Youth Entry for the European Championships in Dublin!
The Irish SB20 Association, the UK SB20 Association and Sportsboat World have come together to support a Youth Entry for the SB20 European Championships 2018 in Ireland! At the recent Taittinger regatta in Yarmouth, where the SB20 fleet participated for the first time this year, Paul Hine, the UK SB20 Class Chairman, met a keen young sailor Alida Lewis..
Alida was very enthusiastic about sailing the SB20 and Paul decided to introduce the idea of supporting a Youth team to other Class managers and boat manufacturer Sportsboat World. Shortly after the idea became reality and the team was decided!
In this joint initiative Tony Castro and Simon Russell, the new Sportsboat World director, are providing the boat sponsorship and the boat will sail under the name of Sportsboat World Youth. Colin Galavan, the SB20 Class President in Ireland, has assisted with the logistics of the boat and accommodation as well as will be managing the boat during the event. Paul Hine, the SB20 Class Chairman in the UK is providing sails and sponsorship.
Helming the SB20 Youth Entry for the Europeans will be Jack Cookson from the British Laser Squad. Cookson started sailing Optimists in Portugal at the age of seven, having moved back to the UK a few years back with his family and went on to sailing in Laser Radial class. Jack has the victory in Radial Boys RYA Youths in 2015 under his belt and his ambitions are high for winning the Laser Worlds as well as an Olympic medal.
See Jack’s full profile at the British Sailing Team page.
Alida Lewis is from the British Keelboat Academy in Etchell Class. She enjoyed sailing the SB20 with Andrew Bell and Adam Kitchen at Taittinger regatta earlier this August. The team has finished third overall, which is inspiring for more great results. SB20 Class is very pleased to welcome one more female sailor!
Second trimmer on the team is Harry Bowerman, who was competing in the UK 29er class and is an aspiring youth sailor hoping to follow his brother, Owen Bowerman from Red Bull Foiling Generation UK with GBR Squad Morgan Peach.
These guys have never sailed together before, but their sponsors are confident that these young sailors can “remind the current fleet on those important tactical and sail trimming aspects,” – says Paul Hine about the initiative, – “they are also tomorrow’s boat owners. As the SB20 UK Class Chairman I like to be at as many events as possible either sailing my own boat or crewing and helping others. Today’s squad Youth sailors learn a lot sailing on an SB20 and we all hope that they enjoy the event and do well!”
Tony Castro who supports this Youth team together with the SB20 Class, commented:
“Supporting young sailors is key in building the future of sailing. I’ve created this boat for any age, gender and level of sailing skills. We always have a lot of young talents sailing this boat and they really enjoy it. The SB20 is perfect for youngsters to polish their skills, especially tactical, and stay competitive in-between their World Sailing and Olympic events. I truly believe that sailing in SB20 Class will help them aim for higher goals and I am happy to help them follow their dreams“
Good luck Sportsboat World Youth!
Info sources & photos: British Sailing Team, yachtsandyachting.co.uk, SB20 Class UK