Squib Class at Carsington

The Squib Class


Welcome to the Squib page of the Carsington Sailing Club website and thank you for visiting us.

There are currently six Squibs sailing at Carsington Water; three are privately owned by Members and are raced regularly whilst three are owned by the Club. The Club Squibs may be hired by Members at a nominal rate and are available to join us in Club races, or for day sailing. These Squibs offer Members a fantastic risk free opportunity to try this exceptional boat, join in Club racing or to just potter about on Carsington Water.

This page goes on to briefly introduce the Squib before talking in more detail about how we sail them at Carsington SC. Those of you who are familiar with the boat may wish to skip "the Brief Introduction to the Squib" and go straight to the section headed "Squibs at Carsington Sailing Club"

We look forward to seeing you and your Squib at Carsington SC.

A Brief Introduction to the Squib

The National Squib is a one design racing keelboat which is suitable for beginners and expert sailors alike. Its handling characteristics are very similar to those of a dinghy but its keel makes it very unlikely that you will be going for a swim.

The normal crew when racing is two people but it is an easy boat to sail single handed and has space to accommodate up to four adults when in “cruising mode”.

The Squib is suitable for inexperienced sailors who will enjoy its stability and responsiveness whilst the experienced sailor, who adjusts the setup to the conditions, will be rewarded for their efforts with increased performance. This flexibility makes the Squib an ideal boat for sailors of all abilities and ages (from eight to eighty….and beyond!) as sheet loads are low and it readily accommodates both cruising and racing.

The Squib was designed by Oliver Lee in 1967 and remains in production today, with a new builder being appointed in 2014.

Around 900 Squibs have been built in the UK which means that there are plenty of second hand boats available at prices to suit all budgets.

The Squib Class Association’s strict one design means that well maintained examples of old boats can (and do) win races.

The well attended and highly competitive 2014 National Championships were won by Squib number 132 which is now 40 years old. So with a Squib you don’t need deep pockets to be competitive!

The Squib is just under 6.0m in length, has a 1.87m beam and a fin keel giving it a 1m draft. The sail plan consists of a Main, Jib and traditional Spinnaker with a total sail area of 29 square meters. Its all-up weight is 680kg, which means that the boat can easily be trailed behind a medium-sized car. 

The Squib has an active owners association which supports members and organise a large number of events around the country each year. For further information please visit the National Squib Owners Association. The site has lots of information about the boat, tuning, social and sailing events and it also includes a “boats for sale” section.

Squibs at Carsington Sailing Club

There are currently six Squibs based at Carsington Water which covers 741 acres and is approximately 31 metres deep which means that we have plenty of water to sail on!

The Carsington Squib sailors are a friendly, helpful bunch who enjoy racing and socialising and we are very keen to encourage others to join us.

Carsington Sailing Club is located in Derbyshire about six miles from Ashbourne  and enjoys the services of a full time manager which means that the Club is open for Members to sail from Wednesday morning through to Sunday evening most weeks of the year.

Racing is organised on Wednesday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays. The majority of Squib racing taking place on Saturdays, when the usual program is three races, one before lunch and two “back to back” in the afternoon.

The Squibs currently sail as part of a mixed handicap fleet which includes other keelboats and cruisers.

The Fleet organise their own laying up supper and prize giving in the Clubhouse towards the end of the season.

During the main sailing season boats may be kept on Club moorings or dry sailed, although during the winter all boats must be dry sailed.

To facilitate dry sailing the Club has three concrete slipways with floating pontoons moored along the side of each one. The slipways are not too steep which makes for easy launching and recovery of boats by two people: Oh, and neither of you will get your feet wet during the process!  As a result the number of members who “dry sail” and those who keep their boats on a club mooring is fairly evenly split.

Carsington is a great family club with many activities including training and kids clubs being organised throughout the season. See the main Carsington SC website for details.

For non-sailors, Carsington Water has a Visitor Centre, large children’s playground and an eight mile cycle track / footpath around the water.

The market town of Ashbourne is six miles away with the Peak District, Bakewell and Chatsworth on the doorstep.

If you prefer to make your sailing a weekend activity there are a number of Caravan and Camping sites located within one mile of the club and don’t forget you can sail your Squib during the published hours from Wednesday to Sunday inclusive!

We hope that having read the above, both you and your Squib will consider joining us at Carsington. If you would like more information please feel free to visit the club; the best time to meet the Carsington Squibbers being a Saturday lunchtime. Alternatively, you can email us and one of us will get back to you as soon as we can.

Happy Squibbing.