For decades, the Snipe class has represented top-quality international dinghy competition and a great atmosphere off the water, hence the class motto, “Serious Sailing, Serious Fun!”
These are also critical elements of scholastic sailing, so it’s no surprise that local high school, collegiate, and post-collegiate athletes are turning out to try the Snipe. This weekend, Snipe Fleet 495 (San Diego) held their “Las Vegas” Regatta, attracting 22 competitive teams including five Bishop’s Knights, four Cathedral Catholic Dons, a few top Sabot sailors, two high school coaches, two junior directors, sailmakers, and college all-Americans!
Two days of racing on Mission Bay saw good technical hiking conditions on Saturday, and shifty lighter winds on Sunday.
After seven races, class veteran David Tillson sailing with Bishop’s senior and new Team SDYC coach Claire Riedman prevailed with two bullets and a six point margin!
Second was perennial favorite Doug Hart with Cathedral’s Ryan Hopps, and third was Bishop’s coach Aine Fretwell with senior Knight, Jessie O’Dell.
Boston College alum Tyler Sinks and Jessica Dias were fourth, and Cathedral Senior Nevin Snow with Bishop’s Sophomore Matt Cappetta sailed a great regatta to round out the top five. With acceptable team weights ranging from 250-330 lbs., the Snipe is a great boat for teams of all sizes and ages, with women, juniors, and masters sailors all very competitive.
If you’d like to find out more about Snipe racing or get involved, please contact SDYC Junior Director and Snipe Fleet 495 Captain, John Fretwell.”