Rule 42 Guidelines for Snipes

Saturday, 29 September 2018 10:00

The SCIRA Board just adopted guidelines for the jury for Rule 42.


Rule  42  Most  Common  Breaches   Snipe  2018 - Version  1.1

Snipe Rulebook 2018-2020

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 21:30

Snipe members were all mailed a digital copy of the Snipe Rulebook 2018-2020 today. If your email is part of your membership registration, look in your inbox. If you have not given your email address, you can download from the Snipe website.

The Rulebook includes:

  • History
  • SCIRA Officers
  • Board of Governors
  • Technical Committee
  • Past Commodores
  • Honorary Vice Commodores
  • National Secretaries
  • Hemisphere Officers
  • Fleets
  • Constitution
  • Bylaws
  • Class Rules
  • Rules of Conduct
  • SCIRA Courses
  • Beaufort Wind Speed Scales
  • Deeds of Gift

Rules Changes - Submitted Proposals

Thursday, 01 March 2018 22:00

According to the Decision Making Process,

  • Rules changes can be submitted (only by National Secretaries, the Rule Committe, the SCIRA Board or 5 Fleet Captains) up to 1st March.
  • All proposals will be published at the Spring Snipe Bulletin and on www.snipe.org website.
  • The period from March to June will be used for public discussion and also for the Rules Committee recommendations.
  • The Board will vote all submission on July.
  • The approved changes will be sent to World Sailing (August) for final approval (November).

On March 1, 2018, six proposals were submitted:

18-01 Constitution

18-02 ByLaws

18-03 WH&O Deed of Gift

18-04 Worlds Deed of Gift

18-05 Worlds Deed of Gift

18-06 RoC-Wind Speed

Discussion Forum here on SnipeToday

The 2018 Snipe Rules of Conduct for Championships (Nationals on up) are posted and updated on the Snipe website.

Measurements Clinic in Croatia

Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:33

Split, December 9-10, 2017

(Photo courtesy of Snipe Cro)

This weekend we have had a great privilege to host Mr. Antonio Bari, SCIRA Rules Committee Chairman and learn all about Snipe Class Rules and Measurements from the best teacher possible. He had also shared some rather useful tips&tricks with us regarding boat setup and tuning. We will definitely take his advice considering his 40-year long experience in Class! Big thanks!

Snipe Class Rules 2018-2020

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 07:30

SCIRA's rules have been approved by World Sailing and will take effect January 1, 2018 through 2020. See the new version posted on the snipe.org website! Thanks for Giorgio Brezich, Antonio Espada and Antonio Bari for getting them across the finish line after 6 years! New Rulebooks will be available after the new year.


Snipe Challenge: Cover of the new Rulebook

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 20:36

Snipe challenge: Looking for a vertical photo of a Snipe in action for the cover of the new Rulebook. Must be a vertical shot, high resolution and photographers name/credit confirmed. Please send your photo with the information to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Dec. 10!

Measurements at Championships

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 19:08

By Antonio Bari - Rules Committee Chairman

Serious Sailing is part of our motto (the other side, serious fun, is not the responsibility of the Rules Committee...) And Serious Sailing requires serious measurements, to ensure a fair competition.

In the past, international championships were sailed by very small fleets and the regattas were scheduled with 2 days of measurements and 5 or 6 days of racing (depending on the spare day, if present or not).

Now that fleets have grown dramatically (and this is positive, in my opinion), with 100 boats entering a regatta, measurement takes too much time. It was reported that at the 2017 Worlds it lasted 6 days. More days to measure than to sail.


Measurement and Class Rules Compliance

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 23:03

by Pietro Fantoni - SCIRA Vice Commodore

Compliance with Class Rules is critical to ensure that a Class does not lose credibility. If class rules are not respected and they are not enforced, there can be an escalation of fraud (more and more people cheat), and also a disenchantment among those who respect the rules and no longer appreciate this game without rules.

For the rules to be respected, the rules must be well written in a clear and precise manner.

But this is often not enough. It is necessary that they are actually effectively respected. If the rule is not respected and eventually becomes ineffective, it loses its function and the structure of the Class is altered. This can create deep tensions among the members.


The new Rules of Conduct for conducting International & National championships, the new N.o.R and Sailing Instructions templates and the new SCIRA courses have been posted on the snipe.org website.