At the recent meeting of the SCIRA USA Board of Directors a bid from the Winchester Boat Club was accepted for the 2017 US Snipe National Championship, the 2017 US Snipe Jr. National Championship, and the 2017 US Snipe Special Junior National Championship.
The event, which will be co-hosted by Snipe Fleet #77, will take place August 19-25 with the Junior event being contested August 19-20 and the Seniors on August 21-25.
According to the Mystic Lake Snipe Fleet Website racing will occur on “the Upper Mystic Lake, a ~3/4 mile wide body of fresh water 8 miles northwest of downtown Boston. The lake is the home of the perennial collegiate powerhouse Tufts sailing team and is well known for its shifty conditions and moderate breezes. “No-sail” days are rare in that there is usually enough wind to race and the ban on power boats (except race committee boats) makes for pleasant days on the water – at least until you get shnookered by a 90 degree shift and lose the entire fleet with 100 yards to go. The locals have grown to appreciate patience and to find warped amusement in watching visiting racers pull their hair out over the challenging conditions.”
Regatta Chair Kevin Hetherington-Young is planning an excellent event and looks forward to seeing Snipe sailors from around the country converge on Mystic Lake for the championships.
More details will be posted on the event website as they become available http://snipeusa.com/regattas/2017-us-nationals/