Squib Class


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The Squib is a 6 metre racing keelboat. It can be sailed by a wide range of crews of different weights and sizes, and it can be towed behind a medium sized car. With the cockpit comfort of a yacht and the handling of a dinghy, it is well-suited to river and sea sailing. It does not capsize in the way that a dinghy can.

The Squib is an “East Coast” boat, originally designed by Oliver Lee in 1968 at Burnham- on-Crouch. Squibs have been sailed every season since 1970 here at Waldringfield. The Squib is an RYA National Class, with up to 100 boats competing at the Nationals. The competitors range from local club racers, to ex- Olympic sailors and national champions from several dinghy classes. For the last two years, a Squib has won the overall prize at the Cowes Week Regatta. From 2015 Rondar Raceboats will take over as our official RYA approved builder, an exciting new development.

Here at Waldringfield we have a fleet approaching 20 boats, with a wide range of different sailing abilities, so at whatever level you join us, you will find good club racing, a friendly class and club.


A basic Squib can be bought for between £1000-£2000. A good club boat can be obtained for £3000-4000, and a championship boat might cost £6000-8000. There is little depreciation from the purchase price, Squibs are a good investment. Boats are advertised on the National Squib website www.squibs.co.uk . .The WSC Squib Fleet has its own professionally maintained moorings down-river from the club house. They cost around £200 p.a. You will need a tender and outboard to reach your mooring.


Owning a Squib as a member of an East Coast sailing club like Waldringfield, gives you not only wonderful sailing here on the River Deben but also the opportunity to race against Squibs at other local clubs and regattas:- for example, Burnham-on- Crouch, the River Blackwater, and the rivers Alde and Orwell.

Each year the National Squib class organises several regional competitions, an Inland Championships and not least the National Championships. So at all levels of sailing, the Squib class can offer excellent racing, locally, regionally and nationally.

The Squib class at WSC provides a superb opportunity to race one design keel boats on the River Deben. The Squib is an easily managed, non-capsizable, keel boat, just under 6 metres long. It can be raced by almost anyone from their early teens to well beyond  retirement age,  on Saturday afternoons and many Wednesday evenings  during the season.

We can provide moorings to keep your Squib on during the season, facilities for your tender and outboard, and some winter open storage.

You are most welcome to join us . Please contact Class Captain Barry Searle barry.searle@btinternet.com