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While Kinsale Yacht Club cruisers boats were racing around the Kowloon Bridge Buoy and the club also staged the Squib south coast championships, another West Cork Yacht Club was staging a Glandore Harbour race for Dragons and Squibs to Castletownshend.

11 Dragons and 11 Squibs sailed in the annual race in ideal sailing conditions of 10 to 12 knot breezes last Saturday.

In the Dragon fleet, Sonata, in her first major event since being relaunched by her new owners this week, was the winner, ahead of Aphrodite second and War Baby in third. 

Trojan was the first Squib home followed by Tequilla Chaser in second and Kingfisher in third place.

Fergus of Mary Ann’s Bar in Castletownsend provided bottles of wine for the prizewinners.

Diarmuid O’Donovan of Glenmar Shellfish donated lobsters for the winning boats in the race back to Glandore. The first Dragon was Aphrodite, the first Squib was again Trojan,

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Wins in the second and third races in the Squib Southern Championships at Kinsale Yacht Club this afternoon has handed the overnight lead to Northern Ireland's Peter Wallace and Fiona Ward.

The Wallace and Ward partnership from Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on Belfast Lough have a four-point cushion over local Kinsale pair Matthias Hellstern and Colm Daly on 11 points. 

KYC pair Matthias Hellstern and Colm Daly are lying in second Photo: Bob BatemanKYC pair Matthias Hellstern and Colm Daly are lying in second place Photo: Bob Bateman

Currently in third place, Kinsale clubmates Ian Travers and Keith O'Riordan are on 12 points. 

12 boats are competing with ten from the host club and two Northern visitors.

Full results are here

Racing continues tomorrow

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Despite a strong showing by the Killyleagh Yacht Club visitors from Strangford Lough on the first day of the Squib Northerns at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on the south shore of Belfast Lough, in the end it was the local crew, Greg Bell and Jayne Kearney in Prodigal who stamped their authority on the 17 strong fleet posting an emphatic run of low scores to win from the Killyleagh team of Steven Bridges and Colin Dougan in Firecracker.

First and second places were fairly well scattered among the fleet, but it was the Bell crew's consistency that rewarded them the Championship.

Greg Bell (left) with Commodore RNIYC Nigel Carson and Jayne Kearney Photo: Lindsay NolanGreg Bell (left) with Commodore RNIYC Nigel Carson and Jayne Kearney Photo: Lindsay Nolan

Race 1, started in an eight to ten knot northeasterly and a choppy sea. Hot out the blocks was Firecracker from Killyleagh (Bridges and Dougan) showing a clean pair of heels and disappearing over the horizon to win that race. Behind were Toy for the Boys with Peter Wallace and Martin Weatherstone on board, fighting it out with the Eccles/Wright duo in Inshallah to finish that order. Race 2 went to another Killyleagh boat, Slipstream crewed by Neil Logan and Robert Marshall, with Firecracker second. Toy for the Boys pulled back to win Race 3 with Bell's Prodigal securing runner up.

Jumini (702) on a run credit Photo: Jen DicksonJumini (702) on a run Photo: Jen Dickson

On Sunday a lengthy postponement until the wind filled in meant an anxious wait for the five boats vying for the title. Race 4 got underway in a light shifting breeze, with the Howth boat, Durt sailed by Fergus O'Kelly and Dave Cotter from Howth hot out the blocks, but after a position shifting race, it was the host club's Greg Bell in Prodigal in the first slot, followed by clubmate Ross Kearney in Jumini and the Killyleagh crew in Firecracker third

Prodigal took Race 5 to stamp Bell's authority on the event even further, but this time runner up went to Douglas and Mellor in Inismara, with Jumini 3rd. In the shifty breeze for Race 6, there were new faces to the front with locals Gordon Patterson and Ross Nolan's Fagin leading the fleet and Gizmo (Park and Stinson) second.

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The Notice of Race has been published for the Squib South Coast Championships taking place on 17 & 18 July at Kinsale Yacht Club.

With a return to racing expected for 7th June, Kinsale hopes to attract entries from Glandore to Killyleagh and all the Irish Squib fleets in between. 

Racing will take place in the waters outside Kinsale Harbour between the Old Head and the Sovereign Islands.

Competition, say organisers, is expected to be 'extremely high' as the Irish National Championships are scheduled just three weeks later in Killyleagh Yacht Club in Northern Ireland.

Entries will be accepted up until 12th July 2021.

Download the NOR and entry form below.

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With sailing slowly re-emerging in Ireland which is still some distance from being post-pandemic, we seem to be seeing our sport taking shape again with a series of baby steps.

In such circumstances, there’s much to be said for the purchase of a race-ready and versatile boat that only needs to be rigged to provide immediate activity at one of the country’s several Squib sailing centres.

And this well-maintained version of the Oliver Lee-designed 19ft classic keelboat fits the bill to perfection, as the details and specification make for fascinating racing for longtime Squib aficionados and newcomers alike.

Close action for Squib keelboats - while they still carry the original 1967 rig with the distinctive tanned sails, today’s Squib class have greatly advanced their sail-trimming techniques   Close action for Squib keelboats - while they still carry the original 1967 rig with the distinctive tanned sails, today’s Squib class have greatly advanced their sail-trimming techniques  

Newcomers will find it intriguing that a 1968 boat is still seen as a prime contender, but that’s the way it is with the Squibs. Having a brand new boat is by no means a guarantee of success, and dyed-in-the-wool Squib connoisseurs are well able to debate for hours which particular generation of Squibs produced the most successful boats.

Then too, apart from the sport of the racing and the class camaraderie that goes with it, the bonus with the Squib is that this really is a proper tittle yacht with a genuine sit-in cockpit, such that she’s a very practical proposition for simply taking the family out for a day sail.

See Squib 42 for sale here

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The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Squib fleet is making its plans for the 2021 season. Assuming that levels of Covid will drop sufficiently Dublin Bay Sailing Club have agreed to provide racing for a combined fleet of three-man wooden Mermaids and two-man GRP Squibs.

The Squibs give the Mermaids an allowance of one minute in the hour to make for fair racing.

The Dun Laoghaire Squib Fleet have reassessed their financial needs and realise they had enough money in their fleet bank account to buy a very good second-hand Squib.

Second-hand Squibs change hands for anything between €500 and €12,000 depending on manufacturer and condition.

Squibs (above) will give the Mermaids (below) an allowance of one minute in the hour to make for fair racing in DBSC racing this Summer. Photos Bob Bateman

mermaid racing

At an AGM held on Zoom last autumn, it was decided to make a substantial presentation to the Dun Laoghaire lifeboat.

The presentation of a cheque for €4,500 was made by Jill Fleming, Derek Jago and Gillian Fletcher on behalf of the Squib Fleet in late February 2021.

Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat was delighted to receive the presentation.

Vincent Delany
Dun Laoghaire Squib Captain

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The Irish Squib keelboat class will kick off its 2021 season at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on Belfast Lough on May 29th, according to the provisional 2021 fixtures calendar released this week.

Next on the 2021 list is the Southern Championships at Kinsale Yacht Club in July. This is the venue for the class's 2022 Squib Combined Irish & UK Championships with an expected fleet of 75 or more Squibs, so the Southerns represents valuable practice time on the championship racecourse for the Irish fleet. Full 2021 fixtures are below. 

Irish Squib Event Dates for 2021 (subject to Covid restrictions)

  • Northerns RNIYC, May 29th & 30th
  • Southerns Kinsale, July 17th & 18th
  • Irish Nationals Killyleagh Yacht Club, August 6th, 7th & 8th
  • Easterns September 4th & 5th Howth Yacht Club
  • Inlands, October 16th & 17th October Lough Derg Yacht Club
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At the recent Squib one-design keelboat class Irish AGM held on Zoom, it was confirmed that Kinsale Yacht Club will host the combined Irish and UK National Championships 19-24 June 2022 with an expected fleet of 75 or more Squibs.

A good number of members attended the AGM from the North, East and South coasts.

Robert Marshall of Killyleagh Yacht Club was unanimously elected Chairman of the Irish Squib Forum (the representative body for Squib Owners in Ireland north and south), Ian Travers of Kinsale Yacht Club was elected Vice-Chairman. Ronan MacDonnell of Howth Yacht Club was elected Hon. Treasurer and Fergus O'Kelly also of Howth Yacht Club was re-elected Technical Advisor.

Colm Dunne of Kinsale Y.C. was re-elected Irish Representative to the National Squib Owners Association in the United Kingdom.

Squib one design keelboat sailingThe 2021 Irish National Squib Championships will be held at Killyleagh from 6-8 August

Subject to Covid 19 restrictions the proposed programme for 2021 is as follows:

  • Irish National Championships in Killyleagh 6-8 August.
  • NSOA championships in Abersoch (Wales) 27 June- 3 July.
  • Northern Championships in Royal North Yacht Club in May.
  • Eastern Championship in Howth Yacht Club in September.
  • Southern Championship to be confirmed.

Squib Events for 2022

It was confirmed at the AGM that Kinsale Yacht Club will host the combined Irish and UK National Championships 19-24 June 2022 with an expected fleet of 75 or more Squibs.

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An Olympian, World and national champion were among the sailors competing at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club for the 13-boat 2020 Squib Class Northern Championships on Belfast Lough.

Race 1, 17kts WNW, got away without a hitch, 13 boats on a tight line slipstream sailed by Neil Logan & Robert Marshall with the new Batt sails was showing great boatspeed and rounded the windward mark first, closely followed by Toy For The Boys, Peter Wallace and Martin Weatherstone and Aficionado, John Driscoll and Andrew Vaughan sailed in a dog fight around the course, there were some great waves to surf along on downwind that the fleet relished and it finished with Toy taking line honours from Aficionado, Slipstream 3rd with Prodigal 4th sailed by Greg Bell and Jane Kearney.

1st place - Prodigal, Greg Bell and Jane Kearney1st place - Prodigal, Greg Bell and Jane Kearney

Race 2, had a short postponement as the rain passed down the left side of the course which caused a wind shift, again it started in 17kts to 20kts WNW the fleet were hot out the start and with Toy For The Boys showing amazing boat speed with the new Hyde Jib on, they dominated from start to finish with Prodigal finishing 2nd and Aficionado 3rd.

Race 3, saw the breeze drop to about 12kts, Slipstream again showing the fleet a clean pair of heels followed by prodigal and Aficionado, Toy was involved in an infringement and had to do a 720 and hag to fight there way back, Fagin, Gordon Patterson and Ross Nolan after gear issues made a showing at the front of the fleet. The race finished. Slipstream 1st, Prodigal 2nd and Aficionado 3rd with Fagin 4th.

Toy for the boys, Peter Wallace and Martin Weatherstone2nd place - Toy for the boys, Peter Wallace and Martin Weatherstone

Day 2

It was all to play for on Day two. Would Toy triumph, could Prodigal prevail or would Aficionado ascend to victory?

Race 4, started off in a WNW 5 to 6 knots, the first start was a general recall as the tide was pushing everyone over the start line. The second start got away well and there was an individual recall up and Prodigal went back to restart, the fleet split left and right and it was Toy to round the top mark first, followed by Jumani sailed by Ross Kearney and Charles Kearney, Then Fagin Patterson and Nolan. Down the run Toy found out they were OCS and pulled out of the race, the fight was on between Jumani, Fagin, Aficionado and Firecracker. Firecracker sailed by Steven Bridges and Matthew Bolton went hard right and Jumani worked there way up the course left of centre, Firecracker rounded ahead but there was drama to unfold, a rain cloud hit the fleet and the wind swung 180 degrees and turned the run into a beat, Firecracker maintained there lead to win a shortened finish followed by Aficionado, Fagin and Jumani.

Slipstream, Neil Logan and Robert Marshall3rd place - Neil Logan and Robert Marshall

Race 5, didn't start till the rain had passed and the wind settled, the sky cleared and the wind was coming from a NE direction 5 to 6 kts, the race got away clean and Prodigal sailed by Greg Bell and Jane Kearney showed their intentions and were hot out the blocks followed by Jumani, Slipstream, Aficionado and Fagin, Toy didn't get a great start and had to work there way back up the fleet. The race win was taken by Slipstream, then Prodigal followed by Toy and Firecracker.

Race 6, started in a very light breeze 3 or 4kts from an ENE direction, the tide caused a few issues at the pin end of the start with a number of boats not making it and having to bail out, once again Prodigal was quick out the blocks with a clean start, followed by Fagin and Jumani, first round the top mark was Toy on a big left-hand lift followed by Outlaw, Ian Travers and Keith O'Riordan then Slipstream. The wind was very light and flicking, up the second beat there was a big right-hand lift which saw Second Chance sailed by Stephen Stewart and Kevin Thomas take full advantage rounding the windward mark first followed by Jumani and Prodigal with the race almost becoming a drifter the PRO shortened the course down the run and the race was won by Second Chance, then Jumani and Prodigal.

Squib Northern Championships 2020 ResultsSquib Northern Championships 2020 Results

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The Irish Squib Class and Howth Yacht Club have made the difficult decision to cancel the Irish Squib Championships scheduled for this coming weekend, following the updated Government guidance issued on Tuesday.

In a statement, the class says "Whilst we are confident that racing could be held within the parameters of the Government and Public Health advice, it would not be possible to deliver the hoped-for on-shore activities in a socially responsible manner and in compliance with the updated restrictions announced yesterday.  We would like to thank the team at Challenge.ie for its support in sponsoring this event and look forward to collaborating with them on events in future".

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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