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Royal St George's 'Ted' Stays Sixth and Bád/Kilcullen Moves up to Seventh at SB20 World Championships on Dublin Bay

9th September 2022
Carlingford Sailing Club's 'So-Brr' sailed by Ron Finegan, Declan Murphy and Eamon Toner broaches during a race at the SB20 Worlds at Dun Laoghaire
Carlingford Sailing Club's 'So-Brr' sailed by Ron Finegan,Declan Murphy and Eamon Toner broaches during a race at the SB20 Worlds at Dun Laoghaire Credit: Annraoi Blaney

Consistent sailing from Royal St. George local trio of Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Edward Cook sailing 'Ted' keeps the trio sixth overall and the top Irish boat going into the final day of the Provident CRM SB20 World Championships on Dublin Bay. 

A second Irish boat is now in the top ten with three top ten results on Thursday scored by Royal Irish Yacht Club's Bad/Kilcullen sailed by Stefan Hyde Jerry Dowling Jimmy Dowling. The Dun Laoghaire crew leapfrog ten places from 17th after scores of 6,5,6. 

Strong winds and big seas that have been the feature of the event moderated for the penultimate day but still put boat handling as a premium.

Royal Torbay entry John Pollard, Jack Wetherell and Henry Wetherell have regained the lead and now top the 56-boat fleet by four points from Portugal's Jose Paulo Ramada, Artem Basalkin, Goncalo Lopes and Carlota Gala.

Top Dun Laoghaire youth skiff sailor Nathan Van Steenberge, who is sailing with Portugal's Solyd Sailing Team/ SailCascais is lying third overall. 

Royal St. George local trio of Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Edward Cook are lying in sixth placeRoyal St. George local trio of Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Edward Cook are lying in sixth place

From the Irish fleet, Leviathan from the National Yacht Club sailed by Tadgh Donnelly, Andrew Conan, Rian Geraghty- McDonnell and Peter Carville, who counts a race win and a second place on their scoresheet, are 17th.

In 18th is Royal Cork's GoldDigger sailed by Mel Collins, Aidan Mac Sweeny and Ian Heffernan.

Three races on Friday will conclude the championships. 

See other Irish results below

Day 4 of the Provident CRM SB20 World Championship

The fourth day of the Provident CRM SB20 World Championships was expected to be tricky. There was a lighter breeze on the forecast and the fleet was getting a bit exhausted by two days of heavy winds. Day 4 was very different from the first two days of racing with the Easterly breeze constantly shifting. And with the full moon approaching the big tide was against the wind, which made it a bit difficult to run all the starts clearly. The Race Committee and the fleet seemed to work together on the mission to run 4 races on this day.

For those at the top of the fleet the task was to stay out of trouble, get round the course clean and fast, which for most of them has worked out quite well. Race 6 opened the day with a general recall, when too many boats jumped over the line. The second attempt on Black flag “only just” made it to be a clear start. The fleet went to the left for better wind, but some boats chose to go to the right side.

The tide started turning by then and many boats from the right hand-side made it to the windward mark first. The first on the rounding was Team Caledonia of Tugdual Piriou sailing with Theo Bore, Emmanuelle Tora and Laure Galley (Mini 6,50 sailor from La Rochelle). Following them – local team Leviathan of Tadgh Donnelly, who also sailed well in Race 1 with a finish in 6th. They missed yesterday due to damage on the boat, otherwise, we would probably see them higher on the leaderboard today. They managed to get the lead on the downwind on the right hand-side and arrived at the gate first.

The wind dropped to 11 knots, and the course was shortened. All the “usual suspects” (previous days’ leaders) were rounding mid-fleet with slightly sour faces. It was good to see Provident CRM’s boat back in action with their bright new orange spinnaker – it looked beautiful! On the second upwind, many boats favoured the right-hand-side, but it was too late to catch Leviathan. On the second downwind, they have gained a huge advantage, thus securing a comfortable win. At the finish line, they were followed by Carnage of Robin Kirby from Warsash Sailing Club. New Caledonia finished in third place. RIYC Commodore Jerry Dowling and his team Bad/Kilcullen finished 4th – their best results so far. In 5th place, we saw team SportsBoat World Racing helmed by Oliver Love sailing with Liam Pardy who all looked very happy on the finish line.

Sixth placed boat in Race 6 was Great White Lies of Sarah and Bruce Kemp. It is another example of almost spontaneous arrangement. Local dinghy sailors, they showed up at the Club earlier this year looking at event calendar for the one to join. And the SB20 World Championship looked good enough to them! They bought an SB20 and now enjoy the fun of sailing against top talent having sailed not a bad race as well. Truly, SB20 Class is for everyone!

It was late lunchtime when the fleet had already finished a race and was getting ready for Race 7 under Uniform flag. To everyone’s relief it was “clear start” from first attempt. The boat again favoured the left side catching the wind shift. Those who arrived to the top mark first, like Solyd Sailing Team/ SailCascais avoided the “organised mess” that a rounding of 50 boats is. Shouting and penalty whistles were heard for the duration of the process.

On the second downwind most of the fleet went left, but Vasco Serpa stayed on the right and was leading until Youth team Ares overtook them flying over the racecourse. After that it was easy for the Aussies to finish the flight to the gate and score a bullet. Two Portuguese teams Solyd Sailing Team/SailCascais and AP Hotels & Resorts followed in 2nd and 3rd. Nice race for Shoestring Express who were 4th and Bad/Kilcullen in 5th.

Race 8 faced some difficulties with setting the start line, but by 15:02 the fleet was racing again under a black flag. Three boats got UFD for jumping the line too soon. TED started the race with a lead. Australian Youth Ares was around 10-12th place with AP Hotels near them. Brett Cooper overtook on the second downwind and lead the way to the finish line, followed by Leviathan, who sailed another good race scoring their second podium finish (2). TED ended up in third.

The start of the last race for the day was called at 16:25 with plenty of time before the live concert that awaited the participant back at the Club in the evening. Several top teams were favouring the left-hand-side, but Vasco was on the right, stretching it for the layline. TED and Bad/Kilcullen approached the mark together, but a nasty twist on the spinnaker didn’t allow them to hoist it, resulting in losing a couple of places to TED and AP Hotels.

The hopes for a bullet were still high on TED after being overtaken by America’s Cup, and Olympic sailors in Race 8 and the desire to defend the National title was strong. On the second upwind rounding, coming second they faced a port-tacked Breaking Bod taking in front of them, separating them from that 1st result even more. Another effort downwind and they made it in second place after AP Hotels with Vasco Serpa finishing in 3rd.

Here is what Charlie Whelan (skipper Breaking Bod) commented about today’s racing:

“Great variability of wind and waves today, very different to the first two racing days. We had lots of different winners, and lots of youth teams were doing very well. If you look at the first race (Race 6) particularly – if you look at the scorecard, you will see lots of people not being near the front enjoyed the shift off the start, and made it really well. So it was great to see a different podium today. The guys on AP Hotels & Resorts are a class, it will take John Pollard quite a lot of work to beat them.”

So where are we standing for the last day of the Championship? The game is getting hotter and all the top five leaders probably still have a chance for a podium. Glasgow Kiss had a bad day with their best result in 9th place in Race 9. They are tied on points with Youth team Ares who are currently placed in 4th; they have scored two bullets overall. John Pollard was very careful today and avoided mistakes. Having gained 29 points in addition to 10 that he had from the first two days, he continues to lead the Championship. Only four points behind them are AP Hotels & Resorts, who have 3 bullets and 2 podium finishes, which is better than Pollard’s 2,2 & 1. Vasco Serpa with 54 points and looking relaxed as usual, is currently third, but with one day left to compete the third place will be most desired.

For the last racing day the RC has moved the first warning signal to 11 and plans to run three races. With the efficiency and smoothness that PRO David Lovegrove has managed a day of four races, we have a good chance to complete all 12 that had been planned for this Championship. Another discard will also come in handy after today’s tricky racing. We will find out soon!

(Report from the class association)

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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