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Events Broadland Squib Regatta 2020

Broadland Squib Regatta at Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club is Cancelled

by Richard Sullivan

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the Broadland Regatta due to Coronavirus. Here is the announcement on the NSOA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NationalSquibs/permalink/1404907306357873/
The weather forecast for the WSC-hosted Squib South Coast Championship on 21/22 Sep had not been encouraging: strong easterlies for Saturday, going southerly with rain on Sunday.
Even so, 19 Squibs were brave enough to register for the event – ten visitors and nine from the home fleet.
Thus it was that boats were prepared and polished, crews were forged in cauldrons of fire, plans were made and expectations were raised higher than they probably should have been.

To ensure a significant home fleet advantage, the Organising Committee held a seminar on Sun Tzu’s ‘Art of War’ and came up with a cunning plan to nobble the opposition. By staging the event on the same weekend as the Ironman Triathlon with its 5,000 or so attendees, they ensured that Weymouth accommodation was in very short supply. Visiting crews were to be neutralized and exhausted from sleepless, uncomfortable, nights in tents, vans and cars. The plan to prevent visitors launching was equally dastardly. The Main Yard crane was rendered unusable due to the tides, whilst the Helia crane had been skillfully sabotaged weeks earlier to avoid suspicion.

Unfortunately, some local Squibbers did not receive the Organising Committee’s now-infamous memo ‘Winning at all Costs’. They completely undermined the plan and made generous offers of accommodation (including breakfast). And the ever-resourceful Yard team - who were completely off-message - got the Helia crane fixed in a nick of time.
With a skillful Ray Capp paddling away at the (new) controls, a hard-working team of slingers and RIB tug crews ensured that all visiting boats were launched successfully and moored neatly in the Cove, ready for the off.

On Saturday morning, with seas breaking over the Stone Pier and breakers in the harbour mouth looking like the opening scenes from ‘Hawaii Five-O’, there was a tangible lack of enthusiasm within the fleet. Peter Aitken, the RO, prudently and popularly declared an AP2 – indicating a 2-hour delay to the start time – and later, an abandonment for the day. The relief was palpable – not least amongst the excellent volunteers and bravehearts destined for the Committee Boat and the RIBs. And with sunshine on the terrace, electric bicycle demonstrations in the yard, an obliging bar staff and the promise of some indigestion-inducing fish and chips, life wasn’t so bad after all.

Despite the lack of, er…., a Championship, the Championship Dinner took place on Saturday night. It was a most jolly evening of squibby banter and nonsense, including the time-honoured Squib custom of awarding the multi-coloured, one-size-fits-all, ‘Dick of the Day’ jacket to an almost certainly un-deserving recipient. Life, it seems, can be anything but fair, as Chris Rust from Portsmouth discovered.

With She Taylor’s organizing skills, Amanda’s Galley team and Penny’s bar crew, success was assured and, as many of the visitors pointed out, we are very lucky to have the benefit of such a welcoming, well-located and well-provisioned Clubroom.

Sunday dawned dank. Light rain, light winds and leaden heads conspired to dampen enthusiasm. But the fleet rallied and fortified by Amanda’s bacon butties, sallied forth into the Bay with growing optimism. The plan was to extend the racing day and get 4 races in to make up for the previous day’s wash out. With flat water, SW winds picking up to 14 -20 kts and some teasing rays of sunshine, the day eventually set fair and the first race got underway at 10.05. Mike and Penny Fenwick took first place in Ghost Rider (758) and things were looking good for the home Club, but over the course of three more good, closely fought races, visitors Dave Best and Steve Allso in Crossfire (797) proved too good and Crossfire ended victorious, posting a 2, 1, 1, 2 series.
Mike and Penny finished 3rd overall, behind David Wines and Keith Davies in White Magic (828). An accompanying dolphin also performed well and put together a good series but was later ruled out of class by Dave Dunn’s Protest Committee.

The real heroes of the Championships were the homespun heroes of Weymouth Sailing Club. Three home-fleet boats turned out with scratch crews: Inquisition (608) with Nick Frampton and Gavin Poullion (who finished a quite brilliant 4th overall!!); Jubilation (86) with James Shuttleworth and Wendy Smythe; and the Artful Dodger (773) – the Club Squib - with Phil Norris and Celia Rushton. Given that, for most, it was their first time with either the boat or crew, their performances were wholly impressive.

As always, it is the many unseen volunteers in the background with their generous donations of time, effort and expertise, who make it all work. Simon Vines’s Organising Committee, the Race Team, the mark-layers and safety crews, the administrators, the table layers, the bar and galley team, the pasty providers, the yard team and many others too numerous to mention. But we know who you are. And all of the Club’s Squibbers are very, very, grateful. Thank you.
Following the hugely successful Championships at Torquay, the NSOA is expecting another great entry for the Inlands.
We’d love to have you join the regulars who enjoy this very special end of season event.
This is an excellent venue, both on and off the water. You’ll find full details and entry form at link below. Copy this and paste into your browser:
2019 has been a wonderful year for the Squib class so far, let's continue the trend.
See you there!
Book here
South Coast Champs decided by last race!
Irish South Coast Championships Decided by Final Race

A fleet of 19 boats from all over Ireland descended on Kinsale for the South Coast Championships 6 – 7 July with visiting boats from Howth YC, Royal North of Ireland YC, Killyleagh YC and Lough Derg YC. Perhaps all were taking the chance to sail in the waters where the 2020 Squib Nationals will be held. Day 1 saw light breezes out of the SW and racing was delayed for 15 mins as RO Tony Small and crew waited for it to settle. Race 1 finally got away with Fagin (G. Patterson & R. Nolan RNIYC) taking an early lead after a great start and held this position to take 1st . Two Killyleagh boats showed impressive boat handling in very light conditions, Firecracker (S. Bridges & M. Bolton) and Slipstream (R. Marshall & B. Kelly) and secured 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Race 2 and the breeze was a little stronger. Peter Wallace, who had borrowed Nimble as Toy For The Boys was still out of action, and M. Weatherstone lead from the start with Slipstream putting in another good performance to secure 2nd and Allegro (C. Dunne & F. Ward KYC) taking 3rd . For Race 3 the wind had strengthened to 7 – 9 knots. Kanaloa (J. Roy & S. Roy) found good wind on the right side of the run and rounded the Leeward mark in 1st place. They went on to hold this position and came 1st. Fagin got 2nd with Allegro 3rd. The most impressive performance of Day 1 went to Outlaw (I. Travers & K. Riordan KY) whose consistent sailing in fickle conditions got them three 4th places. At the end of day only 2 points separated the top 5 boats. A light variable N/NW wind greeted the fleet on day two. Once the wind (finally) settled at 355° the fleet got away. The majority of the fleet went to the left side of the course trying to escape the ebbing tide, however Fagin took the right hand side and arrived at the windward mark just ahead of Outlaw and Allegro. Fagin managed to stay ahead on the run, Outlaw and Allegro were neck and neck most of the way down with Outlaw finally pulling ahead. The S flag was hoisted as the breeze was dying which cemented the order Fagin 1st, Outlaw 2nd and Allegro 3rd. The fickle wind decided to challenge the patience of the RO, his crew and the sailors as it jumped around from 355° to 030° and back to 005°. After an hour delay the wind had gone around to ESE and settled at 120°. With the course re-laid the fleet were itching to get away. The U flag was flying and several of the fleet were OCS, luckily for them this resulted in the rest of the fleet being pulled over the line before the gun and there was a general recall. At the restart most of the fleet saw that the left side of the course was the favoured one. Slipstream got away into clean air and lead the whole race. Outlaw was again 2nd and Nimble took 3rd. Going into the final race of the Championships 4 boats were in contention for the title. The Leeward mark and Pin end were re-laid to adjust the course – it was now foggy but we still had about 7 knots. Most of the fleet went left with Outlaw out in front; however Slipstream opted to go way out to the right and when Outlaw got caught in a hole before the Windward mark it paid off and Slipstream rounded it first, lead the race from there and secured their second win of the day. Outlaw stayed ahead of the rest of the fleet to come 2nd. Fagin, who had rounded the Leeward mark back in about 9th had a great second round and crossed the line in 3rd place. With only three points between the top 3 it was enough to secure Fagin the title, Outlaw 2nd and Slipstream 3rd. Full results available on http://results.kyc.ie/2019/19S07sos.html With the 2020 Squib Nationals coming to Kinsale, KYC and the Squib Fleet look forward to welcoming Squibbers from all over the UK and Ireland, for some great racing, great food and great craic. Hope to see you all there. Website: https://www.squib2020.com/ Follow us on Facebook: Squibs2020
Torbay 2019 Squib Nationals
Keith Davies, keen squib sailor and event organiser for the 2019 Squib Nationals, gets a roundup of the 2019 event from Jack Grogan, who crewed the winning boat. 

  KEITH:  Having won the Nationals before you know what it takes to win, so how did you prepare this year? 

JACK:   Plenty of preparation on the venue and on the boat, I did the Fireball Nationals at the RTYC, as part of our plan to understand the venue. Unfortunately, the conditions we had during the Squibs we did not see once during my time in the Fireballs! That being said, it helps to acclimatise yourself with the coast/tides/geography and shoreside logistics- details like that help you to get your series off to a fast start. So it was well worth doing – it did help. 

KEITH:   I did not realise you were that thorough, I know you have four squibs. How did you decide which one to use? 

JACK:  We did five events before this one to try and test the difference between our new Rondar foam sandwich boat - 905, and our tried-and-tested 40 year old, 105. We never did better than 3rd overall in 905, although we won a few races, but we lacked time in the boat to really get it up to speed. We seemed to be lacking in pace upwind above 12-15 knots and it’s possible we need to develop flatter sails for the stiffer boat at our crew weight (161kg) . 

KEITH:  As organisers, we made sure the scrutineering was thorough, how do you feel about this?

  JACK:  I love it! Firstly I like the buzz on the hard as everyone chats and scrutineering takes place. However, most importantly is great to know everyone is sailing to the rules. The Squib class is ahead of the curve, compared to other classes I have sailed in with their scrutineering. They understand, as there are many iterations of Squibs, that things need to be clear and precise, but at the same time efficient, as launching and scrutineering 60 boats in half a day is a big thing – well done all the helpers. 

KEITH:   On to the racing. What did you think of the format?  JACK:  Some like more, shorter races, but I like one race a day taking about 1hr 50 mins – 2 hrs, it gives you time to adjust and adapt to the conditions as the race unfolds. It makes it more subtle and even as the nuances of tide, wind bends and shifts are adjusted to. It’s less crash and burn than short races and the start is not everything. Also I like the fact the races started at midday, this allowed you enjoy the very lively social side and recover over breakfast and coffee and chat with other sailors and then by the time the wind fills in and is steady you are excited and looking forward to the racing.

  KEITH: Your thoughts on the race management? 

JACK: I could not fault them, they started under “u” flag a lot of the time and black when it was needed, this saves so much time, as no one benefits from recall after recall. The lines were the right length so it was a challenge to get off well but not chaos. Bias always was less than 10’. And there were always lots of convenient hotels as transits- even the yacht club flagpole was in play on one start! 

KEITH: The championship came down to black flags, how did you manage your regatta and keep them off your score sheet.

  JACK: Going into the final day we had a 6 point lead. The other boats with a mathematical chance of winning had a lot to do. Basically they had to win and see us outside the top five- which we had not been all week except for a 16th which we hoped would be our discard. We had a heated debate the night before on strategy. With our small points cushion,  we did not have to pull a stunt, but our nearest rivals were more than capable of winning the race and if they did that, getting a top five was definitely not a given so we stuck to our plan; get a safe transit maybe 3 or 4  boat lengths back from where we planned to start, which was close to, but not on, our nearest rival, that way we could take advantage of the inevitable line sag with a U flag start but not risk trying to get pole position. It was all the more important on the final day as the seas were huge so the pin end boat was surging a couple of metres every wave. 

KEITH: Well you executed your theory perfectly. You sailed a consistent series as your closest competitors fell foul of the black flag. 

JACK: It sounds a lot easier when you say it like that! Jono and Chis, who were in second place, went for the pin and were BFD and Steve Allso and Mark Hogan and the Fenwicks were buried at the other end of the line. We were second at the top mark and cruised around just trying to avoid being sunk by the crazy breakers. It was a tricky week, consistency was key, and getting over the line was a big part of that, as once we had done that I could get my head out the boat and Dad (my helm) could concentrate on steering through the massive waves and keeping us going fast. 

KEITH:  You mention speed, did you feel you had boat speed advantage, what equipment do you use? 

JACK:  We use a Super Spar mast, as we feel this does go better in above 15-16 knots, we use the standard Hyde sails and a cross-cut spinnaker as this is better when championship racing. In general though there were at least 30 boats with the speed to win a race, if you get a bad start or go the wrong way it is very difficult to make enough places to get a good result.  

KEITH:   Shoreside, is that as much fun as on the water? 

JACK:  One word – yes! RTYC did a fantastic job of everything from the entries to the social events, specially the Tuesday when Hyde sails put £500.00 behind the bar! 

KEITH:   The AGM produced some rule changes - do you think they are a good idea? 

JACK:  Of course, they were voted for by the members and they went through with a 90% + vote in favour. Allowing more windows in the jib for vision and tell-tales will make the boat better to look at, as well as easier to sail, without adding cost. This should help younger/newer sailors join the class. Also I heard that there was a thought to subsidise youth entries to the nationals and first time attendees. 

KEITH:  Finally it sounds like everything is in good order with the Squib class, anything else you would like to say? 

JACK: Thank you, we’ve seen some impressive new entrants to the class since the 100 boat Cowes week last year, many of them young. Hopefully we can get them to join us for next year in Kinsale where we expect at least 30 of the strong Irish fleet to make a real bid for the title.

Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club Irish Squib Nationals 2019

The 50th Anniversary of the arrival of the National Squib Keelboat class in Ireland the National Championships were held in Royal North of Ireland at Cultra on Belfast Lough over the August weekend. Twenty-five Squibs took part including visitors from the adjoining Island.
Day 1, had all the hallmarks of champagne sailing, bright sunshine, blue skies and a steady breeze but just for a few more knots would have made it perfection, first round the windward mark was recently purchased No. 601 Squiblet, sailed by Ian McMillan & Laura Fitzgerald from south Caernarvonshire Yacht Club, with the famous No. 100 Fagin and Inshallah from the host club and Outlaw from Kinsale close behind.
Race one finished, Fagin 1st, Inshallah 2nd and Outlaw 3rd.
Race 2 took a little while to get under way after a brief postponement and a general recall. The black flag was up and unfortunately Fagin got caught out along with Lil Quickie from Holyhead and Born Wild. This time it was Outlaw, Prodigal, Firecracker and Femme Fatale, fighting it out at the front, Inshallah was showing great boat speed and managed to pull through the fleet to take 3rd from Femme Fatale. At the finish it was Outlaw, Firecracker and Inshallah.
Overnight leaders, 1st Outlaw, Ian Travers and Keith O'Riordan  2nd Inshallah, David Eccles and Phil Hutchinson  3rd Maximus, Peter Wallace and Martin Weatherstone.
It was an amazing day’s sailing and the competitors had a great social evening in the Royal Northern YC clubhouse.
Race 3, The race started in a light and shifty SE breeze, the fleet were away clean and In true Holywood style the underdog came good, Vincent Delany and Joe O'Byrne had the bit between their teeth and sailed away from the fleet, with Inshallah showed amazing boat speed to pull through the fleet into 2nd and Maximus holding onto 3rd.
Race 4, started in similar breeze and direction but getting even more shifty, Prodigal sailed by father and son duo, Greg and Harry Bell led round the windward mark, again in as in any fairy tale Femme Fatale showing amazing speed had a blinder and took the win again in that race with Fagin 2nd and Outlaw 3rd.
Race 5. After a short postponement and movement of the committee boat in search of a breeze, the race got under way in marginal racing conditions, Maximus lead round the first mark to later find out they had been Black-flagged after a very taxing run in little wind the fleet went inside-out, at the finish it was Fagin making the most of the light shifty conditions taking the win and The Worm having a great race, sailed by Sam Lyness and Eric Heyes and Volante, sailed by Simon Watson and Jordy Withers had a brilliant race finishing 3rd.
Current leaders after day two. 1st Fagin, Gordon Patterson and Ross Nolan. 2nd Femme Fatale, Joe Byrne and Vincent Delany. 3rd Outlaw, Ian Travers and Keith O'Riordan. On day three, in true Hollywood style it was a battle royal of epic proportions with ‘Outlaw’ and ‘Fagin’ fighting it out for the overall win.
Race 6, started in a SE 6/7 knot breeze that was building. The race got away clean and a tricky beat saw Maximus, sailed by Wallace and Weatherstone round the windward mark first closely followed by Born Wild, Thomas and Jack Anderson and Prodigal, Greg and Harry Bell. Prodigal closed the gap down to Maxiums up the beat but Maximus managed to take the win, while this was going on, Fagin and Outlaw were fighting for the Championship down in 6th and 10th place with Femme Fatale finishing 9th place.
Race 7, started in a stronger breeze 10/12 Knots from the SE, this time is was The Worm sailed by Sam Lyness and Eric Heyes that rounded the windward mark first, closely followed by Maximus and Outlaw and Femme Fatale. Maximus managed to get into the lead by the leeward gate but missed a shift up the last beat to allow The Worm back into the lead, Femme Fatale also clawed back into contention after an incident with Outlaw at the windward mark. At the race finish, the The Worm took the win by the half a boat length, then Maximus and Femme Fatale.
While this was going on Fagin and Outlaw were still slugging it out in the fleet with Fagin finding the advantage and taking a 4th over outlaw in 6th.
This meant that Fagin sailed by Gordon Patterson and Ross Nolan from the host club took the 2019 50th Anniversary Irish Squib National championship.
2nd Femme Fatale, Vincent Delany from Royal St George YC and Joe O'Byrne and Noel Colclough crewing.
3rd Outlaw, Ian Travers and Keith O'Riordan from Kinsale YC..
4th Maximus, Peter Wallace and Martin Weatherstone from Royal North of Ireland YC
5th Inshallah, David Eccles and Phil Hutchinson from Royal North of Ireland YC.

Irish East Coast Championships Provident Squib East Coast of Ireland Championship
This ever-popular Squib Championship was supported by a somewhat unusual list of competitors, firstly Peter Wallace, current Irish Squib Champion’s Toy for the Boys broke free from it’s moorings and went up on the rocks at Belfast Lough three days before the event, secondly, Gordon Patterson couldn’t make up his mind which of his two boats was fastest, so he brought the hull of Quickstep III and sails from former 1994 UK Championship winner Fagin. Other unfamiliar boats included Outlaw which has lost its colourful paint job and in order to be inconspicuous on starting lines has returned to British Standard off-white. There was an entry of nineteen boats, seven from the home club where the revived Squib fleet is growing rapidly, four hot boats from the Royal North of Ireland YC on Belfast Lough, three from Killyleagh Y.C. on Strangford Lough, two from Kinsale, and one from Kilbarrack S.C where the average water depth is about 300mm., one from Lough Derg Y.C., and one from the Royal St George Y.C. Various weather forecasts suggested both easterly and westerly winds which were to back/ veer to the south. Forecasters seemed unsure about the strength of the wind but they knew that it would never reach gale force. Race one which was held in westerly winds of Force two with flat water and strong tides was won by former Champion David Eccles in Inshallagh, followed by Simon Watson in Volante and Gordon Patterson and Ross Nolan in Quickstep III third. With northern boats taking the top three places, was this to be the pattern, yet again, for the championship. Race two in similar conditions after the wind swung towards the south west was won by Ian Travers in Outlaw, followed by Colm Dunne and Fiona Ward in the beautiful Allegro, boat boats from Kinsale, venue for the UK and Irish Squib Nationals next year. The wind clocked around over a period of more than an hour from 250, to 180 and settled at about 150 degrees. It takes a patient race officer team to wait for the wind to settle to a championship standard. In the third race Peter Wallace and Martin Weatherstone were coming to terms with the borrowed Tears in Heaven which won the third race with their own Hyde sails from Toy for the Boys from Inshallagh and Allegro. Overnight the results brought up some surprises due to the number of ‘U’ flag offenders, with Inshallagh in first place, Quickstep second and Noel Colclough’s consistent Periquin third. On Sunday strong winds were expected from the south- but they never came. The competitors had a repeat of the previous days Force 2 winds which again backed all day. In race four the wind fell away completely and on a shortened course, was won by Greg Bell’s Prodigal crewed by Squib veteran Fred Campbell, Quickstep was second and Steve Bridges’ Firecracker third. At this point each race had a different winner. The final race was won by Outlaw, with Periquin second and Quickstep III. Quickstep III had done enough to win the championship.
Irish East Coast Championships Howth 2019 Eastern Results
This is a full list of the results for this great event.
Learning to sail a squib Meet the Barbados Squib Fleet
I am back in UK from my recent trip to Barbados where I donated my wonderful squib 'Lady Pam' to the local college where pupils are to be taught to sail and have just received photos of the youngsters of Barbados being introduced to the Squib. They have started sailing in groups of three with an experienced skipper. Looks as if they may need some more boats, but the water looks more inviting than the Crouch. I will keep in touch as it is hoped to raise funds to take another 2 boats out in a container later in the year. Regards Brian Wells.
Enter today! Squib Nationals at Torquay
by Alex Porteous - 3 November 2018 Squib 50th Anniversary – one very lucky Squib sailor!
2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Squib fleet. Throughout the year, Squib Association members have been racing in local, regional and national events to be allocated tickets into the draw to win a brand new Squib donated by Rondar Raceboats with the support of Super Spars, Hyde Sails, Allen Fittings and CS Boats. On Saturday 3rd November, at the birth place of the Squib – Burnham – the draw was made. Phil Aspinall, resplendent in that all too familiar jacket, was the compere for the evening and started off proceeding with fireworks in front of Squib 905 and the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club before moving into the club for the draw. He was ably assisted by Jenny Harris (daughter of Oliver Lee – designer of the Squib) in the task of pulling out the winning number using mace coloured ping pong balls (a nod to the class's striking coloured sails). Over 12,000 tickets had been allocated and assigned to 300+ members and many had wondered how the draw would work however the process was straightforward and we quickly discovered our winner – David Lloyd of the Portsmouth Squib Fleet! Even better, with the wonders of modern technology, the draw had been streamed live on Facebook and David, along with many others, had been able to watch the proceedings live! Unsurprisingly David was "gobsmacked", he thought he had a good chance as had completed a number of the open events around the country, including the Squib Gold Cup at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club as well the 100 boat Squib Nationals at Cowes, to win tickets however it was only going to take one ticket! As many people are aware, David has been key in building the Portsmouth Squib Fleet, working with charities such as the Portsmouth Sail Training Trust and Oarsome Chance to encourage young people into Squibs. Currently the Portsmouth fleet has 29 boats and hosted their first open event this September, the 2018 Squib South Coast Championships, with great success (again David was instrumental in this). With the new Rondar Squib, this brings David's personal Squib fleet up to 3 – he currently has boats 33 (the first Rondar Hybrid squib) and 111 (one of the old numbers) – and is looking forward to trying them all and loaning them to others to encourage further participation in this growing fleet! David now has the difficult task of choosing the boat colour before it is "officially" handed over at the 2019 Dinghy Show. We all look forward to seeing David and the new Rondar Squib in 2019! Many thanks again go to Rondar Raceboats, Super Spars, Hyde Sails, Allen Brothers and CS Boats for making this possible, Marian Gibson for working out the logistics of so many tickets and the team at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club for the spectacular evening of celebrations.
Event at Rutland Water SQUIB INLANDS 2018
Following the hugely successful Championships at Cowes with 100 entries, the NSOA is expecting another great entry for the Inlands. The Champs attracted new members, especially young ones, and we’d love to have them join the regulars who enjoy this very special end of season event. This is an excellent venue, both on and off the water. You’ll find full details and entry form at link below. Copy this and paste into your browser:
2018 has been a wonderful year for the Squib class to look back on 50 years of history but more important to look forward to the next half century. Start this off by racing at the Inlands.
See you there!
The Nationals at Cowes during Cowes Week 2018 was an amazing sight! With 100 Squibs entered and all flying their blue AQL spinnakers it truly was a sight to see!
Cowes Mass Start
Squib National Championship The 100-strong Squib fleet raced for its 50th Squib National Championship at Lendy Cowes Week. Steve Warren-Smith and Stu Rix's Aquabat emerged victorious after five tight races, winning the series one point ahead of Nigel Grogan's Helmut Shoing ll. There was an equally close battle for third place, which went to Josh Metcalfe and Mark Hogan's Rico'shea, just ahead of Malc Hutchings and Andy Ramsey's Lady Penelope.
"Consistency was really important, especially in the first four races that counted," says Warren-Smith. "That meant we weren't holding a big discard when we had a bad race on Thursday. Who you choose to sail with is also important - Stu Rix is calm and unflappable, which is exactly what's needed in such a big fleet.
"We've had a good variety of racing here this week - windward/leeward courses, starts on the Royal Yacht Squadron line, short tacking along the Green, and a great breezy afternoon in the western Solent on Thursday. Laurence Mead and the race teams have made a big effort to give us what we wanted and I'd recommend Lendy Cowes Week to other classes planning a similar event."
The Squib class used the opening race of Lendy Cowes Week as a practice race for the Nationals and their championship also ended on Friday, so there was potential for a different Cowes Week class winner. With Warren-Smith not competing today and having started prematurely on the opening day of the regatta, he was not able to discard the 34th he picked up on Thursday. This left Nigel Grogan's Helmut Shoing ll poised to be overall class winner in Lendy Cowes Week. However, he was one of eight boats scored OCS in today's race. Fortunately for Grogan, Josh Metcalfe and Mark Hogan's Rico'shea, which had been holding second overall, was forced to retire, leaving Helmut Shoing ll as overall victor. Rico'shea retained second overall, while a second place today for Alex and Mark Downer's Panther 3 lifted them to third overall, and a win for Malc Hutchings and Andy Ramsey's Lady Penelope elevated them from eighth to fourth.
Friday evening at Cowes saw a magnificent aerial display by the Red Arrows followed by a super fireworks show. All in all a wonderful end to the Squib Nationals and Cowes Week.
26th-27th May Wow, what a fabulous weekend of sailing! After a number of weekends fighting the tide in light wind sailing conditions, the 2018 East Coast Championships truly showed what a spectacular sailing location Burnham on Crouch is with champagne sailing on both days... On Saturday morning 29 boats, including 12 visitors, set off down to Clarks to ensure clear water away from the other classes setting sail that day. After a short postponement to enable all the boats to make their way to the race course and then the pre-requisite couple of general recalls (could be interesting at Cowes week!) racing commenced. With gusts of around 22 knots, the Grogans in Helmut Shöing II showed their skill in the strong breeze and were quick to the first mark and extended their lead around the course. It was a closer battle behind with Aquabat (Stu Rix/Steve Warren-Smith) taking second spot ahead of Humphrey (Robert Coyle/Marc Rawinsky). Race two got away first time and again racing was close with mayhem at the mark roundings! The Grogans continued their winning ways once more but this time it was the yellow hull of Guy Fawkes which made an appearance and snuck in front of Lady Penelope to take second place. With the tide changing and winds not abating, the sea state got up. A slight break between races two and three as the Committee boat had to move to avoid running aground (easily done as demonstrated by Pani Munta). The U flag made its first appearance in Race three and brought the squib fleet back in check after a couple more general recalls. By this time rolling waves now set the scene for the spinnaker runs and Lady Penelope (with Andy Ramsey returning to crew Malcolm Hutchings) showed how it was done taking the win from Humphrey whilst the Grogans had to settle for third. The racing continued to be extremely close and the finishing whistle was practically constant as boats crossed within seconds of each other. The final race of the day and many crews were looking forward to the much deserved pint and dry clothes. Three times round the course and this time it was Aquabat who came out on top, choosing the right time & angle to cross the tide. As the boats crossed the finish line, the important race commenced as the spinnakers stayed up and boats enjoyed a fast and furious spinnaker reach back to the club! Brilliant fun! At the end of day 1 it was the Grogans in the lead at the half way point with Lady Penelope just two points ahead of Aquabat and the rest of us not that far behind. It was definitely all to play for coming into day 2. However, there was one important competition to be had first and that was the Darts competition kindly organised by Jason Phelps and the Corinthian Otters to raise money for a new Otter Spotter engine. Competition was fierce and, despite being knocked out in the first round and having to re-enter, it was Phil Aspinall who took his only trophy of the event! Day 2 saw a shorter sail out to the race course and lighter winds but the sunshine remained and we were promised another fantastic day’s racing. Malcolm and Andy (Lady P) started off the proceedings with a win in Race 5 as conditions saw boats short tacking along the edge (reminiscent of the Gold Cup weekend but with more wind!) just pushing Ian Keely in Supanova into second with Helmut Shöing taking the third place. Jenny & Bryan Riley just missed out on third place after a superb last run, overtaking 5 boats on their way to the finish. Race 6 and this time it was Aquabat taking line honours. Second and third went to Pani Munta (Mike Probert/James Bryer) and Spoof (Micky Wright/Alex Porteous) in yet another nail bitingly close finish. Helmut Shöing was back in front for Race 7 with Brimstone taking 2nd in front of Aquabat and with that win, the Grogans had taken the trophy and took the decision to grab that early beer. However it was all to play for in Race 8 with Lady Penelope and Aquabat fighting it out for second. This time it was the turn of Nic Tolhurst & Sarah James in By The Lee to lead from start to finish, keeping ahead of Supernova and Humphrey’s late charge and winning the final race of the day. One single point separated second and third and final results showed Helmut Shöing in first, Aquabat second and Lady Penelope third. In the silver fleet it was Nemesis (Ray Althorp/Guy Welch) who prevailed over Buccaneer (Emma Baker/Sam Prime) and Magic Roundabout (Jason Phelps/Carl Anderson). Leading Lady Crew was Jenny Riley (ably assisted by Bryan in Brimstone). Many thanks to our sponsors, Hyde Sails and Harken for the prizes as well as Edwin Buckley and Team Phoebe for yet another fantastic event. Alex Porteous
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Events Irish Inlands 2017

In Lough Derg Yacht Club over the weekend of 22-23 October, Squibs will come from the North, South and East coasts of Ireland as well as from Britain to compete in what will be one of the most enjoyable regattas of the year.

The British boat is remarkable in many ways, it is the first Squib ever built, therefore, its name is ‘SQUIB’, and despite being 50 years old, Dick Batt and Pamela Phelan managed to lead the UK national championships, and only lost the winning of the championships on count back. They won the South of Ireland Championship in Kinsale in August.

Another Squib worth noting is Peter Wallace’s ‘Toy for the Boys’ from RNIYC which dominated the Irish championship in Killyleagh in July. The owners of ‘Fagin’, Gordon Patterson and Ross Nolan from the same club, have been runner up in this event, innumerable times in their ‘old’ Squib, which is allegedly slower that their present Squib, which is number 100.

Another competitor who should not be overlooked is ‘The Worm’, Sam Lyness who easily won the event in light winds last year. A good turnout of local Squibs will also be competing.

The format is ideal, with four races on Saturday, with the first race starting at 11.00 am, which enables some competitors to travel on Saturday. On Sunday there are only two races, which allows enough time to wash out boats with fresh water, and lift them onto their trailers.

Lough Derg never overlook the social side of sailing, they will be putting on a grand dinner in the clubhouse on Saturday evening.

Events Squib Inland Championships 2017

A fine entry of 37 Squibs travelled to Rutland on the weekend of 7 & 8 October for their Inland National Championship.

Saturday dawned grey and forbidding but thankfully with a great, if somewhat chilly, shifty, force 4 breeze from the west resulting in an interesting and challenging day's racing. Some of the gusts were levelling.

First to the weather mark in the first race were the SCYC team of Malcolm Blackburn and David Shiel in Moonstone (96) closely followed by Alan Johnson and David Garlick, Cariad Bach (132) from the same club. They held these positions until the end of the race. After a poor start, current National Champions, Josh Metcalf and Mark Hogan, Ric O'Shea (136) pulled up to third. This early domination by the SCYC boats was not to continue.

Class Chairman, Nigel Grogan crewed by his son Jack convincingly won the second race followed by fellow Burnham / Royal Corinthian boats, Lady Penelope (819), Malcolm Hutchings and Andy Ramsey and Spoof (811), Micky Wright and Alex Porteous. The scene was set for a showdown between the two clubs.

Only to be disrupted by Bryan and Jenny Riley from WOBYC sailing Brimstone (73) who easily won the third race. However, the Grogans, Blackburn and Metcalf were there in 2,3 and 4 places keeping the pressure on.

The home fleet, Rutland SC, hosted a great evening dinner and the Squibs proceeded to drink the club bar out of bitter and nearly all the red wine before retiring for the night.

Sunday morning produced a clear, fine, sunny day with a gentle force 3 westerly – perfect conditions. Again it was shifty, but that is the norm for Rutland.

Metcalf and Hogan showed their prowess in these conditions gaining a 1st and a 2nd in races 4 and 5 which gave them the meeting and the Inland Nationals to add to their victory at Holyhead earlier in the year. The Grogans were a close second overall and the Rileys sailed consistently well to gain third.

Josh Metcalfe and Mark Hogan were presented with the Squib Inlands Trophy by Rutland Squib Captain Peter Dale.

Worthy of note was the performance of one of the new Rondar Squibs, sailed by Andrew Moore and Peter Hallinan from Felixstowe Ferry SC. They achieved 4th in race 2 and 2nd in Race 4, which combined with more mid-fleet performances gave them 15th overall. A great result for the new Squib showing its potential to compete on an equal footing with existing boats.

East Coast Event Bart's Bash 2017
The Blackwater element of this international event this year was held off Osea Island and a variety of dinghies and other keelboats participated in the round-the-island event. This year winds were light (5-7kts north-westerly) so this enabled squibs to compete effectively. Second place overall was achieved by Squib 821 (Sea Toy) helmed by Simon Wakefield and crewed by Caroline Crispin after some remarkable sailing where 821 used their spinnaker on three sides of the island. Only four seconds seperated them from the winning boat, a Wayfarer.
Irish Nationals coming up
Get ready for the most open Irish Squib championship in many years from 4-6 August at Killyleagh, on Strangford Lough sponsored by EBANISTI Cabinetmakers and Batt Sails. The National Squib Class of keelboats have already had three major championships this year. The Irish Northern Championship held in May at Cultra, was hosted by the Royal North of Ireland Y.C. The winner was the boat which won last year’s National championship, 'Fagin' which now has new owners, Gordon Patterson and Ross Nolan from the host club. This pair previously owned ‘Quickstep III’ with which they won many championships. They have had their eyes on ‘Fagin’ for many years. At the UK National championships at Holyhead, three Irish boats competed, with Noel Colclough and Vincent Delany in 'Periquin' from the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club taking the highest Irish place, finishing in a lowly 19th place in the 43 boat fleet. The joint winner of that championship, who only lost the title on count back, was Dick Batt crewed by Suttonian Pamela Phelan. Remarkably, they sail boat No 11, which is called 'Squib' as she was the first production boat from the Oliver Lee workshops in 1968. The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta was won by 'Periquin' who was pushed very hard by Peter Wallace in ‘Toy for the Boys' also from Royal North of Ireland Y.C.. No championship preview would be complete without a mention for 'Aficionado ' sailed by Olympian John Driscoll and David Cagney from Howth, who always seem to have the speed and ability, if not always the results. The patterns above show that the home boats always have an advantage. Will any of the Killyleagh Squibs have the ability to win? Possibly not this year. The turn out of Squibs at Killyleagh is likely to be impressive, with the fleet split between three sailmakers- Batt sails which excel in lighter and heavier winds, Hyde sails which are unbeatable in mid-strength winds, and the as yet untested Olympic Sails from Kinsale.
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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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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Squib Southern Championships, Day 1, The sky was looking pensive like it didnt know it wanted, to blow old boots, rain? or just look a bit feisty for the competitor's that made the journey to Cobh. A lower than usual turn out, but that is to be expected in the circumstances, but non the less still 12 squibs turned out to be greeted by what Cobh had to offer. Notable absentee Emmet Dalton in Kerfuffle couldn't make it down this weekend, maybe next time! Race 1 got away swiftly on time at 11.55, In a light SW breeze of about 6/7 knots, Allegro, Fagin, Slipstream, Toy For The Boys and Durt, were hot out the blocks showing no signs of rust from a 10 month break, the fleet split all over this course as it was hard to read tide and wind, going left into the tide paid marginally to see Toy round first, followed by Fagin, Slipsteam and then Allegro, the order never really changed to the finish and Toy managed to pull out a good lead from the front to finish, Toy, Fagin, Allego and slipstream. Race 2 was promptly started, in a similar breeze, committee boat end favoured this time and saw Allego stretch her legs to the front, closely followed by, Outlaw, Fagin, Flora and local boat under new ownership Fuggles. The course was challenging with the light shifting breeze and tide, Toy managed to come back from a terrible start, but it wasn't enough to catch the leaders, Allegro extended her lead and took line honours, with a close finish for 2nd 3rd and 4th, with Outlaw just taking second and Toy managing to just nip infront of Fagin for 3rd. Race 3 was again started promptly in a slightly increased breeze from the SW, this was the first general recall of the day for the 3rd race, we were again promptly turned around and the second start got underway, this saw crews hiking over the side for a short time, Left was the way go again into the tide and saw Toy and Outlaw round the top mark together followed by Allegro and Fagin, 3 hard fought laps in a changing breeze saw Allegro and Outlaw make the most of it, Toy and Fagin were trying to claw there way back into it, but to no avail, it finished Allegro, Outlaw, Toy & Fagin. PRO, Michelle Keeling and her crew, did a great job of turning the races round with very little delay for an enjoyable day on the water. Overall results to be posted shortly.

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