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Homeport sportsboats led in three of the competing classes after the first day of racing on Saturday (May 18) at the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC), which hosted the Dun Laoghaire Cup 2024 on Dublin Bay.

Three East Coast and one National championship are being sailed as part of the special two-day event, which will include up to six races for a 34-boat fleet in four separate sportsboat classes on windward-leeward or trapezoid courses. The Race Officer is RIYC's Michael Tyrrell.

1720

At the 1720 East Coast Championship, with the biggest turnout of 13 boats, Ross McDonald's skippered Rope Dock Atara from Howth Yacht Club has a two-point lead over the RIYC's Davie Ryan in Big Bad Wolf, who is on 12 points after three races sailed. Lying third is Galway Bay visitor After Midnight.

SB20

In the 12-boat SB20 class, reigning national champion Michael O'Connor of the Royal St. George Yacht Club, at the helm of Ted, took three wins from three races to already have a four-point margin over the National Yacht Club's Philip Doran on seven points in the class's East Coast Championships.

Michael O'Connor of the Royal St. George Yacht Club, at the helm of TedMichael O'Connor of the Royal St. George Yacht Club, at the helm of Ted

O'Connor's clubmate Patrick McGrath is third on 16 in The Big Smoke. As part of the weekend, the class organised a 'press conference' and live-streamed a parade of sail of the competing SB20s at the East Pier on social media.

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Royal Irish's Jimmy Fischer in Billy WhizzRoyal Irish's Jimmy Fischer in Billy Whizz

Royal Irish's Jimmy Fischer in Billy Whizz is the leader on a scoring tie-break of the six-boat Beneteau First 21 National Championships after three races sailed. Clubmate Joe Smyth is also on three points after scoring 1,2 in the opening races. 

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In the J80s, Austin Kenny's Ram Jam, with three wins, leads from Vincent Lattimore's Jambiya. Third is Declan Curtin's Jester.

 While initially slated for competition, the Flying Fifteens did not race in the 2024 Dun Laoghaire Cup, six having just returned from the European Championships in France

Two further aces are scheduled to decide the Cup in all classes on Sunday.

Provisional results are below

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This weekend's Royal Irish Yacht Club hosted Dun Laoghaire Cup 2024, incorporating the SB20 Eastern championships, marks the first test for SB20 crews in the current season. Thirteen crews, including the national top tier, will be on the starting line.

The 2023 Irish Champions, IRL3809, helmed by Michael O'Connor from the Royal St. George Yacht Club (RStGYC), will compete. The 2023 runners-up, Bad/Kilcullen IRL3741, led by Jerry Dowling from the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC), will also participate, along with third-place finisher Carpe Diem IRL 3761, helmed by Colin Galavan of the RIYC.

Ted and Bad/Kilcullen were in the top ten at the 2022 World Championships in Dublin, ensuring a world-class level of competition.

Elsewhere in the fleet, three boats that debuted in 2023 will compete: Elandra IRL3313, helmed by Joe Conway from RIYC, Sportchip.ie POL3279, with Gregorz Kalinecki from RStGYC, and last season's best newcomer, Gilded Lady IRL3254, helmed by Trevor Bolger from RStGYC. These crews had a fierce rivalry the previous year, so seeing how they perform this season will be exciting.

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The recently concluded SB20 World Championship in Dubai witnessed a historic moment as Team Kidzink emerged as the new World Champions.

The team, consisting of Charlotte Borghesi as helmswoman, Pippa Kenton-Page as strategist, Artem Basalkin as tactician, and Gonçalo Lopes as trimmer and bowman, marked not only the first UAE victory in the competition but also a significant milestone as Borghesi became the first female helmswoman to claim the championship with a 50% female team.

Team Kidzink of Charlotte Borghesi, Pippa Kenton-Page, Artem Basalkin and Gonçalo Lopes marked not only the first UAE victory in the competition, but also a historic moment as Charlotte Borghesi became the first female helmswoman to claim the championship with a 50% female teamTeam Kidzink of Charlotte Borghesi, Pippa Kenton-Page, Artem Basalkin and Gonçalo Lopes marked not only the first UAE victory in the competition, but also a historic moment as Charlotte Borghesi became the first female helmswoman to claim the championship with a 50% female team Photo: Anna Zyk

As Afloat reported previously, the team's overwhelming dominance was evident throughout the championship, with race results ranging from 16th to 2nd. Moreover, they won the title without scoring a single bullet, which deserves a round of applause. Pippa Kenton-Page, Olympic Gold medallist and strategist onboard Kidzink, reflected on the championship: "The 2024 Dubai Duty Free SB20 Worlds was a really fantastic event both on and off the water, providing a really challenging mixture of conditions to the fleet. From offshore shifty and gusty conditions to steadier thermal wind days and tidal influences, the fleet were tested in a variety of conditions from 6-20 knots, and it was really enjoyable and challenging to race on an ever-changing race track with a really new team."

The Iron Lady of Dubai  - Charlotte Borghesi with her Team Kidzink crew on their way to B20 World Championship victoryThe Iron Lady of Dubai  - Charlotte Borghesi with her Team Kidzink crew on their way to B20 World Championship victory  Photo: Mike Brignall

Charlotte Borghesi, a mother of seven, an athlete, and a busy business owner, has been living in Dubai for almost 15 years. Born and raised in the UK, she met her husband Paolo, and they became partners in everything - in life, in business, and in sport. Her upbringing and the role models she chose greatly influenced who she has become. With a thirst for learning, action, and adventure, she has been involved in competitive sports since childhood, drawing inspiration from figures like Margaret Thatcher for their unwavering determination and bold leadership.

Team Team Kidzink  consisting of Charlotte Borghesi as helmswoman, Pippa Kenton-Page as strategist, Artem Basalkin as tactician, and Gonçalo Lopes as trimmer and bowmanTeam Team Kidzink  consisting of Charlotte Borghesi as helmswoman, Pippa Kenton-Page as strategist, Artem Basalkin as tactician, and Gonçalo Lopes as trimmer and bowman  Photo: Mike Brignall

In November 2023, Charlotte decided she wanted to do her best in sailing instead of just doing it for fun. She gathered a team with Artem, Goncalo, and her friend Pippa, which was later completed by experienced sailor Rodion Luka as a coach. The team's roles were clearly defined, much like in any successful team, "and also like in a fully functional family," said Charlotte.

The SB20 Class is proud to have such a dedicated and determined team as a winner, and no doubt everyone is curious to know more about this super-talented lady from Dubai and how she made it possible. "While sailing is not Paolo's first love and main passion, he decided to join and compete in the SB20 World to be together, and maybe he will now put together another high-performing team so we can continue to make the impossible possible," said Charlotte.

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The SB20 Triple Sailing Championships came to a close after five days of exciting races with Team Kidzink winning the final title. The championship was held at the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club (DOSC) from 29th January to 2nd February 2024.

The overall title was won by the host nation's Charlotte Borghesi sailing with Pippa Kenton-Page, Goncalo Lopes and Artem Basalkin on Team Kidzink. After a 13-race series and a closely fought battle for the podium, UAE-based teams Desert Eagle and Superbella achieved the second overall and third place respectively. Superbella attained the position after overtaking Rental Car, which had been in third place overall for the previous two days.

The Middle East Championships (1st to 3rd of December 2023) and the Asia Pacific Championships (2nd to 4th February 2024) had also witnessed an impressive performance from talented sailors.

Racing on the final day of the SB20 World Championships at the Dubai Offshore Sailing ClubRacing on the final day of the SB20 World Championships at the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club Photo: Mikey Brignall

The fifth and final day of the SB20 World Championships saw the first race starting at 2:15 PM, and the wind was stable and consistent, ranging from 6 to 9 knots. Off to a turbulent start, the weather stabled out with admirable conditions, providing an ideal day for sailing.

Charlotte Borghesi, skipper of Team Kidzink, expressed her joy, saying, “It is still a bit amazingly surreal right now. We left it to the very last minute to make it stressful. You just see the tip of the iceberg, but we have been together as a team for two months, in training, working on the boat, on each other. We went out, we didn’t aim to win any race, we just wanted to do our best, in every race, and we did that. We never won a race. It just shows you, you never have to go out thinking to win.“

Race Director Alan Ruigrok, who hails from Skerries in County Dublin, said, “It’s been an absolute honour to host the SB20 world championships. Thank you to all participants, sponsors, and support staff who made this event possible. We’ve had a fantastic week here in Dubai, showcasing the amazing sailors across the world and their impeccable talent and dedication to teamwork, qualities that make our sport so admirable. We look forward to hosting more amazing events at the Dubai offshore sailing club.“

The next event for DOSC is the Dubai to Muscat Sailing Race, starting on the 24th February 2024.

Results below

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Kidzink, the women’s team from the UAE, continues to maintain its lead in the overall standings at the SB20 World Championships in Dubai. The team, skippered by Charlotte Borghesi, has been in fine form, putting up a strong performance in the competition so far.

The Championship, which had suffered a one-day delay to the start, successfully completed four races today, effectively putting the world championships back on schedule for a full series of races. With only five races remaining, the competition is heating up as sailors vie for the top spots in the standings.

The forty-eight teams have had to deal with incredibly volatile conditions, with Race 5 seeing the course shortened on the second lap due to the wind dropping out altogether. Races 7 and 8 marked a shift as the wind began to stabilise. Consistency and focus among the sailors became crucial factors in climbing up the leaderboard, highlighted by Desert Eagle's move from 5th overall to second place.

The competition has been intense, and the sailors have had to be at their best to stay in the running. As the championship enters its final stages, all eyes will be on the teams as they battle it out for the top spots in the standings and the chance to be crowned the SB20 World Champions.

SB20 World Championships Overall Results after eight races :
1st Kidzink ,Charlotte Borghesi, 24pts
2nd Desert Eagle, Hendrik Witzmann, 35pts
3rd Rental Car, Michael Buchanan, 41pts
4th Jeunes FFVoile 1, Garreta Ian, 43pts
5th SuperBella,Edoardo Martinelli, 47pts

Full results below

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Dubai witnessed a spectacular start to the SB20 World Championship as forty-eight teams, with over 12 nationalities, took to the water for four races. The highly anticipated event commenced with two general recalls due to unstable wind and significant shifts, but the race management team and mark layers persevered. 

The winners of the lead-up events, the SB20 Middle East Championships in late 2023 and the SB20 Asia Pacific Championships earlier this month were both competing.

By the fourth race, conditions had stabilised, offering the classic Dubai experience with 14-15 knots and ideal sailing conditions. Team Xcellent secured victory in Race 1, while the French youth team of Jeunes FF Voile 1 claimed Race 2. The Bulgarian team of Ivana and Alex clinched the win in Race 3, showcasing their potential as newcomers to the International SB20 circuit. Meanwhile, Desert Eagle emerged victorious in Race 4.

Currently, the women’s team from the UAE, Kidzink, is leading the standings, followed by the Singaporean Team Rental Car in second place. The French Youth team Jeunes FF Voile 1 holds the third place overall.

The women’s team from the UAE, Kidzink, skippered by Charlotte Borghesi is leading the standings Photo: Mikey Brignall The women’s team from the UAE, Kidzink, skippered by Charlotte Borghesi is leading the standings Photo: Mikey Brignall 

Charlotte Borghesi, Skipper of Kidzink, commented, “It's been a really tricky day—every weather condition, wind condition, every wind angle. So we just focused on working as a team, trying to stay ahead of what's happening. We simply sailed as best as we could.”

Overall Results after 4 races :
1st Kidzink ,Charlotte Borghesi,15pts
2nd Rental Car, Michael Buchanan, 20pts
3rd Jeunes FFVoile 1, Garreta Ian, 22pts
4th Skin in the Game, Edward Russo, 30pts
5th Desert Eagle, Hendrik Witzmann, 33pts

Full results below

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Today's start of  2024 SB20 World Championships at Dubai Offshore Sailing Club (DOSC) was postponed due to thunder and lightning storms.

The five-day event will see its first race on Tuesday, 13th February, at 11:00 am.

The Championships follow on from the Asia Pacific Championships on February 4, 2024, with Team Xcellent from the United Kingdom, helmed by John Pollard, emerging as the overall champions on the third and final day from a fleet of 38.

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The Dubai Offshore Sailing Club witnessed the grand finale of the SB20 Sailing Asia Pacific Championships on February 4, 2024.

Emerging as the overall champions on the third and final day from a fleet of 38 were Team Xcellent from the United Kingdom, helmed by John Pollard, securing their triumph.

Desert Eagle 2 and Kidzink closely followed in second and third place.

Day Three saw unexpected turns at every corner with much to be celebrated. In race seven of the 2024 Asia Pacific Championships, team Xcellent took the lead with the fastest speed of the day, maintaining 16.7 knots for 500 metres. Sitting at the second and third highest speeds, Rental Car from Singapore at 16.4 knots and Team Kesbeke, the first Corinthian team of the SB20 Championships at 16 knots.

Next up for the SB20s is the World Championships at the same venue from Feburary 11th.

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Day two of the Dubai Duty Free SB20 Asia Pacific Championships, hosted by the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club, saw turbulent winds ranging between 18 to 20 knots.

As regular Afloat readers know, despite every effort, Irish boats were thwarted in their bid to attend the event that precedes next week's World Championships.

On February 3 the event continued after a successful first day. As 33 teams embarked from the DOSC harbour, expectations were high for better wind conditions than the initial day.

Team Xcellent from the United Kingdom, helmed by John Pollard, took the lead position. Following closely are Desert Eagle and Kidzink in second and third place, wearing blue and red bibs.

The unmistakable backdrop of Dubai for the SB20 Asia Pacific ChampionshipsThe unmistakable backdrop of Dubai for the SB20 Asia Pacific Championships

Team Xcellent’s skipper, John Pollard, expressed his delight in winning the lead position, "It was a great day. I've sailed all over the world, and here at the SB20 Asia Pacific Championships, It was as good as anywhere. The sun and the wind, what more do we want? Big chop, wind shifts, and a fantastic backdrop add extra joy to this sport."

Addressing the weather conditions, Race Director Alan Ruigrok of Skerries in County Dublin commented, "We saw a consistent 18 to 20 knots held for today's three races and some excellent but full-on conditions for the sailors onboard. Credit to the race management team led by Roger Wilson for starting the race early, considering the weather conditions."

Alongside the thrilling races, families enjoyed the post sailing celebrations in the newly renovated Tentola Village - Activities included Henna art, face painting, a bouncy castle, as well as Six Nations Rugby viewing.

SB20 Asia Pacific Championship 2024 Day 2 Highlights below

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It’s only four weeks since the Irish team, due to race in the 2024 SB20 World Championships, packed up their boats and shipped to Dubai, but already they are back on Irish soil.

The three teams, Ger Dempsey, RIYC, Colin Galavan, RIYC and Tadgh Donnelly, NYC, were shocked to receive an email on 27th December informing them that the container ship their boats were on would not enter the Red Sea and therefore, could not make Dubai in time for the February championship.

The necessary re-routing around Cape Horn would mean the container and their boats would not arrive until the week of the 10th of February, right the in the middle of the event they had hoped to campaign.

The crews are now preparing to unload the container in DublinThe crews are now preparing to unload the boats in Dublin

At the time the boats were in Le Harve and the advice was to turn them around, with only 24 hours to make a decision the three teams concurred with the experts.

The crews are now preparing to unload the container this weekend in a cold, bleak Dublin, a stark contrast to the sunny experience they were anticipating in Dubai next month, however they remain philosophical despite the disappointment.

‘It’s hard to dwell on our misfortune in the context of why it has occurred’ said crew member Chris Nolan. ‘There will be other opportunities for us, and we are glad to have our boats back home safely.’

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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