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Event at Rutland Water SQUIB INLANDS 2018
SQUIB INLAND CHAMPS 6/7 OCTOBER 2018 AT RUTLAND Sailing Club
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:
http://www.rutlandsailingclub.co.uk/event/squib-open
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.
Burnham-on-Crouch EAST COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS
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
RUTLAND SPRING OPEN
A great place for your first sail of the season.
Events Irish Inlands 2017
SQUIB IRISH INLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 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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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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