SB20s OD challenge at Sail Mooloolaba
SB3 growth continues with a solid fleet lining up in the inaugural Sail Mooloolaba regatta starting June 5.
Sail Mooloolaba, an event initiated by Maroochy Sailing Club with support from Moloolaba Yacht Club and Sunshine Coast Yacht Club will see a mixed variety of boats hit the start line. It is expected 12 SB3s will race.
Entries are expected from as far away as Victoria and Far North Queensland.
The program for the SB3’s, racing on the keelboat course, is six races over the first two days of the regatta.
Nominally Phil Gray and the Dulon team will be favourites but will be hard pressed by team WAGOP of Mike McLean and A-Play team headed by Dean Joel.
As part of the fleet building program, recent Nationals runner up team of Rod Jones , Sean O’Rourke and Greg McAllansmth will lend their CLUB MARINE BLUE boat to another team and will support the fleet with coaching and mentoring advice.
After the SB3s wrap up at Mooloolaba, the next planned event will be at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week wth 12 boats expected in the tropic paradise.
Again the SB3 fleet is being proactive by enlisting the support of Adrian Finglas in a two day coaching clinic for the class. This will be prior to three hard days of racing in the Whitsundays ! ( Life is tough for an SB3 sailor !! ).
The fleet in Australia is building towards its first Worlds to be held outside of Europe, the 2012 Worlds to be held in Geelong in late January 2012.
These Geelong Worlds will be the fifth SB3 Worlds and a great opportunity to Aussie sailor’s to test themselves against the best of the rest on