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Finishing on nine points overall, Jerry Dowling's Bád/Kilcullen from the Royal Irish Yacht Club kept a margin of two points after Sunday's seventh race to take the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta crown in the 12-boat SB20 fleet. 

Colin Galavan added a final race win to his two wins scored on Saturday afternoon to finish on 11 points in second place overall.

James Gorman from the National Yacht Club took third with 25 points.

The SB20s made great speeds on the downwind legs under asymmetric spinnakers in the strong wind 2023 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Photo: Michael ChesterThe SB20s made great speeds on the downwind legs under asymmetric spinnakers in the strong wind 2023 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Photo: Michael Chester

There was praise for the organisers of Ireland's largest sailing event, who managed racing for a fleet of 400 boats on three of the four days of the regatta despite being in the full grip of the northern jetstream. Winds from a southerly quadrant blew hard again on Sunday to bring a blustery ninth edition of the biennial event to a successful close at lunchtime.

Below is footage from Thursday's first day of the regatta showing Colin Galavan's second overall 'Carpe Diem', 'sending it' before nearly all racing was cancelled due to the gale force winds.

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Despite Jerry Dowling's Bád/Kilcullen having four race wins from seven races sailed, the Royal Irish crew can't quite shake off the opposition in the 12-boat SB20 fleet of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

Colin Galavan used his recent World Championship exposure in the Netherlands last month by taking two Saturday afternoon wins to ruin his clubmates' perfect score and close the gap to three points with two races left to sail on Sunday.

Moving up into third place is James Gorman from the National Yacht Club.

Racing was postponed for one hour on the penultimate day to allow strong winds to abate, a decision that proved correct as Dublin Bay yielded perfect summer sailing conditions in the afternoon.

The breeze was south-westerly at 15 knots, with some strong gusts and big wind shifts off the Blackrock shoreline to make for some exciting racing.

The 2023 regatta, the ninth edition of Ireland's largest regatta, concludes on Sunday with two final races for most classes and a great festival of sailing across the waterfront and Dun Laoghaire town as four sailing clubs come together for the biennial event; Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club, Royal St. George Yacht Club and National Yacht Club.

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Royal Irish Yacht Club Commodore Jerry Dowling leads the SB20 fleet at the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta with three straight wins scored in blustery conditions on Friday. 

Lying second overall to Dowling's Bád/Kilcullen in the ten-boat fleet is clubmate Colin Galavan's Carpe Diem on eight points. 

In a one, two, three for the RIYC, Ger Dempsey's Venuesworld is third on nine points.

A discard applies after four races. Another five races are expected over the weekend to complete the series. 

The strong southerly winds are expected to continue for Saturday's races before moderating for Sunday's conclusion of the biennial event.

The Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, National Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club, and Royal St. George Yacht Club are organising the ninth regatta.

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Ireland's top result at the SB20 Worlds is tenth overall after 12 races sailed in the Netherlands, where the regatta saw the first-ever Australian team crowned champions.

Michael O'Connor, Davey Taylor, and Ed Cook sailing Ted from the Royal St. George, are now discarding a 20th from race eight in the 54-boat fleet. It puts them down four places from seventh overall to 11th, which is their position after the first day.

The next of the four Irish boats competing (all from Dun Laoghaire Harbour) is the National's Tadgh Donnelly, Peter Carvill, and Dan Little in Leviathan in 18th. Royal Irish's Colin Galavan, Aaron Jones, and Kevin O'Rourke in Carpe Diem finished 23rd. Ger Dempsey, Barry Glavin and Niall O'Riordan ended up 34th.

The final day of the championship took a long time to start. Called for an earlier skippers briefing Friday morning, the competitors discovered a deep fog covering the harbour. The wind was unstable and patchy, not giving much hope for racing.

After some waiting ashore, a two-hour postponed flag was hoisted until finally, at 13:00, the fleet was sent to the water. A pressure front was passing the coast from Belgium, and the chance was that it would allow to sail one race or pass by too quickly.

At the racecourse, the wind was around 7-8 knots and PRO Dirk Sledsens (Royal North Sea Yacht Club in Ostend) had the mercy on sailors to not go into the Black Flag start on the first attempt. After a start on Uniform and a general recall that followed the RC managed to quickly hoist the orange flag again, and the final battle was on.

The tide was pushing the boats onto the starting line at about 3 knots of speed, and two French Youth teams were leading the race. On the upwind marks, France Youth of Ange Delerce was first and France Youth of Ian Garreta was third. Between them, Another Affair was rounding in 2nd.

Just after the rounding at the top marks, the numbers were called on the radio announcing that both French Youth teams had had a BFD, but the two teams continued racing. Getting to the downwind marks was tricky and the teams found it hard to get the boats going.

On the 2nd upwind rounding, the leaders got shuffled and this time, between the French teams was Australian Porco Rosso in second. Without losing too much speed downwind they crossed the line after the two French teams which meant winning Race 12!

Supersonic had a good race - after the 4th position at the 1st upwind mark, the only top boat to gybe early, they got the 2nd finish in the race. Charles Whelan on Breaking Bod managed to stay in the front in this difficult race finishing third and concluding the event with a smile.

Team Ares rounded around 6th place at the first upwind, then had an incident at the bottom with Another Affair, who received a penalty. Next upwind, they overtook slowed down Breaking Bod and Leviathan, both on the inside, and rounded in 5th. From then they had to keep the pace and make it to the finish line in top 5. Which they did and secured their win!

Many great Aussie sailors have taken the challenge to win the SB20 World Championships over the years. Glenn Bourke (several attempts), Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge (on the same boat in 2011), Michael Cooper, Chris Dare, David Chapman, Ian Brown and Malcolm Page – all of them got to 2nd and 3rd overall, but it took a young gun from Hobart to get it done in 2023.

Australians, however, have been part of the winning teams in the past: Steve “AB” White was with Craig Burton for all three wins (2008, 2009 and 2013). And Grant Rollerson was on Jerry Hill’s boat in 2011 and took the trophy home.

Portugal became the new Nation’s Cup holder as the best-performing country. All four Portuguese teams finish the regatta in top 10, with Freedom of Martin Estlander in 4th (64 pts), AP Hotels of Jose Paulo Ramada in 6th (86 pts) and Solyd Sailing team of Vasco Serpa in 9th overall (116 pts).

At the award ceremony Will Sargent first thanked his team and called them “the best team in the world”. “It was a very close event, and it came down to the last race. There was a bit of match racing and a couple of penalties, but managed to go come out with a win, so we’re really excited,” –he added.

Lots of grateful words have been said at the prize-giving ceremony to the sponsors, the volunteers, the organisers and the Club staff. They’ve all done a fantastic job, always with a smile and helping each other. The hospitality of Scheveningen Yacht Club has been brilliant and the work of Race Committee exceeded all expectations. Racing in strong currents is never easy and the RC has delivered five days of racing in various tricky conditions.

Overall results:

Top Female teamRSZV (Rotterdamse Studenten Zeil Vereniging) of Donna-Tinke Huijsmans, Arthur Nankman, Tigo Ledeboer and Emma Van Ginkel (NED)

Top Masters teamPBII Twenty of Mark Gillett, Paul Hine and Richard Anderton (GBR). Paul and the team are also taking the last year’s prize that had been waiting for them in Holland. It turned out that Dutch team 3J’s was not yet eligible for the Masters category in 2022.

Top Youth teamAres of Will Sargent, Eddie Reid, Paige Caldecoat, Eirini Marios (AUS).

Best CorinthianAnother Affair of Tiago Morais, Miguel Oliveira and Francisco Oliveira (POR).

3rd place overallXcellent of John Pollard, Henry Wetherell and James Grummett (GBR)

2nd place overall - Another Affair of Tiago Morais, Miguel Oliveira and Francisco Oliveira (POR).

1st place overall - Ares of Will Sargent, Eddie Reid, Paige Caldecoat, Eirini Marios (AUS).

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Ireland's top hope at the SB20 Worlds is back down to 11th overall after eight races sailed in the Netherlands, where the regatta saw a long day on the water and some shuffling at the top of the leaderboard.

Michael O'Connor, Davey Taylor, and Ed Cook sailing Ted from the Royal St. George, are now discarding a 20th from race eight in the 54-boat fleet. It puts them down four places from seventh overall to 11th, which is their position after the first day.

The next of the four Irish boats competing (all from Dun Laoghaire Harbour) is the National's Tadgh Donnelly, Peter Carvill, and Dan Little in Leviathan is 21st, down from 16th. Royal Irish's Colin Galavan, Aaron Jones, and Kevin O'Rourke in Carpe Diem are up to two to 23rd. Ger Dempsey, Barry Glavin and Niall O'Riordan are up one to 33rd.

There were different winners in all four races of Day 3, with the most consistent sailing from Another Affair (POR3723), who continue to lead on the overall standings.

Great job by the Race Committee to conclude four races today with wind stable to an acceptable limit with shifts on the racecourse. With every day of the championship, the low tide happens later and later in the day, so starts are still super tricky. The day opened with a general recall, but quickly switched to Black Flag, which caught a couple of boats in Race 5.

Glasgow Kiss took the lead followed by AP Hotels and Trio (NED3445). Ares, Another Affair and SquiB followed closely. On the second upwind rounding, AP Hotels took the lead from Glasgow Kiss and finished first. Team Xcellent did a great job and finished second, leaving the Singapore team in third.

A pleasant surprise for Race 6 was a clear start on uniform flag! The sky turned grey, but without the wind picking up. Already on the second downwind, the sun came back to brighten the racecourse for spectacular photos. First on the upwind mark were team Freedom (POR3803), followed by Skipjack (NED3575) and France Youth Team of Ian Garreta (3653).

For the 2nd rounding, the leaders changed with PBII in first, followed by Porco Rosso (AUS3827) and Freedom. In this sequence, they reached the finish line. Exciting moment for Paul Hine and the team on PBII winning this race as they have never scored a bullet at a World Championship. This also puts them in top 10 two days before the end of the championship. Well done, Poor Bouy-2!

Maximum number of boats that jumped the line on Black flag reached six in Race 7. It was won by team Ares who sailed a very consistent race. They took early lead on the first rounding and dominated the fleet for the rest of the game. John Pollard and France Youth of Ange Delerce put some pressure on Will Sargent and his team, but they did a great job keeping the focus and sailing their best.

Race 8 had a clear start with the wind dropping to 6-7 knots. Ian Garreta (FRA3653) was in the lead on the first downwind together with MXTC (NED3714) and Supersonic (UAE3363). Tricky light wind and the incoming tide decided the last race of the day with team Freedom (POR3803) finishing in first, Ian Garreta in second and Nils Razmilovich on Glasgow Kiss in third.

Another Affair sailed the most consistent day - with no big mistakes, no BFDs and staying always in top 3-5 places. Their worst result overall is 7th in two races, one of which becomes a discard, so they still have some room for an error. Team Ares, however, are only 4 points behind and Another Affair will have to keep their consistency for two more days.

Tiago Morais and his crew of father Miguel and son Francisco Oliveira have been sailing in the SB20 Class for a number of years. Representing Club de Vela Atlántico from the North of Portugal they frequently travel to Cascais for SB20 events. In the season of 2022-2023 they crowned the overall Winer Series and finished three out of five events on the podium.

Fellow Portuguese team AP Hotels won the opening race of the day, but the all-Portuguese crew of Jose Paulo Ramada didn’t manage to keep the pace for the rest of the day. They had 13th, 7th and 15th finishes in Race 8. This pushed them down to 5th place, with Freedom moving to the 4th. The intense level of sailing here in Scheveningen is tiring, and staying focused after 6-7 hours on the water is not easy.

John Pollard had an up-and-down day with the worst result in 11th and best in 2nd place. “Variable conditions today, but we managed to stay out of trouble! We had no black flags and four sufficient results, so we are looking good for the rest of the week,” – said Tactician James Grummett onboard Xcellent who closed the Top 3.

After this long and tiring day, the sailors were welcomed on the beach for a fun raffle sponsored by Dubarry of Ireland and Sailmon. Nice food and beautiful sunset concluded the day in bright colours that made any bad memories from racing fade away.

With eight races completed, including one discard, the fleet enters the second part of the championship. Thursday is promised to be windy, and Friday, on the contrary, very light. 

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Ireland's top hope at the SB20 Worlds is up to seventh overall after four races sailed in the Netherlands, where the regatta saw a change in the overall leader on day two.

Michael O'Connor, Davey Taylor, and Ed Cook sailing Ted from the Royal St. George, scored a three in race three – their first podium result so far– in the 54-boat fleet. It moves them up four places overall from 11th after the first day.

The next of the four Irish boats competing (all from Dun Laoghaire Harbour) is the National's Tadgh Donnelly, Peter Carvill, and Dan Little in 16th. Royal Irish's Colin Galavan, Aaron Jones, and Kevin O'Rourke in Carpe Diem are 25th. Ger Dempsey, Barry Glavin and Niall O'Riordan are 34th.

Day two opened with a light breeze and storm on the forecast. The pressure was on for the Race Committee to start at the scheduled 11:35, but it was not until after 12:30 that racing got going.

Light wind caused the delay, and the day promised to be tricky again with the tide working not in the fleet’s favour. Race 3 started on uniform flag, but too many boats were over the line pushed by the tide onto the racecourse. Many favoured the pin end to avoid the crowded Committee end of the line. After a general recall a burst of laughter was heard in the air as the Black flag went up for the second attempt of Race 3.

Four Irish boats are competing at the 54-boat SB20 Worlds at Scheveningen Yacht Club in the Netherlands Photo: Laurens MorelFour Irish boats are competing at the 54-boat SB20 Worlds at Scheveningen Yacht Club in the Netherlands Photo: Laurens Morel

Team Ares (AUS3828) took a good start in the middle, then struggled to get to speed and find stable wind. Irish TED of Michael O’Connor (IRL3809), Solyd Sailing team of Vasco Serpa (POR3801), Tiago Morais on Another Affair (POR3723) and Martin Estlander on Freedom (3803), John Pollard on Xcellent (GBR3814) all favoured the left hand side. Race 2 winner Glasgow Kiss (SGP3750) had a bad start and got stuck in the middle.

With a good start on the pin end 80% of the race could happen on one tack benefiting from the tide that was still going down. Then, a technical approach on port tack to the mark would make it a winning combination.

First rounding saw the Dutch team 3J’s (NED3754) in the lead, followed by Freedom (POR3803) and Supersonic (UAE3363) arriving on port tack. Among the top teams on first upwind mark were Leviathan (IRL3433), PBII (GBR3820) and TED (IRL3809), with Solyd Sailing and Xcellent chasing closely. The boats got some nice speed going downwind and those who stayed on the right side of the downwind course made a good decision.

With PBII retired after the first downwind due to a BFD there was one less competitor in the top 10. Breaking Bod (GBR3758) and Leviathan took the right side upwind, which cost them a few places.

From afar, it looked like the battle for the 2nd rounding would be between Freedom (POR3803) and Xcellent (GBR3814), but Vasco Serpa got the winning combination right and rounded first. 3J’s lost four positions and rounded in 5th.

On the downwind Solyd Sailing were coming to the bottom gate in close with Freedom, but Freedom went too far left, missing the layline and letting Vasco round in first. From then, it was a short run upwind toward the committee boat for the finish, which Vasco and his team nailed brilliantly. Xcellent and TED followed on a photo finish in second and third. 3J’s climbed to 4th position and Another Affair (POR3723) who sailed a very consistent race were 5th, with Freedom arriving in 6th.

Race 4 didn’t start until around 14:30 with RC trying to set the starting line for nearly an hour. Shifts of 50 degrees and wind dropping made everyone worried about the potential cancellation of Race 4. The dark horizon made additional pressure of a passing storm that promised 20mm of rain coming from the English Channel.

The boats stretched more on the starting line, but it still looked messy on the RC end. The wind shifted more to the south against anticipated Westerly.

The right hand side of the course had a number of Dutch teams after the start on the RC end, but again many boats favoured the left. With the threat of the wind getting closer to 0 and the coming storm, the RC took a decision to go with the Black flag at the first attempt of Race 4. Again, it cost some of the top teams painful BFDs. Unfortunately, the case for Glasgow Kiss and Breaking Bod, who both retired from the race after the start.

On the 1st upwind rounding Dutch youth team from Rotterdam (NED3290) took the lead, Another Affair and Kesbeke (NED3716) closely chasing them. In top 10 you could see a number of Dutch boats, including Vliegensvlugge Vlieg (NED3446), Broach | TU Delft | Buitenhuis Advies | SuBtiel (NED3340), MXTC of Marco van Driel (NED3714) and others.

With the wind shift to the west predicted with the storm, the left hand side of the downwind now looked better. After the first downwind rounding on the 2nd upwind, Another Affair made a smart move and stayed on that side for a long as they could. Xcellent was climbing on the opposite side. This worked well in the previous race, but not so well in the new conditions.

2nd upwind rounding witnessed the same positions approaching with NED3290 of Donna-Tinke Huijsmans and Another Affair sailing very close. Tiago Morais on Another Affair (POR3723) managed to round first and another Dutch boat Kesebeke followed in 3rd. John Pollard arriving in 4th, and Dutch Vliegensvlugge Vlieg in 5th.

As the wind was dropping to nearly 4 knots at times the last downwind was super tricky for the leader to keep their pace. Having played the downwind very well and gaining a lead Another Affair secured the finish and won Race 4.

Youngsters on NED3290 followed right behind them with Kesbeke closing the top three. The AP over A was immediately hoisted after the finish of the first boat and the fleet rushed back ashore to shelter from the coming storm.

Good day for many Dutch teams which shuffles the overall positions on the leaderboard and makes a new Top 10. After four races the championship can be considered completed and with so many BFDs across the table the fleet is looking forward to the first discard after 5 races.

Looking at the National performance the Portuguese teams have a strong lead with three teams in top 10. Tiago Morais, helmsman onboard Another Affair commented:

“You notice that the leaderboard has changed since yesterday. All the 4 winners were different, yesterday we had the Aussies and the French youth teams, today we were fast and the Dutch teams too, so the competition is very high. I’m happy to sail on the North sea, because I’m used to sail in the river and I am used to sailing with a current. The Portuguese are doing pretty well – Zé Paulo (AP Hotels, currently second) is sailing very well and Vasco (Solyd Sailing, 8th overall) is having a consistent racing. Yesterday we were leading the Nations Cup and hopefully we can keep that lead until the end of the championship.”

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Ireland's leading hope for a top result at the SB20 Worlds is lying 11th after two races sailed. Michael O'Connor, Davey Taylor, and Ed Cook sailing Ted from the Royal St. George scored a 16 and a 9 in the 54-boat fleet.

The next of the four Irish boats competing, all from Dun Laoghaire Harbour, is Royal Irish's Colin Galavan, Aaron Jones, and Kevin O'Rourke in Carpe Diem are 20th. Tadgh Donnelly, Peter Carvill and Dan Little are one place behind in Leviathan. Ger Dempsey, Barry Glavin and Niall O'Riordan are 31st.

Like everything in the Netherlands, the skipper's briefing was called sharp on time at Scheveningen Yacht Club this Monday ahead of the first racing day at the SB20 Worlds 2023, announcing two possible races.

Nice wind and choppy sea greeted the fleet as they left the harbour, eager to get into racing. Despite having a nice stable westerly breeze, the opening race of the championship did not happen on time. Finally, after two general recalls, a black flag decided the starting positions and caused some boats a painful BFD.

Many boats found themselves stuck in the second or even third row. It was a game of tactics and sailing skills to make the best out of the situation. For the third start, all the boats stayed on the Committee side with no one on the pin end. Quite impressive to see a 50+ fleet squeezing into half of the starting line.

Royal Irish's Colin Galavan, Aaron Jones, and Kevin O'Rourke in Carpe Diem competing at the SB20 Worlds at Scheveningen Yacht Club in the Netherlands Photo: Laurens MorelRoyal Irish's Colin Galavan, Aaron Jones, and Kevin O'Rourke in Carpe Diem competing at the SB20 Worlds at Scheveningen Yacht Club in the Netherlands Photo: Laurens Morel

Wind direction was contrary to yesterday’s practice race, and sailing with the ebbing tide made the boats jump over the line early.12-13 knots of breeze allowed for some spectacular racing in the waves with little or no planing with a mix of teams in top positions throughout the race. Tasmanian National champions onboard Ares coped best with the tricky conditions and won the event's opening race.

“It was a really nice day for sailing on the North Sea today. We decided to do what we did last year [in Ireland] and won the first race, which was quite nice,” – said Will Sargent, Ares helmsman.

Second place was taken by France Youth of Ange Delerce and the closing top 3 was UAE boat Supersonic, who sailed a good race with a lead on the last windward rounding but haven’t managed to stay ahead of French and Australian teams.

Second race went into sequence with a Black flag to avoid further delays as the breeze has started its decline. The tide has reached its lowest state and turned which may have helped the boats a bit on the second downwind. Glasgow Kiss of Nils Razmilovic took a lead on the first upwind and maintained it until the finish. They were closely chased by Jose Paulo Ramada on AP Hotels and team Ares of Will Sargent.

Two French Youth teams had a great start for the event, sailing close to the leaders in both races. It was the 2003_sailing_team of Ange Delerce (SR D'Antibes), Julia D'Amodio (Cannes Jeunesse), Julien Bunel (BN Mare e Vela) and Sylvestre De Giuli Morghen (ASPTT Marseille) who sailed the most consistent day with two second finishes in these tricky conditions putting the to the top of the leaderboard on Day 1.

With this strong entrance into big fleet racing, the French Youth teams have a good chance to be in the top three and even win the champions title. French coach Philippe Michel confirms the ambition to win the Worlds: “They have worked a lot at the start of the season. Ian (Garreta) and Ange (Delerce) are both leaders in the fleet and match racing back in Marseille. We have to work on the starts in particular; it's different with more than 50 boats. They know very well the boat, but now we need to manage this high level of racing in tricky conditions of the North Sea”.

In the top 10 after two races, we find at least three Portuguese teams, putting them in a good lead for the Nations Cup trophy awarded to the best-performing nation at the end of the event. In 2022 the SB20 Class UK took the trophy home, but can they keep it in 2023 we will find out this Friday.

Ashore the sailors enjoyed the Scheveingen yacht club’s hospitality and a happy hour sponsored by (the Royal North Sea Yacht Club, hoping to welcome the SB20 fleet in 2025 for Europeans) while watching a recap of Sailmon tracking and drone footage of today’s racing.

The first warning signal for Tuesday is at 11:25, with potentially three races.

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Irish SB20 team TED of Michael O’Connor, Davy Taylor and Edward Cook from the Royal St. George Yacht Club, who have already shown good speed this season in Portugal and the North Sea Regatta and who just missed the podium last year in home waters, will be fighting for the World Championships title at Scheveningen, Netherlands this week.

Sailing Mecca on the North Sea, the home of the Dutch Olympic team, host of The Ocean Race and World Sailing Allianz Regatta this year, Scheveningen has welcomed the participants of the SB20 World Championship from around the globe.

The Scheveningen Yacht Club is the venue for the 2023 SB20 World Championships Photo: Anna ZykThe Scheveningen Yacht Club is the venue for the 2023 SB20 World Championships Photo: Anna Zyk

The Practice race opened the event yesterday with a light offshore breeze allowing the participants to get the feeling of the turning tide in combination with the wind and swell, all coming from different directions!

These interesting conditions that are new to many SB20 sailors promise some exciting moments on the water this week. 

Ten nations are competing this year with a number of overseas teams, including two Australian entries and teams from Singapore and Dubai.

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Top three in the recent pre-Worlds event here in Scheveningen a month ago will definitely be the ones to watch. Mastering the waves of the North Sea team Xcellent of John Pollard stayed at the top of the leaderboard for three days of the pre-Worlds event. Silver winner of SB20 Worlds 2022 will be racing with the same crew of Finn sailor Henry Wetherell and 49er James Grummett.

Bronze SB20 Worlds 2022 winner team Glasgow Kiss of Nils Razmilovic, Jonathan Lobert OLY and David Salembier, second at the pre-Worlds in the same crew setup. Jonathan sailed with Ed Russo at the last Worlds in Ireland, but joins the Singaporean team instead of Nik Burfoot, who couldn’t come this year.

The 2022 Worlds winning team has split for this year to become competitors! Class veteran and winning helmsman of the SB20 World Championships 2022 Jose Paulo Ramada, is bringing a 100% Portuguese crew. It includes top Cascais sailors Henrique Brites and Luis Pinheiro (10th at the SB20 Worlds 2021 in Cascais) and Sebastiao Ramirez. Jose Paulo is hopeful of claiming the World title for the second time in a row, but agrees that it might be difficult.

2022 winning tactician Artem Basalkin and trimmers Gonçalo Lopes and Carlota Gala will be racing with Martin Estlander representing Finland under the Portuguese flag onboard Freedom.

From Tasmania comes Will Sargent and youth team Ares (Eddie Reid, Paige Caldecoat, Eirini Marios). These young talents have won the AUS National title and finished 7th, also as top Youth team at SB20 Worlds 2022 in Ireland.

This event will see Paul McCartney and Team Porco Rosso back to international racing! Second-placed at the 2018 Europeans, Paul will be on the helm, bringing the star tactician, Class favourite David ‘Chappo’ Chapman, and British Finn sailor Cameron Tweedle as crew.

From Singapore, Team Tara, who won this year’s Asia Pacific Grand Slam & Nationals, will be sailing in a new crew setup of Agoston Sipos, Magnus Ekbom and Andrew Hewson.

The third team from SB20 Singapore belongs to Daire O’Reilly on Sin Bád sailing with Myles Perrin (GBR) and
Ben Gunn (AUS), dinghy sailors at their core having progressed to international yacht racing.

SB20 UAE is represented by two teams, superSONIC of Michal Pajak and Yalla Shamal! of Rachel Blackburn, who are starting to prepare for their own SB20 World Championships in less than seven months!

The closest Dutch neighbours from the UK and Ireland are represented by 12 boats in total. Breaking Bod of Charles Whelan, who brings his 2022 Worlds crew of Richard McAdam and Arran Holman, will be a strong contestant on the British side.

Expect team PBII Twenty of UK SB20 Class chairman Paul Hine, Richard Anderton and Mark Gillet on the helm to be in the top of the leaderboard as well.

Team Leviathan of 49ers Tadgh Donnelly, Peter Carvill
 and Dan Little
 scored a couple of bullets at SB20 Worlds 2022.

Former Irish SB20 Class chairman Colin Galavan, on Carpe Diem, will be racing with his 2022 Worlds crew of Aaron Jones and
 Kevin O'Rourke from Greystones.

Four boats from France this year, including two FFVoile Youth teams, have already shown their skills at the SB20 Worlds 2022 and at the Dubai Regatta 2023: skippers Ian Garrett and Ange Delerce from SR Antibes.

Portuguese SB20 racers have signed up with two teams, including SailCascais of Vasco Serpa.

As expected, the majority of the fleet is represented by the Dutch teams, where we will see a lot of familiar names in the SB20 world as well as some young and promising talent from local sailors.

Team 3J’s – local stars and winners of the Masters' category at SB20 Worlds 2022 of Jeroen van der Velden,
Jeroen Kop and 
Jan van der Meijden.

Marco van Driel on MXTC sailing with Joost Assman and
Martijn Worseling will provide strong competition.

Teams Vliegensvlugge Vlieg of Ko Stroo,
Koen Verhaeghe de Naeyer and Ralph van Etten and Team Kesbeke of Ronald Veraar,
Pim Mommersteeg and
Eelco Blok showing strong competition on the local level. Of course, to mention long-standing Class chairman and supporter of Youth SB20 sailing in the Netherlands Martijn Buitenhuis sailing with 
Gilbert Figaroba and
 Frank Dobbels.

The organisers have decided to run the event based on crowdfunding and managed to get on board a list of partners and sponsors.

Dubarry of Ireland will contribute to the prize-giving ceremony.

The first warning signal is scheduled for today, 19th of June, at 12:00, with two races scheduled. The wind on the North Sea has turned to its more habitual direction blowing 15 knots from the West, gusting over 20 for the opening day.  Racing continues until Friday, 23rd June.

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Royal St George Yacht Club's Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Ed Cook have taken third overall in the SB20 class of the North Sea Regatta, the largest regatta on the Dutch North Sea.

The consistent Dublin Bay crew are in training for next month's World Championships and took eight top-five results over the ten races sailed to finish on 34 points. But for an opening race U Flag penalty, the Irish Champions may have finished higher on the podium.

The event was won by Royal Torbay Yacht Club's John Pollard on 16. Second was Nils Razmilovic from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club on 19. 

As regular Afloat readers know, the Royal St. George Yacht Club 'TED' crew were runners-up in Cascais Grand Slam earlier this month as well as winning the recent Northern Championships and Eastern Championships on 20/21 May 2023 hosted by their own club.

Next up for the RStGYC trio will be the World Championships in June 2023, to be held in Scheveningen, The Netherlands.

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After success at the Portuguese Grand Slam earlier this month, Michael O’Connor was already up to speed in the SB20 class, but with only two wins from seven races, the Royal St. George Yacht Club ace did not have it all his own way in a tightly fought 14-boat Eastern Championships at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Sunday afternoon.

The entire championships were reduced to one afternoon after losing Saturday and Sunday morning to no wind on Dublin Bay.  

Despite the time constraint, Race Officer Barry O'Neill ushered in a new championship format of short sharp racing in five to 10-knot conditions. The longest race was 23 minutes, and the shortest 19. All the boats finished within one and a half minutes of the winner in all races. 

A start at the 14-boat Royal St. George Yacht Club SB20 Eastern Championships on Dublin Bay Photo: Orla FineganA start at the 14-boat Royal St. George Yacht Club SB20 Eastern Championships on Dublin Bay Photo: Orla Finnegan

O'Neil told Afloat there had been a 'superb' response to the new format from the fleet superb but was unsure how it might work in 20 knots. 

Seven races from a possible 12 were completed, with one discard applied.

Sailing with Davy Taylor and Keith Staunton, O'Connor ended up on top with 13 points, but just a point adrift in second were Stefan Hyde, Jerry Dowling and Jimmy Dowling on Bàd/Kilcullen. 

Third, again by a single-point margin, was Royal Cork Yacht Club trio Mel Collins, Aidan Mac Sweeny and Kieran Dorgan in Gold Digger.

The new SB20 course format deployed for the 2023 Eastern Championships on Dublin Bay includes the option of stopping a race after one round with 'no drama'.The new SB20 course format deployed for the 2023 Eastern Championships on Dublin Bay includes the option of stopping a race after one round with 'no drama'.

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