International Snipe Class - Dallas, Texas


Photograph by Dallas Snipe Sailor Fried Elliott

Welcome to White Rock Lake, Dallas, the home of Texas Snipe sailing and racing. 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. More than 30,000 boats have been built worldwide - construction quality is excellent and older boats are both competitive and affordable.

Texas has a long tradition in the Snipe class with Snipe fleet #001 being chartered at the Dallas Sailing club (DSC) on White Rock Lake in 1932. That year, Dr. Hub E. Isaacs of DSC was named the first Commodore of the Snipe Class International Sailing Association (SCIRA). Over the years, five Texans have served as commodores of the Snipe Class International Racing Association, responsible for Snipe racing around the world. Our Fleet #001 has also provided the U.S. National Secretary for the class ten different times, including twice in the last five years. The Snipe National Championships have been held six times on the lakes and bays of Texas. They were held in Corpus Christi in 1948, in Forth Worth in 1963 and 1982, and in the Dallas area in 1997, 1994 and 2016.

Snipe sailing and racing is alive and well in Dallas, and we invite you to join us. Charter and for sale boats are available and we have sailors ready to help you climb the learning curve. The fleet is friendly and the regattas both competitive and social.

Come find out why our class motto is: Serious Sailing, Serious Fun.

Video about the snipe class.

Argentine Snipe sailors having a ball with their new "Go-Pro" camera.