Portuguese SB20 Nationals gaining momentum
Another solid fleet is building up for the Portuguese SB20 Nationals. The regatta is going to be organised by Clube Naval de Cascais in local waters from the 29th of June to the 1st of July.
“As per interest demonstrated we are on the verge of reaching 40 boats at the starting line. That would be a landmark for the class and the goal that we, at the Portuguese Class, set when we took over,” – says ToZe Barros the local Class president. He continues: “The local fleet, loaded with the best Portuguese sailors, is starting to move and we already have confirmed 10 foreign crews, 25% of the fleet, coming from places like Russia, France, Holland, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Switzerland and Australia. This is awesome! It means our message is passing through and reaching far.”
These numbers are a continuation of the strong build up during the SB20 Cascais Winter Series that saw the fleet soar more than 50% in terms of participation from 20 boats to mid 30 boats. “Beyond our mild winters, the class has this steady calendar through the winter that has been running for a bunch of years now. This year we gave it a boost in terms of communication and that sparked the interest locally and abroad. SailCascais (a new company that provides charter boats for regattas) also gave a big contribution to increasing the numbers as it facilitated for anyone curious about the class in Portugal, could come here and sail with us” concluded ToZe.
In the weekend preceding the Nationals Clube Naval de Cascais is celebrating their 80th Anniversary with a regatta. This event beyond its very rich social schedule with the “Hello Summer” Saturday night dinner and party is going to be a good test for the Nationals.
“It is going to be a nice week, the peak of the season for the Portuguese fleet, filled with a lot of action on the water and onshore with social events’ says Vasco Serpa from SailCascais, “Two straight weekends of regattas with local and foreign crews taking advantage to train in between. For anyone from abroad wiling for good competition or some practice for the Europeans in Ireland this is it”.
Sailing in Cascais at this time of the year is beautiful. The Azores high blesses the Portuguese coast with a North/Northwesterly breeze of 15 to 25 knots providing sublime sailing conditions. In Cascais there are two major sailing areas one inside the bay with more flattish water and more shifty and tricky winds and other to the west with more intense and steady winds and a sweet Atlantic swell.
All in place for the Sb20s to have great racing in Cascais later this month. We come back then, meanwhile enjoy your sailing!
To charter a boat please contact Vasco Serpa