The first National Squib took to the water in 1968 making 2018 the 50th Anniversary of the class.
The first Squib appeared at the Royal Tay Yacht Club in 1971 and was quickly found to be an ideal cost effective competitive boat well able to cope with the River Tay’s strong tides. As a result there is still a popular competitive, but friendly fleet at RTYC today.
Since 1968 over 900 Squibs have been built, but as a strict RYA controlled one design class, old boats remain competitive with newer boats. With second hand boats changing hands from as little as around £2,000, considerably less than some racing dinghies, it is a great way to get afloat in an exciting but very giving safe yacht. Many husband/wife teams successfully campaign Squibs.
The Squib is just under 6.0m (19ft) in length, and is designed to be raced with a crew of two although there is room for more crew if needed, or just for cruising. With an all up weight of 680kg the Squib is easily handled both ashore and afloat and can be trailed by a medium sized car. Having an all glass fibre hull it is also a low maintenance boat.
With their distinctive brown sails the Squib has been described as “a lovely little yacht” but when being sailed competitively can readily be appreciated for performance characteristics more akin to a racing dinghy, but with one big advantage, it does not capsize!. The Squib Class in the Tay hold three evening series in the sailing year and are regulars at club regattas and trophy races.