[Updated September 26, 2022.]
Celebrating 90 Years at White Rock Lake: Snipe Fleet 001 is a group whose main focus is on racing Snipe sailboats, mostly out of the Corinthian Sailing Club ("CSC") on White Rock Lake, located in the middle of Dallas, Texas. We are the first fleet ever chartered by the Snipe Class International Racing Association ("SCIRA"), the global organization that sets the standards for Snipe design and racing for 800 fleets and 30,000 boats around the world. Fleet 001 has been active on White Rock Lake since 1932, and our members have served SCIRA in numerous capacities over the years from Fleet Captain to International Commodore.
Sailors: The Snipe is a relatively small 2-person racing sailboat requiring average or better physical stamina and agility. The ideal combined weight of the skipper (who steers the boat) and crew (who works the jib sail) is 270 to 340 pounds. People of all ages, experience and skill levels race Snipes. In our 2021 season our fleet conducted 225 races on 60 different race days with 62 different sailors participating, ranging in age from 12 to 82. The 29 different skippers included a high-school student and 10 women. Of the skippers, 17 had never raced a Snipe before; and of those 12 had never skippered a boat before. The 42 crews included 19 sailors who had never raced in a sailboat before.
Two-Stroke Tacking: Newcomers to the Snipe Class will start out in the crew position and be responsible for sheeting in and cleating the smaller jib sail. As the bow of the sailboat crosses the wind ("tacking") the crew will move from one side of the boat to the other, helping to keep balance against the wind, while also releasing one sheet (the rope holding the end of the sail) and pulling in the one on the opposite side. Click here for a short training video.Then you can click here for a training pdf.
Racing & Regatta Schedule: We schedule long course racing with the Corinthian Sailing Club program almost every Sunday throughout the year, depending upon the weekend weather forecast and regatta scheduling. A regatta is an event in which sailors from local and distant clubs gather to race against one another and compete for prizes. It is similar to a track meet or a swimming meet. Snipe Fleet 001 participated in four local regattas and six travel regattas in the 2021 season, traveling to Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, New York and Lake Canyon, Texas. As of the end of September 2022 we have sent 12 different teams to 7 different travel regattas.
Special Thursday Evening Schedule: We have a beginning and novice sailor class every Thursday evening beginning at 6:00. Here you learn how to rig a boat, the names of all the parts of the boat, the different points of sailing and many other skills. If the wind cooperates we try to get everyone into a boat with a chance to take the tiller.
Saturday Short Course Schedule: We are conducting our Short Course series every Saturday, rigging in the winter time at 11:00 AM and on the water by noon, providing the wind cooperates. As the weather gets warmer, our starting time gets earlier in the day. During April and May we rig at 10:00, and in June at 9:00. Here novice skippers and beginner crews learn maneuvers, tactics, wind shifts, starting, rules and other on-the-water skills in a series of short races. This series lets our sailors practice maneuvers and tactics with instruction from experienced racers in a fun-filled 2 hours with up to twelve non-scoring short races. Here we might swap out crews and skippers every couple of races so that everyone signed up (and accepted) for an event gets into a boat.
Newcomers Invited: We invite all skill levels (from rank beginner to world class expert) to learn about our fleet and submit a fleet membership application. In order to sail with us, we ask that you fill out our registration form and sign a release of liability. Here is a separate link to the release, downloadable as a Word document. Please fill it out and sign it either manually or electronically then email it as indicated on the form, or bring it to the dock with you and hand it to a fleet officer.
Event Scheduling: All of our events, such as Thursday evening instruction, Saturday Short Course and Sunday Long course are scheduled through our Snipe group at Meetup.com, which now consists of more than 200 people who have expressed an interest in finding out about Snipe Sailboat Sailing and Racing on White Rock Lake in Dallas. Anyone who registers on our Meetup.com group will receive weekly invitations to all the events and everyone is encouraged to use the RSVP feature to let the fleet officers who will be attending an event.
Loaner Boats: Our fleet includes 11 boats available as loaners to anyone with sailboat racing experience who would like to skipper on an introductory or trial basis. The boats are primarily used for the training sessions on Thursday and Saturday, under the supervision of a training officer. The boats can also be taken by qualified teams for Sunday Long Course and Regattas. Click here for more information.
Boat Damage: Each skipper will also acknowledge responsibility for any damage to a boat under his/her command. A skipper who uses a loaner boat in a regatta may purchase regatta boat damage insurance from our national organization, Snipe Class International Racing Association-USA (SCIRA-USA).
Winter Wet Suit Requirement: Sailors who participate in our loaner boats are required to wear at least a surfer "shorty" wetsuit during any race activity between December 15 and February 15. We have some wetsuits available to loan.
FLEET MEMBERSHIP LEVELS
Visitor: A person coming to the dock to meet our members and to find out about sailing Snipes. We welcome any and all visitors to show up early for any of our events to meet Snipe sailors and learn more about our fleet. After you fill out the registration form, we can help you determine whether a Snipe or some other fleet at Corinthian Sailing Club is the best fit for you. There is no cost to a Visitor.
Fleet Guest: A Visitor who completes the registration form and signs a liability waiver becomes a Guest of the fleet, and is entitled to 5 sailing events at no cost.
Fleet Member: In order to continue, the Fleet Guest must join Snipe Fleet 001 as a member at $50.00 semi-annual membership dues, payable when the member joins and by February 1 and August 1 thereafter. This allows racing in any of the non-regatta races for the remainder of the calendar year as either skipper or crew, all on dock instruction and all on the water sailing lessons. It also includes skipper or crew for all CSC regatta races that are not sanctioned by SCIRA-USA, currently being the Fourth of July Regatta and the State Fair Regatta, as well as crew for SCIRA-USA sanctioned regatta races at CSC, currently the Commodore's Cup in April, the Southwestern Snipe Championship in May and the Texas State Championship Snipe Regatta in October. It also allows a skipper to use a loaner boat in all the races (subject to availability and certain participation limitations).
SCIRA Member: Any Fleet member who wishes to skipper in any regatta sanctioned by the Snipe Class International Racing Association (SCIRA) must also be a SCIRA member. The annual fee is $30 for yourself and $35 for registration of a Snipe if you own one. SCIRA signup may be done ahead of time or upon registration at the member's first regatta of the year. At least three SCIRA sanctioned regattas will be held at White Rock Lake in 2022. This level allows participation in all SCIRA sanctioned Regattas, whether at White Rock Lake or anywhere else in the world. In the 2021 season, Snipe Fleet sailors participated in eight SCIRA sanctioned regattas, including three at White Rock Lake. Over the past 25 years, Snipe Fleet sailors have participated in SCIRA sanctioned regattas in 16 different states and six different foreign countries.
Corinthian Sailing Club Associate Member (without boat ownership): Any Fleet member not owning or leasing a boat at CSC may, at any time, with the sponsorship of two current CSC members, apply for Associate Membership in CSC. A Fleet member who has participated in more than 20 non-regatta sailing days must be at least a CSC Associate Member to continue to sail in loaner boats. As a CSC Associate Member, you have full access to the club, may use a Snipe loaner boat at any time to practice or day sail, may use loaner boats from any of the other fleets (subject to their specific fleet rules), may use a club powerboat (after receiving training), and may use the CSC clubhouse for private events, according to CSC rules and guidelines. A CSC by-law now scheduled for a vote this Fall would suspend our fleet's 20-event rule and require any sailor participating in more than five events to join CSC as a provisional member on a monthly basis.
Corinthian Sailing Club Regular Member: Any Fleet Member who owns or leases a boat kept at CSC must also become a Regular Member of CSC. Regular Members have all the privileges of a CSC Associate Member and may keep a boat at CSC in the mooring field or on a davit that the Regular Member owns or leases.
CSC Dues and Fees: Annual Membership Dues and Fees are payable on or before April 1 of each year. Any on-line payment made later than April 1 or any payment post-marked later than April 1 will be assessed a $100.00 late fee. CSC By-Laws, Article II, Section 1(d) requires each member to contribute 8 hours of service to the club. If the required service is not completed, the member will be assessed a fee of $100 which will be included in the next year's annual dues.
Payment of Membership dues:--CSC and SCIRA dues are paid through their respective websites (cscsailing.org and snipeusa.com). Fleet dues are payable through this website.