Greece invites foreigners to their 2019 “in-club SB20 circuit”
After their first successful in-club events in 2018, Thessaloniki-based Club called “Sailing Time” decided to take it a step further and have a series of events! Furthermore after already having some international visits, they decided why not invite other teams from abroad. This comes in an effort not only to make the in-club events more interesting, but to socialise with other SB20 enthusiasts, broaden sailing horizons and maybe send their members to other clubs abroad! SB20 Class spoke to the man behind the project – Babis Psomiadis and here’s what he told us:
“We host small upwind-downwind races aprox. 30 minutes, with a downwind gate. Teams are divided into 2 groups (6 teams for 3 boats, or 8 teams for 4 boats). Best teams advance to the finals, others to petit finals. The event takes place over a weekend with 8 races each day, 4 for every group, morning and evening session. In this format, not only do we get maximum of racing time but it is also less tiring for crews with no waiting time.
Boats are provided by our club, teams pay an entry fee and a damage deposit. All boats are in equal condition and are allocated by draw.
The level of competition varies from school members to yacht racers to ex-dinghy sailors. You will fit in!
Last but not least it takes place in Greece, sunny even at nights! 20 to 30 degrees Celcius and average 5-15 knots of breeze at the dates of the events.”
You can find some details about Sailing Time’s racing format here: Notice of Race
The Club is located in the second largest Greek city – Thessaloniki, not far from the city airport. It is a highly commercial spot which means that is easily approachable by any means. More details about the club: http://www.sailingtime.gr/en/
We also asked Babis, why have they chosen the SB20 boat?
“We tried to bridge dinghy sailing with yacht racing and we found no better boat. We also had to bridge teaching and racing and the boat stunned us. It is easy to learn in, but also fast to sail. It remains easily under control in strong winds while overtaking bigger boats! It is not very big making it manageable both in and out of water, but also stable enough as a keelboat. It doesn’t have unnecessary control systems which is good for teaching and simplicity but it doesn’t lack any, which is good for competing and advanced tuning. Finally we strongly believe that only one-design sailing can deliver that high level of emotions and personal sailing development,” – concluded Babis.
Check out the calendar of Greek events below as well as on SB20 Class calendar as it has been decided to help drive more interest and develop another sailing destination for SB20! Why not Greece? Thessaloniki has a great cultural heritage, it was founded in 315 BC, so this long history resulted in having many different museums in the city. Tsessaloniki has the biggest university campus in Greece, which drives vibrant nightlife! This is also a great chance to experience Greek cuisine combined with one of the best hospitality in the South of Europe.
Sailing Time – 11th km Thessaloniki – Airport
Leoforos Georgikis Sxolis 78-80
57001 Thessaloniki Greece
Telephone: +30 23130 36632, +30 6970 051202