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Big year ahead for SB20 sailing!
SB20 sailing is back and it's going to be a big year!
Happy New Year to all SB20 sailors, supporters and sponsors, and congratulations to SB20 sailors who have enjoyed summer sailing and success in the S2H, L2H, International Cadet Nationals and the Australian Yachting Championship. Tasmania is certainly the centre of the sailing universe at this time of the year!
To kick things off for 2020, the Post-Christmas Twilight Pennant Series starts on Thursday 16 January.
The Bellerive Yacht Club Banjo's Shoreline Crown Series Bellerive Regatta, which incorporates the SB20 Tasmanian Championship, is on from 14 to 16 February 2020. The Tasmanian Championship is sailed on the Saturday and Sunday.
The Crown Series will serve as an important lead-up event to the 2020 Spring Bay Mill SB20 Australian Championship which will be sailed on Tasmania's sunny east coast over the long weekend, from 7 to 9 March 2020.The Notice of Race for the Australian Championship, which will be sailed under the authority of the Derwent Sailing Squadron Inc, will be out later this week. Stay tuned.
And would you believe it's two years since the SB20 World Championship event was sailed on the River Derwent in Hobart. How time flies! See you on the water!
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Spring Bay Mill SB20 Australian Championship commence on Spring Bay from Saturday 7 to Monday 9 March 2020. General public are welcome to visit the site over the three days and view the regatta at The Tin Shed. See the Spring Bay Mill and Derwent Sailing Squadron websites for regatta details. ... See more
BREAKING BREAKING BREAKING - SPRING BAY MILL ANNOUNCED AS NEW SPONSOR OF THE 2020 SB20 AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Spring Bay Mill, owned by Australian environmentalist, philanthropist and sailor Graeme Wood AM, has been announced as the naming rights sponsor for the 2020 SB20 Australian Sailing Championship.
The Spring Bay Mill SB20 Australian Championship will be sailed at a new location - on Spring Bay, off Triabunna, from Saturday 7 to Monday 9 March 2020.
SB20 Australia Class President, Steve Catchpool, is excited about the generous sponsorship and is delighted with the new destination which is near some of Australia’s greatest natural attractions like Wineglass Bay, Freycinet Peninsula and the Maria Island National Park.
“It’s been great to see the energy from our local SB20 sailors Daniel Woods, George Peacock and Charlie Nolan (Team Musto), in pursuing a new sponsor and venue for the 2020 Championship. Coverage of the regatta will offer an opportunity to showcase Spring Bay Mill and the restored natural landscape, as well as the pristine waters of Spring Bay, to the global sailing community,” said Catchpool.
Wood and partner Anna Cerneaz have been strong supporters of the SB20 Class in Australia, purchasing four SB20s to form the Athena Sailing Program which was established to introduce and empower women to be confident in the male-dominated sport of sailing.
Wood was keen to support the 2020 national event which combines his love of sailing and the power of nature with a sustainable approach to tourism and development.
“Staging the event on Spring Bay will expose the SB20 Class to a new audience and provide ideal sailing conditions for competitors. I've always liked the SB20 because it is accessible for all age groups and offers the best of competition for elite sailors. Supporting the Athena Sailing Program over the last few years has been a lot of fun, especially seeing one of the all-female crews compete in the SB20 Worlds in France this year,” said Wood.
“Tourism is the future for Tasmania’s East Coast. Showcasing local food, wine and tourist facilities will raise the area's profile locally, nationally and internationally,” said Wood.
And one of the key tourist facilities is the Spring Bay Mill.
“Our team at Spring Bay Mill is proud of the restoration and excited to host the SB20 volunteers and competitors in our unique glamping tents and stylish eco-beach shacks. The project is progressing brilliantly - it is a very special venue which will be open for conferences, gigs and cultural events in January 2020,” said Wood.
“The [Spring Bay] Mill offers vastness, history, repurposed industrial venues, regenerated ecosystems, a gateway to Maria Island, beautiful conference facilities, time and place to retreat, imagine and change,” said Wood.
Catchpool believes the new venue will create keen interest in the nationals with crews from Singapore, New Caledonia and Victoria already indicating their intention to sail.
“The fleet will enjoy a crew BBQ in the Tin Shed, which is regarded as the heart and soul of Spring Bay Mill and will have an opportunity to meet a few locals throughout the weekend of sailing. And you never know, we might even get a few more sailors from the area interested in sailing an SB20 once they witness the thrills and spills of one design sailing, especially against the backdrop of Maria Island,” said Catchpool.
Catchpool invited Wood to skipper an SB20 in the event, however Wood has politely declined at this stage, apparently not wanting to embarrass some of the gun skippers in the fleet.
The SB20 is a 20 foot one-design sports boat designed by Tony Castro. The one design class has a crew weight limit of 270kg, allowing either three or four crew.
The last three national championships have been sailed on the River Derwent in Hobart, with the last interstate location at Blairgowrie in Victoria, in 2016.
The Spring Bay Mill SB20 Australian Championship will take place in Triabunna from 7-9 March 2020 under the authority of the Derwent Sailing Squadron and with support from the Spring Bay Boat Club.
Full details of the regatta are at www.dssinc.org.au.
Words & images: Jane Austin
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Great work Essence of Athena !!!
Day 4- was an extremely long day. At the skippers briefing at 9.30 it was clear that we weren’t going to get racing in until 2 that afternoon. So we waited around.... We then had 4 races back to back - the last one while the sun was setting. Not our best races, we had some issues with starts. But all things we knew we could improve on.
We didn’t get in until 7.30 so we headed out to dinner where we were serenaded by some VERY serious French karaoke singers. Not being deterred by their judgemental looks, Rach and Issi got up and belted our Africa by Toto. A classic that was not necessarily appreciated by all.
Day 5- final day of racing!
A day where no wind was expected so it was doubtful that we were going to get any races in. But racing actually got going pretty early with a light 8 knot beeeze holding nicely, but with extremely shifty conditions. We managed to get 2 races in. The race committee were pushing for a third, but with 2 general recalls we ran out of time.
A big afternoon followed of packing up and de rigging the boat...
Presentation was brief, but the Aussie contingent all decided to head out for dinner together which was great fun.
We’d be lying if we didn’t say it has been a difficult regatta - but it was also one filled with heaps of fun and learning experiences.
We would like to thank everyone in Hyeres who helped us over the course of the regatta. The Imp, Porco Rosso and Aeolus teams - you have all been very helpful to us over the course of the regatta and we really appreciate it. Thank you.
Back home, thank you to our family and friends for your support. Thanks Goody for answering the phone at random hours to answer our questions. A massive thank you to Rachel (or mama bird) for coming on this adventure with us and for her spectacular off-water support.
Athena sailing - Anna and Graham, thanks for your support, we very much appreciate you helping us make this happen!!
Thank you everyone for following our journey and for all your support through the regatta.
The Essence of Athena girls,
Issi, Anna, Emily and Meg. ... See more
Two days down for Essence of Athena - good luck!
It has been an interesting first few days of the regatta.
Day 1 - we had light and shifty conditions with a short chop sea state. We sailed well, reading the shifts and finishing up 19th over all. We started a second race but about 30 minutes in, before anyone had reached the top mark, the race was abandoned and an AP over H was displayed. This was followed by an AP over A later that day after waiting on-shore.
Day 2 - an early start with the first warning signal at 9am, so we were at the club in the dark around 7.30. Big thanks to Rach who was spectacular running the length of the dock to throw us out a breakfast bag of croissants!! We had a couple of starts and the course was switched around, before we finally got a race away. The breeze slowly increased throughout the race with gusts reaching mid 20s to 30s. We didn’t have the best race with a couple of bad calls and a few boat handling issues. But the main one being on the second set we didn’t get the kite up in time and we went fishing. A big tangle and the kite ripped trying to get it back into the boat. Not the best race but definitely a learning experience.
Day 3 - a 9.30 skippers meeting announced an AP over A and all racing for the day was abandoned due to strong winds with gusts up to 45-50 knots forecast. It was already apparent there was no window of opportunity to race today. A quite day around the apartment for us today....
Racing as normal planned for Day 4, with an 11am warning signal. It’s looking like a better forecast and we’re hoping to get a couple of races in! ... See more
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