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Severn Sailing Association
June 3-5, 2016

The 2016 Snipe North American Championship set at least two standards for Serious Sailing, Serious Fun over three days: the largest number of registrants for a national regatta on the continent since at least 2009 (69); and a far wider variety of conditions than expected. Two drifter races on Friday, everything from drifter to full hiking breeze on Saturday (with the expected weekend powerboat chop), and then solid breeze and a lonely Chesapeake Bay on Sunday—which provided great sailing conditions for the final three races of the event. Variety may be the spice of life, but it is also a great test of skill. This was definitely not a "one setting" regatta.

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Herb Shear Invitational

Monday, 23 May 2016 22:36

Mission Bay, May 21-22, 2016. Results after 7 races (1 discard)

1. Doug Hart & Ryan Hopps, 9

2. Randy Lake & Maddy McGrath, 16

3. Seth Siegler & Jon Rogers, 21

4. Alex Comet & Erika Dale, 23

5. Don Bedford & Treat Bedfors, 23

Report by Seth Siegler

The 2016 edition of the Herb Shear Invitational took place at Mission Bay Yacht Club this past weekend. Fleet veteran, Don Bedford kicked things off by recounting, a bit, about the life of the regatta's namesake, who (along with Earl Elms) was essentially, the father of the modern snipe as we know it. Taking to the water with a fleet full of the latest evolutions (Jibe Techs, Perssons and a DB-R1) of the snipe that Shear and Elms dreamt up (Chubasco) in the epicenter of it all (San Diego) was a pretty cool feeling.

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