SCIRA Board approves increase in Sail Royalties & Hull Number fees

The SCIRA Board of Governors voted to increase the sail royalty labels and new hull numbers as of January 1, 2018.
Sail Royalty: The fees were increased from $15 to $25
Hull Numbers: The fees were increased from $50 to $100
Sailmakers & builders have all been informed as well as National Secretaries that order directly from the SCIRA office.
Official letter

Long Range Planning Committee selected

Commodore Pietro Fantoni has confirmed the Long Range Planning Committee for SCIRA consisting of:
Chairman: Don Bedford
Gweneth Crook and Ricardo Lobato. 
All are past Commodores of SCIRA and will be discussing 3 topics:
1. Direct payment of SCIRA Dues
2. Mixed World Championship
3. SCIRA and World Sailing
The LRPC is outlined in SCIRA's Constitution as a standing committee, appointed by the Commodore.  

Switzerland Rejoins SCIRA

A new fleet has been created in Switzerland, bringing the Swiss back to the Snipe Class.  Marcel Fux is the Fleet Captain and National Secretary for Switzerland with fleet 901, Lago di Lugano.  Switzerland was host to the first Worlds held outside the United States, in 1947 on Lake Geneva (fleet 79), organized by Dr. Martin Dupan with champions from 13 nations.  Welcome back Switzerland!

Luiz Gonzalez Appointed New Chief Measurer

Luis GonzalezSCIRA welcomes Luiz Gonzalez Alvarez from Spain as the new Chief Measurer. 
He suceeds Antonio Espada who served as Chief Measurer for many  years, but has had to step down for health reasons. 

Read more about Luiz here.

New Officers elected to SCIRA Board of Governors

SCIRA has new officers taking their positions for 2018:

Voting Members:
Commodore Pietro Fantoni, ITA (2018-2019)
Vice Commodore: Luis Soubie, ARG (2018-2019)
Secretary: Zbigniew Rakocy, POL (2018-2019)
Treasurer: Sue Roberts, GBR (2018-2021)
Rules Chairman: Antonio Bari, ITA (2017-2020)
General Secretary - Europe: Martin Bermudez, ESP (2017-2018)
General Secretary - WH&O: Raul Rios, PUR (2017-2018)

Non Voting:
Chief Measurer: Luis Gonzalez Alvarez, ESP (2018-2020)

Legal Counsel: Leigh Savage, USA
Chief Information Officer: Don Bedford
Vice Rules Chairman, Gus Wirth, USA
Executive Director, Jerelyn Biehl

Snipe Bulletin goes all Digital

During the most recent Board of Governors meeting held in September in La Coruna, Spapin, the SCIRA Board made the difficult decision to cease printing and mailing the SNIPE BULLETIN and to move to an all-digital version. The main goal is to reduce the costs of printing and mailing, which was a significant portion of the Class budget. In this way, some of the funds saved can be used for Class promotion and for other projects.

The history of the SNIPE BULLETIN is the history of the Class.
The Snipe BULLETIN, the link which holds the family together, grew out of Bill Crosby’s JIB SHEET which took over Snipe News from the RUDDER magazine in 1945. The BULLETIN began as a monthly publication, with a few combined issues– in its 30-year history. The JIB SHEET had one other editor, Chet Miller, SCIRA’S 1942-43 Commodore. In 1999 the Board of Governors voted to decrease the publication from monthly to quarterly.  The BULLETIN has been a full color, quarterly publication since 2006.

In recent years the communication of the Class has evolved with technology and has increasingly transitioned to the internet (e-mails, electronic newsletters, websites, social media, skype ...). But the main and official source of information still remains and relies on the SNIPE BULLETIN.

Beginning with the next issue (Winter 2018) we are moving to an all-digital version, which will be e-mailed to all SCIRA members. We currently investigating ways to enhance the digital version with hot links to advertisers, possibly some embedded video and media links as well as other enhancements. 

Make sure your email address is correct with the Snipe Class so you will receive your digital version.  There are several ways:

  1. When renewing your dues with your National Secretary for 2018, make sure you provide your current email address
  2. Sign up directly using this LINK for Electronic Snipe Bulletin


SCIRA Rules Approved for 2018-2020

World Sailing has approved the Snipe Class Rules that will be in effect January 1, 2018 through 2020.
The new rules & format can be found HERE

Thanks to the many people involved who helped get these rules over the finish line: GIORGIO BREZICH, ANTONIO ESPADA, ANTONIO BARI

The new SCIRA Rulebook will be available after the first of the year!

Championship Venues Decided

The SCIRA Board of Governors approved two venues for the coming years:

2018 Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship: to be hosted by Club Nautico Olivos, October 20-27, 2018
2019 Jr & Sr World Championship: to be hosted in Ilhabela, Brazil. September or October 2019.
Congratulations to both Argentina & Brazil for hosting these pretigious events.

2018 European Championship will be held in Pori, Finland, August 20-25. Look for the website to be live soon.

2017 Snipe World Champions - Raul Rios & Mac Agnese

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2017 Snipe Worlds

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85 teams are in La Coruna, Spain vying for the World Championship title - follow along via or SnipeToday on Facebook. Photos by Matias Capizzano and video by TacTicMedia.


2017 North American Championship


Ernesto Rodriguez/Kathleen Tocke (USA) won every race at the recent North American Championship held at Ft. Lauderdale YC May 19-21.

Full on breeze and wave conditions.  Results here.

Watch a video of the regatta: video

Soubie & Lipszyc Win South American Championship

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Congratulations to Luis Soubie & Diego Lipszyc, 2017 South American Champions.  41 teams from 4 nations competed in San Isidro, Buenos Aires, ARG over 7-15 April. 2nd was Juliana Duque and R. Martins (BRA) with Eduardo Fumagallo and Bren Quagliotti (ARG) in 3rd.  Top youth team: T. Brito & A. Rosa (BRA) and the top female team of the Agusti sisters (ARG).  Full results here.

Blodgett & Melton win Clearwater: Cubans win Zimmerman

Arthur Blodget and Julia Melton bested the fleet to take the Clearwater Midwinters win for 2017.  With only 8 boats on the line for the 79th edition, the teams still had great competition, weather & hospitality from the Clearwater YC hosts.

Winning the overall Zimmerman for best Winter Circuit results were the Cuban team of Raul Miguel Diaz Herrera and Carlos Exposito Rodriguez.

Third in Clearwater was Chris Hains (CAN) with Alexandre Tinoco as his star crew.

Full results

Ernesto Wins 2017 DonQ

Ernesto Rodriguez and crew Kathleen Tocke (USA) won the 2017 Don Q in Miami besting 35 teams representing 7 countries.

2nd overall was Raul Rios and Mac Agnese representing Puerto Rico with Bruno Bethlem and Rodrigo Lins (BRA) rounding out the top 3.

Full results here

Traditional Don Q photo:


2017 North Americans

LYC burgeeThe 2017 North American Championship is set for Lauderdale Yacht Club, Ft. Lauderdale, FL over May 19-21.

LInks for the NOR and entry are on the calendar page.

Cubans Win Nassau Regattas

Bacardi Cup & Dudley Gamblin Regattas

Nassau, Bahamas

Raul Diaz Herrera and Carlos Esposito Rodrigues sailed well and won both the Bacardi & Gamblin trophies. Diaz Esposito trophy

Full results here:L

Bacardi Cup

Dudley Gamblin

Next up: Don Q Rum Regatta - March 23-26, MIami, Florida.

New Snipe Class Rules - Draft

SnipeRules CoverThe Snipe Class has been working with ISAF/World sailing since 2010 to convert our Rules and Restrictions to the ISAF/WS rules format.  The content and intent of the Snipe Class rules have not changed, but they have now been converted to a friendlier and easier to use format.  Take a look at the draft of the newly re-formatted rules in coordination with the Technical Department of World Sailing.  Snipe Class Rules

The new rules are submitted for approval to the SCIRA Board of Governors and finally to World Sailing.  Once approved, we will annouce the effective date.

South American Championship

logoRegistration is open for the 2017 South American Championship to be sailed in San Isidro, Buenos Aires, ARG

April 7-15 at CNSI.  Master & Mixed will sail April 7-11 with the Open SAs to follow 11-15.

The NOR is posted and more information can be found on the event website or on the calendar page of this website.

2017 General Restrictions

Snipe Sailors - the General Restrictions for the Snipe class have been posted to the website. These rules are in effect beginning January 2017.  Please refer to these before you decide to make any changes to your boat or if you have any questions such as "can i change this?"

Thanks to Antonio Bari, Chairman of the Technical Committee for his hard work on this document. It reflects changes approved between World Sailing and SCIRA.

2017 General Restrictions

Everyone's a Winner at Snipe World Masters



Congratulations to all the competitors at the World Masters in Nassau, Bahamas. Everyone sailed well and had a fabulous event. But hearty congratulations to the Royal Nassau Sailing Club, the members and staff as well as the local Nassau Snipe Fleet for pulling together less than 2 weeks after Hurricane Matthew slammed the Bahamas and the RNSC, to put the event on in true Bahamian style!

Overall winners:

1. Ernesto Rodriguez/Kathleen Tocke - USA
2. Luis Soubie/Diego Lipszyc - ARG
3. Ralph Rosa/Alfredo Rovere - BRA
Apprentice Master (45-54)
1. Ernesto Rodriguez/Kathleen Tocke - USA
2. Luis Soubie/Diego Lipszyc - ARG
3. Ralph Rosa/Alfredo Rovere - BRA
Master (55-64)
1. Augie Diaz/Christine DeSilva - USA
2. Doug Hart/Christina Persson - USA
3. Motoharu Nishii/Eisuke Noro - JPN
Grand Master (65-74)
1. Jimmie Lowe/Lori Lowe - BAH
2. Robert Dunkley/Michelle Lakin - BAH
3. Claus Carpelan/Freddy Wegelius - FIN
Master Legend (75 & older)
1. Oscar Gonzaloz Urquia/Alexandre Tinoco - ARG
Full Results
Full story


2016 European Championship

EuroLogoCongratulations to the European & Jr European Champions:

Junior: Enric Noguera & Marc Capo - ESP

Open Europeans: Gustavo & Felipe Castillo del Palop

Follow along as the top youth & senior sailors compete at the European Championship in Santiago de la Ribera, Spain.

Information & website: 

Snipe Winter Circuit 2017

Come sail in the Bahamas and Florida in the annual Winter Circuit - with a new twist!

 Contact information on the calendar page.  NOR and additional information will be added as received.

Nassau, BAHAMAS March 8-14 Bacardi, Gamblin & Kelly
Miami, FLORIDA March 23-26 Don Q Rum Keg
Clearwater, FLORIDA March 28-30 Midwinters
Rule 18: Daggerboard: revised, to be used at European Championship

Rule 18 as recently approved by the SCIRA Board of Governors, will be enforced at the 2016 European Championship.  Sailors are asked to comply with the following rule: Note: the 

18. The daggerboard must be restricted while racing in such a manner that no point of the bottom edge extends less than 305mm below the keel. To permit checking the position of the  daggerboard while racing a band of min 25mm wide and 250mm long shall be painted on each side of the daggerboard. The top of the band being even with the surface of the deck at the centerline of the boat while the board is raised on this maximum height.  The daggerboard shall be attached to the hull with a non-adjustable single line at all times while racing (unless for a short period for cleaning garbage or seaweed). The safety line shall be fixed in any part of the daggerboard case and fastened with a shackle above the line connecting the lower part of the stoppers on the daggerboard. The maximum length of this safety line including the necessary fittings shall be 600mm from the top of the daggerboard case and the inner part of the shackle pin.The retaining system shall either consist of a flipping tablet or/and a hook and cutouts on the daggerboard and shall permit the crew to extend the board completely when the boat is capsized without swimming under the boat. Only one board may be used during a regatta unless irreparable damage has occurred. Stripes of any material except carbon or exotic materials may be added on the daggerboard blade or inside the daggerboard case to limit the side movement of the daggerboard. 

Western Hemisphere & Orient Championships



Congratulations to Edgar Diminich & Jaime Flores of Ecuador as the new WH&O Champions! Full Results


Doug Hart/Ryan Hopps top North Americans in Annapolis

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Women's Championship

Women's Championship

Lake Bracciano, Italy

August 26-29

Register here

Snipe Women250

2016 North American Championship

Snipe North American Championship

June 3-5, 2016

Annapolis, Maryland, USA


2016 Snipe Jr & Open European Championship


Registration is OPEN for the 2016 European Championship: click here

Sailed in Santiago de la Ribera, Spain

Junior Europeans: September 17-20
Open Europeans: September 21-24


Snipe Bulletin - Spring 2016


Read the latest Snipe Bulletin here

2016 Snipe Winter Circuit

2016 Winter Circuit
DonQ50thMidwinter Championship: Hal Gilreath/Brendan Feeney - Full Results

Don Q: Ernesto Rodriguez/Claudia Loiacono - Full Results

Bacardi: Paul deSouza/Spencer Cartwright - Full Results

Gamblin:Robert Dunkley/Lori Lowe - Full Results

Zimmerman Overall: Martin Bebb/Sheehan Commette - Overall Results