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Open Worlds - Practice Race & Opening Ceremony

Sunday, 20 September 2015 22:35

Talamone, September 20, 2015.

Photo gallery courtesy of Matias Capizzano

On Sunday evening, the Opening Ceremony of the Snipe World Championship hosted by the Circolo della Vela Talamone was held in Maremma, Tuscany.

The #snipeworlds2015 will take place from the 19th to the 26th of September. The 83 teams from 18 nations in representation of over 130 yacht clubs paraded through the ancient village of Talamone from the lighthouse and Yacht club to the race village. In the early afternoon, over half the fleet took part in the Practice Race under sunny skies and a northwesterly breeze at 14-16 knots with the Islands of Elba and Giglio serving as a backdrop. #snipeworlds2015

Video. Practice Race - Mark 1

Video: Practice Race - Start

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Junior Worlds - Final

Saturday, 19 September 2015 01:02

Talamone, September 18, 2015. Final Results after 6 races (1 discard)

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

1. ESP Antonio Lopez Montoya & Gregorio Belmonte Cuenca, 19

2. BRA Felipe Rondina & Luis Felipe Boani, 21

3. ITA Michele Moeotto & Alberto Cassandro, 22

4. ESP Enric Noguera & Marc Vallespir, 22

5. BRA Nicholas Pellicano Grael & Fabio Kohler, 26

After five days of racing and six races with one discard, Antonio Lopez-Montoya and Gregory Belmonte Cuenca (ESP) are the 2015 Snipe Junior World Champions with 19 points. Second, Felipe Rondina- Luis Felipe Boani (BRA) with 21 points and third Michele Meotto-Alberto Cassandro (ITA) only one point behind.

A pivotal and very technical day on the water. Pivotal, because the decisive sixth race would have allowed competitors to discard their worst result and therefore had the potential to change the rankings completely. Technical, due to unstable and shifty weather conditions.

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Junior Worlds - Day 4

Friday, 18 September 2015 00:53

Talamone, September 17, 2015. Wind wins. Racing abandoned on Day 4 in Tuscany

Results after 5 races (no discard)

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

1. ESP Antonio Lopez Montoya & Gregorio Belmonte Cuenca, 19

2. ITA Michele Meotto & Alberto Cassandro, 27

3. ESP Enric Noguera & Marc Vallespir, 28

4. BRA Felipe Rondina & Luis Felipe Boani, 30

5. JPN Kouichirou Sugiyama & Shota Oki, 30

6. JPN Kenta Nakagawa & Yoshinori Oka, 30

Strong wind was true winner of day 4 at the Snipe Junior World Championship underway in Talamone Tuscany on Thursday. In the morning, the 36 crews from 11 nations were greeted by frothing seas with winds 27 knots gusting to 37 knots from the southeast.

Given the weather conditions, the Race Committee hoisted and initial 2-hour postponement that then became a 5-hour one. Many were impatient to get on the water, as it is possible to discard the worst result after Race 6. With safety first in mind, the Race Committee lowered the postponement flag shortly after 4 p.m. and the young sailors set out towards the racecourse under sunny skies, a 19-21 knot breeze from the east south east and rolling waves.

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Junior Worlds - Day 3

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 23:42

Talamone, September 16, 2015. Results after 5 races

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

1. ESP Antonio Lopez Montoya & Gregorio Belmonte Cuenca, 19

2. ITA Michele Meotto & Alberto Cassandro, 27

3. ESP Enric Noguera & Marc Vallespir, 28

4. BRA Felipe Rondina & Luis Felipe Boani, 30

5. JPN Kouichirou Sugiyama & Shota Oki, 30

6. JPN Kenta Nakagawa & Yoshinori Oka, 30

... full results, report, interview and photos by Matias Capizzano)

Junior Worlds - Day 2

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 22:06

Talamone, September 15, 2015. Results after 4 races

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

1. ESP Antonio Lopez Montoya & Gregorio Belmonte Cuenca, 15

2. JPN Kenta Nakagawa & Yoshinori Oka, 21

3. BRA Felipe Rondina & Luis Felipe Boani, 23

4. BRA Nicholas Pellicano Grael & Fabio Kohler, 25

5. ITA Michele Meotto & Alberto Cassandro, 25

... full results, photos by Matias Capizzano, interviews and video ...

Junior Worlds - Day 1

Monday, 14 September 2015 19:54

Talamone, September 14, 2015. Results after 1 race

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

1. BRA Nicholas Pellicano Grael & Fabio Kohler Harkot

2. POR Mafalda Pires de Lima & Tomas Pires de Lima

3. ITA Michele Meotto & Alberto Cassandro

4. JPN Kouichirou Sugiyaman & Shota Oki

5. JPN Kenta Nakagawa & Yoshinori Oka

Interview with Nicholas Grael

... full results and photos by Matias Capizzano ...

Junior Worlds - Practice Race

Sunday, 13 September 2015 20:26

Talamone, September 13, 2015

The practice race was canceled due to unstable winds, BUT some sailors had fun!

Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano

... photo gallery (great photos by Matias) ...

Talamone, Italy: The Snipe Class has a long history of producing and attracting great sailors. The 2015 championship is no different and a quick look at the list of competitors sees the potential of the future of sailing in these juniors.

Begun in 1973, the Snipe Class saw the need to promote youth sailing creating a Junior World Championship. Over the years it has attracted top youth sailors from around the world and produced such Junior champions as Torben Grael (BRA), Bill Hardesty (USA), Luis Calabrese (ARG) and Andre Fonseca (BRA). Among its ranks sailors have gone on to be Olympians, Volvo Round-the-World sailors, Team Race World champions and Kiteboard World champions.

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Snipe WorldChampionship - Press Release

Friday, 11 September 2015 21:08

Talamone, 11 September 2015 – Great sailing comes to the ancient Roman harbor of Talamone in Maremma with one of the most important competitions in the world. The Snipe World Championship, hosted by the Circolo della Vela Talamone in Tuscany, will take place from the 19th to the 26th of September 2015. After making it through a very demanding selection process in their respective countries, 83 teams from 18 nations have entered the regatta. The Snipe World Championship, which takes place every two years, is preceded by the Snipe Junior World Championship with the participation of 36 other crews from 11 nations.

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Attention Snipe Sailors!

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 22:04

Attention Snipe Sailors! Who is coming to sail the Juniors and Open Worlds in Talamone?

Please send us the best photo of you sailing your Snipe so we can include it in a special Worlds photo gallery on our FB page. You can include it in a FB message or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Thank you in advance!
Pietro and Carol

The Editors