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14 Questions to ... Greg Saldana

Thursday, 06 February 2014 07:00

Greg Saldana, Snipe sailor from Michigan

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

1981 in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. Scott Deardorff invited me to crew on his dad's boat: a 33 foot sloop designed by Britton Chance Jr. for lake sailing. Scott's dad Bill, rigged the boat with a very tall mast and the sail area was huge. It also had very narrow beam - maybe eight feet max. The boat pointed like hell but downwind with the huge spinnaker we had our hands full. The boat was named after a famous California bandit: Joaquin Murrieta. I had many good times on that boat.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

1994 in Biscayne Bay Miami, Florida with Gonzalo Diaz Sr. - The Old Man. I had just moved to Miami from California and was lucky to learn about he and his Snipe program through a colleague at the University. At that time he was very active with a leasing program and building the fleet. He offered very affordable terms with an option to buy and it was a perfect fit for me. Old Man gave me a demonstration on how to set the boat up and then we went sailing on the Bay. We sealed the deal out his van/office same day. The best lease agreement I've ever signed.

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14 Questions to ... Ulrik Sandvig

Monday, 03 February 2014 18:49

Ulrik Sandvig, Norwegian Snipe Champion

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

Sailboat holiday with my parents, I think it was my first ever summer (1980), so I probably was 8 months or so.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

My father and I borrowed the snipe of a friend of my father. The wind was light and I remember I felt the boat was fast and responsive upwind. I think it was spring in 1997, the year my sister Heidi and I started racing snipes and sailboats in general. Thanks to our national secretary Birger Jansen, who was enthusiastic and encouraging, we ended up racing a lot right from the start.

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

- Hard to say. I have experinced a lot of strange conditions, like planing on mirror-like water. And many interesting situations when the current has been way too strong in light wind making boats go backwards on the course. I think what has felt most bizarre at time of incident are strange actions of regatta staff, like starting starting procedure with the starting line pointing straight into the wind, or starting towing the topmark upwind when boats are about to round it...

14 Questions to ... Fernando Madureira

Saturday, 01 February 2014 17:30

Fernando Madureira, Brazilian National Secretary and Snipe sailor

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

I was 11 years old at 1987. At ICRJ sailing school, in the same class was Bruno Bethlem. Dante was our freshman, only a semester after us.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

My first time was crewing for a friend in 1991 and I bought my first snipe at 1993.

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

In 1995 , at Mar del Plata, Argentina, crewing for Mauricio Santa Cruz (Santinha) in a heavy wind day, we capsize down and down there and around were some sealions.

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14 Questions to ... Dieguito Lipszyc

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 20:00

"Mini" ... Dieguito, the Great crew from Argentina

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My first time was when I was about 7 years old in a boat bought by my father. I liked sailing and after that first time I started the optimist school.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

It was in the year 2009. I was sailing in Laser and the Snipe class was racing in the same place. I was fascinated by these boats, the following week I decided to buy my first snipe with a friend.

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

It was in the San Roque lake in Cordoba, a province of Argentina. We started the race 4 minutes late. All the boats went to the right side of the lake and we decided to go to the left to see if we can reach the boats ahead us. The wind changed its direction 60 grades to the left and increased its speed 30 knots. The other boats could not finish the upwind and we finished the race at the first place smiling about the situation.

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14 Questions to ... Taylor Scheuermann

Monday, 27 January 2014 18:40

Taylor Scheuermann young Snipe sailor from Miami

I want to start by saying that this is an incredible honor! I've always wondered if I were to ever receive a "14 Questions" request ... and now here it is! I couldn't have helped but to grin in amazement when I received your request for this interview.

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My first time on a sailboat was when I was around the age of eight, sailing on a Tartan 28 keelboat named Maiden with my parents, out in Biscayne Bay in Miami. My parents had met through sailing, and they were very eager to instill the same love of sailing in the heart of their daughter.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

My first time on a Snipe was with Augie Diaz in 2008. He took me sailing for a day of practice to serve as a reprieve from my Optimist training. It was a day that I shall never forget, and that I shall never be able to repay Augie for, as it introduced me into this amazing fleet.

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

Coming from one of the warmest cities in the United States, I had never seen snow. Yet, while sailing in Boston at a Women's College regatta in my Freshman year, we found ourselves racing in sleet! Needless to say, it felt incredibly bizarre to be sailing in such conditions.

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14 Questions to ... Paolo Lambertenghi

Saturday, 18 January 2014 20:17

Paolino Lambertenghi, Snipe sailor from Torbole, Lake Garda, Italy

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

First time at 10 years in Optimist. I stopped for age, not because I was too big to stay in the boat ...

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

In 1986 with Thomas Freddy, my opponent in the Optimist, at the Italian junior championship in Rosignano Solvay.

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

In that regatta in Rosignano. At the Senior Championship shortly after the juniors, during the first race, I put the pole (not automatic) in the eye of Thomas at the leeward mark. We were in the top 5 and we finished the race fifteen with Thomas' eyes closed, while I drove him only with my voice .... hospital and then we lost 2 races the next day ...

14 Questions to ... Alex Juk

Thursday, 09 January 2014 07:07

Alex Juk, WH&O General Secretary and Snipe sailor from Florianopolis, Brazil

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My first time sailing was when I still in the womb aboard a HC14 with my mother and my father (january 1982)! After this I started as bowman in a 22 foot boat at the age of 12. I started as skipper at 15 at the optimist.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

I started in Snipes sailing with my father in october 1998 at 16 years old. During these days we were starting over with the 450 fleet in Parana with some friends.

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

So many things! Maybe when we lost a cap on the first upwind and found the cap on the last downwind.

14 Questions to ... Tiago Roquette

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 06:33

Tiago Roquette, from Oporto, a Snipe sailor in a family of Snipe sailors. He was just voted "Sniper of the Year".

(photo courtesy of Nuno Machado)

 

First of all, I would like to congratulate you and your team for your fantastic work with this initiative.

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

I've started sailing in optimist at the age of 7.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

My first time on a snipe boat was crewing with my Dad when I was 15. After that, with 19 years old and 3 Snipe boats at home, my father Antonio, my brother Pedro and myself, we've started a very interesting "family fight" in almost all championships that we've raced.

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

In 1996 me and my brother Pedro, we were sailing the Portuguese Championship and at the last day we needed one first place to win the regatta. The wind that day decided to blow (about 25 knots) and our weight was 125 Kg. We knew that our chances were low that day. So we were praying for some light wind, when the port shroud broke 15 min before the start. Somehow the mast didn't broke and I decided to go home. Forget the first race of the day and manage to come back for the second and last race was my idea. But, my brother (Mr. MacGyver) made a quick knot on our shroud, passed a rope on it and titled very strongly. We started on time and suddenly we had the faster boat going upwind that we never had tried. We won the two races of that day and the regatta.

14 Questions to ... Fabio Rochelli

Wednesday, 01 January 2014 14:38

Fabio Rochelli, aka "Rocket" or ... "Red Cappuccet" (Little Red Riding Hood), from Trieste

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

In 1974, at age 12, in the harbor of Barcola, they made me get on an Optimist. I began to slide on the water with this invisible force of the wind. And I was bewitched.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

In a regatta in Monfalcone in 1998, after 18 years away from dinghies

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

While I was sailing a big boat regatta called "24 Hours of San Marino" at the helm of Fanatic, an ultralight displacement boat of 54 feet, we hooked with the keel the anchor line of a course mark. We tried to free the keel from the line and, because it was impossible, at the end, we tried to cut it, but ... unfortunately we perforated the mark. At that point we recovered the flat mark, the line, the chain and the anchor and we delivered them to the race committee who was at the club. Result: Race cancelled.

14 Questions to ... Juan Jose Ferretti

Friday, 27 December 2013 19:05

Juan Jose Ferretti Snipe Sailor from Ecuador

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

Lightnings, Back on 1996, a friend asked me to complete his crew

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

May 2011, I moved to Miami to do some training for Panam games.

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

On December 2011, we were on South American Beach Games held on Manta, Ecuador, with nasty conditions, blowing +25 knots, huge waves, in last day of racing, on a second reach leading the race we flipped and the Daggerboard went straight to the bottom of the sea!