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Close battle at Squib Nationals

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Squib fleet saw one of the closest championships for years, with eight different race winners and a strong showing from the Hyde-powered entries.

 (Above) The Squib fleet - photo Mike Wynne-Powell

The Royal Dart Yacht Club proved perfect hosts for the 42nd Squib National Championship at Dartmouth, which ran from July 7-13. In what was the closest championship for years, there were eight different winners of eight different races. Hyde sails won the practice race, and Mike Budd, Nigel Harris and Nigel Grogan all won a race. Hyde Sails-powered boats came second and third, with Malcolm Hutchings, Micky Wright and Phil Aspinall all doing well.

As Hyde’s Nigel Grogan explains, the event ended with a thrilling finale: “The last race was a cracking race... sailed in winds up to 28 knots, we needed to win or come second with Alan Johnson worse than seventh to win. Mike Budd led around every mark which meant he overtook us for second place overall, Alan Johnson came second which won him the event and we came third beating the Hogans (seven time championship winners) by a place which gave us third overall with the Hogans fourth. Mark Hogan commented to me afterwards that it was unlucky for us that the championship was so close... our points score would have won it most other years!

It’s the closest Hyde sails boats have been to winning the event for years, having been in contention in each of the last three championships... “It’s going to happen soon!” said Grogan who was delighted with the performance of Hyde’s sails. “Our sails were very fast when it was windy, so particularly for the last three races and we did really well with our cross-cut spinnaker.”

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