The SB20 Western Championships were hosted by Mayo Sailing Club in Westport this weekend, one of the new destinations the fleet has been visiting this season, and boy did it deliver. Fleet numbers suffered due to the clash with the ICRAs, but the sailors who travelled were rewarded in full, what a fantastic sailing destination.
Mayo Sailing Club delivered world class race management under the stewardship of RO Colin McMullen and his team.
Seven 50 minute races over two days ensured everyone got what they came for, and Clew Bay played its part with steady westerly breeze of 10–15 knots, holding for the duration. Apart from 1 major shift, under a rain squall on Sunday, the race track stayed steady and the racing was fair.
As always in this fleet, which boasts national champions from many classes, racing was tight, and anyone could emerge victorious. This time it was RIYC’s venuesworld.com (Ger Dempsey, Blair Stanaway, Chris Nolan & Maeve Judge) winning their first regional championship in their new boat. A sweet victory in local waters for Blair, current commodore of Mayo Sailing Club, who has joined the team for the SB20 World Championship this September in Cascais.
Two Men and their Monkey from Howth (Daragh Sheridan, Shane Murphy & John Phelan), followed by Sharkbait out of Strangford Lough (Darren Martin, Roger Pannell, Simon Murray) completed the podium, with last month’s Eastern Championships winner, Lia ( Dave Barry et al), suffering the consequences of a U flag and a broken halyard.
The SB20s will now be based on Dublin Bay for the forthcoming club regattas, followed by their National Championships in the National Yacht Club from 5-7 August, with a fleet in excess of 25 boats expected and prizes sponsored by Dubarry, Sportsboat World and venuesworld.com