2019 Opening message from the SB20 Class President

On behalf of the World Council and all countries I’d like to welcome you all to the New Year that promises to be another exciting one for our Class! 2018 was filled with action across all countries of presence based on two continents.

 

 

Starting 2018 with the January SB20 World Championships in Australia we’ve set the pace for the rest of the year having held  National Championships each featuring from 20 to 30 boats. After tough racing in Tasmanian river Derwent the World Champion’s title went to French youth team of Achille Nebout and Gabriel Skoczek leaving another young French talent Robin Follin in 2nd. Closing the podium in 3rd was team MARVEL of Richard Powell. Click for Overall results.

 

February saw the Asian Grand Slam event in Singapore with monsoon conditions blowing palm trees away, but otherwise successful 3-day SB20 event that we would just love to keep the memory of and share this final video:

 

 

Held at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club in June the FSE Robline UK SB20 National Championship featured 25 boats representing 4 countries. 2018 UK nationals Champion was John Pollard followed by Morgan Peach in 2nd and Igor Ginzburg from Russia in 3rd who provided the Live tracking for the event allowing SB20 fans to follow remotely. Full results here

In 2019 the UK SB20 fleet returns to Sea View Yacht Club, Isle of Wight for the UK Sprint Championships and UK National Championships scheduled for mid-June. More info click here.

Congratulations to team “Reach Around” of Christian Sutherland, who won both the Chairman’s Trophy (Solent Series) and National Series Trophy 2018. For 2019 a busy programme is planned, for more info visit this page: http://www.sb20class.com/2019-uk-series/or talk directly to SB20 Class UK.

One of the new UK events in 2018 for the SB20 Class was the very popular Royal Solent Yacht Club Taittinger Regatta held in July. For the first time ever the SB20 class was awarded a start along with other 200 boats particiapting and over 1000 sailors. The event has been called a Mini-Cowes Week, another British classic where SB20 Class was also present in 2018.

 

Portuguese Nationals 2018 saw almost 30 boats on the starting line from 9 countries! The fleet continues to gather some Top Portuguese sailors, including former Olympians, local Laser, Moth and 49er sailors as well as new SB20 enthusiasts. In 2018 Portugal became the leading country in number of active boats with the average of 30 boats on the starting line at every regatta. Successful cooperation with SailCascais, the new entity of Olympian Vasco Serpa, that runs charters and promotes sailing the SB20 in Portugal, showed its results attracting more and more local sailors as well as foreigners to fun and friendly SB20 events at Clube Naval de Cascais.

 

Another highlight of 2018 was definitely the SB20 European Championship in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland perfectly run by the Royal Irish Yacht Club, where the Class raced at the Worlds back in 2011. Won by the Russians VIS Sailing Team of owner Timur Sabirzyanov with Artem Basalkin helming, they were closely followed by Porco Rosso of owner Paul McCartney with Elliott Noye helming from Australia and the local Irish team Sin Bin of Michael O’Connor closing the podium in third.

 

2018 French Nationals in early November in Hyères saw almost 20 boats representing 5 countries with Robin Follin’s France Jeune nailing it and making to the Top. The young French team missed their SB20 so much since the Worlds that won 3 races out of 8 and with one discard were almost 10 points ahead of second placed Rhapsodie of owner Alain Roig with Hugo Feydit helming. In third was a new team Spread 500 (but not new to the Class) of the Italian SB20 Class President Giamma Paulin sailing with coach Ian Ainslie and his trainee from Hungary, Olympic Laser sailor and x5 World Champion Mári Érdi. Overall results click here.

 

Our Asian department remained strong and in October SB20 Singapore held the Nationals with 13 boats and sailed 5 races supported by the Raffles Marina. Strong as ever team Glasglow Kiss of Nils Razmilovic claimed the Champion’s title, Jevyn Ong on Du Mei Dai followed closely behind in second while Tony Holman on Matatu emerged in third. We are delighted to see some Singaporean Olympic sailor enjoying sailing SB20 be it in home waters or in Portugal, where the 49er FX team of Kimberly Lim and Cecilia Low eventually join the fleet for some fun on SB20 between their 49er trainings.

 

 

At the very end of it, just before Christmas, 2018 delivered some great news about SB20 Class going to the Caribbean in 2020 to join the renowned St. Maarten Heineken Regatta for the first time! More details will follow throughout 2019, but the Class is working on organising the transfer of boats from Hyères in France to St. Maarten. More details here. Dutch SB20 Association is working hard, also cooperating with the SB20 Class in Belgium, to deliver a busy calendar in 2019, that includes Nationals and Grand Slam events throughout the year. This renowned sailing destination of Europe is not to be missed in 2019!

 

For 2019 the Class has a busy schedule in all countries of presence also welcoming a few new places on the world map that haven’t yet become the Official SB20 Districts, but they are well under way. We are happy to welcome to SB20 Family – Greece, Turkey and Malta where some SB20 action has been on during 2018 and will continue in 2019. Greece has recently come up with the annual agenda of “In-Club Events”, that involves SB20s, more info can be found here.

 

The highlight of year 2019 will be without a doubt the World Championships in the long awaited Class destination – Hyères, France! All info will be published on the dedicated website https://www.sb20hyeres2019.com/ meanwhile we remind you that all SB20 Events 2019 have been added to our website in MAJOR EVENTS section in main menu, which features all countries’ events in one calendar. Give it a look and choose your next SB20 event!

 

Don’t forget to take photos and videos of your SB20 sailing and tag it with #SB20Class, #SB20Family or #SB20sailing hashtags because we’d like to share your SB20 experience and fun on our social media through Facebook and Instagram.

 

All the best for 2019, Happy New Year!

 

Edward Russo

SB20 Class President

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