The East Coast Squib Championships were hosted by the Royal St George Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire over the weekend of 24th and 25th May. 23 boats entered in a very competitive high scoring two day event.
Visitors came from The Royal North of Ireland, Killyleagh, Royal Irish Yacht Club, and National Yacht Club.
The first three races were held in approx. 15kts. of cold northerly wind with a big confused sea left over from gales of the previous night.
Race 1 was won by Martin Byrne and Joe O’Byrne in 24, Femme Fatale from Pete Evans and Paul Maguire in 832, Anemos and Peter and Marie Dee in 813 Kookaburra. Remarkably each of these Dublin Bay boats is manned by refugees from the Dragon fleet.
Race 2 was won by Olympian John Driscoll and Dave Cagney in 78, Afficianado from Gordon Patterson and Ross Nolan in Quickstep III with Des Clayton and Paul Henry in 794, Inismara. This result with three northern boats is a carbon copy of the final overall placings.
With crews getting tired in the strenuous conditions, Race 3 was won by Quickstep III followed by Afficianado and Anemos.
Overnight the leaders were Quickstep III from Femme Fatale and Inismara on equal points. The Royal St. George put on an enjoyable dinner for all the competitors and their friends and partners.
Sunday dawned with very different conditions, sunshine, fickle winds of between 3-6 knots which progressively swung around from the west to the north. Fortunately the waves had declined from the previous day, so the conditions were more kindly to the lighter crews.
Race 4 was won by light air specialist Frank Whelan 46, in Lola from Afficianado and Kookaburra. After 4 races a discard was applied which was beneficial to Afficianado who had missed the first race (for reasons best known to themselves), and Anemos who were able to drop their OCS.
The final race in a falling wind went to Afficianado from best lady Jill Fleming and Conor O’Leary in 44, Perfection and Quickstep III.
In the final line up it was three Royal North of Ireland boats in the top 3 places.
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The fleet will compete again next week in The Northern Championships in Killyleagh.