2021 Worlds’ test done for SB20 Singapore
The SB20 Asian Grand Slam Week that took place from 5th to 9th February 2020 at ONE°15 Marina in Singapore has been a “successful rehearsal” for the SB20 World Championship 2021. Two events were run in a row consisting of the Singapore Nationals and the Asia Pacific Grand Slam Championship with a record number of 25 teams participating.
The Principal Race Officer Jonathan Kwek managed 19 leeward-windward races with only 3 general recalls and one race that was abandoned. The monsoon breeze of February has provided a north-easterly breeze of 10-20 knots daily to the joy of all the sailors. With the breeze coming from the shore, the wind was shifting in both strength and direction, allowing the sailors test their skills. The same conditions are expected for the World Championship next year.
After five days of racing it was the the local favourite, team Glasgow Kiss of Nils Razmilovic, Nik Burfoot and David Salambier, who took the trophy home for both the Nationals and the Grand Slam. They would definitely be the favourites for the Worlds next year. The Singapore sailors did well in their home waters and won silver and bronze of the podium places.
The students from the National University of Singapore team NUS1, with Jonathan Yeo as skipper, sailing with Matthew Scott Lau, Amos Huang and Chantelle Chen nailed the sometimes tricky conditions around the wind shifs and finished second overall. Team Xtra Mile2 with Olympic sailor Xu Yuan Zhen on the helm, crewed by Singapore Sailing Federation’s general manager Chung Pei Ming together with Jeremiah Guo and Dr Low Chin Nam finished third after very solid sailing.
The international teams provided a very strong competition with the Australian team Porco Rosso of Paul McCartney, sailing with the Worlds 2019 bronze tactician David Chapman and Edward Snowball, and the French team – Skin in the Game of Ed Russo, sailing with Gilles Favennec and Boniface Constant who repeatedly sailed in the top of the fleet. Overall 14 nationalities were represented at the event with 9 Singaporean university teams on the start line from four institutions.
Not only for the sailors, but for the organizing committee this regatta was a test. Fantastic organization by ONE°15 Marina, together with the Singapore Sailing Federation and the SB20 Singapore Association has provided a high level of international regatta throughout the week. The event has been a great success! The sailing teams were blessed with great conditions with all races starting on time as well as back on the dock everything was ready to welcome the fleet at the beautiful floating Boater’s Bar just off the dock once you leave your boat.
Large international fleet is expected to travel to the next year’s SB20 World Championship in Singapore and teams are encouraged to ship their boats to ONE°15Marina. This process will be coordinated by the SB20 Singapore Association with some boats available for charter.
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