Photo Credit: Courtesy of Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection
Yes we did…
… we did add the third boat to the fleet. Snipe 1953 has joined our fleet, built in 1936 with a solid mahogany hull. This event is also reason for double happiness and celebration:
First, of course the third boat and our official fleet filing as a provisional fleet.
Second, the rescue of an endangered Snipe, the subject of appeal for rescue in the last newsletter. Steve Vincent, the Vice Commodore of our host club SCCYC came to the rescue. You can follow the story on his blog at the link below:
We won’t see Snipe #1953 on the water anytime soon since the boat needs some restoration and refinishing work.
It turned out that Snipe 1953 was originally sailed at fleet #2 Los Angeles Harbor, the original home of Toper, the 1939 Snipe in our fleet. Given the age and origin, it is save to assume that these two boats raced each other in the 30’s and 40’s and once Steve is done, will do so again.
The boats of the fleet so far:
#1953 Shady Lady, build 1936
#3543 Toper, build 1939
#12521 Katawampus, build 1963
But the work is not done yet. If we get provisional fleet status, we need to add at least another boat for the next consecutive years to maintain status; and to stay with the motto of “Serious Fun, Serious Sailing”, we need to organize festivities once we re-opened the feet and of cause an opening regatta.
As always, see you on the water
Two weeks ago the Snipe masters took place in San Diego and I had a chance to visit. What a sight to see an entire dinghy lot filled with Snipes.
This race is an annual event for seasoned Snipe sailors of 45 years of age or plus; about 35 boat registered, that would be 70 Snipe sailors.
Photo from the 1938 SCIRA Yearbook
The next event is the Carolyn Nute Regatta on Halloween hosted by Mission Bay Yacht Club of San Diego, see link below for the NOR.
The 50’s Snipe in San Diego is still on the MBYC’s lot, the mast and the deck have suffered from the weather, the rest looks sound and I think it could be back on the water within a few weeks of work.
Contact me if interested. I will get you in touch with the owner.
There is a gorgeous looking Snipe in the SF area
Gorgeous 15.5′ Snipe Sailboat – $3200 (albany / el cerrito)
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A few interesting Snipe related links
Postings of Snipe news and race notices from around the world
A 1959 Sports illustrated article about the Snipe with quotes and tips from some of the most famous US snipe sailors in the 50’s