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The Brazilian sailors made their mark on the Snipe Worlds that finished Saturday in Rungsted, Denmark by securing all three podium places.  In a great show of sailing and sportsmanship, eventual winner Alexandre Tinoco and Gabriel Borges did not sail the last race and cheered on their fellow sailors and countrymen on the sidelines after a tough series marred by fluky winds, rain and conditions that kept the race committee never at rest.

Tinoco, commenting on his consistency said, “in such a high level of championship and competition it is better to sail in a more conservative manner than to take risks for the win. It is better to sail with the fleet in these conditions, for any mistake can create a huge difference.”   He further expanded on this topic and his 31st place finish in the third race; “At the beginning of the event the plan was to be conservative, to sail with the fleet. However in race 3 we came to a point where a number of us were sailing at the front and Gabriel and I had to make a decision, continue in a conservative fashion or take a risk. So we deviated from our plan and took the risk. Unfortunately it was not the right thing to do with this fleet and these conditions.....31st place!  I learned from that mistake.  But I think it is important to thank for all the hard work and support from my crew Gabriel Borges and coach Filipe Novello, both of them were great, of course especially Gabriel.”

Finishing second overall and eight points behind was 2001 Snipe World Champion Alexandre Paradeda and Gabriel Kieling (BRA) and third overall, 2009 Snipe World Champion Bruno Bethlem and Dante Bianchi (BRA).

Eighteen countries participated with fifty-nine total boats on the line. The next Snipe Worlds will be held in 2013.

The Royal Danish Yacht Club and Espergaerde Yacht Club hosted both the Snipe Junior and Senior World Championships in Rungsted over the past 14 days.

Regatta website

The latest issue of the Snipe Bulletin, Summer 2011 is now available for reading.  Go to the tab or link here

Congratulation to Christian Andersen and Maj Kristin Hansen Borjen of Denmark who won the regatta held in Norway. 

Full results

Jerry Thompson and Mandi Smith come down to Mission Bay from Long Beach to sail in Fleet 495’s annual Herb Shear regatta.  Just to show that they had not lost their touch, they finished the four races on Saturday with 24 points which was good for 6th place out of the 20 boats competing. Jerry’s always liked his old boat, Pearl Necklace, and even though he’s gotten newer boats, he still uses the sail number 24702.
 
After dinner Fleet 495 held a debrief by the top 5 skippers for the day.  The skippers talked about their tuning and tactics for the day.  That’s one of the things that set’s Snipes apart from other classes – we believe that sharing information raises the level of competition for all of us.
 
Then it was Jerry’s turn to pick the winning raffle ticket for his 1997 Nickels Snipe  #29302 out of the PCC trophy. All told there were 33 tickets sold for $250 each.  That $8,250 represented a big part of the fund raising for the Serious Sailing, Serious Fun, Traditions Build Winners documentary that took place this winter.
 
It was very fitting that when Jerry pulled the winning ticket, it belonged to Arden Zinn.  Jerry knew Arden from the early 50’s when both were somewhat younger and raced Snipes in the Midwest.  Take a look at Arden’s interview highlights on my YouTube channel: Arden Zinn interview 
  
The donations toward a raffle ticket helped Vince hire an editor to bring some structure to the documentary. 
 
Thanks to all for your support.

snipejrworld2011Alvaro Martinez and Gabriel Utrera (ESP) are the new Snipe Jr World Champions.  Emanuel Aghem/Luciano Pesci (ARG) finished second followed by brothers Felipe/Victor Sabino (BRA).  The top 8 spots were held by 8 different countries.

Check the photos 

 regatta website

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