Please select your home edition
Rooster Women's Wetsuit Range

SB20 Tasmanian Championship at Bellerive Yacht Club

by Jane Austin 26 Feb 03:23 PST 24-25 February 2024
Karabos wins the 2024 SB20 Tasmanian Championship © Jane Austin

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, helmed by Paul McCartney.

Karabos and Ares were neck and neck most of the regatta. McCartney, sailing with 2023 world champion, Will Sargent, and Sam Tiedemann on Ares, were all fresh from the 2024 world championship in Dubai a few weeks ago, and were leading the regatta after five races but the title chase went down to the wire.

Race Officer, Ian Ross, was impressed with the tight racing in the event which was sailed as part of the Banjo's Shoreline Crown Series Bellerive Regatta.

"It was very close racing - the whole thing came down to the last race. At the bottom of the course in the first lap [of Race Eight], Ares was in front leading the fleet and then we came up to the finish and Nick Rogers, Bow No. 43, was in front.

"Apparently Nick gybed at the top mark and went west, and the other guys, well maybe they didn't cover him but, everything came down to the last race - it was sensational racing," said Ross.

Rogers, who is leading the summer pennant series in Hobart, was thrilled with the win.

"I am so blessed to have such a great crew - Cole, Simon and I just work so well together.

"The racing was fantastic, even in the fluky conditions we had out there.

"We had pressure on us all the way, throughout the whole series, and when you were back down the fleet, you had to fight back, we all did.

"Our win came down to the very last run - we got to the top mark and Cole said we should do a gybe set and go left, which we did, and we picked up four boats along the way - we had the pressure and came blistering down to the finish," said Rogers.

While the win sets Karabos up as the team to beat in the 2024 SB20 Australian Championship, to be sailed at the Port Dalrymple Yacht Club from 23 to 25th of March, he is treating the next event just like any another regatta.

"We will start preparing for the Nationals soon. The fight will be on again, Ares will be hard to beat while Steve Catchpool on Rebellion will be a danger just like he is in the pennant," said Rogers.

Karabos finished the regatta on 13 points, Ares on 14 points and Mind Games in third place on a countback from Wicked, both on 27 points. Wicked, skippered by Chris Keil, and sailing with his son Matt and Steve Henley, won on PHS handicap on 21 points from Rebellion on 24.5 points and Karabos on 25 points.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameSkipperClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
13743KARABOSNick RogersDSS/RYCT2[6]11115213
2AUS3819ARESPaul McCartneyDSS12[3]2231314
33390MIND GAMESPhil ReidRYCT552[6]326427
4AUS3386WICKEDChris KielRYCT3344[6]53527
5AUS3744REBELLIONStephen Aus3744DSS[8]763542128
6AUS3356WARWICK DEAN ‑ THSSANick JonesRYCT445546[8]836
73742SILVER GULLBruce GlanvilleDSS617[8]874639
8AUS3387MURRAY JONES ‑ THSSAJack SaulRYCT7[8]87787751
93756PORCO ROSSOPaul McCartneyRYCT[11C]11C11C11C11C11C11C11C77
93747STORMTROOPERMatt BuggDSS/RYCT[11C]11C11C11C11C11C11C11C77

Related Articles

North Sea Regatta concludes successfully
80 races divided into 13 classes on two race courses The North Sea Regatta 2024 wrapped up with resounding success, featuring over 80 races divided into 13 classes on two race courses. The race committee efficiently managed the event, ensuring all scheduled races were sailed. Posted on 22 May
The Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy preview
A sustainable regatta that will see sailing boats take to the Atlantic coast of Portugal Organised in partnership with the Clube Naval de Cascais, the sustainable regatta will see a large number of sailing boats take to the Atlantic coast of Portugal, to raise awareness and important funds for marine conservation programs. Posted on 24 Apr
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
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
Rooster SB1 Inshore RangeCyclops Marine 2023 November - FOOTERHyde Sails 2022 One Design FOOTER