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Squibs in Action at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club for Northern Championships Honours

24th May 2024
Squib racing at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on the southern shore of Belfast Lough
Squib racing at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on the southern shore of Belfast Lough

Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on the southern shore of Belfast Lough has a long-established Squib fleet, and this weekend (25th/26th May), will host the Northern Championships.

The entry list (download as a PDF below) is a respectable 22 with a good mix of local and visiting boats. If the weather cooperates, another couple of local entries may be possible.

Among the ones to watch are locals Gordon Patterson and Ross Nolan on Quickstep III, the far-travelled Ian Travers and Kieth O’Riordan and Ronan MacDonell and Lindsay Nolan from Kinsale, the always fast Peter Wallace and Carl Allen on Toy for the Boys and the defenders Terry Rowan and Andrew Vaughan on Dogwatch, all from the host club. A couple of returning national champions are certain to be near the top, Ross Kearney and Micheal Wright on Jumini and John Driscoll and David Cagney on Aficionado.

Also on a long trip to Belfast Lough are Dick Batt from Royal Victoria YC on the Isle of Wight, Mark Bradshaw from Aberdeen and Stonehaven Sailing in the North East of Scotland and Tudor Roberts from Holyhead.

Killyleagh on Strangford Lough and Howth YC are represented, too.

The forecast is to settle to a brisk and more manageable South Easterly of 14 -18 knots on both days, which will provide flat seas and relief from the very strong Northerlies and rough seas midweek.

The Race Officer for the four-race programme of windward /leeward courses is Sam Lyness.


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Betty Armstrong

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Betty Armstrong is Afloat and Yachting Life's Northern Ireland Correspondent. Betty grew up racing dinghies but now sails a more sedate Dehler 36 around County Down

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At a Glance - Squib Class 2024 Event Dates

  • Southern Championships- 8th/9th June- Baltimore Sailing Club
  • Northern Championships – 25th/26th May – Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club
  • National Championships – 26th 28th July – Howth Yacht Club
  • Eastern Championships – 7th/8th September – Royal George Yacht Club
  • Inland Championships – 12th/13th October – Lough Derg Yacht Club

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