Tuesday, April 02, 2013
A smaller than expected fleet braved the snow to compete in the first Squib event of the year, the annual Mike Flint trophy, at Burnham on Crouch over the Easter weekend.
Race one on saturday saw a shifty north-easterly breeze of around 13 knots, which made course setting difficult. Nigel and Jack Grogan led from start to finish with Malcolm Hutchings and Jaqui second with Nick and Roger Tolhurst sailing 'By the Lee', the Squib they won at the 40th anniversary anniversary a few years back, getting a rare outing in third.
The second race saw Nigel and Jack lead, but then they were overtaken by Malcolm and then Nick, this time crewed by Phil Aspinall, cleverly judging the tide on the first leg. Nigel and Jack overtook Nick and Phil at the end of the run up the Roach to take second. Malcom and Jaqui were masters of the long run back up the Crouch against the ripping spring ebb and cruised across the line in first.
Sunday saw more snow and a light weather start, Nigel crewed by Phil, won by a long way, but in the steadily increasing wind, Malcolm and Jaqui just beat Robert Coyle and Tracey over the line after a very close battle. Robert's vang running out of adjustment on the critical broad reach to the finish allowing Malcolm to just go a bit faster.
Sunday's afternoon race saw Malcolm just win from 18 foot skiff expert Jamie Mears, who has decided to try his hand, in the family tradition, at Squib sailing and is clearly one to watch! Phil swapped jobs again and borrowed Nigel's boat to come third crewed by Marion who had cunningly stayed ashore all weekend until the sunshine came out!
Overall Results: 1st 'Lady Penelope' Malcolm Hutchings 2,1,2,1; 2nd 'Helmut Schoing' Nigel Grogan' 1,2,1,DNS; 3rd 'By the Lee' Nick Tolhurst 3,3,4,2.
Pictures of the newly developed Squib undercover on its first outing to Burnham for the Mike Flint Trophy.