Snipe North Americans

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The 2018 Snipe North Americans are in full swing being sailed out of San Diego Yacht Club.  This is also a country qualifier for the Pan American Games and the top 4 countries (Not previously qualified) will earn a spot.

Congratulations to Ernesto Rodriguez and Kathleen Tocke, 2018 North American Champions.


2018 Europeans - Photo Book

View the amazing photo book by photographer Matias Capizzano - 


del Castillo Palop Brothers Win 2nd European Championship

Congratulations are in order to Gustavo and Rafael del Castillo Palop (ESP) for an outstanding performance at the 2018 European Championship.
Full Results

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2020 Europeans will be celebrated in Split, Croatia

European Championship

The European Championship begins racing Wednesday, August 22. 
Follow the results on this link

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Carol Cronin & Kim Couranz Win Women's Worlds

Teams battled it out coming down to the last race with Carol Cronin & Kim Couranz (USA) winning the title.

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See full results & video at the link below

Board Approves Rule Changes

The SCIRA Board has approved several rule changes that will go into effect January 1, 2019.
To see what passed (and did not), visit the Class page on this website.  The Board is still in discussion on 18-03.

Summer Snipe Bulletin

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CAC - Central American Games

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Congratulations to Raul Rios and Jose Diaz (PUR) for taking the Gold! 

The Central American and Caribbean Games are set to begin July 19-25 in Barranquilla, Colombia.  10 Snipe teams representing 8 nations will be competing for medals.  Final RESULTS

Snipe World Masters - Portugal


Damian Borras & Jordi Triay (ESP) win the 2018 World Masters - Congratulations!

Apprentice Master: Manu Hens/Maj Kristen Hansen Borgen (BEL)
Master: Damian Borras/Jordi Triay (ESP)
Grand Master: Jorn Haga/Maria Fiestas Le-Njoc (NOR)
Master Legend: Paolo Santos/Thiago Sangineto (BRA)

Follow along with the Domingos Borralho pre-regatta and then the Snipe World Masters sailed in Vilamoura, Portugal. 
78 teams from 15 nations will compete in the 2018 Championship from 24-30 June.

RESULTS - DAY 1; DAY 2; Day 3 is a layday; Day 4, Final Results

Event site
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South American Games - Bolivia


6 countries are represented at the South American Games, sailed in Bolivia May 26-31.

See this link to see the teams represented

European Championship 2018

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August 20-25
Pori, Finland


Sailor's Open Forum: to be held Wed. Aug 22 - 1 hour after Protests close
National Secreataries meeting: to be held Friday, Aug 24 - 1 hour after Protests close

SCIRA welcome Lithuania

2000px Flag of Lithuania.svg  SCIRA welcomes our latest nation with Gintare Scheidt sailing under the Lithuania flag.  Fleet 903 Kaunas has been chartered.

North American Registration Open

Registration is open and the NOR posted for the 2018 North American Championship, to be sailed out of San Diego Yacht Club October 6-8.

This is a country qualifier for 4 nations for the Pan American Games and teams wishing to qualify their country must sail mixed.
The NAs is part of the Olympic Classes Regatta.


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Snipe Bulletin - Spring 2018

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Read the latest Snipe Bulletin by clicking on the image.  All members who have provided an email address were emailed a digital copy April 7.

Digital Snipe Rulebook

Download the Snipe Digital Rulebook 2018-2020

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Bethlem & Lins win South Americans; Paradeda & Tonorio Win South American Mixed


Alexandre Paradeda with Ana Julia Tonorio won the mixed SA championship which is also a country qualifer for the Pan Am Games.  With 18 mixed teams representing 8 nations, Brazil took the top 2 spots followed by ARG in the next 2.  The countries that have qualified for the Pan Ams are: Brazil, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Uruguay.

Winning the SA Masters was Fernando Kessler and Rolf Nehm from Brazil.  

The South American Championship begins today.
Mixed Final
Master Final
Open Final Results

Rodriguez & Tocke Win Don Q 2018


By Carol Cronin

The 52nd DonQ Rum Keg Regatta delivered its dependable mix of Serious Sailing, Serious Fun over three days and eight races on Biscayne Bay. With five countries and 31 boats, it remains one of the premier Snipe events. Friday's forecast was for 15-18 knots of NE breeze, but it never built to anything over 14 knots and the shifts provided plenty of opportunity for gains and losses on the four leg windward leewards. Ernesto Rodriguez/Kathleen Tocke won all three races, so the battle was for second overall with the points tight behind them. (This theme would continue for the next two days.)

Saturday's breeze was a little lighter and righter, and less predictable than the usual Biscayne Bay with shifts and puffs filling from both sides. Ernesto and Kathleen finally managed to sail a drop race (a second, behind George Szabo/Diana Waterbury). Carol Cronin/Kim Couranz moved up to second overall with three top six scores, but the points remained close going into the final day.

Sunday's glassy Bay required a postponement to wait for the seabreeze, but the race committee's patience was rewarded and we managed to squeak in two more races in a 4-7 knot southerly. Randy Lake/Madeleine McGrath avoided the biggest holes and handled the powerboat chop well to win race 7; Pietro Fantoni/Silvia Penso took the last race (and then also won the all-important race to the hoist). Three countries in the top five!

Full Results

Guatemala Joins SCIRA

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A new country & fleet - Fleet #902 Amatitlan, joins SCIRA in 2018 with Jose Hernandez as the National Secretary.  Welcome Guatemala!

2018 Promotion Committee Appointed

The 2018 Promotion Committee has been appointed by Commodore Pietro Fantoni with Vice Commodore Luis Soubie as the chairman.  Those who have stepped up to help with promotions for the Class are:

If you have anything you would like to recommend for the committee to study, please contact Luis Soubie.

Snipe World Masters

Master PDF 1   Social Schedule

Register for the Snipe World Masters
June 24-30, 2018
Vilamoura, Portugal
Website link



2018 South American Championship

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The Notice of Race and Registration documents can be found on these links.

Porto Alegre, Brazil

Clube dos Jangadeiros

Pan Am Country qualifier (4 countries)

March 24-31, 2018

club contact:



March 1 deadline for Rule Proposals

Countries interested in submitting rules proposals for consideration have until March 1 to submit.  Submissions must be made via the forms found on the Rules page and submitted by 3 fleets or through your National Secretary.  For more information on past and present proposals, click on CLASS > RULES PROPOSALS on this website.

IV Oseberg Challenge - the Video

Great video from IV Oseberg Challenge, held in Motril, Spain in February.


2018-2020 Snipe Class Rules

The SCIRA Rules in the new World Sailing format are now officially approved!  Use this link to access them.

Spanish translation

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World Snipe Day 2018

February 14, 2018

Dear National Secretaries,

Class promotion is one of the main aspects to work on and the fleet activity is the fulcrum of the promotion.
A lively fleet promotes events, regattas, clinics, training sessions, parties among its members, but should also focuses its attention outside on other sailors.
The aim is to attract new people to our Class by helping them discover our wonderful boat.
This is the reason why the Board warmly encourages fleets in all countries to organize a World Snipe Day, at the best time of year for such activities in your region.
We are convinced that, with the commitment of passionate Snipe sailors of each fleet, it is possible to re-launch and give new vigor to our Class in each region, even guaranteeing a generational change.
We believe that communication to the outside and the promotional activities of individual fleets is a fundamental aspect for this effort.
The first step is to introduce and allow potentially interested sailors to sail the Snipe.
Please, forward this circular letter to your fleet captains and share this idea with your members.
Then we will be happy to publish in the Snipe Bulletin and on SnipeToday your World Snipe Day report. It is important for us and for the other fleets share your experiences and receive suggestions and comments about these promotional activities.

Pietro Fantoni
SCIRA Commodore

Guidelines for World Snipe Day

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.
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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