Jostling for position on the Squadron Line in 2017

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 at around midday with Cowes Week courses.


List of entries   Online entry form    Supplementary form


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.


 ferries Southampton to East Cowes : £80 return, car and boat, up to 13m long and 2.7m high. Travel before 9am or after 3pm from 1-15 August. This is over 50% discount to peak season... Code is SQUIBCLASSCW18

Red Funnel also run the Red Jet passenger service from Southampton to West Cowes.  The other car option is Wightlink


Launching will be from Venture Quays in East Cowes on Friday 3rd August. It is a short sail out to the swinging moorings off Cowes and there are a limited number of pontoon moorings available at Venture Quays - please indicate your preference on the supplementary form. Feel free to make your own arrangements if you wish to launch at another location. Recovery will be from Venture Quays on Saturday 11th August and Sunday 12th August. 


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.

Tuesday 7th CCYC AGM followed by Squib Party with pig roast and band
Friday 10th CCYC Nationals Prizegiving plus Red Arrows and fireworks
Saturday 11th RVYC Cowes Week prizegiving

Feel free to explore the whole town !


There is a messaging group using the free Telegram app to help keeping in touch during the week.  Telegram is similar to WhatsApp but keeps your mobile number private.

To join the group browse this page using your smart phone and click here


Here are some of the non-standard items which you must bring for Cowes Week 

Squib Flag - NN9 - flown from backstay
Yellow flag - used to declare a penalty, one and two turn penalties do not apply
VHF - receive course information and other announcements

Remember these are just some of things you need to bring with you...

always read the sailing instructions and safety booklet and when you think you've understood everything read them AGAIN !


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. 

2017 Live replays

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 !