by Gweneth Crook, SCIRA Commodore
Merry Christmas Fellow Snipe Sailors. I wish you, your family and friends a very Merry Christmas and a fair winds New Year wherever you are! I hope to see you in the New Year.
The time has come to renew your membership. The International SCIRA dues are $10 for Juniors, $15 for Seniors and $10 for a Decal. This is a very small amount to keep the Class alive and growing! Please read the Winter 2017 bulletin to see the benefits of being a member. Remember that when you renew you can chose to receive a printed copy of the bulletin or a digital copy. One of the ways we are looking at spending your money wisely.
Wishing You all the best in 2017!
by Zbigniew Rakocy, General Secretary Europe
Dear National Secretaries,
It has been 6 years since I was unanimously elected General Secretary Europe. It was a wonderful period for me. At that time I was the president of a big joint-stock company but I still managed to combine my professional career with pro-bono work in order to change or improve some areas of activity of SCIRA. My work was guided by listening to our sailors and respecting the rules of our Constitution.
Our democratic organization, however, needs some fresh blood. For this reason, after having served three terms in office I have decided to give the young ones a chance. It has not been an easy decision for me because many issues initiated during my three terms have not been finished yet. Nevertheless, I believe that my successor will conclude the pending issues in a way most European countries will find satisfactory.
The heart of the Snipe Class is the local fleet. Fleet activity boosts regional, national and international activity. It is also a "family" where the sailors can spend their time sailing, chatting, drinking, eating and dancing. Where they can experience the true essence of the Snipe: Serious sailing and serious fun.
- History of the fleet: When the fleet was founded? Most important sailors and fleet captains
- Where is it located? Where do you sail (Racing area)?
- How many boats and sailors? Who are they?
- Which regattas has the fleet held in the past? Are there annual regattas or events?
- Social events: does the fleet organize parties, dinners, clinics, promotional events etc.? Do you have a site, a mailing list or a FB page?
- Programs or ideas for the next future
- Also, please send photos
Pietro Fantoni, SCIRA Vice Commodore
By Pietro Fantoni, SCIRA Vice Commodore
(Published on the Snipe Bulletin - Winter 2016)
- Any decision of the Board and the Technical Committee should consider the goal of increasing the members; to be inclusive not exclusive or elitist; and to give new vitality to the Promotion Committee.
- Improve coordination in the scheduling of international regattas and major national races, to avoid overlap.
- Give special emphasis to promotional initiatives (Clinics, Snipe days, activities such as Miami Junior Invitational, GFU). Create a spirit of emulation between the different fleets; involve more people in fleet activities, including social events and local, national, and international regattas. SCIRA Coaching Initiative is a great example.
By Gweneth Crook, SCIRA Commodore
Let me introduce myself. I grew up sailing Snipes and come from a Snipe family. My parents' first big purchase after they immigrated to Canada in 1954 was a Snipe. From May to September each year we would travel around to Snipe regattas in Michigan, Ohio, New York and Maryland. There was also the Mid-Winter Championship, Team Racing and International Race Week. I was fortunate my parents liked to travel and took me with them. I started off sailing Snipes by crewing for my Mother and then my Father started crewing for me.
The Snipe Class really is a family and I am lucky to have many Snipe sailors who I regard as family members. I have been fortunate enough to compete in 2 World Championships, one in Karatsu, Japan in 1989 and the next in Santiago de la Ribera, Spain in 1999, I believe we were the only all-female crew at both. I have also competed in the Women's World Championship and the World Masters Championship whose trophy is named after my Father.
By Pietro Fantoni
Speaking with other Snipe sailors, the general impression is that the Board does not want to make an effort to reinstate and revitalize the Women's Worlds.
The topic was presented by Kathleen Tocke on SnipeToday, who introduced the Women's Worlds Petition, which was signed by many women in Talamone and then had the support of many others in many countries.
The Board of Governors has seven members and, as in any collective body, not everyone thinks the same way. I absolutely support the Women's Worlds Petition. And I believe that other members of the Board also share my opinion.
Let me summarize the issue:
Introduction by Kathleen Tocke
Future Women's Snipe Worlds Cancelled
Unhappy Women Create (Non-Approved) Women's Snipe Committee and Petition SCIRA Board
If you are like most of us, you did not know that the Women's Snipe Worlds has been cancelled.
Because the Championship did not meet ISAF World Championship Requirements during the last three editions, it can no longer be called a World Championship and the winners cannot be called "World Champions."
... read the petition ...
During the Open World Championship a Sailors forum was held in Talamone.
These were ideas from the room for the Board to think about/consider.
2015 Open Sailors Forum
Tuesday, September 22
Vice Commodore Gweneth Crook began the Sailors Forum with about 20 members present, with more attending as the Forum continued (maybe 30 total). Board members also in attendance were Pietro Fantoni, Luis Soubie & Zbigniew Rakocy.
Gweneth explained this was the forum for any sailor to present ideas, ask questions and have dialogue with fellow Snipe sailors.
- Talamone, Sept 17 - Measurement Roundtable: 9:00am.
- Sept 19 - National Secretaries meeting: 1 hour after racing
- Sept 22 - Sailors Forum: 1 hour after racing. Open to all competitors & all Snipe Class members
- Sept 24 – Board Meeting: 1 hour after racing