The Snipe is a 15'6", two person ISAF International class racing dinghy. The racing is organized and runby its members through their organization, the Snipe Class International Racing Association (SCIRA). The class emphasis is on one-design sailing, thus encouraging sailing skills rather than design breakthroughs.Thetight one-design measurements and minimum weight of 381 pounds encourage sound boat construction. Crews include many couples and family teams and although the recommended crew eight is between 270 and325 pounds, the only prerequisite is a keen interest in sailboat racing. The Snipe is very reasonably priced and maintains its competitiveness and resale value for years. Numerous used boats are always available.
As the largest fleet at SSA, the Snipe provides both serous sailing and serious fun. In addition to three club events, the Snipe Fleet annually hosts the Colonial Cup and Frigid Digit, drawing 20-40 boats. Less formal Tuesday night racing from May to September provide "collegiate style" short course racing for practice. If you are interested in even more racing, there are 12-15 sanctioned regattas annually within our districton -- small inland lakes, bays, to open ocean. Snipe sailors realize that while racing is important, it is friendships which last. We have "Hard Party" events and lots of fun!
For more information about the Snipe and the Annapolis Fleet, contact the SSA fleet captain. Please see the International Snipe Class Web site for more details about the the boat, the people and the Snipe Class in the USA.