Please select your home edition
Edition
Rooster GETSEASMART 728x90

SB20 Australia and Sailability Tasmania - Friends and future foes?

by Jane Austin 28 Feb 04:36 PST
(L-R) Brian Freeman Gus McMurray Stephen Catchpool and Julie Pearson © Jane Austin

The partnership between Sailability Tasmania and SB20 Australia continues to go from strength to strength with SB20 Australian Class President Stephen Catchpool presenting Sailability Tasmania's Julie Pearson and Brian Freeman with a donation of $500 at the Derwent Sailing Squadron this week.

The generous donation was made following a unanimous decision at the SB20 Australia annual general meeting in December last year, to continue to support the growing relationship between Sailability Tasmania and local SB20 sailors.

The partnership was originally proposed by SB20 Class stalwart Paul Burnell, who suggested that the local fleet give something back to Tasmanian sailing through the establishment of a volunteer's roster to support Sailability Tasmania sailors to launch and retrieve their Hansa 303 boats each Sunday morning.

Burnell was stirred into action after talking with Brian Freeman and Sailability Tasmania's Mal White one Sunday morning following the cancellation of the days' racing due to a lack of volunteers. The register has proved to be a phenomenal success and has ensured that Sailability Tasmania sailors have been able to consistently sail throughout the 2018-19 season

The donation is likely to be put towards the purchase of new life jackets and upgrading safety equipment, but there will be more to come from the partnership if Pearson has her way.

"The benefits of the partnership are wonderful - without our SB20 guys, we wouldn't be able to go out. The SB20 volunteers are so fit and knowledgeable and can throw the dinghies in the water and get them back up really fast. It's a big relief to us as we have a base of volunteers who are getting a bit older and a bit worn out," said Pearson.

"We know how much we love being on the water and we just wanted to help them get out there as much as possible," said Catchpool.

Pearson is looking forward to next year when she hopes to include some on-water training with the SB20 crews. "We all need that bit of extra help – we might look a bit ragged around the edges, but we are all very competitive...still," said Pearson.

And the partnership could get quite intense, with Catchpool not ruling out a potential match racing or teams' event in the Hansa 303 between SB20 sailors and Sailability Tasmania crews. If you are interested in volunteering or joining the association, go to sailabilitytas.org.

Related Articles

RORC Vice Admiral's Cup overall
23 different boats achieved at least one race win The past three days has produced tantalisingly close racing for the 72 boats - an increase of 40 per cent on last year's entry. Despite what initially appeared to be an unpromising forecast, six to eight races were completed in each of the eight classes. Posted on 12 May
RORC Vice Admiral's Cup day 2
Day two sees four testing races in varied conditions The second day of racing at the Vice Admiral's Cup delivered four short, sharp races that tested the 72 competing boats and hundreds of sailors over a wide range of conditions. Posted on 12 May
RORC Vice Admiral's Cup day 1
Tough racing in light airs for the fleet The opening day of the Vice Admiral's Cup served up light airs, with big shifts and wind reversals that challenged competitors and race officials alike. A quiet morning quickly gave way to an afternoon that started with fast-paced action Posted on 11 May
Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series day 6
Performance 40 class given a third race to catch up After "Storm Hannah" passed by on Saturday and all racing was cancelled, the pleasant sailing breeze and intermittent sunshine on Sunday, the last day of the Warsash Spring Series and Championship, was especially welcome. Posted on 1 May
Derwent Autumn Short-Handed Sailing Series preview
This year's series has attracted 35 entries and more to come This is a unique event, the Derwent Sailing Squadron's Short-Handed Series on Hobart's vast River Derwent, with divisions for three-up crews, two-up crews and spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions. Posted on 26 Apr
Lendy Cowes Week starts in just 112 days
A new GRP Classics Class and other changes this year Here at Cowes Week Ltd we are excited to look forward to another great year ahead, with Lendy Cowes Week starting in just 113 days. Posted on 19 Apr
Elliott Noye new Tasmanian SB20 champion
Held at the Crown Series Bellerive Regatta Crown Series Bellerive Regatta has become a major annual event on the calendar of Hobart's fleet of SB20 sports boat sailors, this year again using the regatta on-the-water expertise to conduct their Tasmanian State championship. Posted on 18 Feb
Crown Series Bellerive Regatta 2019
Jeff Cordell has won a somewhat rare collection of trophies Bellerive Yacht Club member Jeff Cordell has won a somewhat rare collection of trophies in the weekend's Crown Series Bellerive Regatta with his Mumm 36 yacht B&G Advantage. Posted on 18 Feb
Crown Series Bellerive Regatta 2019
MOB - Man, woman and girl on the River Derwent A strong sea breeze kicking up choppy waters on the Derwent caused some havoc in today's Crown Series Bellerive Regatta, causing three MOB (man overboard) situations. Posted on 16 Feb
AMS championship at Crown Series Bellerive Regatta
Sailors launch Tasmania's biggest regatta Keelboat racing in Hobart has been given significant boost in next month's Banjo's Shoreline Crown Series Bellerive Regatta with the inaugural Australian Measurement System (AMS) Tasmanian Championships being held as part of the event. Posted on 31 Jan
RS Sailing BOTTOMSOUTHERN-SPARS-AGLAIA-SPARS_728X90 BottomMelges 14 2019 Footer