GBR: Brand New SB20s Hit the Water In Style
3 new SportsBoatWorld SB20s joined the 17 strong fleet for two days of great racing on the first of the two weekend Warsash Spring Championship.
It was great to see the line-up of new teams joining the fleet, visitors all the way from Russia and a bunch of old hands, including 2 SB20 World Champions and 3 ex-National Champions, all greeted by a steady 10 knot breeze and 2 days of sunshine on the familiar race track off Hill Head.
The racing was as close as ever in this fast paced one design fleet, producing 4 different race winners across 6 races, 2 tied finishes too close for the PRO to call, and places continually changing throughout. The new boats occupied 3 of the top 5 spots overall for the weekend, and everyone was impressed with the quality of the new build.
Jerry Hill’s new SportsBoatWorld entry GBR 3714 finished 3rd overall on her first outing. SportsboatWorld was collected from the builder in Brightlingsea, Essex on Wednesday and rigged “straight out of the box” with no extra “race prep” needed. “She even bounces well,” explained Jerry after his attempt to squeeze in at the top mark against foul tide in the last race causing one of the best pile ups the fleet has seen in a while!
GBR3082, Henri Lloyd / Forelle Estates, sailed by Joe Llewellyn, Nigel Wakefield and Jerry Vigus put in the most consistent performance across the weekend to take the top spot, with all results in the top three and two race wins. They were pushed hard by Krill Frolov’s Russian Team in RUS 3708 Melstonteam who lie 2nd, Jerry Hill’s GBR 3714 SportsBoatWorld in 3rd, current World Champion Geoff Carveth’s GBR3053 WKD in 4th and the all new GBR3710 Chill Pill, sailed by Scott Graham and Nick Elder in 5th. Ian Armstrong (GBR3276), Tom Clay (GBR3106) and Tim Newton (GBR3362) were all also finding strong race pace and mixing it in the top 3 places through the weekend.
With only 11 points separating the top 4 overall, it’s all to play for in the remaining 7 races, where we’re expecting to see even more boats on the start line next weekend, combining as the first official event in the SB20 UK Solent Series. There are always people in the class looking for crew and although second hand boats get snapped up very quickly, they represent great value for money at the moment – just visit us on the class forum or our Facebook page to find out more and get involved.