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US Snipe Sailor Here it is June already. Half the year is behind us, and here in the US we are preparing for our national championship for the 80th time, although it wasn’t until 1947 that the Heinzerling Trophy was established as emblematic of the US National Championship. This year’s event promises to be a great regatta held at Okoboji YC in Iowa. Pat Flood and his organization committee have promised us a fine Brainard Cooper, time sailing in an area that is new to US National Secretary many of us. The last time we were in District 2 (Dillon Lake, CO) we had 66 boats in attendance, and we are expecting another good turn-out this year. Come join the fun, if you haven’t already registered.

only pre-registrations. Judging from the last several years’ attendance, there hasn’t been much support for a continuation of the Wells Series, but if there is, your Board needs to hear from you. Remember, this is YOUR organization; we need to know what you want from us. Any member of the Board can be contacted through the internet, telephone, or through Danielle in the SCIRA USA Office. It is gratifying to learn from our office that memberships this year are already within 6 or 7 of the total memberships from 2013.

For the last several years there has been annual discussion about the format of the Nationals. Some think the event lasts too long, others not long enough. Some want more races; some do not. Some think the Wells Series and the Crosby Series have outlived their usefulness; some do not. The actual fact of the matter is that the Wells Series was instituted in 1952 because the 56 boat fleet that year was thought to be too large to manage for fair racing. And another actual fact is that with the proliferation of VHF radio and GPS in race management, fleets of 70 to 80 boats pose no problem for today’s race management. The personal opinion of your National Secretary is that we should be open to new thinking when planning our bellwether event. Our Class was not afraid to change back in 1952 when conditions changed, and we should not be any different. “Because we’ve always done it that way” just isn’t a valid reason for inaction, especially as conditions have changed so greatly over the years. Plus, it’s currently confusing for organizing authorities, race committees, and your National Secretary! The Wells series honors Ted Wells, “the Great White Father” of our Class for its first 50 or so years. It certainly is not without much thought t that we consider removing this remembrance of this early stalwart, but on the other hand, there is not much honor in a competition that is not sailed. This year we’ll sail a Wells Series if there are more than 52 boats that register for the Crosby plus any Wells-

SCIRA USA 2812 Canon Street San Diego, CA 92106 619-222-0252 Danielle Richards, Executive Administrator danielle@odmsail.com Sherri Campbell, SCIRA Finances sherri@odmsail.com Jerelyn Biehl, SCIRA Executive Director jerelyn@odmsail.com or scira@snipe.org

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Fleet Expansion via Selfish Lending Art Rousmaniere

2. LET THEM EXPERIENCE THE THRILL. Pledge that at least once this summer, each of us will have someone else sail our boat - be it a single 3-boat fleet race, a local low-key regatta or national regatta, it does not matter. You can even be the crew. You get to choose.

Please, let’s all of us openly admit that numbers of snipes on the starting line and at fleet parties is like my mother’s chicken soup: some is good, but more is In either or both cases, take that deep breath and make the call remembering that this, in fact, is a better. selfish move on your part to add snipes to your Given that, let’s all be selfish about making this so – starting lines or more party-goers to your snipe let’s get more boats on our fleet racing and regatta parties. starting lines. And give us strength not to fall into Think about it - all of us are benefactors of someone the comfortable trap of dismissing this as a task for someone else, such as the class officers, fleet captain who took this step at one time on our behalf. I am forever in debt to Meredith Adams for asking or the hot shots. my wife-of-one-year Jennifer to crew for her in It’s quite easy, really. At the root of it, there are two a fleet race in Newport RI 30 years ago. I vividly simple steps: recall Jennifer coming home that evening excitedly declaring that she had found our first boat. 25412, 1. PROACTIVELY SEEK OUT. Pledge that at least The Swedish Chef, remains in our family fleet of three once this summer, each of us will reach out to a non- snipes. And Carol Cronin started in snipes crewing regular crew, friend, offspring of a fellow sailor, local for Ed Adams 15-ish years ago and then many other college sailor, or club-member who tends to peer skippers before wrestling the tiller into her hands and longingly at what we are doing and ask that he/she evolving into a national-level skipper. sail with us. Maybe even hand them the tiller for bit. For some, this may be an anxiety generator over Give it a go. Be selfish. And have some serious fun concern with one’s season scores that could be put in along the way. jeopardy. I assure you that you will survive - try it.

2014 Snipe Southwestern Championship The 78th edition of the Snipe Southwestern Championship was held May 24th and 25th at Corinthian Sailing Club on White Rock Lake Dallas, Texas. “Best little sailing club in Texas” For the first time in many years we experienced the perfect conditions for Snipe sailing with winds 1015 MPH from the south and mild temperatures. All teams were able to be competitive the entire regatta with four different teams winning a race. The victors at the end of five races were Gene Soltero and his crew of Laura O’Leary on Saturday and Karen Soltero on Sunday. They were closely followed by Peggy Tautz and Steve Tautz in second place.

78th SOUTHWESTERN CHAMPIONSHIP DALLAS, TX MAY 24-25, 2014 SKIPPER CREW 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Gene Soltero Peggy Tautz Doug Swenson Mark Williams Martin Bebb Cameron Adams Jim Stillson Jonathan Hopkins John Beall

BOAT #

Laura O'Leary/K. Soltero 30477 Steve Tautz 30568 Karen Swenson 28900 Ricardo Bandeira 30218 Derek Morris 31157 Cathy O'Neal 28369 Maria Bergh 26805 Rachel Ledger 30049 Otto Beall 28694

Everyone enjoyed a Tex Mex feast after racing on Saturday at the CSC clubhouse. Please join us next Memorial Day weekend for another great weekend of Snipe sailing and great fun. Mark Williams Regatta Chairman Summer 2014

2

RAC

WD

DNF


BOAT #

30477 30568 28900 30218 31157 28369 26805 30049 28694

2014 US National Women’s Snipe Championships

Junior and Special Junior Championship

2014 North American Snipe Championships,

July 25-Aug 1

August 15-17

Cottage Park Yacht Club Winthrop, Massachusetts Cottage Park Yacht Club is excited to be hosting the US Women’s Nationals: August 9-10 followed by the North American Snipe Championships, August 15-17. Plans are well underway to put on exciting events. CPYC is located just north and east of Boston in the small town of Winthrop, Massachusetts. The racing area will be in the friendly confines of Winthrop/Boston Harbor, which is a ten minute sail from the club. For more information: Contact Sue Hardy: sueshardy@comcast.net www.snipenorthamericans.com www.snipewomensnationals.com

RACE 1

RACE 2

RACE 3

Okoboji Yacht Club, Iowa hosted by District 2 and Fleet

http://snipeusa.com/regattas/us-national-championship/2014-us-nationals/

SCIRA USTOTAL Racing Calendar www.snipeusa.com

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RACE 5 POINTS

Month 2 1 Date 2 Sancti2oned 4 221-22 1 June Q4 3 6 1 21-22 46 1 4 5 S3 5 328-29 3 6 511-13 8 6 July WD 10 7 7 7 S8 7 912-13 9 DNF 10 812-13 5 DNS 10 S 19-20 26-27 26-Aug 1 S/Q August 8-10 S/Q 8-9 15-17 S/Q 23-24 S October 3-5 Q 10-12 Q 31-2 S 3

2014 U.S. National Championship

Clinic: August 8 Racing: August 9-10

2 9 Regatta 1 12Jr World Qualifier Annapolis 4 MI State18 Champs 3 19 D2 5 Champs/Firewater 19 6 31 Invite/Snipe rally Winchester 7 38 Norm Tanner Memorial 8 41 9 42 Champs Pacifi c Coast

New England Champs District 7 Champs Jr & Sr US Nationals US Women’s Nationals GFU 24 hour regatta North Americans Board of Governors Frigid Digit/2015 Worlds Q. PanAm Trials US Masters Nationals

Venue Severn SA, MD Grand Rapids YC, MI Lincoln, NE Winchester BC, MA Bow Mar YC, CO Alamitos Bay YC, CA Jubilee YC, Beverly, MA TBD, CA Okoboji YC, IA Cottage Park YC, MA Mission Bay YC, CA Cottage Park YC, MA Quassapaug SC, CT Severn SA, MD San Diego YC, CA St. Petersburg YC, FL Summer 2014


Herb Shear Memorial Regatta and Classic Snipe Rally The 2014 Herb Shear Classic was held on May 1718 at Mission Bay Yacht Club. 23 Teams took to the course to compete for top honors while 3 Classic Snipes were on display all weekend as a bit of eye candy. Everyone was glad that the hot and dry Santa Ana conditions abated for the event and gave Fire Crews all over Southern California a welcome change in fortunes as well. Wind direction was a very shifty Southwest all weekend. About 10-12 knots on Saturday and 7-10 on Sunday made sure that everyone had their chance at the front of the fleet at some point (even if it was short lived while Randy Lake and Kate Shehan flew by).  The eventual winners scored 5 wins out of 7 races, discarding a third to finish with a total of 7 pts! Fleet 495 stayed true to the Snipe Class motto with Serious Sailing and Serious Fun. After racing on Saturday, everyone made the trek to the Krebs home Place # Skipper in Point Loma for a celebration in 1 28854 Randy Lake remembrance of Sailing Legend and 2 28687 Scott Sinks past World Champion Earl Elms. 3 30109 David Tillson The atmosphere was fantastic with 4 29941 Doug Hart Sailors joining Fisherman and many 5 30800 Rick Arneson other groups all in attendance who 6 30337 Eric Heim told their favorite Earl stories and 7 29248 Aine Fretwell enjoyed tons of fresh seafood as 8 28858 Nick Kaschak well as hoisting plenty of beers in 9 28857 John Fretwell memory of our hero. 10 30113 Bob Bowden Big thanks to John Fretwell (District Governer) who organized the regatta, Pete Hunter who served as PRO, Jim Graham for helping to incorperate the Classics into the format, and Eric and Carolyn Krebs for hosting the party. Congrats to team Lake/Shehan on a solid win. Maybe you guys can put on a clinic before the PCC’s in July at ABYC to keep the scores a little closer! Photo credit: Judy Tillson

Crew

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

Total

Kate Sheahan

1

1

-3

1

1

2

1

7

Johannes McElvain

2

2

4

-5

5

4

2

19

Cole Harris

8

6

- 11

2

3

1

6

26

Ryan Hopps

3

5

1

3

7

-9

8

27

Diana Waterbury

5

4

2

- 16

10

3

9

33

Neil Gompf

6

11

- 12

6

2

12

3

40

Austin Tipp

- 17

3

7

7

11

7

5

40

Krystal Treiberg

4

- 15

5

10

6

8

13

46

Taisei Hatter

11

8

9

- 13

8

11

4

51

Gus Wirth

7

- 14

10

8

13

6

11

55

11

30550 Matt Cappetta

John Cappetta

14

7

- 18

4

9

13

12

59

12

23965 Matt Hecht

Jackie Cappellini

9

- 17

6

9

12

16

10

62

13

29013 Chris Wright

Lauren Wright

13

13

14

- 21

4

10

15

69

14

29811 Scott Dalin

Meghan Sheehan

- 20

9

17

11

14

5

16

72

15

30733 Packy Davis

Molly Davis

12

16

13

- 17

15

15

14

85

16

30687 Seth Siegler

Ben Constant

15.8 rdg

- 18

8

18

15.8 rdg

17

18

92.6

17

29702 Lanny Coon

Xavier Mollina

19

- 21

20

20

16

14

7

96

18

29646 Aimee Heim

Kim Stanford

10

12

15

12

- 24 dnc

24 dnc

24 dnc

97

19

29166 Danny North

Darin Hayden

15

- 22

16

15

19

18

19

102

20

30611 Ray Treppa

Benji

18

10

22

14

17

- 24 dnf

24 dnc

105

21

29044 Sonya Smith

Kelly Loomis

16

- 19

19

19

18

19

17

108

22

29316 Todd Smith

Kathy Black-Smith

21

20

21

- 24 dnc

20

20

24 dnc

126

23

30359 Amanda Majernik

Mark Majernik

22

- 23

23

22

21

21

20

129


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