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BATT SAILS ACHIEVED A REMARKABLE CLEAN SWEEP OF THE MAJOR SQUIB EVENTS IN  THE UK & IRELAND IN 2021

SQUIBS ON FIRE!

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.

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