Snipe USA

John Call Interview

January 18
11:38 2011

Interview conducted by Fleet 12 member Vince Casalaina

John Call started sailing Snipes in the 40’s at the Wawasee Yacht Club in northern Indiana. The Snipe was the boat of choice at the club and he started crewing for his dad.

Growing up around Snipes John decided to try his hand at building them. During his Snipe building career he built roughly 100 Snipes in 1968-1971. After an ever-growing bottom line cost he wasn’t able to turn a profit and decided on a career change to be an architect.

John talks about fleets pushing each other to be the best and yet living up to the legendary sportsmanship of the Snipe. That’s serious sailing and serious fun.

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