Villamoura, Portugal – June 25th 2018
(Photo courtesy of Goncalo Melo)
Curtains are lifted on the Snipe World Master Championship, the most important event of the year, organized by the Associação Naval de Lisboa and Federação Portuguesa de Vela in co-operation with the Snipe Class International Racing Association in Vilamoura, Portugal.
The event officially starts today with the Opening Ceremony and Cocktail at Condor de Vilamoura right after the practice race who was held today with a strong breeze of about 14 knots coming from 240. Tomorrow the first two races of the Snipe World Masters will take place not far from Praia da Falésia, Falesia Beach, for the iconic cliffs (falésia in portoguese) just behind it.
The schedule will then go on with two races per day until Friday June 29th, and then on the final day, Saturday June the 30th, only one race will be sailed. The PRO will decide the racecourse each day among the ones approved for World Master Championship as published on the SCIRA website.
78 boats from 15 Nations will battle it out from tomorrow to Saturday to be crowned Snipe World Master Champions 2018. Among them some really strong teams like World Champion Augie Diaz from the States, with crew Kathleen Tocke, from Portugal Tiago Roquettes with Tiago Morais, from Spain Damian Borras with Jordi Triay and from Italy the Class Commodore Pietro Fantoni with Bridget Wiatrowski. The above mentioned teams were all in the top spots of today’s practice race.
Four divisions of medals will be presented for trophies for the top three places in the following divisions:
Apprentice Master Division (45-54years)
Master Division (55-64 years)
Grand Master Division (65-74 years)
Master Legends Division (75years old and onwards)
The Id Crook Memorial Trophy will be presented to the top placing team for the Overall Master World Champion.
The social schedule is just as interesting as the level of competitors, with a show cooking, a ‘Chill out party’, a Formal dinner and the Closing Ceremony after the Price Giving.
You can follow the action on both the SCIRA official website, SnipeToday and the Championship website, starting from tomorrow at 12 (GMT) with wind forecast similar to today’s, coming from 240 and a little lighter.