One weekend – Two National Champions!
It becomes a tradition to follow two SB20 National Championships over the same weekend and this time it was the turn for Russia and Holland to claim their 2018 heroes!
The Dutch Sb20 National Championships 2018 consisted of 9 races with 1 discard. The event went in excellent sailing conditions enjoyed by eight local teams. The Championship was held as part of the Open Dutch Sailing Championships hosted by Hollandia Yacht Club at Medemblik Regatta Center, familiar to some of the SB20 fleet members from the Europeans of 2012.
The overall winner was team MXTC of Marco van Driel and his crew Joost Ahsmann and Martijn Worseling, who have been sailing together for over 15 years. This team has made it to the 9th place last year at the Worlds in Cowes. Silver medal went to the team of Martijn Buitenhuis, Dutch SB20 Class Association president, who is sailing with Mark Reigwein and Rosita Bakker. SB20 Class would like to welcome and congratulate the presence of several female participants on the Dutch fleet. Bronze winner and a long standing specialist in One Design keelboats and SB20 dealer for Holland was Hein Ruyten sailing with Frans van der Well and Evert Kroll.
Click here for overall SB20 Dutch Nationals results.
Next year’s Nationals the Dutch SB20 Association is planning to run on 8, 9, 10th June 2019 where up to 20 boats are expected, including the nearby Belgium fleet and some foreigners such as Portuguese, Russian, Irish & British.
The Russian National Championships started on 12th September with the opening day blowing over 30 knots, that didn’t allow any racing as well as left the participants without a practice day.
24 teams representing 8 regions of Russia took part as the culmination of a busy sailing season in SB20 Class for this country. The Championship was held in fresh winds which allowed the Race Officers to call 11 races in three days (out of 12 planned). The best crews of the country prepared well for this regatta and as a result the fight for the Champion’s title was literally up to the last meters of the race-course and the awards were decided in the very last race.
The hightlight of the Championship was undoubtedly the victory of Kirill Frolov’s Melston team crewed by Egor Ignatenko and Egor Terpigorev. Having failed in the first half of the competition (their best result in four races was only 7th place) the Melston Team showed their grit for the win as well as fantastic sailing skills winning all the other races except one!
Tied on points with the champions the second place was taken by VIS Sailing Team (helmsman Dmitry Tretyakov sailing with Timur Sabirzianov and Aleksndr Mikhailov), in third place – the team of the Russian Technological University MIREA (helmswoman Anastasia Morozova sailing with Artem Basalkin, Yana Basalkina & Alexey Lesnikov).
Top 3 results:
1. RUS 3708 (Cyril Frolov, Yegor Ignatenko, Yegor Terpigorev)
2. RUS 3715 (Dmitry Tretyakov, Timur Sabirzyanov, Alexander Mikhailov)
3. RUS 3712 (Anastasia Morozova, Artem Basalkin, Yana Basalkina, Alexey Lesnikov)
Kirill Frolov, helmsman of Melston team, the newly crowned SB20 Russian Champion commented at the awards ceremony: “I think we were more happy when we won the twice on the last day, rather than right now, but I guess that feeling is still to come. We had a huge difference on point (15) and having an OCS on our record it was hard to believe that we can win overall. However we made it and we are very very happy!”
The Russian SB20 Class Association has informed us that the next year’s Nationals are under discusion right now and the dates will be announced before the 2018 season is over.