Three SB20 events – three countries!

Last weekend three European countries hosted their SB20 sailing events, each seeing the fleets from 10 to 20 boats! First to name shall be the Irish Sailing All Ireland Championships in Lough Ree Yacht Club, which is quite a unique event known also as the Helmsman Cup.

The event has run since 1947 and finds the Irish sailing “champion of champions”. Competitors represent 16 eligible sailing classes, but all competing against each other in one type of boat – this year the SB20 boats were chosen for this Championship.



It was Peter Kennedy, nominated by the SB20 Class, a former Olympian sailor who represented Ireland in both Seoul 1998 and Barcelona 1992, who has won the 2018 Irish Sailing All Ireland Sailing Championships. This was Peter’s fourth time competing in the All Irelands, and the first time in the finals.

Final results: were Peter Kennedy (Strangford Lough YC) with crew Stephen Kane, and boat owner representative Chris Chapman; in second place were Alex Barry (Royal Cork YC/Monkstown Bay Sailing Club) who represented the RS400s with crew Mel Collins and boat owner representative John McGonigle, and in third place was Ross Kearney representing the GP14s (Royal North of Ireland YC) with crew Jim Hunt and boat owner representative Peter Lee.

Full results are available on the Irish Sailing website here.




Same weekend Portugal was celebrating the annual regatta organized together with the Snipe Class. Having the crews participating in both Classes throughout the year, everyone loves this event for its friendly atmosphere and great sailing, provided by the conditions of  Cascais. In both days the wind was stable from the North with some shifts ranging from 10 to 15 knots.

A very awaited by local and some foreign sailors the MGQ Trophy is held in early autumn starting the Winter season in Cascais for the SB20 & Snipe Classes. The event is traditionally sponsored by Dom Pedro Hotels & Golf Collection with fantastic reception ashore that welcomed this year a high number of entries – almost 20 SB20s! With two sailing days and 6 races the fleet also saw participation of over 20 female sailors, at MGQ Trophy the rule is to have at least one crew member of the opposite gender. Some teams use this advantage and take two!



It was Vasco Serpa on Animal/Mobiag/SailCascais leading throughout the event, who won the regatta with his fellow crew Joaquim Moreira joined by lovely Ana Champalimaud and Lisa Kuritzen with only 8 points overall! In second and in 1 point away from Vasco was the local young Laser Champion Henrique Brites sailing with his father Rui Brites and Patricia Jonet with another Laser sailor Guilherme Gomes on QUEBRAMAR. In third was Vasco Passanha who sailed with Pedro Sampaio, Mafalda Gonçalves and Francisco Mourão on PATRIS CORRETORA performed more consistently than others with two victories overall under their belt. 



Next Portuguese event is to mark the start of the renowned SB20 Cascais Winter Series, that have their first race already on 3-4th November. Overall results and more info on Clube Naval de Cascais website here.



In the Netherlands the Van Uden Reco October Races was held in fantastic conditions hosted by Holland Regatta Club. Van Uden Reco Races take part twice a year with its Spring and Autumn editions, the latter closing the season for sailing. In 2018 the VUR regatta was held for the second time and made a success! The competing classes include ORC/IRC, double-handed and sportsboats.

Last weekend the 9-strong SB20 fleet included all the best Dutch SB20 sailors! Two days with 6 races in wind conditions ranging from 6 to 15 knots with lots of sun & temperatures rising to 22 degrees. The Medemblik waters proved again to be tricky and unpredictable. “With regular shifts and difference in pressure it was a true test of skills, patience and mental strength,” – commented the helmsman of the winning team – 3J’s, Jeroen van der Velden.



“The top 3 boats were very close on points after day 1 with Marco van Driel (MXTC, 9th worlds 2017) only 1 point behind us. The next day started for us with a dissapointing 4th, whereas Martijn Buitenhuis found the throttle and claimed the first race. Now we were 1 point behind as Marco finished 2 boats in front of us. In the second race Marco proved huis skills and lead from Mark 1 to finish. Now we were 2 points behind, but all to play for. The last race was bingo for us. We lead from start to finish with more than 2,5 minutes to the following boat. And it was not Marco! He finished 4th in the last race due to a bad gybe in the last leg,” – shares happy Jeroen the story of their victory.



Thus the 3Js team led by Jeroen van der Velden sailing with Jeroen Kop and Jan van der Meijden took the winner’s title, leaving MXTC of Marco van Driel with his team of Joost Asmann and Martijn Worseling in second. The game for the top places was also influenced by Hein Ruyten who with his crew of Frans van der Wel and Evert Kroll were giving hard times to 3J’s and Marco. In this battle for the victory they took the 3rd place.

“It was a very exciting and close racing,” – concluded Jeroen. -” Next up for us are some Portugese Winter Series!”

Overall results of Van Uden Reco Races for SB20 Class here.



Texts:, Irish Sailing, CNCascais

Photos: Laurens Morel (NED), David Branigan (IRE), Anna Zykova (POR)

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