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14 Questions to … Jordi Triay

Saturday, 27 April 2013 21:09

Jordi Triay, Snipe sailor form Menorca, Spain

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

At 12 years old.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

At 15 years old.

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

When I sailed my Snipe and I saw a shark down in the water.

14 Questions to … Eric Heim

Monday, 22 April 2013 07:12

Eric Heim, sailmaker and Snipe sailor from San Diego

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

On a boat: At a few weeks old, my mom took me on the Race Committee boat (40 ft Catamaran) for the Freestyle 474 Nationals that my dad was sailing. First time sailing: probably tied to the mast of my moms windsurfer ;)

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

A friend was leaving California and selling his Snipe. The price went down $100 every week. I waited until 2 days before he left and got his Phoenix (Mud Flap Girl) from him for $700. It was probably 1998 or so. First regatta was in Alamitos Bay. My good friend Nathan crewed for me because I thought it may be windy. The boat broke a lot and we probably only finished 2 races, well behind. The next regatta was Mission Bay, and that is when I first met George Szabo. He helped me set the rig up properly even though I had Ullman Sails (who I worked for at the time, and did not tell him).

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

We sailed the J-24 North Americans in San Francisco. Broke the rudder on Day 1, so packed up and went home. We ordered a new rudder and it arrived. Fitted it, then went to Santa Barbara for the next regatta. We started to put the mast up, but could not figure out what was wrong with the tuning. We kept turning the turnbuckles, but could not get any tension on the gauge. Went below to make sure the butt was on the right spot and noticed that the deck was about 1" away from the main bulkhead! Decided that it would be light air and the boat was insured, so we raced the series anyways. We were so fast in under 7 knots that we almost won the regatta! We learned from this and changed our light air tuning for the future with good success.

14 Questions to … Alberto Perdisa

Thursday, 18 April 2013 20:39

Alberto Perdisa, inventor, promoter, sponsor and organizer of the Piada Trophy, owner of a publishing house and a vineyard on the hills near Bologna and ... Snipe sailor

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

In 1972, my father gave me a Flying Junior for my promotion to high school.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

November 1998 at the Winter Championship in Talamone.

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

With my son Filippo at the helm and me as crew on our Snipe, near the finish line the tiller slipped out of its seat. We managed to finish the race in second place with Filippo steering by holding the rudder directly with his hands, kneeling on the stern.

14 Questions to … Pedro Pires de Lima

Saturday, 06 April 2013 21:11

Pedro Pires de Lima, sailmaker and Snipe sailor

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

I was 10 years old, in a Optimist.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

At age 13 I was too big to sail my optimist so started to crew my uncle Tito Roboredo

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

In the 1986 Maxi Multi-Hull Round Europe Race we were racing over the limits. At that time Kevlar was too expensive and we had Dacron sails. The 230 sqm main, made in two ply 400 gr cloth weighted almost 300 Kg.

Upwind in 25 + knts if we eased the main sheet it took 15 min to sheet it in again. Trying to stay with the leaders we decide to keep it in all time, and fly really high almost full time the upwind hull. During the couple of weeks of this insane sailing, in every leg stop we had to repair a crack in the painting. It was annoying to have it done every 3 or 4 days ...

14 Questions to … Kathleen Tocke

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 19:55

Kathleen Tocke, Snipe sailor, sailor and ... skier

1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My mother bought a Lightning. For my first sail, I brought a blanket, doll, and book because I thought it was a keelboat. I still insisted on sleeping under the deck.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

I was 17. Some friends from my university sailing team invited me to race in the Don Q and in Nassau. None of us had sailed Snipes before. We were so bad! I did not sail a Snipe again until many years later.

14 Questions to … Hal Gilreath

Monday, 18 March 2013 17:04

Hal Gilreath, Snipe Sailor from Jacksonvile

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

Probably about the time I was 3 or 4 years old. I don't remember exactly.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

I remember sailing the Atlanta Yacht Club Open in 1970. I crewed for my dad and didn't have much idea what I was doing. I stood on the deck to jibe the pole.

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

Getting washed out of an intercollegiate 420 as it planed down the East River. I was hanging onto the transom and the tiller. My crew was yelling "hey, what are you doing? Get back in the boat". I was like, sure, no problem.

14 Questions to … Lars Grael

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 23:07

Lars Grael, Snipe World Champion in 1983 in Porto with his brother Torben and Olympic medallist in Tornado (bronze in 1988 and in 1996).

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

Days after I was born. Sailed on my grandfather 6 Meter "Aileen". Sailing for us, is a family passion.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

First race I had 9 or 10 years old, and crewing a beauty wooden Snipe at the Paranoa Lake in Brasilia.

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

My accident at the Vitoria Sailing Week sailing my Tornado in 1998.

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

When it finishes at the Protest Room

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

The survival conditions on the last race of the Olympics in Pusan (Seoul 1988) that made us jump to the podium! And the Brazilian team at the 12 Metre Campaign from 2005 till 2007.

14 Questions to … Janett Krefting

Saturday, 02 March 2013 18:45

Janett Krefting, Snipe Sailor from Norway, 2000 Women's World Champion

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

1983 , 30 years ago when I was 20.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

When I was 20 , I had just met Birger (Jansen), so he invited me into the Snipe with Cheese and Wine. That was my first Snipe Date!

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

In Italy for the Master worlds in Italy,  Bracciano 2004  when a thunderstorm came in with a lot of lightening and lots of the masters capsized. That was scary!

14 Questions to … Mark Reynolds

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 19:00

Mark Reynolds, Snipe sailor (US and North American Champion, Worlds runner-up) and Olympic legend (1988 Silver, 1992 Gold, 2000 Gold - Star)

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My dad built a Sabot when I was about 3 but I don't remember much about my first time out in that boat. My dad raced Stars and did some ocean racing so I was always around boats when I was a kid but started my sailing lessons when I was 8 in the San Diego YC junior program.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

I crewed a few times when I was probably about 12 or 13 and soon after bought my first Snipe with a friend from Jeff Lenhart when we were 13. The boat was painted black on one side and white on the other and was named "Integration". There were some peace signs on the stern as well. Remember it was the late 60's.

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

Probably the most bizarre thing I ever did was diving off my Snipe in the middle of a national championships race. We were drifting in no wind on a Midwest lake in the middle of the summer and the heat combined with the flies all over, I couldn't take it anymore and just stood up and dove in the water. If I remember correctly the race was abandoned soon after but my wife wasn't too happy about me jumping off the boat.

14 Questions to ... César Travado

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 18:27

César Travado, Snipe coach and sailor, 2006 European Champion with Pablo Fresneda

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

I started sailing in Optimist when I was 8 years old. But I didn´t like too much that thing of going alone in a boat so after one or two years I jumped to the Cadet Class as crew.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

At 11 - 12 years old with Javier Contreras in a Snipe local race.

Some years after, my uncle Manuel Bernal (Snipe World Champion 1975) crewed for me in a regional race but I could not be attending to the race. I was only focused in what he was doing with vang, jib sheet, jib halyard...and I forgot the other boats in the race! He showed me how the snipe works.

The first serious race was in 1989 with Carlos Llamas when I was 16. He gave me a second chance in 1993 and we were sailing together until 1998.

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

I actually don´t remember anything bizarre. Everything is part of the game.