Squib 2017 Report
It seems to be literally the case of the die hards here because this class is slowly but surely dying in the RYYC much to the bemusement of those die hards who remain.
When 24 Squibs adorned the harbour in the early 1980’s, who would believe that this class would be reduced to 4 boats by the end of 2017??
A Squib is cheap, you can get a good one from 2k ready to race, and more importantly, you can sail it with 2 of you in the ideal world, but one person can handle these boats in 20kts of breeze if they have to. Add to that the cost of maintaining them, which is next to nowt. The size of the thing, on its trailer for storage in your drive, the cost of a winter deal full suit of sails-about 1250 quid, you don’t have to reef them, they are safe for kids, very good learning boats and the lack of having to spend hours on the phone during the week for crew, it just does not make sense that there are declining numbers!!
On the numbers score, “Threadbare”, the Jones family have given up their Squib berth with great sadness from those who remain. Will and Charlotte were true budding helm and crew members and Daisy was always wanting to go. I remember being like her when I hung around boats at her age, and that’s how I got into it. Where is the future without youngsters like this…. answer – easy, there isn’t one!!!
On a very much brighter note, remember we had the Boyd family sailing 3 Squibs some years ago, and one of the boats – “Nearly Famous” has now resurfaced in the ownership of Jon Copsey Jnr who is steadily refurbing the boat with great enthusiasm, for sailing in the bay next season. He needs a crew, so if anyone fancies a go, just contact him.
The 2017 racing was sparse in the Squib class but the pace was indeed as hot as ever between “Ghost” and “Perkers”, with the betting at Betfred (there are other bookies to visit) being uncertain at any point as to who might cross the line first. Threadbare was always to be kept in the corner of the eye and got to the first mark on several occasions during the season.
“Ghost” took the season in the majority of honours with a good overall run of firsts in Regatta, and also the overall Chaos Shield for the greatest number of firsts on aggregate.
“Perkers” and “Threadbare” shared the rest of the spoils in one way or another, but 2018 looks to have only 2 definate but possibly 3, or maybe four boats in the class with “Nearly Famous” and “Kaizan” still in store. Possibly Threadbare may appear in Regatta, who knows. But these little boats deserves more followers than the class has at the moment. Our door is always open to those who “fancy a go” in Squibs and interstingly we have the oldest and indeed the newest boats in the country here, just showing how they last. They are like tanks, you cannot wear them out and spares are easily got and cheap!!
Here’s hoping for the survival of the Squib in Bridlington. It’s still here, whilst dragons, hustlers, j24’s, have all come and gone!!
Gerard and myself continue to take “Alchemy-800” to the events when it suits us.