The Squibs form a well-established fleet at Rutland Sailing Club. There’s competitive sailing every Saturday from April to October with other keelboats. The Squib fleet are a sociable lot: as well as getting together after racing every Saturday, they have several lunches and dinners throughout the year.
The Squib is an exciting racing and cruising one-design keelboat. It’s usually sailed by two people – but can be solo sailed or fit 3 or 4 people. It feels responsive like a dinghy, but the keel prevents it from capsizing. It’s small enough to dry sail and launch it as required using a car as well as towing to other events.
The “National Squib”, was granted its national status by the RYA in the 1970’s. The class association has over 600 members. There are around 30 fleets in the UK and Ireland, racing at club, regional and national levels, on coastal, estuary and inland waters. The Squib is just under 6.0m in length, with a 1.87m beam and a fin keel of 1m draft. The three sails (Jib, Main and traditional Spinnaker) have a total sail area of 29m2. Its all-up weight is 680kg.
Squibs can be bought at very reasonable prices. If you would like to try out a Squib, contact any of the Squib fleet officers:
Captain: Peter Dale: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Captain: John Griffin:mailto:John.Griffin@newbyc.co.uk