Snipe Fleet 103

Snipe Fleet Captain
Bill Vaughn


Snipes sail two or three one-design races each Sunday afternoon from early May through mid-October and some sail the Thursday night handicap races, and the Irondequoit Bay Brown Jug Regatta, too.  We average 6+ boats to the line for the fleet races the last two years with nine boats, currently in the fleet.  We hang out after the races for beer and/or sodas, yummies and stories, some true.  Off-season we gather monthly for pot luck parties.  It’s a very sociable fleet.

Two people sail the boat: a skipper and one crew.  A wide range of sailors enjoy sailing Snipes: men, women, kids, novices and experts.  Most of us only sail races at our club, including the annual regatta we host, but some travel to regattas at other clubs, even out of the country.  The Snipe is raced in active fleets around the world.  

The Snipe fleet was the first at Newport when the club was founded in 1936.   The purchase prices of competitive boats in our fleet range from $1200 to $5500, but if you want to be a national champion, you can spend more than $10,000 for a new one.  Here are the specs.


LOA 15' 6"
LWL 13' 6"
Beam 5' 0"
Draft up/dn 6"/ 39"
Weight 381 lbs.
Sail Area (main & jib) 128 sq. ft.



Briody Regatta

The 2018 Briody Cup will be held at Newport Yacht Club on August 11th and 12th. Snipe One-design sailors come from as far as Texas and Canada to compete on the tricky winds of the bay. Traditionally, we have eleven to fifteen boats and two days of great racing.

The regatta started in 1936 to honor untimely deceased Snipe sailor Francis M. Briody of Lockport, NY.

For the past three decades the venue has been Newport YC. 2016 will be the 80th year it has been sailed -- one of the most venerable sports events in the country.

Several people who don't currently sail Snipes have helped run this regatta in the past and surely will again. If you would like to help or if you want more information, contact Regatta Chair John Dentinger (585-615-8945) or email


Here are some annual Snipe regattas within five hours of Rochester, along with the month they normally occur.
More distant events are listed on the SCIRA USA and SCIRA International web sites.

May Palm DIOr at Guelph Lake (In Canada, so bring your passport.)
July Canadian Nationals at Hamilton (In Canada, so bring your passport.)
July US Nationals at Buffalo Canoe Club (In Canada, so bring your passport.)
August Briody Memorial at Newport YC - Sail Right Here!


The Snipe was chosen for 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto

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