Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Nigel and Jack Grogan, fresh off their 2016 season, which included winning the Nationals and Inlands, decided they would share their setup techniques and general squib sailing theories with the class. They have done three talks starting at Walderingfield then moving onto Burnham on Crouch and finally over to Dublin Ireland.

The aim of the talks is not to bombard the people with a load of numbers and settings and brag about their achievements.  It is far more subtle than that.

In Ireland we spent the Saturday evening giving their presentation explaining everything from how to fly a spinnaker right through to twist and camber angles. This set the scene for Sunday, which was putting the theories and setups in to practise on the water in Dublin bay.

Sunday morning dawned with wall to wall sunshine and 8 knots of breeze, just perfect, Jack and Nigel spent the morning setting up all 12 boats individually to the same settings used by Jack and Nigel on 105 and 881, which have proved so potent.

‘Jack explaining to the fleet how to find the base setting for your squib’


After 2 hours of masts being moved forward and backwards with shrouds going up and down, we finally had nearly all the boats in the same settings, some did not have the range of movement in their mast heel location. We broke for lunch, where we were treated to soup and sandwiches, this enabled Nigel and Jack to outline the plan for the afternoon. The plan was to sail as many 1 lap races only 5-6 minutes long, with a short start line, with Nigel and Jack taking it in turns to sail in every single boat out there. So with watches set to 3 minutes the afternoon sailing began. It was like a mini open meeting with multiple race winners and improvements that were visible to see as the day progressed. It was brilliant practice with more starts, hoist’s and close tacking duals than seen before by the locals. As Nigel and Jack jumped between the squibs it was evident that there were big differences in ability, however as the day progressed with some coaching and pointers and the chance to practice race by race, the feeling was the sailors had improved and boats were going similar speeds, and a lot was learnt.

Hyde Sails, must thank Vincent Delany, who helped organise the whole thing as well as being the race officer for our super short course racing on the Sunday.

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