Tampere Regatta - Ranking 2

Monday, 12 June 2017 19:07

Tampere, June 10-11, 2017

(Photo by courtesy of Anu Streng)

by Kai Saarhelo

Warm but low breeze at R2 Tampere Regatta

In addition to 1100 km long sea coast line in Finland we have got over 60.000 lakes. Näsijärvi is one of those lakes where Snipes can be seen racing. So there' s a huge potential for growth of Snipe sailing measured by volume of water, heh. All by all, fourteen Snipe teams gathered together 170 km to north of Helsinki at the home club of famous Bjurström brothers - some of older Snipe guys remember them from top of the World 70's and 80's.


Kotka Ranking

Sunday, 28 May 2017 23:56

Kotka, May 28, 2017. Final results after 6 races (1 discard)

(Photo courtesy of Anu Streng)

1. Kai Saarhelo & Jaakko Mikkonen, 8

2. Antti Mikonen & Matias Mikkonen, 12

3. Riku Vaariskoski & Salla Vaden, 15

4. Jukka Kotisalo & Mirris Arttila, Syra Maijanen, 18

5. Claus Carpelan & Risto Valjus, 18

... full results ...

Snipe Open Day in Helsinki

Saturday, 20 May 2017 22:36

Helsinki, May 18, 2017

by Juha Lehtinen

Fleet 481 Helsinki organized a Snipe Day in Helsinki 18th May 2017

This Class promotion event was successful. Five snipes with talented skippers, 10 possible future snipe sailors, one rib and some ground personel at club. All ten newcomers had chance to steer snipe, crews were changed efficiently at the sea. Light breeze, everybody had fun! After sail we have a bbq and coffee, and sauna naturally.

... photos ...

Helsinki International Boat Show

Friday, 10 February 2017 21:14

SCIRA Finland is at the Helsinki Boat Show for promoting the Snipe Class!


2017 in Finland

Sunday, 01 January 2017 00:00

2017 Finnish calendar (main regattas):

  • Kotka - May 27-28 - Kotka Open
  • Tampere - June 10-11 - Tampere Ranking
  • Helsinki - July 1-2 - Helsinki Regatta
  • Turku - August 11-12 - Airisto Regatta
  • Pori - September 1-3 - Finnish Nationals, Europeans 2018 Preliminary Regatta
  • Helsinki - September 30 - Helsinki Open

14 Questions to ... Reino Suonsilta

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 22:42

Reino Suonsilta, Snipe sailor from Helsinki and member of the Promotion Committee

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

I rented a 20 ft daysailer with my girlfriend (later my wife) after reading tons of sailing books. We barely managed to get back in one piece, with only one lost jib bag.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

In 1979 we bought our first Snipe, a Persson copy built by Svante Lindholm in 1974. We sailed that for 2 years, went away from sailing for 20 years and then started again in 2004.

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

I was sailing with my son on a national ranking series regatta. We were late from the start and other had already gone a couple of minutes ago. By pure unbelievable luck, we were the first rounding the windward mark. We were so excited that we capsized the boat when setting up the pole. Well, at least the photographer got good series of pictures on how to get the boat up again.


Yesterday ... in Finland

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 19:18

Courtesy of snipe.fi

Finland will host the 2018 Europeans

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 20:13

The bids for Finland to host the European Championship has passed by majority vote of the Board.

Senior (Open) Eurpeans and Junior Europeans, Pori, August 13-18, 2018.

Pori already hosted the Senior Europeans in 2006 (see the photo).

Congratulation to SCIRA Finland!


Statistics - Finnish Nationals since 2000

Monday, 17 October 2016 20:00


Finnish Nationals was arranged this year in Helsinki, 69th time in a row, starting already in 1948. This is the longest yearly tradition among all One Design Classes in Finland. Snipe Class was this year the biggest double-handed-dinghy-class in Finland, based on number of participants in Nationals!

Kari Nyqvist from Snipe Fleet 523 Pori has collected interesting statistics of Finnish activity level in Nationals between 2000-2016. All together 110 skippers can be listed. Some participating one-time-only, a couple of skippers in all 17 occasions.


Kantvik Ranking Regatta

Monday, 03 October 2016 19:01

Kantvik, Finland, October 1-2, 2016

By Kai Saarhelo

Finnish Polar Bears challenging Autumn conditions
The ​last Ranking Regatta collected ten Snipe teams in Kantvik, close to Helsinki. Conditions were a bit challenging as wind was such low as 1-2 m/s and temperature went below 0 degrees Celsius during night time. Well, daily a bit warmer and sunny though.
Anyhow, four races could be sailed. Masters Championship was won by brand new European Vice Secretary Reino Suonsilta - Mirja-Liisa Marttila. The overall winner of the last Ranking Regatta was father-daughter team Mikko and Viivi Valjus.
... full results ...