Please select your home edition
Rooster 2023 - Aquafleece - LEADERBOARD

SB20 World Championships 2024 at Dubai Offshore Sailing Club - Day 2

by Sociate Sameeta 13 Feb 14:42 PST
SB20 World Championships day 2 © Mikey Brignall / DOSC / DDF SB20 Worlds

Despite eagerly anticipated preparations, the commencement of the Dubai Duty Free SB20 World Championships was unfortunately postponed by one day due to adverse weather conditions in Dubai. Today, however, finer weather prevailed, allowing the championships to start with resounding strength.

Forty-eight teams, comprising over 12 nationalities, eagerly took to the water for four races, marking the beginning of what promises to be an exhilarating championship. The winners of our lead-up events, the SB20 Middle East Championships late 2023 and SB20 Asia Pacific Championships earlier this month, have already showcased exceptional skill and determination, setting the stage for a fiercely competitive World Championship.

John Pollard, Skipper of Xcellent and winner of last week's Dubai Duty Free Asia Pacific Championships, expressed his enthusiasm: "It's wonderful to be back on our beloved boat. Our team has remained consistent throughout the week, putting in extensive training sessions. We're optimistic about the championship and hoping for favourable sailing conditions. The weather feels reminiscent of home in the summer—pleasantly shifty with a strong fleet. I anticipate it will be a fantastic day on the water."

Amidst the excitement of the World Championships, the day commenced with two general recalls due to unstable wind and significant shifts. Despite the challenges, the race management team and mark layers persevered, successfully organising four races. By the fourth race, conditions had stabilised, offering the classic Dubai experience with 14-15 knots and ideal sailing conditions. Team Xcellent secured victory in Race 1, while Race 2 was claimed by the French youth team of Jeunes FF Voile 1. The Bulgarian team of Ivana and Alex clinched the win in Race 3, showcasing their potential as newcomers to the International SB20 circuit. Meanwhile, Desert Eagle emerged victorious in Race 4. Currently, the French Youth team Jeunes FF Voile 1 holds third place overall, with Singaporean Team Rental Car in second. Leading the standings are the women's team from the UAE, Kidzink.

Charlotte Borghesi, Skipper of Kidzink, commented, "It's been a really tricky day—every weather condition, wind condition, every wind angle. So we just focused on working as a team, trying to stay ahead of what's happening. We simply sailed as best as we could."

In addition to the highly competitive races, the Race Village offers activities for the entire family to enjoy, including interactive games, food stalls featuring local cuisine, live entertainment, and much more. It's a vibrant hub of excitement and energy that adds to the overall experience of the Dubai Duty Free SB20 World Championships.

For further updates and announcements see

Overall Results after 4 races: (see full results)

1st Kidzink, Charlotte Borghesi, 15pts
2nd Rental Car, Michael Buchanan, 20pts
3rd Jeunes FFVoile 1, Garreta Ian, 22pts
4th Skin in the Game, Edward Russo, 30pts
5th Desert Eagle, Hendrik Witzmann, 33pts

Related Articles

SB20 Australian Championship overall
Karabos blitz the fleet to win with 13 points Tasmania's world champion sailor Nick Rogers (Karabos), with his crew of Cole Dabner and Simon Burrows, has blitzed the fleet to win the 2024 Australian Championship on 13 points. Posted on 25 Mar
SB20 Australian Championship day 2
Rogers fights back in Tasmania Nick Rogers, sailing Karabos, has come out fighting on the second day of the SB20 Australian Championship in Beauty Point with three bullets and a second place taking him into the lead in the regatta. Posted on 24 Mar
SB20 Australian Championship day 1
Nutcracker crushes opposition Nutcracker, skippered by Rob Davis from the Sandringham Yacht Club, has delivered a crushing blow to the opposition on Day One of the SB20 Australian Championship under way at Beauty Point in northeast Tasmania. Posted on 23 Mar
SB20 fleet ready to race for 2024 National title
The Australian Championship will be sailed from 23 to 25 March 2024 at Port Dalrymple YC SB20 sailors are assembling at Port Dalrymple Yacht Club at Beauty Point in the northeast of Tasmania for the 2024 Australian Championship which will be sailed from Saturday 23 to Monday 25 March 2024. Posted on 21 Mar
The Iron Lady of Dubai: how to win the SB20 Worlds
Dubai witnesses first woman to win the Worlds, and with a 50% female team Team Kidzink of Charlotte, Pippa, Artem and Gonçalo marked not only the first UAE victory in the competition, but also a historic moment as Charlotte Borghesi became the first female helmswoman to claim the championship with a 50% female team. Posted on 27 Feb
SB20 Tasmanian Championship
Nick Rogers, Simon Burrows and Cole Dabner win the title Internationally renowned sailor Nick Rogers, sailing with Simon Burrows and Cole Dabner, has won the 2024 SB20 Tasmanian Championship. Rogers sailed Karabos to a one-point win in the eight-race series, defeating previous champion Ares Racing. Posted on 26 Feb
Banjo Shoreline Crown Series overall
Tasmanian sailors were tested in all conditions on the River Derwent in Hobart Tasmanian sailors were tested in all conditions on the River Derwent in Hobart in the 20th anniversary of the Crown Series Bellerive Regatta last weekend, with wild conditions on Friday night, glamour sailing on Saturday, and confusing breezes on Sunday. Posted on 26 Feb
Banjo Shoreline Crown Series Bellerive Race day 1
Wild winds one day and champagne sailing the next The 20th anniversary of the Banjo's Shoreline Crown Series Bellerive Regatta got off to an eventful start with crews having to contend with winds fluctuating from 5 to 30 knots combined with 60-degree wind shifts throughout the twilight race. Posted on 24 Feb
SB20 World Championships overall
UAE-based teams clutch the top positions The Dubai Duty Free SB20 Triple Sailing Championships came to an end after the grand finale of SB20 World Championships with 5 days of thrilling races with Team Kidzink winning the final title. Posted on 16 Feb
SB20 World Championships day 4
There were no changes at the top of the leaderboard The Dubai Duty Free SB20 World Championships witnessed a thrilling day of racing with three completed races. Today's weather mirrored typical conditions, providing an ideal day for sailing. Posted on 15 Feb
SOUTHERN-SPARS-AGLAIA-SPARS_728X90 Bottom37th AC Store 2024 - 728x90 BOTTOMCyclops Marine 2023 November - FOOTER