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Thursday, August 18, 2011
Mike Budd, using a suit of Hyde’s Squib sails, has just won Welsh Squib Week.
Once again, South Canaervon YC hosted the Welsh open Squib Week, which ran from August 7-12 with 25 boats enjoying an almost unique combination of competitive racing and off water socials (golf, eating, dancing and much drinking!).
Sunday was one of the two one-race days, and was combined with the club’s ‘Lighthouse Island pursuit race’, which traditionally marks the start of Squib week. This was won by Mike and James Budd in ‘Harry 2’, who snatched victory from Dave Best/Matt Johnson in ‘Crossfire’ and Alan Johnson/Dave Garlick in ‘Nimbus’, literally in the last 50 metres!
Monday dawned with a bit more breeze, 20-25 knots. Principal Race Officer Tom Milne efficiently banged off two excellent races. ‘Harry 2’ scored 1,3, ‘Crossfire’ 4,1 and ‘Nimbus’ 6,2 . Malcolm Blackburn/Dave Shiel in ‘Moonstone’ started to make their presence felt with a second in race two, but current national champion Chris Hogan and Mark Thompson in ‘RicOshea’ were a little off their usual pace their best being a fifth.
Tuesday saw lighter airs and it was definitely ‘Moonstone’s’ day scoring 4,2, ‘Harry 2’ had their worst day with 5,3 and ‘RicOshea’ and ‘Crossfire’ had a victory each.
Wednesday was scheduled to be the other single-race day with an evening race, but rain and gusts of 32kts forced a rare SCYC cancellation. This was all made up for on Thursday when three races were sailed in ideal conditions 22 knots and sunshine. ‘Harry 2’ scored 3 bullets with ‘Nimbus’ next best with 4,2,2. ‘Crossfire’ had a poor day by their usual heavy air standards scoring 2,3,5.
On Friday ‘Harry 2’ scored a second in lighter airs from ‘Nimbus’, which was more than enough to clinch the series with a race to spare. ‘Crossfire’ worn the final race of the series.
Overall Results: 1st ‘Harry 2’ Mike Budd 13pts; 2nd ‘Crossfire’ Dave Best 19pts; 3rd ‘Nimbus’ Alan Johnson 21pts; 4th ‘Moonstone’ Malcolm Blackburn 31 pts; 5th ‘RicOshea’ Chris Hogan 33pts.