Newsletter No. 4

Newsletter No. 4

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection

The Snipes are back !

After more then 50 years since the disapearence of Fleet 24, we are back. We are now again an official Snipe Class registered fleet, ready to race.
In the spirit of the original fleet, we reactivated the fleet with boats which could have well competed when the fleet went dormant.
Here are the boats of the fleet:


Snipe 1953, Shady Lady

built 1936   
Originally raced in Fleet #2, Cabrillo Beach
Here in a photo from 1938  


Snipe 3543, Toper

built 1939
Originally raced in Fleet #2, Cabrillo Beach
Here in a photo from 1945


12521, Katawampus

built 1963
Originally raced in Fleet #94, Newport Beach
Here in a current photo


We sure hope these are just the humble beginnings and the fleet will soon pay testimony of this seasoned class with boats spanning from the beginning of its history to the modern days.
In order to maintain fleet status, we have to grow the fleet and I would like to call on all in love with the thrill of Snipe sailing, modern or classic to join the fleet.
No boat? No problem, just join as crew.

You can read more about our story in the latest Beacon, the publication of our host Club SCCYC.

Don’t forget, new racing rules taking effect in 2013, you can find them at the link below

See you on the water

Your Snipe Fleet #24 Fleet Captain



Check out the results and photos from the Carolyn Nute Regatta on Halloween hosted by Mission Bay Yacht Club of San Diego.


Check out the progress of the restauration of Snipe #1953

A few interesing 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

And the links to SCIRA.
The International Snipe Class website caries the database of Snipes, if you want to check on the record of any boats.


Below are two boats from the 50’s currently listed on the West Cost. The Emmons Snipe was also previously owned by the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle.
There is also rumor of a 1959 Varalyay Snipe possibly getting available, please contact me for updates.

1954 Snipe Sailboat – $2000 (South Park)


Date: 2012-11-02, 2:50PM PDT [Errors when replying to ads?]


Built by Emmons Boatworks out of clear yellow cedar, hull #9603. This boat has papers, has been restored to spec.
Original steel centerboard, tiller, boom, set of reproduction cloth sails and racing sails in good shape
Almost new cover worth $400, later aluminum mast, aluminum centerboard and running gear.
Sailed for three seasons with no issues. I have over 200 hours into the restoration, firm on the price and in no hurry to sell.
Trailer in ok condition.

  • Location: South Park
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

PostingID: 3366611660

Gorgeous 15 foot Snipe Sailboat – $1800 (albany / el cerrito)

Date: 2012-11-01, 3:19PM PDT [Errors when replying to ads?]

Gorgeous 15.5 Snipe Sailboat: Built in 1950, mohogany deck, both aluminum and a wood masts, trailer, and sails are included. This boat has always been garaged and was built meticulously. The boat is currently located in our garage and is very easy to drive to using Interstate 80. Please feel free to call me if you have any questions. If this ad is still up, then she is still available for sale and i wont respond to questions asking if it is still for sale.

Thank You,