Squib Nationals Report

Date 14th October, 2016
Location KYC

Bandon Co-op Irish Squib Nationals 2016
Report by Fiona

The rescheduled Bandon Co-op Irish Squib Nationals 2016 took place in Kinsale Yacht Club on 1st and 2nd Oct. Though the entry was slightly reduced due to the rescheduling, a fleet of 20 Squibs from Killyleagh YC, RNIYC, RUYC, GHYC and KYC took to the water.

16 – 20 knots and a choppy sea made for challenging racing conditions. Race 1 saw Aficionado, John Driscoll & David Cagney RNIYC, OCS at the gun and they failed to return. Local boats Fuggles, Jeff Condell & Jeff Cochrane, and Allegro, Colm Dunne & Rob Gill, battled around the course with Fuggles taking line honours, Allegro 2nd and the RNIYC’s Quickstep 111, Gordon Patterson & Ross Nolan, in 3rd. Billy Ruffin, Fergus O’Kelly & Dermot Quinn, Killyleagh YC, suffered rudder damage in a collision which resulted in them having to retire for the day       

Race 2 saw the same 1, 2 & 3 while Race 3 saw a shift in the results with Aficionado taking 1st, Fuggles 2nd, Nebulette, Dave Matthews & Michael Barry KYC took 3rd. This meant that Day 1 of the National Championship finished with Fuggles holding a clear lead over the fleet and it looked like it was the 2nd and 3rd placings that would be battled for on Day 2.

Race 4 was delayed on the Sunday morning due to a lack of wind. When the wind did start to fill in it swung from 110° to 165°before it settled. Racing got underway at 11.16hrs but a General Recall further delayed the fleet. However the Race Officers turned it around very quickly and racing got under way at 11.32hrs. Fagin, Cian & Finbarr O’Regan KYC sailed a fantastic race in very tough seas to take line honours with Aficionado 2nd and Allegro in 3rd. Quickstep 111 was 4th which meant that, with the discard kicking in, the Fleet was suddenly wide open as Fuggles got a 9th.


Race 5 saw Aficionado and Fagin battling each other all the way to the finish line while Quickstep 111 came 3rd. Race 6 got under way with any one of the top 5 boats able to take the championship. Cian O’Regan on Fagin had Finbarr, who happens to be his father, hiking like never before and pumping out the bilges all the way around the course and they took the line with Allegro following closely behind and Aficionado 3rd.

               Fagin took the title by just 1 point with Aficionado 2nd and Fuggles 3rd.

The Silver Fleet saw the two female helms battling it out but a very steady two days with just 2 points between best and worst score saw first in this fleet go to Sedition, Cliodhna O’Regan & Dominic Falvey and Breakaway, Julie Silferberg & Elizabeth Bond 2nd. 3rd was Te-Keel-A with Declan Fox & Mike Broderick.

Is this the first time a son helmed, with his father as crew, to take the Irish National Championship while his sister helmed the winner of the Silver Fleet, I reckon it might be a first but I will defer to any Salty Dogs out there who can name this combination before.