SB20 Grand Slam update


Day 3 Report - Testing times for Day 3 of SB20 Cowes Grand Slam   

With three days and five races held so far in the SB20 Grand Slam at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, the SB20 class is enjoying tough and testing racing at the world’s biggest regatta.

 Although just one race was held today, on Monday August 4, 2014, there was no let-up for the 36 teams entered in the four-day Grand Slam with an extra-long course and tactically challenging conditions for Day 3.

 Jerry Hill from ‘’ took the win in today’s round-the-cans course. He said after racing: ‘We had a very, very shifty last beat – you could be first, you could be last. The net result of that was that Rob Gullan in ‘F5 Synthesis’ and we went round the first mark together – Rob was just in front. Then we had a run back down to the start area, where again we came across a ship! Rob and I got across its bow, and I think the rest of the fleet had to take its transom.

 “Then it was a long, long beat – Rob got through us and then we got past them, up to the Brambles Bank, where we split. He went right, which paid yesterday, and we went left, and left paid today. And then we got a bit mixed up with the X Boat fleet, which was quite entertaining! So from then on we had quite a comfortable lead, it was just a question of getting the navigation right through to the end.”

 To see the full report and results click  here. 

Day 2 Report  - Champagne sailing at Day 2 of SB20 Cowes Grand Slam

 It was a perfect day on the water for the 36 competitors on Day 2 of the SB20 Grand Slam at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, on Sunday August 3, 2014. 

 A shifty south-westerly had increased to 15 knots by the fleet’s first start of the day at 11.20am, building slightly throughout the afternoon with sparkling sunshine across the Solent. With two races, including a second race of over two hours duration, there were plenty of tired but happy SB20 sailors at this evening’s class cocktails at the Royal Yacht Squadron.

 The first race of the day, and third of the series, went to Jerry Hill and the ‘’ team. They were followed home by yesterday’s first race victors ‘Sponge Bob’, and Chris Darling and crew on ‘Darling Associates’, scoring their first podium position of the event so far. ‘F5 Synthesis’ put in a good showing on the water but were scored OCS.

 There are two races each day for the Cowes Grand Slam event, and winners of today’s second were Rob Gullan on ‘F5 Synthesis’, with ‘Sponge Bob’ taking another second and ‘’ again on the podium with third.

 Marshall King of ‘Sponge Bob’ said today was: ‘Brilliant, glam, fantastic! It was classic Solent conditions, strong winds, shifty, bit of tide thrown in, great. So our day was one of comebacks, we had bad starts and fought our way back. We were just a little bit shy of the line both times, not so quick out of it. The lines were very starboard biased, and everyone knows where they want to be – so it’s a question of do I want to go for a really good one and risk all sorts of chaos, or be conservative! So we’ve been conservative. 

 To see the full report and results click  here.

Day 1 Report

 There was a little bit of everything on the first day of the SB20 Grand Slam at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, on Saturday August 2, 2014.

Racing for the 36 entries began in heavy downpours with black clouds bringing shifty, gusty conditions, which later moderated into more consistent south-westerly breezes.

Two races were held as part of the class's four-day Grand Slam format, which has proved hugely popular with SB20 sailors and seen entry numbers boosted again since the'event within an event' was launched last year. This year the Grand Slam has attracted visitors from Belgium and Holland, two boats from Oman Sail, as well as teams from across Britain, including a boat from Scotland.

The first race honours went to a Marshall King in 'Sponge Bob' from Rob Gullan in 'F5 synthesis', with Jerry Hill and the '' team in third. These front-runners, together with 'Chill Pill' enjoyed planty of place-changing throughout the race, until 'Sponge Bob' was able to pull away.

Jerry Hill and Rob Gullan reversed the finishing order in the second race, with '' team in the second race, with '' taking the win from 'F5 synthesis', while Charlie and Alec Russell took third in 'EdigitalResearch'. 'Sponge Bob' had to retire after a collision. This leaves '' and 'F5 synthesis' tied at the top of the leaderboard at the end of the first day.

 Jerry Hill of '' commented, " We had two great races today. We saw anything from 18 knots to 8 knots, sunshine through to torrential rain, and a good shift to the right as the day went on - all classic Cowes Week stuff!"

To see the full report and results click here.



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