WH&O 1,2,5,7,8,9
North Americans 
US Women's Nationals 
Jr. Nationals 
SSA Summer Series 1,2,3
Pacific Coasts 
High Sierra Regatta 
Indiana Open 
Herb Shear 
Earl Elms Memorial 
Las Vegas Regatta 


North Americans 
US Nationals 
PanAm Games 
USA Masters
Carolyn Nute Memorial 
Halloween Regatta (Atlanta)
SSA Summer Series 
Herb Shear 
DON Q Regatta 
SCYA Midwinters 
District 6 Champs 


Masters Worlds 
Women’s Worlds
Argentina Nationals 
W. Hemispheres 
Buenos Aires Week 
E. Japan Champs
W. Japan Champs
W. Hemsipheres Qualifier


Worlds 2,5
South Americans 
Carolyn Nute 1,2,3
District 6 1,2,3,4
SD Las Vegas Regatta1,2,3,5,6,7,8


SI Labrador 3
Sudamericano 2,3,4,5
Mundial 2,5
Mundial junior 2,3,6,9
Camp. Argentino 1,4,5



Nuestro objetivo en North Sails One Design siempre ha sido diseñar y producir velas con las que puedas ganar. Nuestro actual inventario incluye los mejores diseños, sin importar dónde navegues o qué equipo uses. Nuestras velas están pensadas para ser fáciles de poner a punto y de trimar, para que puedas concentrarte en la regata. Tomamos seriamente la información que nuestros usuarios nos proveen, y durante los últimos años hemos trabajado muy duro para conseguir velas más veloces y duraderas.

Mientras eliges el mejor diseño para ti, por favor no dudes en hacernos cualquier pregunta al respecto. Somos regatistas de Snipe y estaremos contentos en intercambiar opiniones sobre cualquier aspecto del Snipe. Todas nuestras velas vienen con una completa Guía de Puesta a Punto la que incluye información rápida y simple sobre cómo poner a punto tu Snipe para obtener un excelente rendimiento.
Mayor M6-X

Después de muchos meses y cientos de horas de desarrollo, los expertos de Snipe de North Sails están muy satisfechos con la nueva Mayor M6X. Esta vela fue diseñada para dar al barco una potencia extra a la hora de pasar olas cortas. Si estas acostumbrado a navegar la mayoría de las veces en el mar o en algún otro lugar picado, esta vela es para vos. Es muy fácil de setear con una puesta a punto standard.

El precio incluye:
• Insignia de clase
• Números
• Battens perfilados
• Catavientos
• Bolsa tubo
• Ventanas
• Refuerzos TearDrop

Foque (AP R3LM Radial)

El foque R3-LM es un desarrollo de los diseñadores de North Sails Japón, ganadores de múltiples Medallas de Oro en diferentes Juegos Panamericanos. Esta vela está construida con paneles radiales en el tope y la base, con tres paneles cross cut en la sección intermedia. Inicialmente fabricado con dos tipos diferentes de tela, se ha aumentado el onzaje para cumplir con el nuevo reglamento. Esta vela ahora está hecho con una sóla tela, más duradera, mostrando una gran versatilidad en todas las condiciones.

El precio incluye:
• Catavientos
• Bolsa tubo
• Ventana
• Cable de gratil

Otros diseños disponibles: Mayor AP5+, Mayor PR-3, Mayor SW-3, Mayor SW-4 y Foque AP BR1DH.

Tuning your Snipe for Speed

>> Download the North Snipe Tuning Guide Updated June 2015!

>> Watch video interview with 2015 National Champions Raul Rios on tuning boat/sails

Read also: Notes taken at a Snipe coaching session

Have a Question? Ask the North Snipe experts.

Snipe FAQs:

Could you tell me a bit about how you trim the jib through the wind range?

I have found the jib trim to be very important in the snipe.  Pablo and I talk a lot about how best to trim the North jibs so we both have very similar technique.  In light air, our lead-to-lead measurement is around 68cm.  In heavy air we go outboard about 6cm.  We ease the jib simultaneously with any mainsheet ease to keep the slot open.  In heavy air, I have found it best to be in a more bow down mode with both tell tails streaming straight back.  In light air, I keep an eye on the upper leach tell-tail to make sure it is flying 100% of the time, but on the verge of stalling.

Going over the mast tuning guide things have changed and here is what I see.

My Old Tune

Spreader Length 16.5", Tip to Tip 29.5"

Old Tuning Guide

Spreader Length "The range adjustment for this setting is 15 1/2" to 16 5/8"

Tip to Tip "Range of adjustment on this setting is 27.5" to 30.5"

New Tuning Guide

Spreader Length - "For Most Boats this length is 16 3/4"

Tip to Tip- Starting point 30 11/16" (Between 29 15/16 to 31 1/2" depending on wind)

Then they go through a chart which leaves a lot of questions and is a bit difficult to understand.

Reading the new guide I moved my spreader length out 1/4" and spread my tip to tip out 1 3/16"

Am I making a big mistake?

I do think that lengthening your spreaders and spreading them is a good idea to try. At 325 you could use the power. I would check that the mast is straight laterally in the boat when sailing up wind...sight up the back. This would set the spreader length. Bowing to windward too short..sagging to leeward too long.

As far as the sweep look for inversion wrinkles in the main only below the spreaders...I wonder with them being swept a little farther aft that you haven't been able to vang sheet as well in a breeze and the boat is harder to hold down as a result. If the mast is over bending you can't sheet as hard or vang as hard and the upper leech may be too " firm"...maybe a stiffer mast will allow you to vang against it a bit more and then allow you sail with a little more twist and a forgiving groove... I'd give it a shot. The little extra sweep won't stiffen the mast much at all in the lighter stuff so you'll be fine there still. I'd just check the lateral mast straightness and go from them. Let me know how it works!

I have bought recently a set of Snipe sails 2 x BR-1 jibs and 1 AP-3 . I am one of the few guys still using skipper boat and I want to know your opinion if it need any changes in the boat tunning using as reference the North tunning guide updated by Paradeda.

I use Sidewinder and our crew weight is 150 Kg. We do well in heavy wind, but have problems using this main in very light wind . We are not very worry with our weight because when we use a very straight old main the boat goes well, but we prefer to have only an all round main. I was wondering if the fact that the Skipper has the mast butt higher than the other boats makes it more difficult to achieve ( without much tension) the prebend this main needs with lighter winds. Anyway all suggestions will be very well received.

Our tuning for light in cm. is : Shrouds 6.55 / Rake 6,61 / Spreaders 42,5 / S. Angle 76 / Shroud location 179. With heavy we change the shrouds to 6,38 and the jib lead 5 cm forward and we go really fast upwind.

It sounds to me like the mainsail is setting up too full fro light air. The problem is most likely that the mast does

have enough pre-bend in it for the light winds. You need to have about 2.5 to 3 cms of prebend with the boat on the trailer for the light wind setting. Here are some ideas to try. I would try one at a time and see how it goes. Keep careful notes of your progress:

1) File down the front of the mast butt casting. This will help the mast bend more easily and with the higher floor Skipper this is important. File it down enough so that one the bakc of the mast butt sits on the mast step.

This allows the mast to rock forward and "prebend" in lighter winds.

2) Sail with the outhaul pretty tight in all conditions, even light air. The AP-3 is pretty full in the bottom and easing the outhaul upwind never seems to help.

3) If you can move the shrouds forward on the sides of the boat. This will move the spreaders forward and halp to induce more pre-bend.

4) Get adjustable spreaders and sail with more sweep in lighter winds. Moving the spreaders forward in the breeze will help to stiffen the mast but when the winds drops you need to sweep the spreaders back to "soften the mast". Check the tuning guide for the range of adjustment here.

5) When the wind is light enough that your crew is inside the boat, make sure you move the mast forward .5 cm. This will put more bend in the mast too obviously and help to open the leech of the mainsail which is what is really slowing you down.

Hope these ideas help. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do for you.

Should the mast pusher/puller be off when sailing in medium wind conditions, or do you "lock" the mast at the neutral position with tightening both fore and aft pusher/puller ?

We "lock" the mast so that when we trim the mainsheet the mast stays put and does not bend too much.

I sail my Snipe on the light side…what can I do to hang on in big breeze?

The first thing you need to remember is that the Snipe, like almost every boat has to be sailed flat to go fast. To be able to keep the boat flat as a lighter crew you will need to depower a bit more than the other guys. Tighten your shrouds a ½ hole or two and keep the mast rake the same to tighten the headstay which will depower the jib. Also be sure to drop the traveler so you can keep both parts of the bridle tight when trimming the main most of the time, this will help keep the headstay tight.. Keep your eyes forward and play the main sheet in anticipation of the puffs so the boat does not heel and go sideways in the puffs. Allow the mast to move forward of the neutral mark as much as needed to depower the main and keep the boat flat.


Carpas y fundas North Sails Canvas

North Sails se enorgullece en presentar una nueva línea de carpas y fundas de Snipe, hechas a mano y con la más alta calidad que caracteriza a North. Confeccionadas usando Polyester 900D de 12 onzas, estas carpas le darán la tranquilidad que usted busca cuando deja sólo su barco o lo lleva a la ruta.

Carpa Snipe 

  • Cierre de calidad para cerrar al rededor del mástil
  • Diseñada para ser usada con o sin mástil.
  • Shockcords permiten ajustarla por debajo del barco.
  • Fajas para atar al trailer otorgan seguridad extra.
  • Faja sobre la carpa para enganchar la driza y evitar que se junte agua.
  • Precio U$S 430


Carpa Casco Snipe 

  • Proteje el casco cuando estás en la ruta.
  • Refuerzos especiales en zonas de rozamiento.
  • Rejilla en la zona del bailer permite la salida del agua.
  • Shockcords para asegurar un cierre perfecto.
  • Material reflectivo en la popa para destacar la visibilidad de otros vehículos.
  • Precio U$S 370


Funda de orza Snipe 

  • La orza del Snipe es pesada y con terminaciones finas.
  • Esta funda está hecha para proteger la orza. Tela pesada de 12 onzas 900D y protección de poliuretano significa que su orza puede caerse por accidente sin recibir ningún daño.
  • Cierra por arriba con Velcro. Terminaciones con fajas la hacen aún más durable.
  • Precio U$S 160


Funda de timón Snipe 

  • Totalmente acolchada esta funda evitará que su timón se raye o golpee.
  • Fácil de usar con fajas arriba para su cierre.
  • Manija balanceada para cargarlo con comodidad.
  • Precio U$S 115


Funda de mástil Snipe 

  • Confeccionada en tela pesada 900D.
  • Capas extras de refuerzo en la zona de las crucetas y la gancera.
  • Cierra al tope con ollaos. Velcros y fajas permiten ajustarla para mantener todo dentro a altas velocidades.
  • Una bandera roja en el tope ha sido incluida para mayor seguridad.
  • Precio U$S 105


Los especialistas de la Clase Snipe son:

Pablo de Fazio (Uruguay), (005989) 947 5259

Luis Soubie (Argentina), 15 5415 1673

Samuel Albrecht (Brasil), 55 51 9246 3250

Felipe Linhares (Brasil), 55 48 9961 0606

Mario Urban (Brasil), 55 71 8150 5655

Para más información por favor contáctese con su Representante Local.