After eight years as Canadian National Secretary, Harri Palm has stepped down and handed of the reins to Julian Inglis of Guelph Snipe Fleet 877.
As well as being a very accomplished Snipe sailor who just happened to come second at the Canadian Pan Am trials, Julian and his wife Fiona run the sailing school at Guelph Lake. Canadian Snipe sailing will be in good hands.
2016 SCIRA Can dues form
Raul Rios showed he is a definite gold medal favourite at the Pan Ams as he dominated the Snipe North Americans held at RHYC this weekend. Argentinian Luis Soubie showed his recent injury has not affected his speed as he came second with American Peter Commette third. Racing was tight in the five light air races held. Some of the mark roundings were epic with tens of boats arriving at the same time but sportsmanship prevailed as the jury had nothing to do but enjoy the perfect weather.
2015 NA Final Results
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These two sailors are proving to be a class act. With nothing worse than than a second, Evert McLaughlin and Alex Damley-Strnad cruised to victory at the 2015 Snipe Canadian Championship held at Mississauga Sailing Club this past weekend.
Saturday was spent hanging in the parking lot waiting for breeze that never came. Sunday proved to be rainy but raceable and the PRO Bruce Buckingham managed to get four races in to save the regatta.
Second place went to JJ and Tracy Hall who were the only team to beat the winners in one race.
The rest of the scores were very close with ties at third and fourth as well as at fifth and sixth.
Sailing an almost perfect regatta, Evert McLaughlin and Alex Damley-Strnad showed that they are the class of the field at the recent Pan Am Games trials at TS&CC. These guys are easily our best bet for a Snipe medal and they deserve our congratulations and support.
A typical Canadian smorgasbord of conditions greeted the twelve Snipe sailors on Guelph Lake who traveled from as far as New York City and Hudson, Quebec to vie for the most coveted trophy in all of sport last May 30-31 weekend.
While there is the Canada Cup, Stanley Cup and Grey Cup, none compare to ferocity with which competitors vie for the Palm D’Or Snipe Trophy. Each spring a brave group of sailors converge on Guelph Lake (AKA “the Seventh Great Lake”) and see what kind of unpredictable and challenging conditions she can offer. This year was no exception.
Saturday morning was met with warm wet winds from the SW gusting to 18knots. By the third race they had died to 4-6knots. Crews were sweating in all their foulies. Gear changes for both boat and crew were in order across the board. A short postponement was held as thunderstorms passed over. Two more races were held before the deluge came in. The steaks were cooked in the rain. Everyone had a blast.
Sunday was 9C, windy and rainy. Broken equipment and capsizes were the order of the day. Tough stuff but four races were held before everyone headed to shore for pizza.
Harri Palm and Molly Kurvink won the event with finishes no worse than second. Chris Hains and Barb Mann were a consistent second. Colin May and George Hughes won the last race and that was enough to give them second. With a recent second place at the Pan Am trials, Julian Inglis, with Dane Kirkpatrick, was looking good but suffered some gear failure and had to settle for fourth.
With three of the teams being juniors, this regatta was also the first in awhile Canadian Junior Championship. Leo Arseneault and Gordon Milley sailed convincingly to that title. Leo also had the highlight of the regatta with a cheeky but brilliant port tack start in the sixth race.
Guelph Lake at its finest
the race committee was first class
Champagne sailing Canadian style
typical action at the leeward mark
The latest version of the NOR for the 2015 Snipe North Americans is below:
Snipe NAs NOR v6:May7:2015
Please not that, as the Homewood Suites has sold out of rooms for the regatta weekend, the accommodations information has been changed. Direct your accommodation inquiries to http://www.tourismhamilton.com/where-to-stay
The Snipe Canadians/Ontario Open set for June 13-14 at Mississauga Sailing Club is now open for online registration here.
The NOR is here.Canadians NOR 2015-Ver 1-1
After a bit of a communication error the date of the Snipe Canadian Championship/Ontario Open Regatta is now confirmed for June 13-14 at the Mississauga Sailing Club, not the weekend of 20-21 as originally posted. Sorry for the confusion folks. We try but sometimes things get a little squirrelly.
As most of you already know the 2015 Snipe NAs will be held at RHYC from July 3-5. The NOR and registration is now online at this site. Register and pay before May 1st and you save big bucks as well as helping the organizers plan ahead.
This promises to be a a very good event as no doubt there will be some teams using it as a warm-up for the the Pan Am Games which happen less than two weeks later.
A note for Canadian teams: your registration will not be accepted if you have not paid your SCIRA Canada dues for 2015 so buck up!
See you all in Clearwater.
After some very successful training sessions at Mississauga Sailing Club, the Snipe Canadians/Ontario Open have been confirmed for June 20-21. Registration will be at the club Friday night and Saturday morning. PRO will be none other than Irene McNeill. Saturday BBQ dinner and Sunday after racing lunch will included. This will be a great tune-up for the Snipe NA’s in Hamilton two weeks later.