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)


2015 Open Sailors Forum

Sunday, 04 October 2015 10:47

During the Open World Championship a Sailors forum was held in Talamone.

These were ideas from the room for the Board to think about/consider.

2015 Open Sailors Forum
World Championship
Talamone, Italy
Tuesday, September 22

Vice Commodore Gweneth Crook began the Sailors Forum with about 20 members present, with more attending as the Forum continued (maybe 30 total). Board members also in attendance were Pietro Fantoni, Luis Soubie & Zbigniew Rakocy.

Gweneth explained this was the forum for any sailor to present ideas, ask questions and have dialogue with fellow Snipe sailors.


Snipe Worlds 2015 Talamone... Best Of...

Friday, 02 October 2015 07:36

Talamone, the best in video from a great Championship. Filmed and edited by Alberto Origone, storyboard by Michele Tognozzi and Tessa Wiechmann - Thanks to Circolo della Vela Talamone

How did you prepare for the Worlds? Did you train a lot and where? Wich type of preparation did you do? Did you sail and train with other brazilian teams?

I had a very intensive preparation for the last two Worlds before Talamone (Rungsted and Rio). For Talamone I had less preparation, just 02 major events in Brasil and some local regatas in Salvador, my home town.

In the last month before the Worlds I sailed once a week. I'm a Stand Up paddler since 2013 and also compete in this sport.

I'm sure this also helped me stay physically strong.

How many years have you sailed the Snipe? How long have you sailed with Gustavo? Did you sail with Gustavo or also with other crews?

Snipe since 2008 and with Gustavo since january 2015. This year only with Gustavo, but with many other crews since I began in Snipe Class.

Did you sail only Snipe or also others boats?

Before 2008 I sailed Optimist, Europe Class and Laser, but now only Snipe.

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)


Open Worlds - Final

Sunday, 27 September 2015 00:10

Talamone, September 27, 2015.

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

Final results after 8 races (1 discard)

1. BRA Mateus Tavares / Gustavo Carvalho, 51

2. ARG Luis Soubie & Diego Lipszyc, 59

3. ESP Alvaro Martinez & Gabriel Utrera, 61

4. BRA Rafael Gagliotti & Henrique Gones, 65

5. BRA Mario Urban & Daniel Seixas, 66

6. ESP Jordi Tray Pons & Lluis Mas Barcelo, 70

7. USA Augie Diaz & Kathleen Tocke, 74

8. BEL Manu Hens & Victor Perez Campos, 75

9. JPN Yuichi Oi & Noriaki Sakai, 78

10. JPN Masakazu Sasai & Shingo Ishikawa, 95

Sportsmanship wins in Tuscany, after the nail biting finish brings the record-breaking 83-crew & 18-nation Snipe World Championship to a close on Saturday.

Brazilian Mateus Tavares-Gustavo Carvalho (Yate Clube de Bahía) are the 2015 Snipe World Champions with 51 points having managed to close the gap with Louis Soubie-Diego Lipszyc (ARG), who had led the standings for the entire week and finish second at 59 points. Third on the podium, Alvaro Martinez-Gabriel Utrera (ESP) at 61 points.