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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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We will return! DUBLIN BAY SQUIBS CRUISE IN COMPANY
The distance from Dun Laoghaire to Clontarf is 8km. On the way out the light southerly wind was somewhat unstable. Spinnakers were hoisted, gybed, doused, rehoisted, and still the Squibs were moving at a snail’s pace. Eventually a south westerly breeze developed, allowing the Squibs to pick up some pace and reach Clontarf moorings by 15.00 when the tide was due to change. The Squibs were put on moorings and Peter the boatman brought the crews ashore. The most generous Clontarf Commodore provided a round of drinks and sandwiches for the hungry and thirsty Squibs. An hour and a half later they returned to their boats and managed to cover the 8km on the return trip in 55 minutes, thanks to a favourable force 4 breeze.
Squib Nationals 2016 WEYMOUTH 2016 - GREAT SAILING
With around 60 entries and a wide choice of sailing conditions the Nationals were enjoyed by all. Exceptionally good sailing waters together with highly professional race management followed by pleasant evening entertainment - great fun!
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East Coast Championships On the Medway
The Squib East Coast Championship (incorporating Race 2 of the Travellers Trophy) returned to the Medway Yacht Club for the first time since 2011. The two day event, held over the weekend of 28th and 29th May 2016, was contested by 12 boats including 7 visitors travelling from as far afield as the Isle of Wight, Waldringfield, Suffolk and Burnham on Crouch, Essex.
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The West Mersea Yacht Club Squib open meeting April 23rd/24th - A Report. A sunny day with a cold northerly 12-18 knot breeze greeted the fleet of 15 visitors and 6 local boats for day 1. It was always going to be a tricky day with the wind blowing directly off the island shore and the course being laid near the beach in order to even up the cross tide element.
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Oulton Broads 2016 The Oulton Broad Squib Open
21 Squibs entered the Squib open for 5 races in conditions that ranged from 5 to 15 knots with continual shifts of up to 35 degrees. The result was predictably challenging for keelboat racing with places changing constantly often on each leg!
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Howth 2015 Squibs on a run at the Nationals
One thing was certain at the Nationals 2015, the wind conditions were really flukey - varying from dead calm to a very gusty force 5. As a result competitors faced challenging conditions and had to stay focused.
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