IRL: Get Out & Sail
Get Out and Sail was the war cry from the SB20 committed and 16 boat were expected at SB20 Midlands in Lough Derg , the war cry was well answered with 24 SB20 racing. Maybe this is the bounce from the recent successful SB20 Open Day with some new faces appearing as crew . There is a great buzz in the class ,pity the season has come to an end .
The SB 20 had 4 excellent W/L races on Saturday and one on Sunday . The Saturday was typical lake racing, shifty winds combined with constantly changing pressure . As usual Ben Duncan was best able to adapt with 3 firsts and a 5th and this was enough to win the regatta . The reunited Dowling Brothers Jerry and Jimmy ably chauffeured by Stefan Hyde stayed in the top 6 in each race to secure 2nd. Peter Kennedy proved that consistency is a winning formula , well almost , and finished 3rd. The silver fleet bubbled to the top with Kate Nagle in 6th edging out Mary Creedon in 7th, both very creditable result , leaving some noted sailors looking for excuses . As ever Lough Derg YC put in a huge effort to make everyone welcome, and with warm weather and a good breeze the regatta was a resounding success. Lots of happy SB20 sailors looking forward to 2014 .