Squib Nationals Support Sail 4 Cancer

17 August 2006

Back in July, what can only be called an armada of 89 Squibs took part in the annual Squib National Championships hosted by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club on the Isle of Wight.

The National Squib is a one design racing keelboat, originally designed by Oliver Lee in 1967.  The class association has over 600 members!  There are around 30 fleets in the UK and Ireland, racing at club, regional and national levels, on coastal, estuary and inland waters.

Squib Nationals - Sail 4 CancerThe racing was intense as usual, and the pressure was on for 5 time national champions, Chris and Mark Hogan and their boat ‘Ric O’Shea’ to try and make it a 6th consecutive year.

It certainly wasn’t an easy task and it paid as per-usual in large fleets to not go out trying to win every race but to focus on consistency with a decent countable result in every race.

The Hogans sealed their victory as champions for the sixth year in a row, taking the John Player trophy.  Runners-up were Alchemy and Crossfire.  Best-placed RVYC boat was Kestrel, sailed by Sarah and Robert Everitt, while Sarah also took the trophy for the leading lady helm.

Off the water, the social programme had something for everyone, from the opening Commodore’s reception, to the Mexican and Caribbean night, a pig roast and jazz night and also the final gala dinner and prize giving.

Over £2,000 was raised for Sail 4 Cancer.  Donations, a raffle and two auctions (one of which involved a pig’s trotter!), organised by Sue and Patrick, all added to the fundraising effort.

Commenting on the fantastic fundraising effort, Richard Groome from Sail 4 Cancer said:

“The Squib is perhaps the perfect class for Sail 4 Cancer to be associated with given the class’s orange sails and the orange sail in the charity logo! We are incredibly grateful and would like to thank all the fundraisers involved and the Squib fleet for showing its support.  We look forward to seeing maybe 100 boats at Abersoch next year!  Thank you!”

Squib Nationals Support Sail 4 Cancer
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