14 Questions to ... Gustavo Carvalho

Thursday, 19 November 2015 19:47

Gustavo Carvalho, from Salvador de Bahia, 2015 Snipe World Champion with his skipper Mateus Tavares

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My first time on a sailing boat was when I began on Optimist, December of 2010

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

My first time on a Snipe was last year when I sailed with my brother, but we sailed just a little because we together weighed only 110kg. Really seriously, I began on a snipe in January.

- 3) The most bizarre thing that happened in a regatta?

i think nothing really bizarre has already happened to me.

- 4) What is the thing that most angers you in a race/regatta?

When i am doing well in a race and the wind just shifts like 40 degrees.


By Carol Cronin

Over the past several years, there has been a lot of discussion about how to provide good charter boats for international championships—and how to get them returned in equally good shape. It's a tough challenge, and an important one to solve if we want to encourage as many people as possible to attend distant events.

The 2015 Worlds in Talamone set a new high standard for charter boat quality and repair work. From 7-27 September, DB Marine had three people always on site—and at critical times like measurement and practice days, there were four or five. Before the regatta, Enrico and Daniela Michel and their team (Andrea Pribaz, Fulvio Levantini and Antonia Contin) rigged charter boats (and then if necessary re-rigged them to a sailor's specific needs). During the event, they made 85 boat repairs, both on their own charter boats and on other boats in the fleet. And they did it all with a smile and "yes we can" attitude. The only times I saw either one sitting down was for their daily coffee break—and the day's repairs were usually curing during that short rest.


Matias Capizzano Book on Snipe Worlds

Saturday, 31 October 2015 00:00

The compilation of photos from both Jr & Sr Worlds in Talamone, Italy this September.

Enjoy Matias' work!

By Antonio Espada, SCIRA Chief Measurer

I'd like to write down my thoughts regarding the measuring process in Talamone, following Pietro Fantoni's request.

The first thing I'd like to stand out is that the event that took place was a World Championship and not a weekend race. With that in mind everybody needed to be on the same page and agree that the measurement of such a Championship has certain conditions (3 pages in the Measurer's Manual) and also consider C.4.8 ERS from ISAF, which requires identification of every measured element.

Until a new procedure is established, there's no other way of doing it than the 3 day event that kept 7 measurers and a few staff members very busy, with all of them working hard.

The difference with previous measurements is that we have recorded every weight, daggerboard thickness, rudder weight, and taken notes of all irregularities.


Open and Junior Worlds - Statistics

Friday, 16 October 2015 07:20

Teams, weight, boats, masts, sails, graphs and complete measurement excell file

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)


6 Lessons from the Lightweights

Monday, 12 October 2015 19:00

By Carol Cronin  (Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

Kim Couranz and I top out at a combined 280 pounds (127 kg), and more than one well-intentioned friend has quietly suggested we find heavier teammates. But we like sailing together too much for that, so instead we have worked hard to minimize our limitations. Here are six lessons we learned at the 2015 Worlds.


By Carol Cronin

33rd overall? Doesn’t sound very impressive. Four years ago, Kim Couranz and I sure weren’t crowing about that finish at the 2011 Snipe Worlds. So why are we so proud of finishing in exactly the same spot at the same regatta this year? Because it actually shows we’ve gotten better.

First off, there were only 59 boats at the 2011 Worlds and 83 at the 2015 event. Statistically, 33/83 is much better than 33/59—and I would argue that our progress has been even more significant than those numbers would indicate.


Women’s Worlds Petition

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 22:50

Introduction by Kathleen Tocke

Future Women's Snipe Worlds Cancelled
Unhappy Women Create (Non-Approved) Women's Snipe Committee and Petition SCIRA Board

If you are like most of us, you did not know that the Women's Snipe Worlds has been cancelled.

Because the Championship did not meet ISAF World Championship Requirements during the last three editions, it can no longer be called a World Championship and the winners cannot be called "World Champions."

... read the petition ...

By Andrea Leonardi

When the Italian National Secretary, Francesco Fontana, asked for my free time to spend measuring sails at the next Worlds, I answered that I would have liked to be there for the Junior Worlds, knowing and considering my passion for improve opportunities and possibilities of young athletes; for me it would be, finally, the opportunity to meet the chief measurer Antonio Espada and reach more knowledge into the Class rules, met seven years ago.


Snipe Worlds in Talamone

Monday, 05 October 2015 07:26

By Pietro Fantoni

Maybe I am partial, but I think that the Worlds just ended was a very memorable event. And everyone who was there – I believe – agrees with me.

I have sailed in Talamone for about 15 years and I have many friends at the Circolo della Vela. I live in the northeast of Italy, a 7 hour drive from Talamone. It is strange that maybe I have sailed more in Snipe Bay than in the Gulf of Trieste, which is much closer to my home. Why do I drive all this way for go sailing? Actually there is a reason. And perhaps it is more an emotion, a mood than a rational reason. The mood is the happiness that I feel when, arriving by car, I pass the hill and suddenly see the promontory of Talamone, the village, the castle and all around Snipe Bay. A breathless view.

Yes, now, for all Snipe sailors who sailed there, the Bay of Talamone is simply "Snipe Bay"! And with good reason.

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)