RUS: SB20 Russian Sailing Championship hosted by Yacht Club of Saint Petersburg
The Yacht Club of Saint Petersburg in Russia has recently played host to the SB20 Russian Sailing Championship, which took place between the 23rd and 26th August 2012. The competition was held to promote sailing, identify the strongest crews amongst the 19 participating and develop the SB20 Class in Russia.
Throughout the year the SB20 fleet has increased in number whilst also continuously improving the skill and quality of fleet. The number of regional representatives in the championship this year illustrates this. The event also attracted a range of international entrants including a team from Portugal, led by Skipper Jose Paulo Ramada. The Portuguese team went on to finish in 6th place in the final results.
Competitors were moored in the Hercules Marina and racing took place in the Neva Bay of the Gulf of Finland with five races taking place over the three days. The lack of wind on certain days prevented some of the racers from competing to their best ability and beating the competition. However the vast social programme kept spectators and racers greatly entertained throughout the sailing weekend.
Oleg Zherebtsov, President of the Russian SB20 Association became the winner again this year, followed by Vladimir Prosikhin’s team. Prosikhin is better known as a RC44 and IRC sailor and is new to the SB20 class; impressively in the amateur category his team took first place.
Oleg Zherebtsov, President of the Russian SB20 Association commented; “There are not many monotype yachts in the world which would have such a vast calendar and high competition level as the SB20’s. The SB20 boat is very skillfully constructed and easy to manage. It is such an exciting feeling to sail a keelboat of such size under spinnaker with 18-19 knots. The SB20 association is quite new to Russia and this is the second time we have organised the championship with the help of St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Each time we gain more and more experience and the level of organisation is better from year to year. I hope that in a couple of years we will organize SB20 world championship in Saint Petersburg. Hercules marina provides both good facilities and a great water area so the goal is very real.”