Snipe Fleet 001 is sponsoring Saturday morning short course racing for Snipes, V-15's, 420's and any other small two-person sloop without spinnaker. We start rigging up at 9:00 and hold 4-10 races between 10:00 and noon. The experienced racers work with the beginners on basic and advanced crewing techniques, starts, mark roundings, tactics and rules. Low key, fun atmosphere. Lunch is generally provided by the fleet. Finishes are not recorded, but participation is. Perpetual trophy awarded at end of year to participant with the most races (combined participation as skipper, crew and race officer).


2013 Snipe Southwestern Championship at White Rock Lake                  Photo by Skip Rhodes

This is a location for information about and/or links to:

*  11 sailing lakes in the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex

*  12 different sailing and yacht clubs 

*  20 different one-design sailboat classes active in the area

*  Skipper and crew lists

*  Used sailboats

*  Sailing photos

HERE'S THE DISCLAIMER:  Your webmasters are Snipe class sailors on White Rock Lake, so you will find lots of references to Snipe sailing and White Rock Lake, like the photo on the left below from the 2007 Snipe National Championships. We are revising and updating the site for The 2016 SAILING SEASON, so come back often to view the changes as they occur. ---CLICK HERE FOR A 15-PAGE PDF BASIC SAILING SLIDE SHOW (367kb)

Our mission is to make this an information packed starting point for racing and cruising sailors in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas. This is a dynamic site, always being updated and having additional features as we get better at website design and construction. Local area sailors are encouraged to submit additional pages and links about North Texas sailing, such as the Texas Snipe Class Sailing Page, or provide us more information to include in these pages, such as a link to Dallas area weather.  

We hope that this site encourages people to come out and try racing or sailing. All the clubs that we been to welcome landlubbers and beginning sailors and there are almost always people looking for able bodies to crew on their yachts (nautical term for sailboats). If you are new to sailing, check out the Crew List page.  Because we mostly sail at White Rock Lake, we know of several sailors who are willing to take you out on the lake in a Snipe, Vanguard-15 or Flying Scot to introduce you to one-design racing classes.  If you are a skipper who is willing to take out new sailors you can put your name on the Skippers List.  You can also find out more about one design classes here or by checking out the Snipe Class International Racing Association (SCIRA), the Coronado-15 National Class Association or the Flying Scot Sailing Association.

White Rock Lake, home of the Corinthian Sailing Club, is a small lake (2 x 3/4 miles) restricted for sailboats, kayaks and canoes in the middle of East Dallas, approximately 5 miles Northeast of downtown Dallas. Home of National Champions in Flying Scots, Corinthians, C-15's and Rebels. Location of Snipe Fleet #1, established in 1933 and the spawn of prior World, National, Western Hemisphere and District Champions in the class.  The Snipe fleet at White Rock Lake owns competitive Snipes available for racing on Saturday mornings for any experienced skipper who would like to try out a small sailboat before purchasing.  Click here to see the fleet boat and other Snipes currently available for sale that we know about.

Lake Ray Hubbard is a large lake east of Dallas between Interstate Routes 20 and 30, it is one of the most popular sailboat racing lakes.  It hosts three yacht clubs, Chandlers Landing, Rush Creek, and Captains Cove. Rush Creek is the home club for the Olympic Silver medalist in the Flying Dutchman (1992) and  470 (2000) Paul Forrester and was the host for the J-22 North Americans in 2000. Chandlers Landing might still have club boats available for lease on a season, series, and day/hour basis, Captains Cove has wind-surf boards for rent, and for those wishing for more speed and noise, you can rent Personal Watercraft. 

Other area sailing lakes include Lake Lewisville (home of the Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club) Grapevine Lake and the Grapevine Sailing Club, Eagle Mountain Lake (home of the Fort Worth Boat Club), as well as Lake Arlington, Lake Lavon, Joe Pool Lake, and Lake Worth. And for those who think a 30' boat is too close to a dinghy, there is Lake Texoma, on the Texas/Oklahoma border.

We also have a few photos from the Snipe Scandinavian Open Championship and World Masters Championship held in August 2000 in Horsens Fjord in Denmark, in which one of our webmasters participated--see boat #29777--and click the photo (courtesy Niels Kjeldsen) to the right.