And the winner is … Fleet 187 Mahon (Menorca, Spain)!
- Fleet 187 Mahon – 33,53%
- Fleet 624 Motril – 17,58%
- Fleet 381 Sao Paulo – 15,01%
- Fleet 423 Anversoise – 12,19%
- Fleet 154 – Valencia – 10,55%
This year the “Snipe Sailor of the Year” poll has reached its tenth edition.
However, 2020 was a strange and totally different year from the previous ones. All major international regattas have been canceled (Master Worlds, Women’s Worlds, Junior and Senior Europeans, Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship, North Americans, South Americans, South Europeans, Nordics …).
Some countries have not been able to hold their Nationals or any other traditional regattas. Despite the pandemic, however, organizers have managed to host regattas in many countries around the Snipe world.
And not only regattas! Snipe fleets, around the world, have worked hard to organize promotional initiatives such as training, clinics, web seminars, parties and meetings. In short, there has been a rediscovery of local activity which, in many cases, has given excellent results in terms of participation and enthusiasm.
For this reason, the 2020 “Snipe sailors of the Year” rewards not the best sailor, but the fleet that has distinguished themselves this year in promoting the Class at a local, national or international level: organizing regattas, events, meetings, clinics or initiatives useful for sailors and the Snipe Class.
- Fleet 7 Miami USA – organizer of many clinics and training session for beginners and newcomers, promoter of women’s sailing
- Fleet 152 Gijon ESP – organizer of many local events and fleet activities
- Fleet 154 Valencia ESP – organizer of international events, trainings, clinics and winter regattas
- Fleet 187 Mahon ESP – organizer of very well attended winter series, guardian of the history of the Class in Menorca
- Fleet 311 Sao Paulo BRA – organizer of many regattas in Guarapiranga with great number of boats, promoter of women’s sailing
- Fleet 423 Anversoise-Antwerp BEL – organizer of many local regatta on the lake Galgenweel, promoter of clinics for advanced sailors and newcomers, promoter of women’s sailing and organizer of the Women’s Europeans
- Fleet 481 Helsinki FIN – organizer of clinics for beginners, newcomers and advanced sailors, always at the Helsinki Boat Show for presenting the Snipe Class
- Fleet 532 Annapolis USA – organizer of many events and regattas for juniors, under 30, women’s; very active on the social media channels with tips and advices for Snipe Fleet Building
- Fleet 624 Motril ESP – organizer of the famous Oseberg Challenge with many boats from many countries – a clear example of serious sailing serious fun regatta
- Fleet 855 Slonka POL – organizer of many nationals and international regattas on the lake Kiekrz and promoter of junior events
- Other … Complete list of fleets: https://www.snipe.org/authorities/fleets
Snipe Sailors of the Year:
2011 Alexandre Tinoco and Gabriel Borges
2012 Raul de Valenzuela and Alejandre de Ona Antolin
2013 Tiago Roquette and Tiago Morais
2014 Manu Hens with crews Victor Perez Campos, Maj Kristin Hansen Borgen, Enrico Michel and Alexandre Tinoco
2015 Raul Rios with crews Fernando Monllor, Andre Guaragna and Kara Voss
2016 Birger Jansen & Janett Krefting
2017 Raul Rios and Mac Agnese
2018 Damian Borras Camps & Jordi Triay
2019 Damian Borras Camps, Sara Franceschi, Alexandra Wang, Jordi Triay
2021 Fleet 187 Mahon, Spain