MORE SUCCESS FOR ‘BATT’ SAILS IN THE UK AND IRISH SQUIB FLEETS
SQUIBS ON FIRE!
2022 UK Squib Inlands
Yet another major trophy for Ric’o’Shea. Rutland water provided a strong 30-boat fleet with a rugged test for four races on the Saturday and a more benign but incredible shifty day on the water for the final three Sunday. The outcome was another impressive victory for Tom Jeffcote and Mark Hogan in “Ric’ o’Shea”, overhauling the clear overnight leader Jono Brown in “Lucky Counts”.
2022 Combined Open and irish Squib Championships
Ric’o’Shea strikes gold again!! With an almost flawless performance of steady nerves and devastaing boat speed Tom Jeffcoate and Mark Hogan won the 2022 Squib Championships in consumate style, not needing to race the final day. The widest possible range of conditions challenged the fleet in Kinsale.
Irish Sqibbers also raced for the Irish Nationals during the same event and the Irish title fight went right down to the wire in thre wildest of conditions on the last day of racing. Ian Travers came out on top to claim the Irish crown with Fagin ( Gordy Paterson and Ross Nolan) second and Colm Dunn a close third.
Needless to say, “Ric’o’Shea” and “Fagin” were both using ‘Batt’ Sails throughout, including the very new maxi spinnaker, optimised for windward/leeward courses. Other notable results with Batt sails came from 52 “Fifty Shades”, 828 ” White Magic” and 908 “Harry VI”.
Repeating last year’s success ‘Batt’ sails were used to win both the GOLD fleet and SILVER fleet titles.
2022 IRISH NORTHERN CHAMPS
Fagin takes the title
Kilyleagh Yacht Club were super hosts to a 25-strong fleet for the 2022 Irish Northerns. A weekend of light to moderate winds saw a mixture of winners. Overnight leaders Dick and Pam Batt in Squib fell back on the Sunday and the title winner by a tight margin was Squib100 “Fagin”, sailed by Gordy Paterson and Ross Nolan. “Squib” and “Fagin” both use ‘Batt’ sails exclusively.
2021 Irish Squib Inlands………….”Quickstep” strikes again!
Gordy Patterson and Ross Nolan added another notch to their tiller over the weekend of October 16/17 when they took the Irish Squib season-closer on Lough Derg. The 29-strong fleet enjoyed two superb days racing windward-leeward courses in beautiful sailing conditons that ranged from 5 to 25 knots on the Saturday and typically 10 knots on Sunday.
After six races just five points covered the top four positions, “Quickstep” holding on to a narrow overnight lead from Ian Travers and Keith O’Riordan in “Outlaw”. Vincent Delany and Joe O’Byrne took “Femme Fatale” to the third podium place and it was noted that three of the top four boats used ‘Batt ‘sails exclusively, including the 2021 Champion.
2021 UK Squib Inland Championships……..A Rutland Classic
Malcolm Blackburn and Steve Allso, in Squib 96 “Moonstone” showed superb all-round boat speed and impressive consistency to take the the 2021 Inlands from a small but elite fleet. The Covid-reduced entry list still boasted the vast majority of the main players, all treated to a couple of days excellent windward-leeward racing in challenging conditions at Rutland Saliing Club. This victory contributed to a clean sweep for BATT sails in the major 2021 Squib title events.
2021 UK Squib Nationals: Batt Sails on three top Squibs
Mike Budd and Mark Platt, in Squib 908 ‘HarryVI’ won the 2021 UK Nationals in Abersoch with a day in hand, sitting out the final race and so missing a thrilling day of big winds and big waves. Close behind in the week’s points table were Tom Jeffcoate and Mark Hogan in Ric’O’Shea. Both use absolutely standard sets of the latest BATT sails, as do Alan Johnson and Dave Garlick who won the first race in seemingly effortless style in Squib132 ‘Cariad Bach’.
The 2021 Irish Squib Nationals………..yet another Batt Sails success!
Ross Kearney’s ‘Jumini’ winning in testing conditions on Strangford Lough in an event brilliantly hosted by Killyleagh Yacht club
2020 Northern Irish Championship………… Victory went to ‘Prodigal’,
Greg Bell sailing an impressively consistent series to take the title.
With so many championships cancelled or postponed this was a rar event for the Squib Class in the British Isles last 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.