SB20 Class Ready For Action-Packed 2015 National & Sprint Championships
SB20 Class Ready For Action-Packed 2015 National & Sprint Championships
The Stormforce Coaching SB20 UK National Championships takes place at the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble this weekend.
Racing begins with the Sportsboat World/Spinlock Sprint Championship on Friday, 4th September, which will see 6 quick-fire races scheduled on one day, as an exciting warm-up for the 2015 National title contest.
"This event is all about spending the maximum time racing!" Alan Hillman of Sportsboat World explained, "With many people finding themselves time-scarce today we need to find formats for sailing events which give maximum bang for your buck, so we are trying this format at the inaugural Sportsboat World/Spinlock Sprint Championships.
Published / Updated: 03 September 2015

J/70 UK National Championships - Winners Decided
J/70 UK National Championships - Winners Decided
Boats.com 2015 J/70 UK National Champions
The 30 strong fleet enjoying 10-12 knots of breeze from the north, gusting up to 15 knots putting the powerful J/70s just up on the plane. A complex tidal flow on Hill Head Plateau and Southampton Water, coupled with two big wind shifts, produced an aquatic conundrum for the fleet. On the final day, Steve Northmore's Waterjet Precision Cutting won Race 5, Patrick Liardet's Cosmic took the gun in Race 6, Russell Peters took Race 7 and Boats.com won the last race. 
Published / Updated: 03 September 2015

J/70 UK National Championships - days 1 & 2
J/70 UK National Championships - days 1 & 2
Image: J/UK Tim Wright
With 30 boats on one start line, the first day of the J/70 UK National Championship featured the largest fleet of J/70s that have ever raced in the United Kingdom.
Ian Atkins racing Boats.com, with Ruairidh Scott on the helm, leads after four races but it was never easy for the reigning UK National Champions.
A light gradient wind from the east south east, veered during the day, but also flicked back to the east, which kept the tacticians on their toes. The wind speed rarely exceeded ten knots, whilst the racing was not physically taxing, today's shifting breeze was a real test of tactical awareness. Starting well is always important but even more so in light airs, two general recalls and a highly competitive start line, were indicative of the competition within the fleet.
Published / Updated: 30 August 2015

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