Singapore is a small city-island, located at the southernmost tip of the Malaysian peninsula. It’s just one degree north of the equator and the tropical conditions are perfect for sailing. The SB20 Class is the biggest one design fleet in the country with around 25 boats. Although the warm climate is perfect for sailing all year round, the best sailing season is from January to March when the predictable northeastern monsoon sets in.
The biggest class regatta – The Asian Grand Slam and Asia Pacific Championship has been arranged in the monsoon season the past years, and the great success of these regattas has lead to designate ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove in cooperation with Singapore Sailing Federation as host for the SB20 World Championship from the 1st to 6th February 2021. The Singapore SB20 Association is very excited to welcome the best sailors in the world to compete on the warm, turquoise waters surrounding the island, as well as socialise at the fabulous facilities at the luxurous ONE°15 Marina. Shipping of boats from selected ports in Europe and Tasmania will be subsidised, and there will be a possibility to charter a boat in Singapore for the regatta.
Prior to the World Championship in 2021 an exciting warm up event was organized in February 2020 – The SB20 Grand Slam Week 2020. ONE°15 Marina together with Singapore Sailing Federation has combined two regattas to make the event as similar to the future World Championship as possible. 9 teams competed in the Singapore National Championship and a record breaking of 25 teams participated in the Asia Pacific Championship. During five days of sailing the predictable February monsoon provided 19 spectacular races. The teams enjoyed the typical for this season north-easterly breeze of 10 to 20 knots every day.
Team Glasgow Kiss with Nils Razmilovic, Nik Burfoot and David Salambier won the trophy with the students from National University of Singapore team NUS1 with Jonathan Yeo, Matthew Scott Lau, Amos Huang and Chantelle Chen in second and Xtra Mile2, helmed by Olympic sailor Xu Yuan Zhen and crewed by SSF’s general manager Chung Pei Ming, Jeremiah Guo and Dr Low Chin Nam finished third For more details on the event went please check the event report.