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Squib Class

 Class Captain, Peter Greatrex  

email: peter.greatrex@btinternet.com

Class Secretary Ricky East 

email: serica.east@gmail.com


 A brief introduction to the WSC Squib Keelboat Class


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, to ex- Olympic sailors and national champions from other dinghy classes. In 2013 a Squib won the overall prize at Cowes Week.

Here at Waldringfield we have a fleet of 14 boats, and growing, with a wide range of different sailing abilities, so at what ever level you join us you will find good club racing, a friendly class and club.


A basic Squib can be bought for less than £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 go to www.squibs.co.uk.The WSC Squib Fleet has its own moorings down-river from the club house. They cost around £150 p.a. You will need a tender and outboard to reach your mooring.

To keep our Squibs in competitive racing condition during the sailing season we offer a scrubbing system operated by members so you can pull your boat out on the specially made trolley to scrub and inspect it regularly.





There are many opportunities to race a Squib in local East Coast regattas, at national sea, and inland, championships in the UK, and even abroad in Ireland.

  • In 2014 many events will be quite local to us on the East Coast:

  • River Blackwater- East Coast Championships Stone Sailing Club 14-15 June

  •  Lowestoft – National Championships RN&SYC 5 -11 July

  • Oulton Broad – Broadlands Regatta W&OBYC 5 -11 July

  • Rivers Alde and Ore – Aldeburgh Regatta Week 17- 22 August

  • River Crouch – Burnham Regatta Week 23-30 August

  •  Rutland Water – Inland Championships 4 -5 October


If you are new to sailing, or transferring from another fleet or club and would like to have a taste of sailing a keelboat, you are welcome to contact the class captain, or come down on a Saturday afternoon or a Wednesday evening and enquire. We are always on the look out for new Squib crews to sail with existing Squib helms so why not put your name down on the Squib Crews Register? (Contact the Class Captain).

If you would like to know more about the Waldringfield Squib Class, please feel free to contact either the Class Captain, Peter Greatrex (pete.greatrex (a) btinternet.com) or the Class Secretary Ricky East (serica.east@gmail.com).