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Squib Nationals at the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club

by David West 30 Jun 2008 16:22 BST 21-27 June 2008
A perfect week for the 40th Anniversary Squib nationals at Lowestoft ©

Take a week from 21 to 27 June. Add force 4-6 winds. Mix in constant sunshine. Stir well with the right sized waves and a tide to make things interesting. Finally, sprinkle with a lady race officer who really knows her onions and you have a recipe for unalloyed delight - hiking hard upwind, speedboating downwind, sparkling silver spray and glowing golden sails.

A mere 7 days after 45 Squibs contested the 40th Anniversary Regatta at the Royal Corinthian in Burnham, 61 Squibs entered The Working Manager 40th Anniversary National Squib Championship at the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk YC. As well as the absolutely ideal sailing, the fleet was royally entertained in the clubhouse; in local members’ houses for the traditional At Home evening; at the Waveney & Oulton Broad YC sailing the gaff rigged Waveney and Broads One Designs; at the hilarious “Mid Fleet Club” and by a wonderful concert with the Sheringham Shantymen. In addition to all this, the fleet scrubbed up well for a superbly managed prize giving dinner to end the week.

To make things perfect, a different crew took home the silverware each day.

With tricky tides and wind shifts and in a very hot fleet, all except one of the top ten boats posted a discard of 12 or worse and it was consistency rather than race winning that gave overall victory and the John Player Trophy to David Best and Pete Richards sailing Crossfire 797 from South Caernarvonshire YC. Runner up was Owen Delaney with Mark Duffield in his last regatta before retirement from competitive racing, and third were the six times National Champions, father and son Chris & Mark Hogan.

In addition to the title sponsor, The Working Manager, the much appreciated day sponsors were Norfolk Marine, Norfolk & Suffolk Insurance, SLP, Peter Colby, Instone, Ocean Team 2000, Holt, Tim & Hazel Barrett, White Marine Services, Hyde Sails, Aldreds, Batt Sails and Lonton & Gray.

25 Squibs at the East Coast Championships, 45 Squibs at the 40th Anniversary Regatta, 61 entrants at the Nationals, 40 entered for Cowes Week, an expectation of over 50 at the Inlands (with minimum overlap between events) and with the South Coasts and four major Irish Championships yet to come, where does this vibrant fleet go next?

Well, there will be 100 Squibs at Weymouth for the Nationals in 2009 and rumours are rife of invitations to events in Hamburg and the Ijsselmeer in Holland where there are embryonic Squib Fleets and of a class start at the Royal Cannes Sailing Regatta, September 2009. Not bad for a boat celebrating its 40th birthday, is it?

Trophy Winners:

Royal Tay QuaichGhost Rider 758Mike & Penny FenwickWeymouth
Founders TrophyRic O’Shea 136Chris & Mark HoganPort Dinorwic / South Caernarvon
Abersoch TrophyAlchemy 800Gerard Dyson & Tony SaltonstallRoyal Yorkshire
Royal Corinthian Challenge PlateArtemis IIMark Wincer & Pete HallinanFelixstowe Ferry
Seahorse TrophyFirebird 50Owen Delaney & Mark DuffieldRoyal Norfolk & Suffolk
Waldringfield TrophyCariad Bach 132Alan Johnson & David GarlickSouth Caernarvon

Overall Results: (for boats sailing all races)

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClub
1797CrossfireDavid BestPete RichardsSCYC
250FirebirdOwen DelanyMark DuffieldRNSYC
3136Ric O'SheaChris HoganMark HoganPDSC/SCYC
4800AlchemyGerard DysonTony SaltonstallRYYC
583EasyDavid WhitePeter BallamFFSC
6758Ghost RiderMike FenwickPenny FenwickWSC
773BrimstoneBryan RileyJenny RileyWOBYC
8823HumphreyRobert CoyleMelanie TitmusRCYC
996MoonstoneMalcom BlackburnFran BlackburnSCYC
10132Cariad BachAlan JohnsonDavid GarlickSCYC
11847Lil QuackyTim JonesSimon CoppockHSC/SCYC
12801Tears For FearsPeter MarchantJack GroganRCYC
13127MisfireRoger HarrisMark ThompsonSCYC
14819Lady PenelopeMalcolm HutchingsAndy RamseyRCYC/BSC
15105Helmut SchoingNigel GroganDaniel CippsRCYC
1643In the PinkLloyd CrispAlan ConeWOBYC
17473GreenflyJohn BibbyLouise BibbyRAYC
18838MaximusMax EvansTim RileyFFSC
19830Spirit of PerfectionJim TubbyDavid GaleRNSYC
20142SquiggleJohn LewisMark KnightsBSC
21810Clever DickRichard SullivanMike DaviesRNSYC
22846Flying FishSam ColeDenise SinclairRNSYC
2336Artemis IIMark WincerPete HallinanFFSC
2499ReboundRichard PeacockGlyn RobertsSCYC
25789Dream OnBrian HollandJohn StephensonSCYC
26828White MagicDavid WinesAnthony ProctorWest Hoe SC
2758Still TalkinChristian YoungKerr SinclairWOBYC
2840Forty WinksMike HughesCarl JeffriesSCYC
29709ElectraPaul BuckleySarah BuckleyRCYC
30849SASPhil SnewinNick SpallSCYC
3189KlipbokEmmet DaltonNeal MerryHYC
3244PerfectionJill FlemingVincent DelanyRSGYC
33140KinnardN SquirrellS HowellsWSC
34818Toy For the BoysPeter WallaceNeill StrainRNIYC
35796BootneckJohn LewisJohn HepburnRWYC
36157ChequemateSarah SullivanIan SimonsRCYC/BSC
37749Tractor WilsonColin BentleyKeith TwinnFFSC
3897Ex FlameSally DuggdaleGilly FouldsNBYC
39120SquiblissatudeTed ReillyTom CreanFFSC
40811SpoofSimon GriffinTony HolmanRCYC
41510No WonderKit NobleJim ProwerRDYC
42108Ogo PogoToby TaylorJohn SharmanSCYC
43833BillyDavid EddowsAlan WooseySGYC
4492HeartbeatRichard DellMark DrakeWOBYC
4594ConfusionPeter HortonDavid GoochRNSYC
46684AstronGeorge JohnsonPatrick NichollsAYC
47848Soopa-Doopa-FlookaAdrian FlukerMathew AnthonyRCYC
4857BobonskiCraig HughesDave MillerHSC
49858Bacchante VIIIHarvey WordenRoland WilsonRAYC
50512AtomPeter JohnsonGarry BowersRDYC
51809SquffyChris StonehouseChris StonehouseRSC
52857Rising DampDavid EastChris EdwardsWSC
53855CrocN. FaulknerRichard ThurstonRNSYC
54543Polly GarterDavid HallAnn ElliotRAYC
55588JetstreamDerek HigginsSean ClarksonRYYC
56841Billy Ruff'nDavid WestPhilip CresswellRNSYC/OSC
57854B of the BangPaul HardyHarriet HardyWest Hoe SC

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