Buffalo, July 21-26, 2013. The 2013 US Nationals, otherwise known as “Snipe Camp”, has come to an end, and we’re already looking forward to the next edition. This year’s festivities took place at Buffalo Canoe Club, just across the Canadian Border on the north shore of Lake Erie. 38 boats sailed the Senior Nationals, and 12 boats sailed the Junior Nationals, but the winners were the same: Raul Rios/Mac Agnese posted all bullets in the Junior series and won half the races in the Senior series to lead the entire week.
Although the winners didn’t vary, the conditions certainly did. On day 1, two races were sailed in a fading 4-6 knot ENE breeze, both won by Raul/Mac. Day 2 saw 12-18 knots from the SW for two more races (also won by Raul/Mac). Day 3’s post-cold-front breeze was a very shifty, streaky, puffy northerly breeze that featured 40 degree shifts, which led to a few evening requests for redress—none granted. And on day 4, we went back to the light ENE breeze to fit in what turned out to be the final race of the regatta.
Roberto Guaragna has kindly uploaded all his photos from the event.
A discussion is currently underway in the US about the length o ffuture Nationals. Those in favor of the status quo (5 days) like the “camplike” atmosphere of staying in one place for a full week with so many Snipe friends. Those advocating for 4 days want to maintain a longer regatta while slightly reducing the number of vacation days required; those pushing for a 3 day event figure it might increase participation if no one has to take an entire week off from work. Got an opinion? Feel free to share it in the comments below.