The 2010 edition of the Snipe Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship in Ridgeway, Canada is being held at the Buffalo Canoe Club and is preparing to name a new champion.
Competition is stiff with the current World Champion Bruno Bethlem of Brazil in attendance as well former Snipe World Champions Augie Diaz
& Tomas Hornos
, both from the USA.
With 40 teams representing 10 nations, the waters of Lake Erie were teaming with anticipation when racing began on 31 August. The sailors stretched their legs during the practice race held on Lake Erie with PRO David Sprague and his team running the race course and although the conditions were light with 5-6 knots of breeze, the entire fleet was on the line.
Regatta chairman David Starck commented, "The weather forecast looks great for the competitors this week. The teams have been here training for several days now and everyone has been enjoying the conditions. With 40 boats from 10 countries represented, the Buffalo Canoe Club looks forward to providing excellent racing."
The carrot for the winning team is an automatic berth to the Snipe World Championship to be sailed in Rungsted, Denmark in 2011. The WH&O is a qualifying event - whereby each country is able to send a set number of teams plus a junior and women's team.
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