Ireland and Portugal crown their National Champions
The last weekend of June greeted two SB20 National Championships held one in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland that will be hosting the 2018 Europeans this year, and one in Cascais, Portugal – a popular spot on SB20 Class map with all the action going on with the Winter Series and other events pushed by the Portuguese SB20 Class Association.
Bright sunshine and warm weather greeted the 16-strong fleet at SB20 Irish Nationals last weekend held at National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay. Light but stable wind allowed to sail 8 races, in which it was the Olympian Peter Kennedy sailing with Stephen Kane and Hammy Baker with 5 podium finishes to claim the National Champion title. Congrats to the team and also to Peter who was celebrating his birthday!
They finished 7 points ahead of Cillian Dickson with Sam O’Byrne, Gordon Stirling and Diana Kissane from Howth Yacht Club, who took silver.
In third place overall the Royal Irish Yacht Club, the host venue for the Europeans, skipper Jerry Dowling with Stefan Hyde and Jimmy Dowling was the top Dun Laoghaire boat.
Click here to download SB20 Irish Nationals 2018 overall results.
Portuguese Nationals were surprising in terms of weather with unstable winds and some clouds unlike regular sunny windy days in Portugal. The fleet saw some international presence totalling in 29 boats with teams coming from Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Russia, Ukraine and Australia. The latter making some noise on the local scene having taken Silver in a regatta preceding the Nationals for Cascais Club’s anniversary.
3 races held on tricky cloudy Day 1 with a few showers and shifty winds in the waters of the Atlantic that Team Animal/Mobiag/SailCascais by Vasco Serpa made best of all. Day 2 was difficult for many with breeze of 7-8 knots from S-SW that allowed to qualify only one race, despite calling the start 4 times. It was the 3rd day with 3 races, when the Champion was decided almost decided after Race 1 with less of a certainty for the 2nd and 3rd places.
The local team Dom Pedro Hotels/Generali of José Paulo Ramada with Gonçalo Ribeiro, António Pereira and Miguel Leal de Faria nailed it on Sunday keeping their main rivals controlled, that made them the new Portuguese National Champion. Second place went to the fast and furious Aussies from Porco Rosso team of Elliot Noye sailing with Paul McCartney and Edward Snowball. In third this year Vasco Serpa with Joaquim Moreira and Pedro Costa Alemão, the usual suspects for the podium in the waters of Cascais.
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