Please select your home edition
Edition
Hyde Sails 2017 Dinghy Show

Squib Broadland Regatta at Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club

by Jenny Riley on 3 Apr 1-2 April 2017
Waiting for the breeze at the Squib Broadland Regatta © W&OBYC

Ten visitors from the Isle of Wight, Haven Ports, Waldringfield and Burnham travelled to Oulton Broad for the first weekend in April to give the local Lowestoft Fleet an exciting and sunny end to their Winter Season.

The 22 Squibs were divided into four groups and on the Saturday sailed 3 races in flights, so that everyone sailed against everyone at least once. With short beats, some starboard hand marks and a strong, gusty breeze, the unusual format worked well on our restricted waters. All the scores counted, giving each boat a half way position overall and dividing everyone into gold and silver fleets. This position was carried forward to the Sunday where two more races would be counted for a final placing.

So on Saturday evening, Bryan and Jenny Riley were leading with three firsts, Jimmy Tubby and David Gale second, followed by Stuart Rix and Nigel Grogan in equal third place. In the Silver Fleet, Oliver Hunt and Marc Moncieff were leading in Crazy Diamond, followed by Emma Baker in 20 and then Dave Gentry in 90.

Sunday was a totally different story wind-wise, very light and fluky to start with, but then with a sea breeze filling in at about midday (Yes, a sea breeze and it is only just April!). In the Gold Fleet, the Grogans slipped away to score a first with Jimmy and the Rileys a good way behind. Emma and Sam were popular winners of the Silver Fleet, receiving cheers from the bank from the Gold Fleet sailors who were watching the finish while drinking their cups of coffee. There was all to play for in the second race with three boats on equal points in the Gold Fleet.

A crowd of spectators watched from the shore and were treated to an exciting spectacle of snakes and ladders sailing right up to the finish line. Again, the Grogans cleverly snatched a victory from Stuart and Steve followed by Ben and Chris Gibson in 623. Emma and Sam scored a second win in the Silver Fleet giving them first position overall.

A great weekend was had by all, Owen Delany and Ian Colby did a magnificent job of running the races in very tricky wind directions, Ben Falat kept everyone on their toes as on the water umpire and of course the party in the Clubhouse on Saturday evening was a very happy affair. We look forward to hosting another Broadland Regatta next Spring, with the added possibility of a river race and pub lunch at Burgh St Peter on the Friday. Do come and join us if you can!

Overall Results:

Gold Fleet
1. Nigel and Jack Grogan 105
2. Bryan and Jenny Riley 73
3. Jimmy Tubby and David Gale 830

Silver Fleet
1. Emma Baker and Sam Prime 20
2. John Lockwood and Helen Taylor 688
3. Dave Gentry and Jacky Soards 90

Related Articles

Squib Irish Inlands at Lough Derg overall
Somewhat interrupted by Storm Brian The annual pilgrimage of the Squib Class to the Lough Derg Yacht Club in the picturesque village of Dromineer on Lough Derg was somewhat interrupted/disrupted this year by the passage of Storm Brian during the weekend of October 21st-22nd. Posted on 3 Nov
Squib Irish Inlands at Lough Derg preview
One of the most enjoyable regattas of the year At Lough Derg Yacht Club over the weekend of 21-22 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. Posted on 15 Oct
National Squib Inlands at Rutland
A fine entry of 37 boats 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. Posted on 10 Oct
Squib Inlands at Rutland this weekend
Entries now up to 31 boats and counting Entries are now up to 31 boats and counting for what is arguably the most closely contested End of Season keelboat event in the UK. Posted on 3 Oct
Squib South Coast Championships
Excellent race management but not excellent weather The Squibs returned to Torquay after a number of years away for their 2017 South Coast Championships over the weekend of 9th & 10th September. 11 boats entered, but due to a manoeuvring incident with a trailer in Weymouth, only 10 boats arrived. Posted on 15 Sep
National Squib Class Inlands preview
Fleet set for Rutland in October The National Squib Class 'Inland Championship 2017' will take place on Rutland Water on the weekend of 7-8 October. This is a remarkable event, sailed on the waveless waters of the Rutland reservoir. Posted on 13 Sep
Squibs at the Waldringfield Cartoon Trophy
The exciting end of summer open meeting This end of summer open meeting is shared with several other classes which makes for exciting moments mark rounding in a Squib calling for water on a Cadet. Posted on 13 Sep
125th Burnham Week Grand Finale
Town Cup J/80 glory marks conclusion Digger Harden sailing the J/80 Glorious Fools with his seasoned team including joint owner Peter Jackson, Doug Duce and Tom Adams have won the coveted Town Cup, to mark the end of the 125th anniversary celebrations of Burnham Week, writes Sue Pelling. Posted on 3 Sep
125th Burnham Week first weekend
Glorious conditions at premier east coast regatta opener Lack of wind on the first day did little to affect the carnival spirit round town at the gloriously sunny opening weekend of Burnham Week 2017, which this year celebrates 125 years. Posted on 29 Aug
Irish Squib South Coast Championship
Light airs and fog at Kinsale Light airs and fog ensured that the Race Officer, John Stallard, and his team were tested to the limits over the past two days. Posted on 27 Aug