Close Racing in SB20s at Lewmar Hamble One Design Champs.

It’s not too late to join in!

Shifty conditions off Hill Head provided an excellent weekend of sailing over 13th/14th October for the first 7 races of the 2012 Hamble Autumn Champs. A strong fleet of 14 SB20s raced nose to tail throughout the weekend, with current World Champion Geoff Carveth dominating the top position on the first day by sailing fast and nailing every shift around the track. He got strong challenge from Tim Newton’s team in Polarbear and also Charles Sheppard in Sharc, showing his consistent pace with two thirds and a second on his score-line for the day.

Henri Lloyd / Forelle Estates struggled with the shifty conditions on Saturday, not having sailed since their 2nd place at the Nationals in June, but they came out fighting on Sunday, landing two 1st‘s and a 2nd to secure 2nd place overall to Carveth by 5 points at the end of the weekend. Niall Peelo in 3-SOME raced consistently well across both days to take 3rd for the weekend. Ian Hudson’s team in Slinky sailed a blinder in the middle race on Sunday to take a clear win, following an excellent tactical call to find breeze on the far right hand side of the final run.

Geoff Carveth GBR 3010

As ever, Hamble River Sailing Club has provided excellent race management and courses that saw everyone in the fleet fighting for each place. SB20s continue to provide the best in one design tactical racing and if you’re tempted to get involved in a final outing for the year, the next weekend of 27th/28th October promises to be a big one, with the class winter party hosted in Hamble on Saturday evening. Get your entry in at and we look forward to seeing you there! Also, anyone interested in joining in as a crew for the weekend, please post on our chat forum at: or post on the class Facebook page:

Report provided by Joe Llewellyn (GBR 3082)

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