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Squibs Racing

The Squib is a great 19ft two-man national class keelboat designed by Oliver Lee 50 years ago and still in production. The latest sail number is over 900 now, with a new builder for the squib class, Rondar Boats. It's an easy, and forgiving boat to sail but it's a black art to sail it really many can tell you!

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 an enthusiastic bunch with several new members and boats and a range of abilities, some of whom travel to both local (East Anglia) and National Events as well as competing on the river.

We have approximately 50 races scheduled throughout the 2024 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 races on Wednesday and Friday evenings and Sunday mornings followed by a convivial drink and food on the Lightship to round off proceedings.

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 anyone wishes to have a taster-sail in a Squib or to find out more about our friendly fleet, please do contact me.

Patrick Wilton - Squib class captain

Last updated 21:10 on 23 January 2024

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