SAILORS FROM MORE THEN 30 COUNTRIES
Since 1931, sailors have been choosing the Snipe. The Class offers the opportunity to race at every level - local fleets, regional, international, and events at some of the best venues in the world.
Designed in 1931, the Snipe became the biggest racing class in the world five years later. The first true World Championship was held in1946. The Snipe is the double-handed boat in the Pan American Games, as well as other regional games in the Americas.
The World Championship is held every two years alternating with the Europeans and Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship (WHOs). Teams must qualify for the Worlds and WHOs.
The Junior Worlds is held every other year and is open to teams under the age of 22 years. The first Women's World Championship was sailed in 1994 in Yokohama, Japan and won by Pauline Book and Carine Juliussen of Norway.
North and South American Championships are held every year. The Pan American, South American, Central American & Caribbean Games are held every four years.
Today, Japan, Brazil, Spain, and the USA have the largest numbers of Snipe sailors. Boats are built in Italy, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, and the United States.
NORTH AMERICA & ASIA
The Snipe Class International Racing Association (SCIRA) is governed by a Board of Directors, headed by the Class Commodore.
Each country has a National Secretary (like a president) and its own Board of Directors.
Each calendar year, sailors pay dues to the International Class.
There are separate fees for adults and juniors (under 22 years).
Boats must also be registered for a small fee each year.
All sailors participating in National and International Championships must pay their annual dues before the start of the championship.