Micky Wright and Alex Porteous, sailing in Squib 811 Spoof, win the Mike Flint Trophy, after the Cheeseboard race was cancelled due to high winds

The Cheeseboard race, the traditional starter of the Squib season on the river Crouch, was cancelled on 29th of March due to winds in excess of 30 knots. Undeterred, the 11-boat strong fleet made its way to the celebratory lunch, followed by the cheeseboard, sponsored by Rice and Cole and a record breaking number of bottles of port.

A few dry land capsizes were reported!

The first day of the Mike Flint Trophy, scheduled for Saturday, 30th of March started with dead calm, yet, as the races were scheduled to only start after lunch, the fleet took advantage of the easterly afternoon and the glorious sunshine, to compete on a town course race.

Micky and Alex won the race, followed by Ray Apthorp and Hippo on Nemesis, 806 and Malcolm and Jackie Hutchings in Lady Penelope, 819.

After a relatively quiet evening, the second and final day of the Mike Flint Trophy saw two races scheduled for the morning and due to the easterly wind, another course in front of the town. The first race was won by Malcolm and Jackie, followed by Robert Coyle and Marc Rawinsky in Humphrey 823 and Spoof. The last race, shortened to 1 lap due to the race box crew eagerness to “go to the bar”, was won by Micky and Alex, followed by Malcolm and Jackie and Robert and Marc.

The event marked the start of the sailing season for the Burnham Squib fleet and was celebrated in the most Squib-like manner.

The Burnham Squib Fleet is looking forward eagerly to hosting Squib MAYhem, a two event combo over the month of May. This involves the Squib Gold Cup and the East Coast Championship. More details on the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club website or HERE