Snipe Open Day in Austria
Segelclub Mattsee - May 13
SCIRA Promotion Committee warmly encourages fleets in all countries to organize World Snipe Days, in the best time of year for such activities in each region.
The aim is to attract new people to our class by helping them discover our wonderful boat.
We are convinced that, with the commitment of passionate Snipe sailors of each fleet, it is possible to re-launch and give new vigor to our Class in each region, even guaranteeing a generational change.
We believe that communication to the outside and the promotional activities of individual fleets is a fundamental aspect for this effort.
The first step is to introduce and allow potentially interested sailors to sail the Snipe.
Then we will be happy to publish on SnipeToday and on the Bulletin your World Snipe Day's report. It is important for us and for the other fleets share your experiences and receive suggestions and comments about this promotional activities.
Below are some guidelines and suggestions:
By Reino Suonsilta - Promotion Committee
The following is based on an email discussion by a small group from the Promotion Committee: Zibi Rakocy, Ivo Gattulli, Reino Suonsilta and Pietro Fantoni (Fleet and Small Countries Development Sub Committee)
The Snipe Class is vital and active. Introducing new sailors to the class is critical for the future success of the class. Local Fleets are the core of our activities, and they build the base for international prosperity by ensuring that new and old sailors stay active in the class and enjoy Serious Sailing and Serious Fun.
SCIRA Finland is at the Helsinki Boat Show for promoting the Snipe Class!
by Art Rousmaniere, US National Secretary
I like to sail Snipes, but I love the greater sport and pastime of sailing, so I make a point to get in other boats when I can. Like last year, when I crewed on a Thistle for the first time, and with a way-back-of-the fleet but eager skipper. Or getting back into Atlantics as a crew for a childhood friend after growing up racing in my father's Atlantic in Cold Spring Harbor NY as a kid. Or sailing my and my wife's college alumnae regattas this past fall (for those who do not know me, I have been out of college for a while~~~~). Or even cruising the New England coast with another childhood friend. All these remind me of what it is like to be new to a class.... not knowing anybody.... not knowing the tricks to the boat.... not knowing the culture on the race course or at the parties. My resultant theorem is that it takes at least three separate and distinct engagements (i.e. regattas or separate days of fleet racing) before a sailor feels "at home" with a new fleet or class.
The ASI is the place to be for Under 30 dinghy sailing!
Low entry fee and available charter boats make it easy to find your old junior or college sailing buddies and come try out a Snipe!
Trophies are 1st-3rd, with the Reisinger Trophy being awarded to the best team under 21. June 17-18, 2017 at Severn Sailing Association.
Clinic will be offered as part of regatta fee on June 16.
Sping junior training organized by Fleet 426 and Clube dos Jangadeiros in Porto Alegre Brazil.
Sailors: Antonio Calvacante & Guilherme Medaglia, Lucas Aydos & Pedro Zonta, Guilherme Perez & Diego Falcetta, Pedro Côrrea & Giulia Martins, Tiago Brito & Martin Rumpp, Philipp Rumpp & Pedro Freitas.
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Need holiday gift ideas? Visit the Snipe merchandise page to order your gift for your special Snipe sailor today to receive in time for the holidays!
by Ivo Gattulli - Promotion Committee Member
Years ago (ten at least... My God!) I argued with Pietro Fantoni about the importance of a properly managed website, and the differences between a web site and a blog. In that period Pietro started to manage the Italian Snipe Class website, and he did a really great job. You might think that SnipeToday came from nothing, and you'd be wrong, because what SnipeToday is nowadays is exactly the outcome of that outstanding job made by Pietro, who was so unknown to so many around the Snipe world.
But years, as I said, have passed and things have changed. Not everything, of course; me and Pietro keep on arguing, but on different matters. One of them is how to bring the Snipe outside the current Sniper's circle.
Let me say that this is a story about a "beginning" just.
It comes from several issues I faced during last years and I'll try to list them here:
1. Snipers' average-age keeps growing, and there's a quite dangerous lack of new people in the Snipe Class
2. In many western Countries (first of all Italy) there's a close to 100% rate of abandon from young kids sailing in the pre-Olympic Classes (mainly Lasers) as they become adult, let's say as they finish high school and move to University (in business-slang we'd say: there's a retention rate of kids passing from pre-Olympic Classes to Olympic Classess (or adult sailing) damn close to zero);
3. That massive abandon-rate is literally emptying not only the Snipe Class, but all the other Classes (many of them are already close to extinction), big-boats racing and Sailing Clubs as well;
4. In many Clubs there are unused Snipes: boats left under a cover for years, sometimes more than ten years, from owners whom quit Snipe sailing for several reasons: age, family commitments, or general economic downturn, a condition which stopped people from sailing and prevented the selling of the boat due to the lack of demand for used boats.
So the general question was: how to fix those issues, or at least some of them?