The SCIRA Board of Governors has approved Portugal to host the 2021 Jr World Championship.  Dates will be confirmed shortly so as not to conflict with the Open Worlds to be held in Japan also in 2021.

Club de Vela Atlantico, who has hosted Snipe Championships in the past, will play host to the Junior Worlds and SCIRA is pleased to be returning to Portugal to celebrate this Championship.  

Snipe 2020 Sailor Flyer

This will be a great regatta for all and especially scheduled so those competing in the WH&O can use this as a warm-up.

The International Snipe Class has a long history of which very few other classes can boast. The boat was designed by Bill Crosby in 1931 and 88 years later, 32000+ boats have been built with fleets in over 30 active nations.

It is a history of people, sailors, champions, enthusiasts, promoters, sailmakers, builders and organizers.

The past is strongly linked to the present: all the inductees have helped to promote and grow our Class in many countries and continents; many of these people are still strongly linked to the Class or have been, when they were alive, to form a large family, the Snipe Family, from great-grandparents to grandchildren.

For this reason, the "Snipe Class International Racing Association Hall of Fame" was created.

The SCIRA Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Snipe Class and Snipe competition.

The Class is honoring three categories: Sailing, Technical Design and Contributors, --people who made significant contributions to the Snipe Class.

SCIRA Commodore Pietro Fantoni stated “The Snipe Class is strong today because of this first list of inductees: William F. Crosby, Hub E. Isaacks, Ted Wells, Id Crook, Carlos & Jorge Vilar Castex, Axel & Erik Schmidt, Earl Elms, Jan Persson, Bibi Juetz and Gonzalo Diaz.

This first list is impressive.  All of us Snipe sailors and friends of the Snipe Class – and I can add, friends of the sport of sailing – have to thank them and their families and celebrate their induction for their victories on the water, their contributions ashore and for how they promoted our beloved Class.."

For this very first year a maximum of ten inductees were considered (eight next year and  five from the year after).

The 2019 inductees are among those who have undoubtedly contributed to make the history of the Snipe Class.

Full bios and additional photos & videos can be viewed here:

photos below: top row: Bibi Juetz; Bill Crosby, Earl Elms, Gonzalo Diaz, Hub Isaacks, Id Crook

second row: Jan Persson, Carlos & Jorge Vilar Castex, Axel & Erik Schmidt, Ted Wells.

BibiPrizegiving  Crosby headshot  EarlElms  GD 1958  HubIsaacksheadshot  idcrook   

  Jan photo   photo  schmidtbros  TedWells Midwinters

The Board of Governors has accepted the bid from SCIRA Japan to host the 2021 Snipe World Championship.  Enoshima is the venue, the same as the Olympic competition in 2020, with the dates set for August 21-28, 2021.  SCIRA looks forward to returning to Japan for another excellent World Championship!

The SCIRA National Secretaries, Nominating Committee and finally the Board have nominated and elected the following officers to serve SCIRA:

Commodore: 2020-2021 - Luis Soubie, Argentina
Vice Commodore 2020-2021 - Zbigniew Rakocy, Poland
Secretary 2020-2021 - Martin Bermudez, Spain
Treasurer 2018-2021 - Sue Roberts, GBR
General Secretary - WH&O: 2019--2020 - Gweneth Crook, Canada
General Secretary - Europe - 2020 - Reino Suonsilta, Finland
Rules Chairman 2017-2020 - Antonio Bari, Italy

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