The Squib National Championship 2018 will take place as part of Cowes Week to allow the Class to make the most of the publicity provided by the world's leading Regatta and promote the Class in its 50th year.
DATES - Saturday 4th to Saturday 11th August 2018
|Saturday 4th||Cowes Week Race 1 which is also the Championships Practice race|
|Sunday 5th - Friday 10th||Championship Races 1 - 6|
|Saturday 11th||Cowes Week Race 8 which is not included in the Championships|
We plan to have 4 of the 6 Championship Races with laid, committee boat, start lines and windward leeward courses in the Hillhead area of the Solent. These races are likely to start earlier to give us clearer water.
The other two Championship races, and the Practice race (first Saturday) and last Saturday will be traditional, Squadron, starts and Cowes Week courses. The start times will be nearer to our usual start times of midday.
To enter the 2018 Nationals Championships you must enter Cowes Week. In addition you also need to complete a supplementary NSOA online form which will be available from this webpage.
Like every other venue the Nationals has been held at, the Solent has tides. However the timing of the regatta is over a neap tidal period, and there is probably more tidal information about the Solent than anywhere else in the world. Try Winning Tides by Grahame Sunderland, who has mapped the tidal information for the last three Olympic venues.
Launching will happen at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Fishbourne, on Thursday and Friday before the week, and recovery Saturday and Sunday afterwards. Dependent on the number of entrants, we may establish a second option. It is a short sail from the RVYC to Cowes and trailers can be left at Fishbourne. Feel free to make your own arrangements if you wish to launch at other locations.
We plan for competitors to self certify for the event however during the week there will be spot checks on the water and an onshore facility for detailed scrutiny - including weight and correctors !
Moorings are on trots off Cowes. These will be provided by Cowes Harbour Commission and booked through the Cowes Week Squib committee (Steve Warren-Smith, Emma Baker, Sam Prime and Phil Russell).
There is plenty of accommodation both in Cowes, and in the surrounding areas, however, this is a popular event and we recommend booking accommodation AS SOON AS POSSIBLE !
East Cowes can be a good choice - it's quieter and is only a short walk and chain ferry away from West Cowes. The Cowes Corinthian YC is in West Cowes and is a short walk from the chain ferry.
We will be basing our fleet at the Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club for the week. However there is so much to see and do and so many venues in Cowes that we don’t want to tie you down to one place. Feel free to explore the whole town. However there will be our AGM on Tuesday (7th) followed by a Squib Fleet party, pig roast and band, and Nationals prize giving on the Friday night. Cowes Week prize giving will be at the RVYC after racing on the last Saturday.
To get a feel for the event look at the Cowes Week website. You can watch the starts live on the event TV, listen to the radio commentary throughout each day (particularly from our own Gina Porteous calling the start on Sunday) plus the daily results and highlights. The Cowes Week website will also be the source of information for next year’s entry, Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions and updates from the Cowes Regatta Centre.
We will make every effort to keep you appraised of developments as they happen, but in the meantime, please contact any one of us for more information. This really will be an amazing event, unlikely to be repeated, and Cowes Week Limited are supporting us hugely in the organisation of it. To have 80, 90 or even more boats competing will show the sailing world what an amazing Class we are.
If you only enter Cowes Week once then this is the one !
See you there !