SQUIBS ON FIRE!
2020 Northern Irish Championships: Victory goes to ‘Prodigal’
With the vast majority of championships cancelled or postponed this was possibly the only ‘official’ event for the Squib Class in the British Isles this year. The reduced fleet of fourteen boats still brought a wealth of talent to the start line. and altough the wind bombed out for most of the last race, until then a really decent and varied breeze provided some excellent close-fought races.
Greg Bell and Jane Kearney in ‘Prodigal’ didn’t win a race but counted five results in the top four to post a two point overall lead at the end of the event. Behind them Peter Wallace and Martin Wise (Toy) won a tie-break of identical scores and discards from the ever-improving Slipstream (Robert Marshal and Neil Logan).
Slipstream , Squib 102, was sporting the latest Batt Sails and had excellent upwind pace in all conditions, while the 2020 Champion also used a complete suit of Batt Sails for every race
Ric’o’Shea regains the UK Inland crown.
The UK Squib class rounded off the 2019 season in style with a good attendance at the now-traditional Inland Championships season-closer on Rutland Water.
Super-light winds on Saturday gave way to a testing blustery breeze on Sunday. Six races in varied conditions saw the latest cut of Batt Sails again topping the scoreline in hte hands of Davey Jones/Mark Hogan, 2018 champions Alan Johnson and Dave Garlick were fifth. Malcolm Blackburn/Dave Shiel joined them in using the latest Batt crosscut spinnaker, finishing third overall.
‘FAGIN’ – A SQUIB FOR ALL SEASONS
Sailing Squib 100 “Fagin” GORDON PATTERSON and ROSS NOLAN dominated the 2019 Squib season in Ireland, winning the Irish Nationals at the Royal North, the Northern Irish Nationals in Killyleagh, the South Coast champs in Kinsale and the East Coast champs in Howth. This all followed the 2018 Midland Champs on Dromineer at the end of last season. A clean sweep to be proud of.