Participation at Snipe Nationals

Friday, 21 September 2018 19:11

Or  how to have a good number of boats at our main events

Open Letter to the National Secretaries: by Pietro Fantoni - SCIRA Commodore

These are difficult times for sailing in general, and the numbers are going down in many events and for many classes. Sometimes, somewhere and for some reason a regatta can be a great success in term of number of boats.

For example last year the US Nationals in Winchester (Boston area) attracted 53 boats, the biggest participation in recent memory, on one of the smallest lakes used for Snipe sailing.


Board Approves Rule Changes

Friday, 27 July 2018 07:25

The SCIRA Board has approved several rule changes that will go into effect January 1, 2019.

To see what passed (and did not), visit the Class page on snipe.org. The Board is still in discussion on 18-03.

World Snipe Day 2018

Friday, 16 February 2018 07:25

February 14, 2018

Dear National Secretaries,

Class promotion is one of the main aspects to work on and the fleet activity is the fulcrum of the promotion.

A lively fleet promotes events, regattas, clinics, training sessions, parties among its members, but should also focuses its attention outside on other sailors.

The aim is to attract new people to our Class by helping them discover our wonderful boat.

This is the reason why the Board warmly encourages fleets in all countries to organize a World Snipe Day, at the best time of year for such activities in your region.

Read the open letter


New Chief Measurer: Luis Gonzalez Alvarez

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 21:12

Chief Measurer: Luis Gonzalez Alvarez

Industrial engineer

Born in Cádiz (Spain), on November 19, 1968,

I am responsible for the facilities and maintenance of  Hospital "Universitario Puerta del Mar" in Cadiz.

I have begun my career as measurer in 1991, with Manolo Bernal (famous Snipe sailor), in the Raceboard European Championship.

After that I attended the Olympic Classes Championship the same year.


SCIRA has new officers taking their positions for 2018:

Voting Members:
Commodore Pietro Fantoni, ITA (2018-2019)
Vice Commodore: Luis Soubie, ARG (2018-2019)
Secretary: Zbigniew Rakocy, POL (2018-2019)
Treasurer: Sue Roberts, GBR (2018-2021)
Rules Chairman: Antonio Bari, ITA (2017-2020)
General Secretary - Europe: Martin Bermudez, ESP (2017-2018)
General Secretary - WH&O: Raul Rios, PUR (2017-2018)

Non Voting:
Chief Measurer: Luis Gonzalez Alvarez, ESP (2018-2020)

Legal Counsel: Leigh Savage, USA
Chief Information Officer: Don Bedford
Vice Rules Chairman, Gus Wirth, USA
Executive Director, Jerelyn Biehl


From the Commodore

Friday, 23 December 2016 21:42

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!


Summary and Wishes

Friday, 23 December 2016 21:07

by Zbigniew Rakocy, General Secretary Europe

Dear Board,
Dear National Secretaries,
Dear All,

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.

Let us know the story and the activity of your Fleet. So please send your contributions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • 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.


Commodore's Log Book

Monday, 11 January 2016 21:25

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.