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Sailors Invited To Caucasus For ‘World’s Highest Regatta’

26th March 2019
Kezenoy-am, which lies mostly in Chechnya, is also the deepest lake in the Caucasus Mountains Kezenoy-am, which lies mostly in Chechnya, is also the deepest lake in the Caucasus Mountains

A unique regatta is encouraging crews to swap the delights of Dublin Bay and other sea-level sailing grounds for the heights of the Caucasus.

The Kezenoy-am Cup is hosted by the Sailing Federation of the Chechen Republic at the highest lake in Russia, at an elevation of 1,870 metres.

Four racing days in SB20s and a variety of shore activities are organised for international participants and guests from 23 to 28 July.

Sailors will be racing for prizes that include the Challenge Cup of Kezenoy-Am and 1.2 million rubles (€16,000), and races will be umpired by Olympics and America’s Cup veteran race officer Luca Babini.

The event also includes a cultural programme with excursions in the Causasus, national dance shows and an introduction to the history and culture of Chechnya.

For more details on the Kezenoy-am Cup 2019 see the Sailing Federation of the Chechen Republic website HERE.

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SB20 (formerly Laser SB3) information

Designed by Tony Castro, the SB20 is a British-built strict one-design 6.15m keelboat conceived as a wide appeal, affordable, competitive sportsboat for teams of three or four sailors. It is also, arguably, the most successful sportsboat in the world with 800 owners competing regularly in a programme of exciting local, national and international events.

Originally known as the Laser SB3, the SB20 continues to deliver on its pioneering promise: a boat that is fun, fast and easy to sail by anyone of any age; the best value-for-money sportsboat in the market.

The Laser SB3 was designed by Castro and launched in 2002. In 2007 the Laser SB3 was awarded ISAF Recognised Status and the first World Championships were held in Ireland in 2008. In 2012, Tony Castro appointed a new builder, Sportsboat World. At this time, the Laser SB3 was renamed the SB20 and building was returned to the UK from Malaysia. The ethos of the class continues.

The boat is a strict one-design class, economic to buy and campaign, easy to sail with a simple deck layout and electric downwind performance delivered by the generous sail plan. The boat has a lifting keel, can easily be launched from a slipway and towed behind a family car.

Previous SB20 World Champions

2008 GBR: Geoff Carveth, Roger Gilbert, Roz Allen & Sarah Allan

Host National Yacht Club, Dun laoghaire, Ireland

2009 GBR: Craig Burlton, Stephen White, Adam Heeley

Host Clube Naval de Cascais, Cascais, Portugal

2010 GBR: Jerry Hill, Grant Rollerson, Joe Llewellyn

Host Circolo Vela Torbole, Lake Garda, Italy

2011 GBR: Geoff Carveth, Andy Ramus, Ian Mills & Emma Clarke

Host Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Torquay, UK

2012 GBR: Geoff Carveth, Lesley Dhonau, Roger Hudson & Asenathi Jim

Host Hamilton Island Yacht Club, Queensland, Australia

2013 GRB: Craig Burlton, Stephen White, Adam Heley Host COYCH Club, Hyeres, France

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