Editor's Note: The 2016 North Americans writeup reminded Alex Pline of the report he wrote about the 1994 Snipe North Americans, which were also sailed out of Severn Sailing Assocation in Annapolis. Many things have changed, but the legendary camaraderie remains, more than two decades later—and many of the 1994 participants (including winners Bryan Fishback and Lorie Stout) also sailed in the 2016 event. 


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.


Snipe North Americans - Day 2

Sunday, 05 June 2016 00:24

Three races were fit in by a very patient race committee today. The first was (as expected) sailed in a very light southeast wind, but after an hour of waiting a decent southerly filled in that even got crews and skippers into the hiking straps by the last leg. Photo courtesy Ted Morgan

Snipe Adds Asymmetrical Spinnaker

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 06:05


After 81 years of poling out the jib downwind, the US Snipe Class has announced that it will make an asymmetrical spinnaker legal beginning April 1, 2016.

“We’ve given this a lot of thought,” said Brainard Cooper, US National Secretary. “I’m sure all the sailors will fight the change, but we felt it was best for the longevity of the class.”

The new spinnaker will be flown from the masthead, which will require a new stiffer rig (and possibly running backstays). A prototype has already been tested at the site of the 2015 Nationals (Mission Bay, California). On a recent weekday afternoon, Eric Heim and George Szabo of Quantum Sails went out together and quickly jumped 30337 onto a plane. (See photo.)


Snipe US Women's Nationals, Day 1

Sunday, 10 August 2014 03:17

Three races were sailed today out of Cottage Park Yacht Club to start off the 2014 Women's National Championship. Although the forecast was iffy for breeze, a 4-8 knot seabreeze filled in that was just strong enough for the 15 teams to make it downhill against a substantial ebb tide. Carol Cronin/Linda Epstein are leading with 5 pts, and Aine McLean Fretwell and Claire Riedman have 6pts. The schedule calls for three more races tomorrow. Full results


Eight Bells: Carl Eichenlaub

Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:01

The Snipe family lost another great one this morning. Former snipe builder and champion skipper Carl Eichenlaub passed away early this morning. Some of you may remember his advertising slogan from his boat building days "Any slob can win in an Eichenlaub".

Carl Eichenlaub passed away early this morning, November 29, 2013, at 83 years. In a sport full of iconic figures, he stands with the best and most unique. Few people in the sport have the breadth and depth of his talent.

A story by Peter Commette:

In Kingston in 1976 at the Olympics, not only did Carl seal up my Finn mast from the inside out using radiator stop leak, but after my mast became the first non-new mast to pass the old Finn mast immersion test, Carl fixed the rest of my competitors' masts, too. Kingston ran out of the stuff!

Preregister for the US Snipe Masters

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:57

The 2013 US Snipe Masters Championship is being hosted by the Erie Yacht Club, Erie PA over Labor Day weekend 30 August - 1 September. The event is open to skippers 45 years and up with a combined skipper/crew age of 80.

(from the Snipe US website):

Martin Bebb, National Secretary of SCIRA USA has announced that One Design Management (ODM) of San Diego, CA has been appointed to take over management of Snipe US administration effective July 1. Danielle Richards of ODM will take over as Executive Administrator of SCIRA USA. 

Snipe New England Championship, day 1

Sunday, 14 July 2013 03:14

Beverly, July 13, 2013. A forecast of light wind and an overcast morning couldn't crush the spirits of the 25 eager Snipe teams, representing roughly 5 fleets spanning North America from Florida all the way to Canada. The Snipe New England Championship fleet sailed approximately two miles out to race 5 races in 5-9 knots of wind. The champions of the day were Peter Commette and Jensen McTighe, closely follwed by Jim Bowers/Julia Marsh. But never fear! Tomorrow is another day filled with serious sailing and serious fun.

-Catharine Devlin


Snipe Tops the List of Boats I Love

Friday, 12 July 2013 18:22

In my day job as managing editor of boats.com, I spend most of my time editing the work of others, making plans for future stories and the page designs that will make them easy to find, and figuring out how to fit so much great content into each week's publishing schedule.

And then every so often, I find the time to write a blog post.

So when a vacancy came up for our regular "Boats We Love" column, I decided to write about the Snipe.