Crew: 2 man crew. For racing, ideal weight of sailors should be between 125 and 145kgs.
Dimensions: 4.72 meters long, 1.52 meters wide and ±125kg.
Sail Area: 11.9 square meters.
Class: Restricted (hull shape remains the same from year to year)
Characteristics: Serious sailing, Serious fun.
Difficulty Level: Experienced, easy to sail but is technically challenging to race well
The global Snipe slogan is "Serious sailing, Serious fun", it is easy to sail and transport.
The Snipe is a 15-1/2 foot, 2 person, one design racing dinghy with a rich history. Designed by William Crosby in 1931, it has evolved into a modern, tactical racing dinghy with fleets around the world. Although the Snipe Class has some of the best competition in the world, the class has not lost sight of the importance of social events and, in fact, many regattas are as well known for their parties as they are for their racing. It can be sailed by all types of persons, no matter their age, their weight, or their sex. Co-ed crews are very popular in Snipe sailing.
Perhaps because of the very limited evolutions of the boat allowed over the years, there is an excellent second-hand market.
The Snipe is simple, making it easy to sail and trailer. The boat is recognized by the International Sailing Federation as an International Class and is sailed in 26 different countries. There have been over 30,000 Snipes constructed worldwide.
As a formative boat, it's a decisive class for the world of sailing. The top two olympic medalists in sailing, with five and four medals respectively, were Snipe sailors, Torben Grael and Paul Bert Elvstrøm.
Regattas are held in most countries and local, regional, national and international championships offer great opportunities to compete at different levels of skills.