Lac de Cazaux, France The Squib Europeans 2016
Fourteen Squibs made their way from all over the UK to Lac de Cazaux, near Bordeaux, for their inaugural European Cup over the weekend of 9-11 September, jointly hosted by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club (RVYC) and the Cercle de Voile de Cazaux Lac (CVCL).
The journeys were of various lengths and levels of excitement but all were aided by the generous sponsorship of Brittany Ferries and Wightlink Isle of Wight Ferries, as the event doubled as the Squib South Coast Championships 2016.
The first day's racing was curtailed by what could only be described as a war at the local Air Force base early in the day, and a lack of wind later on, and only one race took place in light, shifting but not fluky winds.
After an early general recall, (a curious feature of the whole weekend involving tidal sailors on lake waters), Aquabat (Stu Rix and Steve Warren-Smith) took an early lead and held it to the end of a shortened race as the wind slowly died with Surprise (Duncan Grindley and Mike Probert) second and Guy Fawkes (Phil and Eddie Aspinall) third.
The next day saw more 30 degrees plus temperatures, and very little wind, until the sea breeze built late in the afternoon. After a great deal of beach volleyball (this being an Olympic year, we were all experts), swimming and a long lunch, the wind started stirring the surrounding pine trees mid-afternoon.
Being so close to the racing area and already rigged made it easy to get all 14 boats on the line quickly for what turned into a 4 race day on a beautiful evening, racing in shorts and T-shirts.
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