Team Grogan Win 2016 Squib National Championships 4 Jul 2016
Nigel and Jack Grogan are Squib National Champions and the Royal Corinthian are also holders of the Squib National Team Trophy. The Grogans (ReHydrated 881) led home a superb contribution from all seven RCYC boats at Weymouth last week and, after a break of 18 years, the trophy is back in its traditional home at Burnham.
The Grogans were impeccable in their sailing and secured the title with a race to spare without winning a race through a string of second places and avoidance of the self-destruct button.
The RCYC team included the Grogans, Malcolm Hutchings & Andy Ramsey (Lady Penelope 819) who were 5th and Micky Wright & Alex Porteous (Spoof 811) who were 9th.
The whole week built on the strength and depth of the RCYC boats…Malcy & Andy secured their first ever National race win on the Monday, Mark & Ian Knights (Quidsin 880) won the bronze fleet trophy on Tuesday with a creditable 13th plus Phil Aspinall & Howie Enkel (Guy Fawkes 72) finally registered a good result (14th) in high wind conditions on Friday.
Friday night championship celebrations included Alex Porteous as the week's leading lady, the Knights as bronze fleet winners and leading boat with a combined age over 70, the Grogans as leading boat related by blood or marriage… topped out by an excellent, humorous and unifying speech by Nigel… his only mistake was to not mention his sailmaker, Hydes.
In amongst it all were Robert Coyle & Marc Rawinsky (Humphrey 823) with a solid 12th overall and a creditable Nationals outing for Simon Sanders & Jools Briggs (What's the Story 779) in 38th.