Please select your home edition
Edition
Trident-UK 2012 May

Squib inaugural European Cup at Lac de Cazaux, France

by Steve Warren-Smith on 20 Sep 2016 9-11 September 2016
Bryan and Jenny Riley win the Squib inaugural European Cup at Lac de Cazaux, France © CVCL

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.

Showing the way in the short first race of the day was White Magic (David Wines and Keith Davies), with Squibbo (Ian and Matt Keely) and an ever improving Brimstone (Brian and Jenny Riley) filling the next two spots. We were now into the swing of it: General recall, black flag, clean start, windward leeward twice, finish, all ably run by local PRO Yves Léglise.

Race three saw the Rileys stamp their authority in the end, with Surprise and Aquabat not far behind. Race 4 was also close, and led by three different boats, but again the Rileys dominated, with White Magic and Squibbo taking the minor medals.

The final race saw Guy Fawkes come from the left side of the course to take the lead from Aquabat, who dropped another place to Surprise just before the end as the evening breeze lost some weight and direction.

The last day, Sunday, was again hot, sunny but calm, and with an early cut-off there was little chance of racing, so boats were recovered and the prize giving took place in a fantastically friendly, organised and professional club.

It was tight at the top, but the Rileys won it by a point from White Magic and Aquabat, the former breaking the tie with a second place. Then it was back into the lake, more local produce and a fantastic dinner before we all set off either back home, or for a prolonged holiday around France.

Our thanks go to Commodore Yves Léglise, President Hervé Duchesne-Ferchal and all at CVCL for making us so welcome and well catered for, and to organiser David Longford for putting it all together. This was our first foray into continental Europe, but hopefully won't be our last.

A photo gallery can be seen here

Overall Results:
See full results detail here

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1 73BRIMSTONE  7311510
2 828WHITE MAGIC  4152411
3 13AQUABAY  1634311
4 72GUY FAWKES  3445112
5 760SURPRISE  2928214
6 16SQUIBBO  6273617
7 153ALDEBARAN  5567823
8 853ECHO  9886729
9 640FIRECRACKER TOO  87109933
10 713VIPER  10119111141
11 678FESTINA LENTE  11101110DNF42
12 473GREENFLY  DNS1212121046
13 727MOSQUITO  121314141251
14 688LIZWHIZ  DNF1413131353

Related Articles

Squibs, Skiffs and Illusions
The diverse sailing of Hyde Sails' Jack Grogan We spoke to Jack Grogan about how he first got into sailing, the life-long friends that has provided, his 18ft Skiff and Squib sailing, his role at Hyde Sails in the burgeoning covers and accessories department and the upcoming Illusion nationals. Posted on 15 Mar
Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbite Series overall
Blue skies, bright sunshine and a big squall on the final day All 3 fleets left the marina under blue skies and bright sunshine in Kinsale this morning for the final day of the Osean74 Frostbite Series. A nice breeze of 7 – 9 knots was blowing from the west and it looked like all would have a great day's racing. Posted on 13 Mar
Be part of the 125th Anniversary Celebration
Of competitive sailing in Burnham Week Burnham Week, which runs from August Bank Holiday Saturday offers a challenging week of tidal racing set in complex waters supported by a plethora of special venues and social support which could provide your class with a fantastic end of year. Posted on 24 Feb
Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbite Series day 3
Light and flukey conditions frustrate the fleet Light conditions saw a fleet of 29 boats leave KYC Marina and Dinghy Park on Sunday morning for Week 2 of the Osean74 Frostbite Series. No racing took place last week due to 29 knots blowing off Charles Fort. Posted on 21 Feb
Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbite Series day 1
29 hardy entrants in 3 fleets 29 hardy entrants in 3 fleets were on the start line today for the first day of the Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbite Series kindly sponsored by Osean74. The marina was white with frost as the Squibbers slid down to their boats Posted on 9 Feb
Get your Super Early Bird entry in
For the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017 All fully paid entries received by 31st December 2016 will be automatically entered into a draw and 10% of these lucky people will have their Entry Fee refunded! Posted on 19 Dec 2016
Cowes Week continues support of Youth Sailing
With Discounted Entry Fees Cowes Week Limited are delighted to announce that they will continue their youth initiative which offers discounted entry fees to boats with crews of under 25 year olds. Posted on 1 Nov 2016
Irish Squib Travellers Trophy 2016
Jeff Condell and Jeff Cochrane worthy winners The Irish Squib Travellers Trophy is awarded to Squibs which travel to the regional and national championships. It is necessary to compete in two regional championships and in the National Championship to qualify to win the trophy. Posted on 29 Oct 2016
Irish Squib Inlands at Lough Derg
Entry matches that of the nationals at Kinsale On October 22-23, Squibs from all over Ireland converged on Lough Derg Yacht Club at Dromineer. All in all, the entry of 20 Squibs equalled the Irish Championship in Kinsale a few weeks earlier. Posted on 24 Oct 2016
Squib Last Chance Regatta at Burnham
A foul tide for Foulness The Squib Last Chance Regatta is traditionally held two weeks after the Inland Championships. The event was conceived with the aim of encouraging the travellers to re-launch for the last few weeks of the Autumn Series. Posted on 18 Oct 2016