Pan Am Games class boats to compete on Hamilton Harbour

The Canadian Snipe Association has chosen the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club as the venue for its Canadian Championship Regatta to be held July 4-5. The event is expected to draw Snipe sailors from across Canada and the north eastern United States.

The Snipe is a 15.5 foot, two-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. Tom Nelson, vice-Commodore of Yachting for The RHYC, noted that the Snipe Class has some of the best competition in the world, but its competitors have 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. The essence of the class is summed up by its motto: Serious Sailing, Serious Fun.

Snipe Canadian Association representative, Harri Palm said that the choice of Hamilton Harbor for this Canadian championship was carefully considered and based on the rich experience that the members and volunteers at the RHYC bring to regattas in Hamilton and the excellent sailing conditions that the harbour offers.

Club Commodore Rodger Metcalfe expressed his delight with the Snipe Class choosing the RHYC. “The Snipe is one of nine classes of sailing boats that compete in the Pan Am Games and this is a great opportunity to demonstrate that Hamilton’s harbour and the RHYC can make an ideal location for the 2015 Pan Am Games sailing events.”

Established in 1888, The RHYC has a rich history of competitive sailing on the harbour and internationally. In recent years, the club has hosted two world championships and numerous Canadian and local championships. RHYC was also the host of the featured sailing events during the first-ever British Empire Games in Hamilton in 1930.