Snipe (dinghy)

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Current Specifications
Snipe dinghy.svg
Sailing snipe.svg
Class Symbol
Crew 2
LOA 15 ft 6 in (4.72 m)
Beam 5 ft (1.5 m)
Draft 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Hull weight 381 lb (173 kg)
Main & Jib area 128 sq ft (11.9 m2)
D-PN 91.9[1]
RYA PN 1117[2]
Snipe Class International emblem

The Snipe is a 15 12 foot, 2 person, one design racing dinghy. Designed by William Crosby in 1931, it has evolved into a modern, tactical racing dinghy with fleets around the world. The Snipe is simple, making it easy to sail and trailer. The boat is recognized by the International Sailing Federation as an International Class and is sailed in 26 different countries. There have been over 30,000 Snipes constructed worldwide.

The global Snipe slogan is "Serious sailing, Serious fun".

The Snipe class has both developed and attracted some of the sailing world's top competitors. The top two olympic medalists in sailing Torben Grael and Paul Elvstrøm have competed in the Snipe. Grael, winner of five Olympic medals, began his world class career by winning a junior Snipe world championship, and subsequently two world championships. Elvstrøm was Snipe world champion in 1959 having won three of his four Olympic golds and world championships in the Finn and 505 class.

It can be sailed by all types of persons, no matter their age, their weight, or their sex. Co-ed crews are very popular in Snipe sailing.

Perhaps because of the very limited evolutions of the boat allowed over the years, there is an excellent second-hand market.

Regattas are held in most countries and local, regional, national and international championships offer great opportunities to compete at different levels of skills.

It's also easy and cheap to transport.

History[edit]

During a meeting of the Florida West Coast Racing Association in march, 1931, Bill Crosby promised to publish a new trailer boat design in the magazine "The Rudder". This was done on the July, 1931 issue, and the new boat was called "Snipe". The first unit was built in Pass Christian, Mississippi and was issued sail number 1 of the class in September, 1931. By may, 1932, 150 boats were already registered, and by the end of the year the number reached 250. In July, 1936, the class was the largest racing class in the world.

World champions[edit]

Year Skipper and Country Fleet
1934 Flag of the United States.svg William E. Bracey (USA) 1-Dallas
1935 Flag of the United States.svg Perry Bass (USA) 1-Dallas
1936 Flag of the United States.svg Philip Benson, Jr. (USA) 4-Sea Cliff
1937 Flag of the United States.svg Arthur M. Deacon (USA) 3-Central Long Island Sound
1938 Flag of the United States.svg Charles Gabor (USA) 10-Lake Mohawk
1939 Flag of the United States.svg Walter Hall (USA) 62-Corinthian
1940 Flag of the United States.svg Darby Metcalf (USA) 90-Los Angeles
1941 Flag of the United States.svg Darby Metcalf (USA) 90-Los Angeles
1942 Flag of the United States.svg Charles Heinzerling (USA) 190-Gull Lake
1945 Flag of the United States.svg Bob White (USA) 94-Newport Harbor
1946 Flag of the United States.svg Bob Davis (USA) 94-Newport Harbor
1947 Flag of the United States.svg Ted A. Wells (USA) 93-Wichita
1948 Flag of Argentina.svg Carlos Vilar Castex (ARG) 274-Club Náutico San Isidro
1949 Flag of the United States.svg Ted A. Wells (USA) 93-Wichita
1951 Flag of Argentina.svg Jorge Vilar Castex (ARG) 274-Club Náutico San Isidro
1953 Flag of Portugal.svg Antonio José Conde Martins (POR) 369-Vela Atlantico
1955 Flag of Italy.svg Mario Capio (ITA) 712-Tugillio
1957 Flag of Spain.svg Juan Manuel Alonso Allende (ESP) 151-Real Club Marítimo del Abra y Real Sporting Club
1959 Flag of Denmark.svg Paul Elvstrom (DEN) 585-Copenhaguen
1961 Flag of Brazil.svg Axel Schmidt (BRA) 477-Saco de Sao Francisco
1963 Flag of Brazil.svg Axel Schmidt (BRA) 477-Saco de Sao Francisco
1965 Flag of Brazil.svg Axel Schmidt (BRA) 477-Saco de Sao Francisco
1967 Flag of Brazil.svg Nelson Piccolo (BRA) 426-Rio Grande do Sul
1969 Flag of the United States.svg Earl Elms (USA) 495-Mission Bay
1971 Flag of the United States.svg Earl Elms (USA) 495-Mission Bay
1973 Flag of Spain.svg Félix Gancedo (ESP) 146-Real Club Mediterráneo
1975 Flag of Spain.svg Félix Gancedo (ESP) 146-Real Club Mediterráneo
1977 Flag of Brazil.svg Boris Ostergren (BRA) 426-Rio Grande do Sul
1979 Flag of the United States.svg Dave Chapin (USA) 91-Island Bay
1981 Flag of the United States.svg Jeff Lenhart (USA) 495-Mission Bay
1983 Flag of Brazil.svg Torben Grael (BRA) 159-Rio de Janeiro
1985 Flag of Argentina.svg Santiago Lange (ARG) 274-Club Náutico San Isidro
1987 Flag of Brazil.svg Torben Grael (BRA) 159-Rio de Janeiro
1989 Flag of Uruguay.svg Ricardo Fabini (URU) 506-Yacht Club Uruguayo
1991 Flag of Argentina.svg Axel Roger (ARG) 737-Club Universitario de Buenos Aires
1993 Flag of Argentina.svg Santiago Lange (ARG) 274-Club Náutico San Isidro
1995 Flag of Argentina.svg Santiago Lange (ARG) 274-Club Náutico San Isidro
1997 Flag of Brazil.svg Mauricio Santa Cruz (BRA) 159-Rio de Janeiro
1999 Flag of Cuba.svg Nelido Manzo (CUB) 22-Havana
2001 Flag of Brazil.svg Alexandre Paradeda (BRA) 426-Rio Grande do Sul
2003 Flag of the United States.svg Augie Diaz (USA) 7-Miami
2005 Flag of the United States.svg Augie Diaz (USA) 7-Miami
2007 Flag of the United States.svg Tomas Hornos (USA) 77-Winchester
2009 Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno Bethlem de Amorim (BRA) 159-Rio de Janeiro
2011 Flag of Brazil.svg Alexandre Tinoco (BRA) 159-Rio de Janeiro
2013 Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno Bethlem de Amorim (BRA) 159-Rio de Janeiro

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Centerboard Classes". US Sailing. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "The RYA Portsmouth Yardstick Number List for 2004". Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
Snipe dinghy sailing
  • SCIRA Deeds of Gift, [1].
  • SCIRA listing of fleets, [2].
  • SCIRA Regatta Results, [3].
  • 2007 World championship official website, [4]
  • 2009-12 Snipe Class International Racing Association official rulebook, [5]

External links[edit]