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National Squib South Coast Championship at Portsmouth Sailing Club

by David Price 21 Sep 2018 05:51 BST 15-16 September 2018
Squib South Coast Championship in Portsmouth © Louis Goldman

The National Squib South Coast Championship 2018 was hosted by Portsmouth Sailing Club over the weekend 15/16 September.

Portsmouth Sailing Club has very recently installed a crane within the Town Camber area of the harbour and this was put to good use on Friday afternoon as competitors arrived from around the country and were swiftly launched and readied for action on the Saturday morning.

Saturday morning was sunny and bright but by the start of the first race of the day the gentle westerly had died to almost nothing. Race Officer Tim Johnson managed to get the fleet of 25 away and although many struggled with the dying breeze and building tide, experience shone through with class sailmaker (and event sponsor) Dick Batt in Squib taking the gun, Chris Watts in Blood, Sweat and Tears second and Micky Wright in Spoof third.

The breeze increased for the following three races, a mix of windward-leewards and triangle courses. Ian Keely and James Baxter showed off their pace in Supernova and dominated the front of the fleet for races 2, 3 and 4 however an over competitive start on race 4 resulted in a UFD that meant there was all to play for on Sunday.

Competitors were again blessed with bright weather on Sunday and a fairly consistent south westerly Force 3 to 4 provided excellent racing conditions. The race team again set windward/leeward and triangle courses and the competitiveness throughout the Squib fleet was further demonstrated with David Wines sailing White Magic winning the Bart's Bash Race 5 and Joe Henry in Bacchante VII taking the final race of the series.

Over the two days racing five different boats gained firsts and eight had podium positions but two firsts and the overall consistency of Ian Keely and James Baxter in Supernova won them the South Coast Championship for 2018.

Portsmouth Sailing Club is relatively small and it's position at an extremely busy harbour entrance has limited opportunities in recent years for small boat sailing, however this event, and the rapid growth of the home Squib fleet, was a more than useful reminder that Ben Ainslie's INEOS Team UK home waters are equally suitable for dayboat racing! It also demonstrated what can be achieved with the backing of a great team of club volunteers who stepped up to deliver excellent race management, rib support, crane launch and recovery and of course fantastic catering throughout the whole weekend. The club is also extremely grateful to INEOS Team UK, the Portsmouth Queen's Harbour Master, the Port Harbour Master and sponsors Batt Sails, Hyde Sails and Rondar Boats for their support.

Overall Results:

PosDivisionBoatSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5 (Barts Bash)R6Pts
1stGoldSupernova605Ian KeelyJames Baxter511(UFD)6215
2ndGoldSpoof811Micky WrightAlex Porteous329‑112319
3rdGoldBachante VII52Joe HenryRoly Wilson6635‑18121
4thGoldPani Munta128Mike ProbertJames Bryer452110‑1322
5thGoldWhite Magic828David WinesKeith Davies‑128531623
6thGoldFlorence787Shaun HopkinsJanet Dee‑74643724
7thGoldSquib11Dick BattPamela Phelan1‑10875526
8thGoldShy Talk901Malc HutchingsAndy Ramsey(DNS)77214434
9thSilverAldebaran153Iain JonesCelia Rushton13‑154981246
10thGoldSurprise760Duncan GrindleyPaul Goldman‑1891667947
11thSilverArtemis 236Phil RustMatt Salt‑2231014121150
12thGoldAspire833Caroline MartinNick Martin91414124‑2253
13thGoldIncendio33David LloydSam Lloyd81315815‑1759
14thGoldWildfire104Chris HillJames Pritchard1112‑2017111061
15thGoldBuccaneer20Emma BakerSamuel Prime1019111316‑2169
16thSilverBlood Sweat and Tears160Chris WattsWill Ton22013(RET)9RET70
17thSilverKachina526Chris RustJames Vineer‑2323191013873
18thSilverMagic Roundabout736Jason Phelps 151112(UFD)171873
19thSilverFirecracker Too640Andrew PorteousJerry Westbrook1618‑2115211484
20thSilverEasy83Ian BrandChris Dunn‑21161718191585
21stGoldOsprey808Chris GearSue Mcloughlin14‑211820201688
22ndBronzeContent232Kieran MurphyEmily Phizacklea17172219‑241994
23rdSilverLizwhiz688Jim HoldstockRay Prime1922‑2316222099
24thBronzeAtom512Chris WhiteJohn Lee20‑2524212323111
25thBronzeEclipe227Cameron GregoryRhys Jones(DNS)2425222524120

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