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Squib Gold Cup at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham

by Phil Aspinall 9 May 2018 09:15 BST 5-6 May 2018
Startline during the Squib Gold Cup at Burnham © Roger Mant

There was a clear North-South divide as 35 Squibs hit the start line for the Squib Gold Cup hosted by Royal Corinthian Yacht Club. In the tactically challenging water this divide was North shore or South of the River Crouch to beat into the mild easterly breeze complemented by an early summer sea breeze.

Pin-end and North shore paid handsomely and top of that pack were locals Jono Brown and Chris Dunn Squiggle followed by visitors Stu Rix and Steve Warren-Smith Aquabat although the positions were to switch on the South shore beat of lap two leaving the South Coast boat ahead of Squiggle then Phil Aspinall and Howie Enkel Guy Fawkes in third.

The fleet settled for Race2 and all the main competitors went North for the first beat then Guy Fawkes opted to go North on the second lap lifting them from teens to second, separating Aquabat and Squiggle. Two races down and already many of the fancied boats were carrying 2 discards which became a real concern when race 3 was abandoned due to the windward mark seeking an early return the clubhouse for a cool beer.

The restart of race 3 brought with it a wind shift as the sea breeze used the sound of the starting gun to switch off. This massively favoured the pin end boats, even the stragglers who struggled to clear the pin. Once again Aquabat had secured clear air and led the race to record 3 bullets and a commanding position with Squiggle and Pani Munta (Mike Probert and James Bryer) the only other boats with top ten finishes in every race.

Day 2, race 4 and a turning tide played havoc with the starting process. Good behaviour was restored through the introduction of the U flag. When the fleet finally got away the tide had turned across the river and tactics returned to the North vs South decision or perhaps more importantly when to leave the north shore for the beat to the windward mark.

Pilots think in vectors better than the rest and so Aquabat (aka British Airways 13) with pilots on board judged it better than the locals to secure their fourth consecutive finish and a commanding lead. Local favourites were now starting to move to the fore as Spoof (Micky Wright and Alex Porteous) then Lady Penelope (Malcolm Hutchings and Paul Buckley) delivered the other podium positions ahead of Squiggle and Guy Fawkes.

Race 5 was won by Humphrey (Robert Coyle and Marc Rawinsky) after 3 boats fell foul of the U-flag and both Squiggle and Guy Fawkes left the North bank too early and to oblivion. Aquabat slipped to a lowly third.

Race 6 was sailed brilliantly by Artemis II (Phil and Chris Rust) in their first outing in a major squib event. Aquabat secured the regatta with second and Hussar (Martin Harrison and Tom Archer) the final podium place after Guy Fawkes went hard aground whilst in 2nd place throwing away any chance of a podium place in the regatta.

Pani Munta won race 7 from Spoof with Helmut Shoing (Nigel and Jack Grogan) in third securing only their second podium place in the regatta. Indeed such was the strength of the fleet no boat finished in the top ten in every race although consistency, as ever, was the key.

The top placings of the regatta were Aquabat, Squiggle and Pani Munta. The boat from the south victorious over those from further north. Silver fleet was won by Artemis II but the real winner was the Royal Corinthian which delivered a regatta filled with close competition and friendliness for all comers irrespective of their place in the fleet or their home club. All of which bodes well for the East Coast championships at the end of May when the fleet will be bigger and stronger yet the choice of North shore or South shore will be ever present.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
113AquabatStu RixSteve Warren‑SmithRVYC111132119
2142SquiggleJono BrownChris DunnRCYC2374196527
3128Pani MuntaMike ProbertJames BryerRCYC10551025128
4823HumphreyRobert CoyleMarc RawinskyRCYC71127171335
5811SpoofMicky WrightAlex PorteousRCYC412252811239
6819Lady PenelopeMalcolm HutchingsJackie Hutchings/Paul BuckleyRCYC514433610642
7868By The LeeNic TolhurstMel TitmusRCYC920913512452
8105Helmut Shöing IINigel GroganJack GroganRCYC8153111318353
972Guy FawkesPhil AspinallHowie EnkelRCYC3221523151056
10157ChequemateIan GrayIan SimonsRCYC157162374756
11806NemesisRay AlthorpGuy WelchTSC1262064161458
12862BrutusSimon GriffinTim Rigler/Dave Hyde/Steve HowardRCYC11423161681267
13500HussarMartin HarrisonTom ArcherRVYC1423683632276
14623WizardBen GibsonChristopher GibsonRVYC27211096191580
15605SupernovaIan KeelyPeter MatthewsW&OBYV16138223691785
16855CrocRichard SullivanSue HarperRNSYC & WOBYC212412129171687
17760SurpriseDuncan GrindleyAdam KnightsRCYC68271712252088
18791Crazy DiamondDavid GoochMarc MoncrieffW&OBYV1319281810131891
1936Artemis 2Philip RustChris RustBrsSC30361826111894
20736Magic RoundaboutCarl Anderson/Jason PhelpsCarl Anderson/Jason PhelpsRCYC2891414182724106
21815AtalantaAndy Wood‑HillRichard HenshawRCYC22182415152319112
22883Just In TimeNeil Fulcher Stone SC2926111927229114
2320BuccaneerEmma BakerSamuel PrimeRVYC17301320172129117
24779What's The StorySimon SandersJulie BatchelorRCYC19292621142026126
25720WoodyBen HardenDigger Harden/TBABSC20221925202621127
2625CrackersPhil ShanahanNoel SutcliffeRCYC25172227241428129
27595OutlawIan ScottIona MartinRCYC31161529292425138
28880QuidsinMark KnightsIan KnightsRCYC & BSC18103024223636140
29709ElectraDavid MellardSue HardyRCYC23251730252927146
3083EasyIan BrandNick PeelRCYC26273131212823156
3121TomboBill JonesMartin HipseyRCYC32283628283036182
32900Top DogTony GibsonGerry LewseyStone SC36343334263130188
33137AtomicRobin HarrisMark Fowler 24312936363636192
34842Posh TottyHeidi WrightJennifer HillHPYC36323233313332193
35682OutcastRoger SmithCharles TuckerRCYC36333632303231194

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