The Squib is a great 19ft two-man national class keelboat designed by Oliver Lee more than 40 years ago and still in production - the latest sail number is over 850. It's an easy, and forgiving, boat to sail but it's a black art to sail it really well.
A good competitive club boat can be found quite easily, and reasonably priced too, so it's a great entry into one-design racing both here at HPYC and at open events around the UK. The Squib also provides an economic alternative to "big-boat" racing where the logistics can be difficult and the cost high.
There has been a Squib fleet at HPYC almost since the formation of the club in the early 70s. We are a small but enthusiastic group, and a couple of new members and boats have recently joined our numbers.
We have 35 races scheduled throughout the 2014 season, competing for some 11 trophies. Six races will be within the Lightships series in June/July, where we will be competing for both our own Klomp trophy and the Lightships trophy too.
We have scheduled our races to avoid the Haven Series races and many of the club yacht races too. Most of our racing will be around the fixed navigation marks mainly in the River Orwell and sometimes the Stour, so we can get out in most weather.
If any club member wishes to have a taster-sail in a Squib or to find out more about this excellent national class, please contact me through the club.
Roger Harvey - Squib class captain