Please select your home edition
Edition
Ancasta Ker 40+ 728x90

Audi SB20 World Championships - Ukrainian stamps authority on day 1

by Katie Jackson on 10 Sep 2013
Downwind, Day 1 - Audi SB20 World Championships 2013 Katie Jackson/SB20 Class
On day one of the Audi SB20 World Championships, a fleet of 90 took to the race course this morning to compete in the sixth edition. The event is organised by COYCH in Hyères, France. With winds building to over 30 knots, just one of the three scheduled races was completed before the fleet returned ashore.

The race committee recalled the class twice before getting the first race underway in winds of approximately 22 knots. As the fleet headed to the windward mark for the first time, the wind pressure increased to 27 knots.

Rodion Luka (UKR) and his crew of Igor Matvvienko, Anna Stepanova and Andre Klochko representing Kiev Racing Yacht Club started to the right of the centre line committee boat with good boat speed. Craig Burlton was to windward of Luka, who headed to the right hand side of the course as soon as he could. By the first windward mark rounding, Luka had established his position as race leader rounding the windward mark ahead of Mel Collins (IRL). By the second windward mark rounding, Luka had extended his lead to almost twice the length of the spreader leg in consistent 30 knot wind.

On returning ashore after racing, it was put to Luka that he had 'smashed it' in the first race. With a wink in his eye and a grin on his face he said, 'Yeah, it was nice!'

They clearly benefited from starting well but they also picked the right lay lines upwind and down wind. 'When you have a lead in the first leg and you can lead downwind, it is easy to stay ahead. As for my crew, they make it easy for me!'

Today was a great start for Luka’s own world title campaign and he showed his quality from the ‘b’ of the bang of the start gun.

Disaster fell on Mel and brother Killian Collins’ after maintaining their second place around both windward mark rounding’s. 'We needed to gybe for the layline on the final downwind leg, the kite twisted and when it filled again in a huge gust, it bought the rig down,' explained Killian. They returned ashore to rig a new mast to be ready for racing on Tuesday.

Sébastien Col (FRA) was in sixth place before losing his rudder and finishing place in the first race of the championships.

'It’s a disappointing start to the event, but we are enjoying the SB20 class, the racing is fun and fast. There are some very fast sailors, especially for the UK,' said Col as he headed off to the Marçon Yachting spares service to collect a new rudder blade.

With winds building to over 30 knots, just one of the three scheduled races was completed before the fleet returned ashore. Jerry Hill (GBR) described the conditions as some of the heaviest he has ever sailed in the class, 'It produced some amazing down wind conditions. It was a brilliant race, but the Race Committee was right to can racing in these conditions.'

Back ashore by 1pm and many will take advantage of the short days activity and enjoy in long lunches in true French style. This evening, the SB20 fleet will be hosted by wine bar, ‘X-Voiles’ where they will enjoy local wines and great company before heading to bed to rest up for day two of the Audi SB20 World Championships, when more wind if forecast.






Results after race one, before jury

 
Pos Sail Competitors P Net P tot r.1 Club/Country
1  3703 RAKETA
 RODION Luka
MATVVIENKO Igor
KLOCHKO Andrew
STEPANOVA Anna
1.00 1.00 1
1.00
KRYC
-
-
-
2  3042 GILL RACE TEAM
BURLTON Craig
WHITE Stephen
HELEY Adam
2.00 2.00 2
2.00
RSYC
-
-
3  3469 RACE AHEAD
 HUDSON Roger
ASENATHI Jim
WADI Xamimpi
SIBU Siaztu
3.00 3.00 3
3.00
RCYC
-
-
-
4  3717 SPORTBOATWORLD.
HILL Jerry
LOVERING Richaard
WATSON Craig
4.00 4.00 4
4.00
RSYC
-
-
5  3708 MELSTON TEAM
MURASHKIN Alexey
IGNATENKO Egor
FROLOV Kirill
5.00 5.00 5
5.00
YCSP
-

Click here for full Event website
PredictWind.com 2014Zhik AkzoNobelb 660x82Mackay Boats

Related Articles

A Few Rays - When you think of sunscreen as a filter....
If a sunscreen is a filter of UV rays, how much is enough? If a sunscreen is a filter of UV rays, how much is enough? Where the skin is exposed and a sunscreen is working for you, it is filtering UV rays. Some of those rays always get through. The percentage of the high energy UVB rays (said to cause sunburn) that get through to cells in the skin can be determined by the claimed SPF of the product you are using.
Posted today at 10:26 am
Melges 24 European Sailing Series - Day 2
On second day of Melges 24 European Sailing Series first regatta sailors would have wished some wind to go to sailing Who would wish more than sunshine and the blue sky from the nice spring morning? Here in Portoroz, Slovenia on the second day of the 2017 Melges 24 European Sailing Series first regatta the sailors would have wished some wind to go to sailing, but instead AP was hoisted by PRO Bojan Gale until breeze came around midday.
Posted on 23 Apr
New rules add spice for breezy opening to Sperry Charleston Race Week
It was a tale of two mornings for the more than 200 boats taking to the water today for the opening day It was a tale of two mornings for the more than 200 boats taking to the water today for the opening day of 2017 Sperry Charleston Race Week. Over 150 inshore boats on four circles inside Charleston’s world-famous harbor faced hot temperatures, flat water, and sedate wind of four - six knots on their first race. In the meantime, the 46 offshore and Pursuit class boats were battling steep
Posted on 22 Apr
Competitors and Sponsors alike psyched for Race Week
Sperry Charleston Race Week will start tomorrow, everyone – from competitors to VIPS/sponsors to fans/locals – is pumped Sperry Charleston Race Week 2017 will start tomorrow morning, and everyone – from competitors, to VIPS and sponsors to fans and locals – is pumped that there's a perfect spring forecast for the 22nd edition of the biggest multiclass keelboat regatta in the Americas. With three days of 80+ degree weather, no rain, and reliable southerly breeze on tap for 16 classes of race boats
Posted on 21 Apr
2017 World Cup Series Hyères - Back to the future
When round two of World Cup Series takes place in Hyères many sailors know what it feels like to stand on top of podium. When round two of the 2017 World Cup Series takes place in Hyères, France from 23 - 30 April, many attending sailors know what it feels like to stand on top of an Olympic podium.
Posted on 20 Apr
Pro-Am event to highlight Sperry Charleston Race Week
Sperry Charleston Race Week has been America’s biggest keelboat regatta for some time. Sperry Charleston Race Week has been America’s biggest keelboat regatta for some time. While the racers love the competition and parties that come with a ‘supersized’ regatta like this, it’s the overall quality of Sperry Charleston Race Week that motivates those who come back year after year. And among those sailors is a wealth of competitive talent
Posted on 20 Apr
A Few Rays - What is Broad Spectrum Protection?
What is Broad Spectrum sunscreen? Ultraviolet rays only make up a small proportion of all of the sun’s rays. What is Broad Spectrum sunscreen? Ultraviolet rays (UVA, UVB and UVC) only make up a small proportion of all of the sun’s rays. UVA and UVB sun-rays are however the biggest contributors to skin damage from sun.
Posted on 19 Apr
Excitement builds for J/111 Worlds at St. Francis Yacht Club
What happens when some of the world’s best keelboat sailors climb aboard high-performance One Design boats What happens when some of the world’s best keelboat sailors climb aboard high-performance One Design boats on a famously windy racecourse for a world-class regatta? In the case of the J/111 Worlds, the result will involve tightly contested starting lines, high-drama mark roundings and ample bow spray. Since launching in August of 2010, the J/111 class has enjoyed steady, sustainable growth
Posted on 19 Apr
Early summer regatta preview at Royal Southern Yacht Club
2017 racing season at the RSYC has an exciting line up of regattas with National, European and World Championship events The 2017 racing season at the Royal Southern Yacht Club has an exciting line up of regattas with National, European and World Championship events, as well as an extensive race programme for sport boats and keel boats throughout the summer, with a fantastic prize of an all expenses paid trip to Barbados.
Posted on 18 Apr
Big J/70 Class to highlight Sperry Charleston Race Week
The largest keelboat regatta in the America’s – Sperry Charleston Race Week – is known to attract big one-design fleets. The largest keelboat regatta in the America’s – Sperry Charleston Race Week – is known to attract big one-design fleets. And that trait will continue this year as 77 J/70s are expected to compete when the initial starting gun fires next week on Friday, April 21.
Posted on 12 Apr