Love is in the air….
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, long home to one of Australia’s most dedicated and talented sailing communities, appears to have fallen in love with the International SB3. It is more than a first date for sure !
Following in Andrew Crisp’s lead , two new RYCT teams have this week joined the SB3 fleet. Nick Rogers a former World Dragon Champion ( and still on the warpath towards Dragon World Championship glory in 2011 ) and Brett and Jacinta Cooper, J24 legends from the Apple Isle have recently ordered SB3s. They expect delivery of their boats in June ( and maybe some polar suits to sail in as well !! )
With current RYCT SB3 owner, former International 14 World Champ, Andrew Crisp, the Tassie trio will form a talented basis for the class on the Derwent.
Nick Rogers , trading as Nick Rogers Marine has also become the distributor for the class in the Apple Isle. Nick anticipates strong growth for the SB3 on the Derwent and throughout the state. The SB3 is ideal for our sailors, offering high performance, challenging sailing and an affordable price. The carrot of having the 2012 SB3 World Championships and an 80 boat fleet only a few 100kms away is an extra incentive.
Nick and his team, will join Crispy and the Coopers when they all head to Audi Hamilton Island Race Week in August. Three Tassie teams , in the tropics. Could this be a film title !!
Following the class development of an East Coast regatta circuit , with top shelf regattas in Geelong , Sydney , Port Stephens, Mooloolaba and Hamilton Island, it will be reasonable to expect a Hobart regatta will be added to the SB3 circuit in 2011.
Class growth on the East Coast has been strong over last months with new boats going to Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland.
Roll on the Aussie SB3 Worlds , part of Audi Victoria Week in January 2012 !!