the State of Bahia Champioship. I was 16 at that time.

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

Laser Worlds in Jeju, North Korea 2006. We had to stop the event for two days, put all the boats into the containers and wait a hurricane pass trough to restart the regatta.

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

Sailors that disrespect the rules to take advatage of some situation.

- 5) Which is the race/regatta that you remember with the most pleasure?

I won one race of the Europe Class Worlds of 2000 that was held in my hometown, Salvador de Bahia. Part of my family was watching that race. It was a memorable moment.

- 6) And the race/regatta you would like to forget?

I had a psychological crisis in the Laser Worlds in 2008 in Australia. I ended up abandoning the event. I regret having had this attitude, but it was my decision at that time.

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Stephan and Monica Irgens frequently win the "farthest traveled award." Based in St. Louis, MO, they are regular attendees for most of the east coast US regattas, including the Florida winter circuit, and also traveled to Poland last year for the first open European championship. Here they answer the famous 14 questions about what brought them to the Snipe originally, how they met (at a regatta of course), and what keeps them coming back for more.

1. Your first time in a sailing boat?

Stephan: We were four teenagers that had never set foot in a sailboat. The owner of an OK-jolle, about the size of a Snipe, placed us in this dinghy and pushed us out. I was the helmsman since I could handle motorboats.......There were not much wind and we sailed nicely out in the Oslo fjord but coming back was a struggle, in fact we could not make it. The owner had to swim out to get us back on land. Lesson learned, put a paddle in the boat.

Monica: I was about 13 staying with cousins at their cabin by the lake, Estavayer-le-Lac, Switzerland. They had a Vaurien, we went out sailing and the first thing they did was to capsize the boat and teach me how to bring the boat up and quick. We had fun.

2. Your first time in a Snipe?

Stephan: From the deck of my house in Åsgårdstrand, Norway, I was watching my friends sailing the Snipe Nationals. I liked the shape and form of the Snipe. It looked so right and pleasing and advanced with all those colorful control lines. I bought one of the boats and the first time in a Snipe was in my own "White Lady" with my son.

Monica: I knew about the Snipe through my friends Jane and Jan Persson. In 1993, they invited me to Santiago de la Ribera, Spain, to stay with them for the Snipe European Masters. I did not sail, but got to meet sailors and passed three fun days. There is where I met Stephan and Jerry Thompson; they were planning to go to the 1994 World's Master in Japan and said they were looking for a light crew. A month later I received a letter from Stephan asking if I would go with him to Palma de Mallorca so we could train at a Snipe regatta. I accepted, this was my first time sailing a Snipe and we won the first race.

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14 Questions to ... Kim Couranz

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 20:12

I've been lucky enough to sail a Snipe with Kim Couranz since 2010. Kim's based in Annapolis, only a short walk from the home of Snipe Fleet 532 (Severn Sailing Association). Since our homes are about 400 miles apart, we mostly meet up for regattas, though we do try to fit in a practice day or two when our schedules permit.

The very definition of "super crew", Kim guilts, grins, and cajoles me into sailing my best. And when I don't, she prescribes (and supplies) large doses of the best regatta medicine of all: laughter.  -Carol Cronin

- 1. Your first time in a sailing boat?

When I was a kid, maybe 6 or so, our across-the-street neighbors had a Sunfish. They car-topped it to a nearby lake, and convinced me to come out with them on it. It was pretty windy and was terrified when it started to heel. Well at least I thought it was windy, probably wasn't really!

- 2. Your first time in a Snipe?

1996 U.S. Nationals in Pensacola, Florida. It was so hot people were getting off the water and jumping into the pool with full sailing gear on to cool off. That was so long ago I don't remember a heck of a lot more about it!

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14 Questions to ... Doug Hart

Sunday, 12 April 2015 21:46

Doug Hart, Snipe Sailor from San Diego

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

I first sailed in 1959 on an old Flying Dutchman sailboat with my father on a very large lake in Nebraska. I was 6 years old.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

My first time in a Snipe was borrowing my good friend, Bob Jackman's Snipe in 1985 for a sail on Mission Bay in San Diego. I had been sailing Windsurfers for the past 10 years and was excited to sail in a boat with a very competitive and friendly reputation.

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

I remember a College National regatta in 1976 sailed in Lasers at Kings Pont New York where the wind died on the run (Windward - Leeward course). The 2 knot current was going in the same direction as the wind (before it died). The entire fleet was carried beyond the leeward mark. At about the same time as the last boat drifted abeam the leeward mark, the wind came up from the same direction and the fleet positions turned inside out. Sometimes it is better to be last !!!

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14 Questions to Alex and Lisa Pline

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 18:00

Alex and Lisa say: "We were a fission of two separate Snipe circles and still maintain our own “identities” in the class so we have answered separately, just the way we roll!" 

1) Your first time in a sailing boat?

Lisa: Although I was too young to remember, my first ride in a sailboat would have been on a Butterfly (12' scow) on Lake Lotawana, MO.  I do remember crewing in a "double handed" nationals at age 4 in a terrifying stormy race and skippering on my own at age 6.

Alex: When my parents moved to Massachusetts when I was 2, my father bought a Bullseye, a 12’ local keelboat (after having had a wooden snipe a number of years earlier).  I don’t remember it, but that summer they took my sister and me sailing a number of times and tell the story of our sleeping the whole time under the cuddy cabin.

2) Your first time in a Snipe?

Lisa: Bermuda Race Week 1986.  I had met James Jacobs Laser sailing on the Potomac a few weeks earlier when I get a call: "I need a crew for Bermuda Race Week.  It's as important to win the party as winning the race.  You have 24 hours to decide.  Click."  Now THAT'S an introduction to Snipe Sailing!  No place/event on earth personified "Serious Sailing, Serious Fun" as much as Bermuda Race Week did.