APRIL FOOLS’ DAY – THIS IS A JOKE
His competitors didn’t know it at the time, but rumors that Augie Diaz was testing an important patent-pending idea at the 2016 DonQ have recently been confirmed. Just after the windward mark of the windiest race, as the vang was eased, the halyard lock also unloaded—and then the helm lightened as the main automatically dropped two feet.
“It worked just as I’d hoped,” said Augie Diaz afterward. “And if we make it this easy to reduce sail when it’s windy, we will definitely attract more sailors to the class.”
After two days of work with his favorite tool, the rat tail file, Augie perfected the prototype and immediately sent it off to the US Patent Office. Because of its widespread implications for the future of our sport (and perhaps for all of mankind and the future of our planet), the Patent Office rushed it through the approval process so fast that today, only ten days after submitting his original application, Augie received official confirmation of Patent #DiazSnipeReef.
“Now that my idea has been properly protected, I can share it,” Augie explained by email early today. “I haven’t yet decided if I will market it myself, since self-reefing could also appeal to my MJM powerboat customers. Or perhaps if it’s better for the class I will sell it to Jan Persson, so he can incorporate the secret mechanism into all of his new masts.”
George Szabo saw the self-reefing operation in action, and he was quite impressed when he came off the water later that same day. “I never knew reefing a Snipe was a good idea,” he marveled, while polishing off his second daiquiri. “But I figured if Augie’s doing it, it’s gotta be fast.”
The class measurers have not yet weighed in on this latest evolution, so stay tuned to SnipeToday for updates.