Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The final event of the Squib season took place at Burnham on Crouch in sparkling conditions and fresh northerly breezes that peaked at over 25 knots, testing the 15 competitors tired end-of-season boats and limbs to the limits.
Sponsored by Colman Coyle solicitors and run by Edwin Buckley's Endeavour Trophy race team, the five back-to-back races were brilliantly conducted on a series of windward leeward courses in the entrance to the River Roach. With most races taking just 30 minutes and, unusually for Squibs, just one general recall, the format was ideal for keeping the competitors warm in the crisp conditions.
Nigel and Jack Grogan took the event with four straight wins and made for the bar for race five. Behind them, the racing was close and furious with neap tides helping to keep the boats just feet apart for most of the time. Malcolm Hutchins and Andy Ramsey won the last race to take second overall on count-back from Peter Marchant and Mel Titmus. Ian Gray was always present, but in the year-long duel of the sailmakers it was a clear Hyde 1,2,3. Also significant from a gear point of view was the use by the Grogan's of a new horizontal cut spinnaker, which has shown great pace on windward-leeward courses all year.
With autumn upon us, it's the perfect time to invest in a new suit of sails to give your Squib that extra edge.