Squib Gold Cup : May 5 & 6th 2018
Published 11:00 on 8 May 2018
A record 4 boats from the RVYC attended the prestigious Squib Gold Cup event hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club at Burnham over the early May Bank Holiday weekend- Chris and Ben Gibson in Wizard, Emma Baker and Sam Prime in Buccaneer, Martin Harrison and Tom Archer in Hussar and Stu Rix and Steve Warren-Smith in Aquabat, boosting the fleet to 35. Conditions were perfect with unbroken sunshine and a gentle easterly breeze on the rivers Crouch and Roach, although the first day had an hour postponement waiting for the breeze to steady. The decision to be made really was whether to favour the North or South shore, and consequently which end of the line to start at. Aquabat plumped for the North and it seemed to pay off as they popped out 2nd at the top mark in the first race. Further hard work got them the lead by the 2nd lap which they held to the finish. Not a bad start! The second race went a similar way with Aquabat in the lead for the whole race to record a second bullet with the other 3 RVYC boats in midfleet positions. The pattern was becoming established to start at the pin end, head for the North shore and short tack up it using the echo sounder to keep in out of the tide until a well-judged call to go out in the tide on a lay line to the top mark. The flood tide then spread the fleet out under spinnaker until the decision again at the bottom of which gate to go for and which side to go up again as the gate was nearer the south bank. It all seemed to work as Aquabat got her 3rd win of the day, with the others now getting into the swing with Hussar 6th, Wizard 10th and Buccaneer 13th, before we all returned to the moorings. A visit to Wibblers brewery on Saturday night got us all in the mood for another day sailing in identical conditions and tides on Sunday.
The first race of the second day saw Spoof, with Alex Porteous crewing for Mickey Wright, take the lead and battle Aquabat closely all round until the latter just got a nose ahead on the second lap to record their 4th straight win, with Hussar and Wizard again in single figures. The 5th race saw Aquabat in 3rd place at the end, with Wizard only a few further behind with their best place of 6th. With discards now counting, a 2nd in race 6 for Aquabat meant they couldn't be caught to win the event, and a 3rd for Hussar also saw them have their best result of the weekend, while previous RVYC members Mike Probert and James Briars won the last race.
Overall it was a fantastic weekend and a great result for Aquabat to win this competitive event as the first boat from RVYC to do so, and for the others to finish so close together in the top half of the fleet: Hussar 13th, Wizard 14th and Buccaneer 23rd. And of the 35 entrants, 24 will be joining us for the epic Cowes Week Squib Nationals that with 3 months to go, already has 91 entrants! This is the summer to be sailing a Squib. Aquabat and Buccaneer remained at Burnham to compete in the East Coast Championships at the end of May and we wish them well in that event too.
Last updated 12:01 on 7 February 2019