SB20 Irish and Portuguese Nationals this weekend
Not one but two SB20 National Championships will happen this weekend in SB20 Class: Ireland and Portugal will host the fleets most numerous in numbers! Both countries are on the Class map recently with lots of action at Clube Naval de Cascais and for this year as Ireland will host the SB20 European Championship at National Yacht Club.
The Portuguese fleet expects to see at least 30 teams at the starting line. After a very active winter season Portugal saw an increased interest not only from existing boat owners, but sailors from other classes as well as other countries.
The teams’ profile for the Portuguese championship is quite international, having teams from Ukraine, Russia, Netherlands, Switzerland, France, UK and the furthest one from Australia are enjoying the beautiful sunny sailing in Cascais. “Porco Rosso” of Paul McCartney arrived a bit earlier to benefit from training in the local waters having also taken a podium place at the regatta preceding the Nationals last weekend.
The competition is promised to be high as usual with the Class having Olympians, local Laser & 49er sailors in the fleet. Last year it was for Vasco Serpa’s team Mobiag/Animal in Porto to take the title of the National Champion followed by Sea Camel of José Camelo and Bicasco of Luis Santos in third. In addition to these local SB20 hero José Paulo Ramada and his Dom Pedro Hotels team, who take most top places in Portugal, are the usual suspects for the podium.
An online tracking system is available to follow the Portuguese Nationals, that can be accessed through this link.
For the Irish side, that is hosting the Europeans later this summer, the sign-up list faces most of the Ireland-based fleet. The event will take place at National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin. Information on the Championship can be found on Club’s website as well as later on SB20 Class pages and Social Media.
Let’s see who is the best in these two countries!