Forming a Snipe Fleet
The Fleet organization is the heart of the Snipe Class. Fleets
are the basis of our organizational structure and the most significant
contributor to retaining and increasing membership. Fleets provide
the structure by which many are introduced to the class, learn
to sail Snipes, then pass on their knowledge to other newcomers.
Almost all fleets host a local regatta, and many fleet members
travel to other to local, regional, national, and international
events. These events are usually organized and underwritten by
One of the major steps in becoming a Fleet is being recognized
as an officially chartered fleet by SCIRA USA and SCIRA. It is
symbolic of your sailing groupís commitment to the development
of Snipe sailing at your club and region. It is a symbol to prospective
members that you are committed to operating a Fleet at the sailing
center and their investment in a Snipe sailboat will be a worthwhile
investment and deliver enjoyable weekends of competitive sailboat
racing. We ask that Fleets with 3 or more Members become officially
chartered SCIRA Fleets. The Charter fee is $10. $5 is retained
by SCIRA USA and $ 5 is passed on to SCIRA International.
If your Fleet has 3 or more members we are asking you to Charter
your Fleet by sending to SCIRA USA in Lincoln $10 for the Charter
Fee. Upon payment of your Charter Fee we will forward to you
the new DVD's 'Snipe Out of the Box' and 'This goes Where?' to
for training your new members.
SCIRA Requirements for a Snipe Fleet
- At least 3 measured and dues paid boats are required for
a provisional charter.
- 4 boats are required for a second
- 5 boats are required for the third year, and to hold
a permanent charter
- All boats must be measured, with a measurement
data sheet (MDS) on file in the SCIRA office. Forms can be
obtained from the office for unmeasured boats.
- Boats must
be registered in the name of the present owner or entity. The
owners of measured Snipes join SCIRA USA
by paying annual dues. A decal is issued on dues payment
to race in SCIRA events. All members receive will a Rulebook.
(see Membership requirements for additional benefits
of becoming a member of the US Snipe Class.
- Payment of annual
fleet charter fee: $10.00. Send the SCIRA USA office (address
below) a current list of all
with name, address, year of birth as well as a current
list of hull numbers of active Snipes.
- For each
fleet a Fleet Captain should be elected and a measurer appointed.
PO Box 83866
Lincoln, NE 68501
Ph/Fax: (402) 796-2505
Fleet Captains Manual and Job Description